Friday, August 25, 2017

Puppy Proofing Your Home

If your kids have been begging you to get a puppy, August 26th is Dog Day, and could be the perfect time to adopt! Not to mention, now that the kids are back in school with a routine, it could be a great time to introduce a new aspect of their routine and teach them to care for their new furry friend. Of course, getting a puppy is not as easy as 1, 2, 3. Your home could be rather dangerous for an inquisitive little creature, so here at Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have a few ways you can puppy proof your home to get ready!


Start with one of the central rooms of your home and take a look around. While it may not look dangerous at first, there are a few things you should to aware of when puppy proofing.

Install Child Safety Locks - While you may not care about every cabinet, you'll definitely want to lock up any cabinet with chemicals and even food. Puppies love to explore and can be very creative when they want something.

Get a Lid for the Trash - Protect your pup from chicken bones, coffee grounds, plastic wrap and more with a lid on the trash.

Keep Dangerous Foods Out of Reach - It's recommended that you don't let your pup get access to avocados, bread dough, chocolate, alcohol, grapes, raisins, hops, macadamia nuts, onions, garlic, tobacco products, xylitol and mold foods. Move these items off of the floor of your pantry, and keep them out of reach.

Living Room

Your pup will probably spend a lot of his time with your family in the living room, so take a few moments to evaluate what needs to be adjusted and moved around.

Keep Plants Up High - Check the labels of your plants, as some houseplants can actually be very harmful for your pup if ingested.

Move Blind Cords - These can strangle your puppy if they start playing with them, and they are also very enticing. You can get wraps to keep them up out of reach.

Tuck Power Cords AWay - If you've ever had a puppy before, you know how much they LOVE to chew on things. Unfortunately that won't stop at power cords, so do whatever you need to do to keep them out of reach.


This cozy space can also harbor many dangers to a curious pup who just wants to check everything out.

Shoes - If you love your shoes, you'll want to put them up on a shelf behind closed closet doors. They are very tempting for a puppy, so until they get old enough to learn and not chew on them, you may just want to hide them.

Shut Dresser Drawers - While you're at it, you'll also want to put laundry out of reach. Swallowed clothing can cause intestinal blockage and choking hazards.

Keep Jewelry Up High - You guessed it, jewelry is a choking hazard, too. Keep it up high where they can't get access to it or easily pull it off of a counter top.


The bathroom can seem like a safe space to leave them when you leave the house because they can't ruin the floors if they have an accident - but it also contains a few dangers that you'll want to remove.

Keep the Toilet Lid Down - Pups love water and can't see any reason why they should NOT be allowed in the toilet. Keep the lid down, and also avoid using any auto cleaners if possible as they are harmful to pets.

Store Pills Up High - Along with soap, razors, and cotton should also be kept where your pup can't reach it.

Unplug Cords and Put Away - From electric razors to blow dryers, there are many electric items that can not only electrocute your pup but strangle them if they get caught in the cords.


Finally, the one place you would think that is already naturally puppy proof - your backyard. Here are a few things you need to look at before bringing Fido out to play.

Balconies - Does your home have a beautiful balcony off of the back? Make sure that it's completely closed off. Pets can easily squirm through areas that you may not have realized and then fall.

Lock Up the Tool Shed - There are many items in the tool shed that can cause harm to your pup, like paints, poisons, fertilizers, and pesticides.

Welcoming Home the New Pup

After you get your home ready for your new family member, you'll want to make sure that you have the rest of the supplies to welcome them as well. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have the best puppy food at the Lake of the Ozarks, with many brands and ages available. If you don't see what you need, we can also order certain brands as well. We want to help you welcome your new puppy home, so we have many dog supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks as well. Come out and see for yourself and don't forget to bring the pup with you - we LOVE animals!

Camdenton Farm & Garden

Providing quality lawn and garden products at the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding counties for over 25 years! 

251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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Friday, August 18, 2017

We're Buzzing About Honey Bee Day!

Honey bees play a very pivotal role in our community and our environment. Not only do they bring us the honey that we LOVE to enjoy, but they also help pollinate the flowers and plants around the area to keep our gardens growing perfectly. Saturday, August 19th is ALL about Honey Bees, and we love that a whole day is dedicated to them. Here are some fun facts about honey bees, honey, and everything that makes them so special!

Fun Facts About Honey Bees

  • There are three types of bees in the hive – Queen, Worker, and Drone.
  • Honey bees fly at 15 miles per hour.
  • Honey bees' wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.
  • Honeybees are the only insect that produce food for humans.
  • Honeybees will usually travel approximately 3 miles from their hive.
  • Honeybees are the only bees that die after they sting.
  • Honeybees are responsible for pollinating approx 80% of all fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the U.S.
  • Honeybees have five eyes, 3 small ones on top of the head and two big ones in front. They also have hair on their eyes!
  • Bees communicate with each other by dancing and by using pheromones (scents).
  • Honeybees never sleep!

Fun Facts About Honey

  • To make one pound of honey, the bees in the colony must visit 2 million flowers, fly over 55,000 miles and will be the lifetime work of approximately 768 bees.
  • A single honeybee will only produce approximately 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
  • A single honey bee will visit 50-100 flowers on a single trip out of the hive.
  • Honey is the ONLY food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water.
  • A typical beehive can make up to 400 pounds of honey per year.
  • It would take about 1 ounce of honey to fuel a honeybee's flight around the world.
  • Out of 20,000 species of bees, only 4 make honey.

Protect the Bees In Your Backyard

The bees have been a popular topic this year, as many beekeepers are reporting that their hives have been struggling. Even if you don't have bees, you can still play a part in helping protect the honey bees in your very own backyard. Here are a few tips to remember as you go about your gardening tasks.

Protect Them From Pesticides

If you keep your lawn and garden free of dangerous pesticides, you can help keep the bee population safe. Explore organic solutions and control the pests with remedies that can still work, but safely.  At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we can help you find a product that will work for your space but still keep the bees safe.

Provide Plenty of Food

Bees love pollen and nectar, so help the bees out by planting plenty of clusters of food for them. You can make an even better impact if your plants have staggered blooming times, especially in the late summer and fall. 

Keep Clean Water

From a rainwater collection to an irrigation system, or even a small garden water feature - bees need clean water. Shallow water sources can provide enough water for bees without creating a place for mosquitoes to breed.

Provide Bee Shelter

Bees love to hang out in backyards with dead trees or plants that they can nest in. Help provide some shelter with some of the items they love.

Keep up the good work, gardener! From your flower gardens to your vegetable garden you are helping to keep the honey bees alive during every single growing season, and even through the winter. Take some time on Saturday, August 19th, to appreciate these small creatures who do some much - and maybe enjoy some honey in their honor! Don't forget, if you need any gardening supplies to keep your space looking beautiful, come out to Camdenton Farm and Garden, the best garden supply store at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Camdenton Farm & Garden

Providing quality lawn and garden products at the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding counties for over 25 years! 

251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Crazy Things Your Cat Does, and Why!

August 8th is Cat Day - and while we love our furry feline, it's no joke that some of the funny things they do seem quite unexplainable! From the sounds they make to the way they sit and stare at you when you talk to them - they have some pretty crazy behaviors! Here are a few cat secrets to give you some inside knowledge to some of the crazy things your kitty may do and why.

Cat Faces

Does your furry friend make some crazy faces at you sometimes? Here are some clues to what they may be thinking when they make those faces.

Has her ears forward:
This can be a sign that she is pleased to see you! If you hold out your hand, she'll most likely bump up against you to say hello. Of if she is a shy feline, she may just sniff your hand as a greeting.

Has her ears upright, and sits alert:
Was it a bird? Was it a mouse? She has heard something out of the ordinary and she's listening intently to decide if she should investigate.

Her ears are flat back and her eyes are wide open:
Miss Kitty is feeling scared or anxious. Is there another pet or child threatening her? Try to move find a way to alleviate the situation without making the situation even more frightening.

Cat Noises

Kitties make many sounds as a way to communicate what they are feeling - do you know your cat's language?

Your kitty generally purrs at most things, like dinner, petting, sitting in the sunshine, but the largest reason is that you've given her some form of 'contact' and she likes it.

Chirrup or Meow:
This is the way your furry feline says "hello!" or "welcome home!" or even "is dinner ready yet?"

Chattering at the Window:
Your little kitty has spotted something outside (most likely prey), and they don't think they can catch it.

Cat Postures

Kitty body language is just as important as human body language, you just have to know how to read it!

She has her back hunched up and her fur is on end while growing or hissing:
Your cat will do this when she is defensive. She will puff out her hair to make herself look larger so that whatever is bothering her will leave her alone.

When she rolls on the floor on her back and exposes her stomach:
Your kitty is showing that she trusts you, but if you do decide to pet her, she may still grab at your fingers to play!

Why Does She Do That?

Does your kitty have some peculiar habits? Thye may not be as strange as you thought once you know the meaning behind them!

Bringing you a gift:
Your kitty is trying to show that she is an excellent hunter, and may even be trying to teach YOU how to hunt as well!

Rubbing against a table or person:
Your kitty loves her home and her people and rubs against them to "scent" them which helps her find her way around.

"Kneading" objects:
She'll do this when she's trying to get comfy.

Cat in a box:
This may look pretty funny when your kitty hides in strange spots with just her eyes poking out, but it makes her feel safe. She can see you, but you can't *see* her.

Caring For Your Kitty

Are you looking for cat supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks? We have a full selection of food, supplies, toys, and even some medical supplies. Come out to Camdenton Farm and Garden to get everything you need to care for your kitty. Not to mention, we have all types of pet supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks, from dogs to horses! Come out and see us sometime, and don't forget to say hi to our very own office cat while you're here.

Camdenton Farm & Garden

Providing quality lawn and garden products at the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding counties for over 25 years! 

251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Gardening Tasks for the Month of August

Congratulations, you've practically made it through the summer! We had a nice break from the heat this weekend, but that doesn't mean we're out of the woods yet. Your garden still needs you to pay some attention to it if you want to get through the rest of the season and help you prep for the fall and winter season. You can count on your local farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks to help you finish strong. Here are a few things you can plan to do throughout the August.

Water ... water ... water!

While we have gotten some scattered showers around the Lake area within the last week - there are still several areas that are quite dry. Make sure that you water your lawn one a week if Mother Nature doesn't keep up with the rain. If your lawn gets too dry, it could cause issues in the future for your grass. Do you want to install an irrigation system? We can help you choose some good brands for your lawn.

Cut Back

Did your everblooming or reblooming perennials look amazing at the beginning of the year? Are they starting to look a little disheveled and unkempt, though, now that we're towards the end of the season? Don't be afraid to cut back your perennials this month! It will force re-blooming and keep them growing a bit longer. This is different than just dead-heading though - if you have questions about cutting back your perennials, come in and talk with us!

Apply Liquid Fence

We believe that there is no better product on the market than Liquid Fence. It truly works, as advertised, when used as directed. Make sure that you continue to reapply the product every two weeks, or so, depending on the amount of precipitation that we have. It is all organic, as well, so that it will not physically harm any animal, but will ward off pests!

Gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks

Even if the gardening season is going to start drawing to a close, that doesn't mean we can't still show our gardens a little love! At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have a great supply of tools and garden accessories. Even if you just have questions about your garden, we love when you come in to chat about garden questions, farming tips, and have questions for our very own "Plant Doctor." Come out and see us some time - we look forward to assisting you this month with all of your Lake of the Ozarks gardening needs!

Camdenton Farm & Garden

Providing quality lawn and garden products at the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding counties for over 25 years! 

251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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