When you go out into your garden and landscape, do you carry your Corona tools? If that’s how you roll, and you want to tell the world about it, then we have a giveaway made just for you! We promise it will be fun along with some very cool prizes with 1 person winning a collection of Corona’s best in class tools and filling your shed with RED! It’s easy, anyone can do it and here’s how…!
Round 1: “How I Roll” Photo Giveaway
Starting today, upload a picture to Corona Tools Facebook page using your favorite tool and tell us why it’s your tool of choice in your yard. Be fun. Be Creative. And by all means, don’t be afraid to show your love of red because it’s up to our friends on Facebook to help you win. Is it your trusty Corona bypass pruner? An E-grip Weeder? The Corona Tools Garden App? (it counts too!) If you’ve never owned a Corona tool, now is the time get your hands on one, try it out and share it on Facebook since this contest is open to everyone. Well, okay it’s open to anyone in the continental USA and you can’t work for or be related to employees at Corona!
On October 1st, the 5 pictures with the most “likes” wins a Corona t-shirt and hat so get those pictures ready and posted! The more time people have to vote, the better your odds are of winning. In addition, the folks at Corona will pick up to 5 winners from the remaining pictures regardless of how many votes are cast. That gives you 2 ways to win and get you into the next round for the real giveaway!
Round 2: “How I Roll” Video Giveaway
If you didn’t have enough fun in round one, things get even more interesting for the winners who advance to round 2. That RED t-shirt becomes your golden ticket to winning some great Corona tools in this round! To get to that prized collection of Corona’s finest, you’ll have 3 weeks to create a short video using your favorite Corona tool in your new t-shirt and telling people why you love it! Tap into your creative side and tell us why you like it, how you use it, how much time it saves you or why it’s the tool you chose when you roll. Just post the video on YouTube, blog or other video hosting service that allows viewer comments along with a link to it on the Corona Tools Facebook page.
Do that and you are guaranteed to win something come November 15, 2011. Whether it’s a Dual Cut Bypass pruner, a complete set of the Dual Cut series, an iTouch to download the new Corona Tools App and the grand prize, a collection of Corona’s best-in-class tools including everything from rakes, shovels, pruner, lopper, head shears, saw, hand tools, extendable handle series, and a Corona wheelbarrow to fill up your shed with RED and be ready to roll with Corona, season after season!
Giveaway Rules – Because someone always asks…rules are rules and here they are:
- Open to US residents in continental US
- Not open to members of Corona, relatives or individuals directly affiliated with Corona
- Photos and videos must be G rated for all to view…We are a family company after all!
- Video lengths should be no longer than 02:00 (2 minutes)
- All entrants will grant rights to use photos and videos in print, digital and online promotional materials
- Use official #CTHOWIROLL on Twitter
Round 2 Giveaway Rules:
Corona will judge entries on 3 main categories;
# of views, best use of the tool, creativity
- 1st Place: Corona Tool Collection valued at approximately $850
- 2nd Place: iTouch compatible with the Corona Tools garden app
- 3rd Place: Dual Cut Series
- Remaining Entries: Dual Cut Bypass Pruner
With record temperatures heating up most of the country this summer, gardening is probably one of the last activities we want to think about doing. It’s important to keep in mind that during excessive heat, it’s as vital for us to stay hydrated as it is for our fruits and vegetables out in the garden. Here are a few things to keep in mind along with an easy low cost solution to help get you and your garden through even the hottest days!
Its Hotter Than You Think – Plants located near buildings, block walls or roof tops for example, are subjected to elevated temperatures. Stucco, concrete and roof tops trap and hold the heat which can raise the temperature surround your plants by as much as 10F!
If You Must Garden – Don’t work in the heat of the day…! While this may sound obvious, gardening in the heat and sun can cause severe exhaustion, heat stroke or even death. Tend to gardening related activities in the early morning hours or evening when temperatures are cooler and out of the direct sun. If you can’t avoid it, try using a pop-up shade cover or patio umbrella over the area you are working in to provide some instant shade. And remember to stop frequently and drink plenty of water.
Patio and Containers Need More Water – Plants in pots or containers require more water that those in the ground especially in hot weather and those near structures or concrete patios. Water thoroughly, use a tray to capture excess water and keep the soil moist. In the heat, water evaporates quickly so be sure to check them often and add a layer of mulch if possible to help keep in the moisture.
Water at the Right Time – Just like working out in the sun during the hottest part of the day, the same can be said for when you water. It’s best to water in the early morning before temps begin to climb.
How You Water is Important Too – In the heat, moisture evaporates quickly, especially with spray sprinkler systems. Much of the spray can be lost to evaporation or carried off by winds. What does make it to the plants will be collected on the leaves and evaporate, never making it to the roots. A great way to keep you and your plants well-hydrated is with recycled water bottles and here’s how you do it;
1 – Grab one of those empty water or soda bottles and drill 1 or 2 holes in the cap (1 for a slower drip)
2 – Turn the bottle over and drill one hole in the bottom so the water can flow easily.
3 – Fill and place upside down near the base of the plant
It’s a cheap and easy way to keep your plants hydrated in excessive heat by providing plenty of water right where your plant needs it most. The slow, steady drip allows water to penetrate the soil and minimizes evaporation loss. It’s also a great way to reuse all the water bottles you’ve gone through keeping yourself hydrated! Good luck and stay cool in the garden.
Being on social networks like Twitter and Facebook, I’m often asked the question, “Are your tools made in the USA?” It’s a completely fair question, however difficult to answer, knowing the response people want to hear. So I thought I would put together a post about our tools, where they are made and our manufacturing process.
A Bit of Corona’s History
We originated in the orange groves of California in the 1920s and we have been designing and marketing agriculture, landscape and garden tools ever since. We’ve also been located in the City of Corona from the day we first began nearly a century ago. Our first tool, the “9B” or orange shear was developed by a local teacher who wanted to help solve the problem of citrus spoiling during its journey across the country. Poor quality fruit meant growers didn’t receive top dollar for their crops. The tool was designed and hand-crafted from forged steel, which helped the California citrus industry flourish and which also became known as, California’s 2nd gold rush.
During World War II, part of the Corona operation was taken over by the US government to forge fasteners and buckles for parachutes for service men fighting overseas. The US needed facilities like Corona’s to support the war efforts and our forging plant made it an ideal choice.
More recently, when I first began working at Corona, I had stopped for gas before going into the office, when the attendant noticed my Corona shirt and asked if I worked for them. I told him I did and he went on to tell me that he had worked for us years ago at our plant located on 6th Street, where we heated steel and forged a growing line of tools. He also reflected back, mentioning that Corona helped build the City of Corona and that whenever someone needed job, “all they needed to do was go to Corona Clipper”.
I thought it was important to provide a framework of our history and legacy during the last century before addressing the question at hand. As a company Corona’s roots have played a vital part in making the California citrus industry successful, supported the efforts of US military during WWII, and apparently helped to build a California city. Throughout this time, we’ve never lost sight of our purpose; helping others succeed by providing them the tools they need to perform season after season.
Are Corona Tools Made in the USA
So back to the question, are our tools made in the US? The short answer is we no longer manufacture all our tools in our US facilities. Our facilities in California and Kentucky provide a variety of operations as it relates to product manufacturing, including product assembly, packaging, quality assurance, engineering and distribution. California is also home to all of the other traditional functional areas of a normal business, such as customer service, sales, marketing, accounting, purchasing, etc.
After moving from our 6th Street location early in 2000s, we shut down our forging processes due to increasing economic pressures and built our new manufacturing facility in Mexico. Customers still wanted good quality tools from Corona, however we saw the trend beginning to shift away from those willing to spend more on a tool made in the US in favor of lower-priced tools . We felt the shift in our business and like 90% of US manufacturing, had to look at alternative solutions to maintain our distribution partners and still be competitive in the marketplace. Mexico offered tremendous opportunities to control our product manufacturing processes and brand, while other parts of the world filled in our line for competitive market needs and completeness.
During the changing economy in the early 2000s, Corona merged with our parent company, Bellota, which has been a family-owned business located in Spain, with over a century of experience in the tool business. It was an ideal partnership for us as they share the same core values as Corona. With our partnership, we are able to increase our purchasing power, buying many of the same parts for our tools, as well as utilize the seven manufacturing facilities located across the globe from our parent company. As family-oriented businesses, we source tools from suppliers throughout the world, never losing site of our commitment to quality. We have earned a reputation among overseas suppliers “…they are too picky on quality” as we will not sacrifice the reputation of our brand which has taken a century to build. Any tool that bears the Corona brand must first exceed our expectation of quality and offer the lasting performance that we expect, season after season.
Is Outsourced Manufacturing a Good Solution for Corona?
The simple answer is no. It provides a balance of making quality tools, at competitive prices, within the global economy that we live in today. Corona has been supporting the USA in one way or another since we began in the 1920s. This is just another chapter in our history that has changed over time as we continue to support Americans by providing jobs for those in our plants and providing quality tools that exceeds our users’ expectations from our brand.
A guest post by author Michael Nolan
The aisle at the supermarket is marked with signs proclaiming their “Fresh Produce”. In their case, fresh means tomatoes that were picked green and shipped in from Mexico after three days in the gas chamber with ethylene (C2H4) a colorless, flammable gas that just so happens to be a petroleum derivative.
The popular sub sandwich chain wants us to “Eat Fresh” with shredded iceberg lettuce that arrives at the store in sealed bags. How fresh can that be? I even went to a local “Farm Fresh” farm stand recently where they were selling fresh bananas. In Alabama. In April. Am I the only one around here who knows that we can’t grow bananas in Alabama?
The time has come to redefine “fresh”. To understand that the term is being abused and bastardized beyond recognition is a good starting point but the only real way to ensure that you and your family are getting real fresh food is to grow it yourself or to personally know the people who are. Growing your own food isn’t nearly the all-encompassing time hog that some would have you believe, nor does it have to break the bank – though I will admit to spending far more on gardening over the years than I ever should have.
Putting an end to food scares
Ever notice that E. coli thing that pops up periodically? You can’t buy onions. Or spinach. Tomatoes, peppers, you name it. In more than 30 years of growing my own food I have yet to experience E. coli or other diseases in my fresh food. I have never heard of someone who grows their own fresh produce dealing with it either.
If you’ve ever griped over the fact that you just can’t buy a decent tomato anymore then you are a perfect candidate for growing your own. It isn’t complicated, doesn’t take much time or effort and you can even do it if all you have to work with is a couple of square feet on a balcony. What’s more, the tomatoes you grow yourself will not be the mealy, flavorless lumps of nothing that you’d be wasting your hard earned cash for in the supermarket.
Start small, with just a couple of plants that you know you enjoy. Tomatoes are a popular starter (and the most popular garden plant grown in the US), but you could even start with a container of herbs or colorful salad greens that will produce over and over throughout the season.
When it comes to fresh food, start taking responsibility for you and your family and stop taking their word for it. Their job is to sell you what they have. Your job is to stop buying the lies.
Michael Nolan, The Garden Rockstar is an author, blogger and speaker on gardening, sustainability, food ethics and homesteading. He is currently in the process of writing a new guest post on a different site for each day in May. To follow his progress, visit MyEarthGarden.com.
Beyond the opportunity to connect with some truly remarkable voices in the tree care industry, one thing I have really started to appreciate about #treechat on Twitter, is discovering how much trees impact daily lives. Yet so often we tend to overlook the many values they provide us like their beauty, clean air, privacy, shade, and the list goes on. On our last chat, we touched on a topic that had a great deal of meaning to quite a few of the participants; planting a tree memorial.
A Living Tribute
A tree memorial serves as a lasting tribute to remember or honor people who have touched our lives. Planting a tree memorial can be cathartic as well as being a comfort. Immediately following the chat I shared a story about a tree that I planted in memory of my mother who passed away on 16 years ago on Earth Day of all days. Looking at it everyday from the dining room table not only reminds me of her, it provides a bit of comfort knowing that I am caring for something that gave her great joy in her life.
Share Your Memorial Tree Story
With so many of us having planted tree memorials, I thought it appropriate to set up an album on the treechat Facebook page for others to share pictures and their stories. Have a tree memorial with a picture and story you would like to share? Just go to our page, click on photos and add yours to the album. It’s a great way for others to share in your memories.
If you would like to join Corona Tools on treechat on Twitter, just go to tweetchat.com on Tuesdays, 11:00am PST and log in with your Twitter account. You’ll be connected with tree experts across the country who share and exchange valuable tree cares tips and information. Don’t miss it!
With much of the country buried in snow, it’s hard to think about getting outside and doing any kind of yard work. However tree care experts agree, Winter is the time to get out and prepare your trees during dormancy and get them off to a great start in Spring. Last week on Corona’s #treechat via Twitter, our guest host, The Care of Trees, offered some excellent tips Winter tree care as well as other industry experts. What tree care activities are essential for Winter? Here is quick excerpt from the Jan 5th #treechat transcript.
5 Tree Care Activities for Winter
@thecareoftrees: A great mulch is the one yours trees already provides, fallen leaves
@VoiceOfTreeCare: Mulch piled too high can cause rodent damage
@thecareoftrees: Avoid “volcano mulching”
@arborjet Proper mulching is important in any season We have a good reference video
@arborjet: Placing mulch around base of your tree helps moderate temperature fluctuations & moisture loss in winter
@NJTrees Recent studies show the BEST thing you can do for trees is good mulch. Helps fertilize the roots too.
@MaryStematik: wood chip mulch, over time, can replace fertilizers
@MaryStematik If there is no snow on the ground, and you haven’t yet mulched, now is a good time
@thecareoftrees: Dormant pruning is one of the best things you can do for your tree in the winter
@thecareoftrees Pruning during dormant months can reduce chances of injuring surrounding landscape when compared with pruning during other times of the year
@thecareoftrees Pruning is ideal as the potential for disease to spread is diminished during dormant season
@thecareoftrees Energy stored during the winter in roots and branches is channeled to fewer growth points in the spring
@thecareoftrees: Dormant pruning lowers the risk of disease spread through pruning cuts
@NJTrees: Pruning trees in winter is also good exercise!
@VoiceOfTreeCare best time to prune fruit trees, Late winter, when temps are mid-50s to low-60s
@thecareoftrees: Dormant pruning helps provide a tree with a “growth spurt”
@VoiceOfTreeCare: Make sure not to prune more than 25% of the tree as it can cause shock to it.
@thecareoftrees Without leaves, an arborist can easily see the branching patterns of trees, crossing branches and weak crotches
@thecareoftrees: For more information on winter / dormant pruning check out our flyer at http://ht.ly/3z0n7
3: Caring for Limbs
@DaveyTree: If limb breaks off from snow & remains in tree canopy, remove the stub and properly cut soon as weather allows
@DaveyTree Plants are flexible, so knocking the weight off may cause them to “snap” back, potentially damaging the circulatory system.
@thecareoftrees: Painting or tarring over cuts prevent trees from healing naturally.
4: Remembering Safety
@DaveyTree: If a limb breaks and becomes entangled in a power lines, notify your utility company immediately
@DaveyTree: Preventative pruning and hazardous tree removal should be performed before potential storms of late winter and spring
@DaveyTree Be mindful of walking or parking under branches weighed down by snow or ice as they may snap and fall, causing injury or damage
@thecareoftrees Cabling also helps reduce stress damage from high winds and excess ice or snow weight
@thecareoftrees: If your tree is already braced, have the hardware inspected in winter. For more info: http://ht.ly/3z0fg
@DaveyTree: Water trees during dry spells… even during winter. Evergreens and new plantings are susceptible to drought
@thecareoftrees: Conifers can benefit from winter watering every now & then when the soil is dry, not frozen
@arborjet: Right before winter, spraying evergreens with anti-desiccants helps seal moisture.
For more information on winter tree care, please visit The Care of Trees’ FAQ. When you’re not sure about a specific job or tree care task, please visit Tree Care Industry Association site to locate a certified arborist near you.
Join Us for #treechat
Have questions or comments about tree care? Join us on at our new time, beginning January 18th, “Tree Tuesdays” at 11:00AM/ 2:00PM EST, when @CoronaTools connects with top tree care industry professionals on Twitter, to discuss relevant tree care topics. It’s free to participate and you can get your questions answered, learn tips and how-to’s from the experts, enter to win weekly giveaways and more. Not on Twitter? You can access the transcripts from each weekly chat that are posted on the #treechat Facebook page.
Tree photos are courtesy of Brenda Haas of BGgarden.com
There’s football on TV, the days are getting shorter and the weather is cooling off which means one thing, fall is upon us! It’s time to think about cleaning up your landscape for the winter and planning for next spring. While you may still be enjoying iced tea and balmy evenings out on the patio, winter is approaching—and getting your flower beds, trees or vegetable garden ready is important for another fresh, healthy growing season in the coming year.
Fall gardening isn’t just about saying goodbye to the plants you’ve enjoyed all summer long. While cleaning up your annuals, perennials and spent vegetable plants is certainly important, fall is also the right time to rejuvenate your landscape, plant bulbs, prune trees and a host of other activities that can enhance the appearance of your garden all year round.
Here’s a list of Corona Tool’s six important fall gardening activities:
Fall Activity #1: Plant fall garden favorites or a late veggie crop. Old favorites like chrysanthemums and impatiens thrive in autumn’s cooler temperatures, bringing a much-needed blast of color to the fall landscape. Depending upon the anticipated date of your region’s first frost, you may also be able to plant a second vegetable crop in the space vacated by peas, strawberries or other summer favorites that have long since passed their prime.
Fall Activity #2: Clean up debris and create a compost pile. Leaves and other debris left in the garden can interfere with next year’s growth and provide a home for unwanted pests. However, when properly composted, grass clippings, leaves and food waste can become a nutritious additive to your garden soil next spring. It’s a good idea to store your compost pile in a lidded container, turning it with a pitchfork every week or two to encourage air flow and balance bacterial growth.
Fall Activity #3: Prepare your soil and plant spring-flowering bulbs. Spring-blooming bulbs are planted in the fall to provide the chilling time required to generate spring flowers. Remember to prepare your soil before planting bulbs by working compost or other rich organic material into your soil to a depth of 12”. Consider using a specialized bulb planting tool with a conical shape that makes planting bulbs a snap.
Fall Activity #4: Divide perennials. Get more bang for your buck by dividing up perennials and filling in vacant garden space—or even start a new perennial garden elsewhere in the yard. For less stress to the plants, divide perennials on a cool, cloudy day to keep them from drying out, and plant them immediately. Dividing perennials in the fall gives the plant valuable time to set new roots before it expends energy on spring blooms.
Fall Activity #5: Get roses ready for the cold weather ahead. After roses have dropped their leaves, cover plants with approximately 8” of compost, soil or mulch to protect them from harsh winter weather. This is also a good time to prune back any canes so that they are not whipped about and damaged by high winds. A bypass pruner has blades which slide by each other in a scissors-type cutting action, allowing for cleaner, faster-healing cuts.
Fall Activity #6: Prune trees and shrubs. Detecting dead or damaged branches is easier when some leafy growth still exists, making fall a good time to prune many trees and shrubs. However, don’t prune any spring-flowering specimens at this time—these trees and shrubs set their flower buds in the fall, so pruning now could diminish their flower displays next spring. Try using a long-reach pruner instead of climbing a dangerous ladder to prune higher branches or uncomfortably stooping to prune lower ones.
While spring and summer are considered “prime time” for gardening, it’s important not to neglect those fall gardening tasks that will not only spruce up your landscape now, but also set the stage for an even better landscape in the months ahead. So in between all those haystack rides and football games, make plans to get into the garden this fall—it will definitely pay off in the long run.
Have your own tips for fall gardening? Share them with us and we’ll add them to the list?
All of the tools mentioned are available from various retail outlets or from the Corona website.