Meet Our Employee: Duane Donaldson

At the heart of Buck Jones Nursery has always been our employees. They’re more than co-workers, they are a family. Some have been with us for years. Others are fairly new. But no matter their tenure, we want you, our customers, to know them.

Here, we will highlight our employees with some questions and answers.

This introduction is Duane Donaldson.

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How long have you been at Buck Jones Nursery? 3 years

What is your position at Buck Jones Nursery? If you’ve held multiple positions, what have they been? Sales Account Manager

What’s your favorite part of your job? Helping customers, of course!

Tell us a little about yourself and your family. My two daughters and I love to garden; we have a nice vegetable garden every summer. My father and grandfathers always had summer gardens, and one of my grandfathers was involved with the development of the American Camellia Society. My wife teaches ballet, tap, and jazz dance to all ages. My girls are also quite talented in dance.

What do you like to do in your spare time? (Hobbies, volunteer work, etc.) I am involved with historic cemetery cleanup and restorations, as well as avid local historian/genealogist.

How do you balance your career at Buck Jones and family? Family comes first- as soon as I get home they have my full attention.

What is something most people don’t know about you? I have fished every stocked stream in Georgia and all the stocked streams in Western NC.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? To fly!

Do you have a favorite sports team? If so, who is it? Atlanta Braves.

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Meet Our Employee: Josh Marlette

At the heart of Buck Jones Nursery has always been our employees. They’re more than co-workers, they are a family. Some have been with us for years. Others are fairly new. But no matter their tenure, we want you, our customers, to know them.

Here, we will highlight our employees with some questions and answers.

Our first introduction is Josh Marlette.

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How long have you been at Buck Jones Nursery? Almost five years.

What is your position at Buck Jones Nursery? If you’ve held multiple positions, what have they been? Now – Allied Manager, Previously – Allied Sales, Driver, Plant Yard Sales

What’s your favorite part of your job? I love the variety each day brings plus we have some of my favorite customers I have ever dealt with at any job.

Tell us a little about yourself and your family. Well, I have a mom, brother, and sister, and nephews, and nieces. Plus a whole lot of extended family. I am the baby of 51 first cousins on my dad’s side!

Do you have a favorite song lyric or quote? If so, what does it mean to you? Float on. It’s tattooed on my left wrist and has sort of become my mantra. As someone that has fought depression all of my adult life, it is something that I’m very passionate about. That phrase comes from a song title from the 90’s and that song has resonated with me for a long time.

What do you like to do in your spare time? (Hobbies, volunteer work, etc.) I love the outdoors, I follow sports car racing like my life depends on it, I worked in animal rescue for about 7 years and still help out when I can, I do love to nerd out though and play a video or board game with friends or watch movies.

How do you balance your career at Buck Jones and family? Once the work day ends, I turn work off until I clock back in. Everyone at Buck Jones is good about putting family and personal life first so it isn’t hard to turn it off at the end of the day. There is a genuine interest in employee well-being here and that goes a long way.

What is something most people don’t know about you? I have never ridden a bicycle nor did I ever learn how.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Super speed or flight.

Do you have a favorite sports team? If so, who is it? Oakland Raiders, Atlanta United, and IMSA racing in general

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Rose Rosette Disease

The last few summers have brought attention to cases of Rose Rosette Disease. Since so many landscapes have Knockout Roses, seeing RRD is becoming more common (but it is not rampant) and we find ourselves fielding questions about “What is wrong with my roses?”

RRD is a virus spread by tiny mites and the most obvious symptom is “witch’s broom” (very red and thorny stems with bright red foliage). There is no cure for RRD and the plant will likely die within 2-3 years. However, a preventative miticide program for your roses can keep the disease from infecting the plant to begin with.

Witch's Broom Image: Integrated Pest Management, Univ of Missouri

Witch’s Broom Image: Integrated Pest Management, Univ. of Missouri

When a rose is found to have RRD, if it’s only on one cane, follow the cane all the way to the ground and cut it off. You’ll know within the next year if the RRD was contained to that one area. If not, the entire rose needs to be removed, roots and all, from the ground and disposed of by burning or placing in a landfill.

One way to keep RRD from being transferred from plant to plant, is to take precautions when pruning. Clean your shears with a 10% bleach/90% water solution between plants and/or cuts.

Cleaning your shears when pruning is a good practice anyway, but especially with roses.

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Early Summer Deals!

Make sure you take a look at all the great deals we’ve got going on right now.

There are HUGE lists of 50% off and FREE (yes, free) material! They’re only available while supplies last.

Wholesale

Retail

Landscape Supply 

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Creating a Night Garden

As the temperatures get warmer and days get longer, people retreat to their back porches, verandas, decks, and outdoor living rooms. We gather around grills and firepits to tell stories and commune while we celebrate birthdays, engagements, and random Friday nights.

How can those areas can be enhanced to make evenings more interesting?

Use plants with variegated foliage.

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White variegation on foliage will reflect off lighting and the moonlight, shining an ambient light into your space. Choose plants such as variegated hostas, variegated English ivy, or variegated pittosporum.

Choose white flowering plants.

IMG_7301White azaleas, vinca, sweet alyssum, phlox, white hydrangeas, gardenias, or shasta daisies will grab your attention as the light shines on the flowers, making them seem larger than life.

Enhance with lighting.

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photo: John Mills

Outdoor lighting will finish off your night garden nicely. Lighting can be installed into your hardscape, but If you don’t want to install lighting, be creative! Use soup cans or old chandeliers to hold votive candles. Hang Christmas lights along the bannister or railing of your deck to give a twinkle to the area.

 

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It’s Pre-Emergent Time!

Weed prevention is one of the keys to having a vigorous, lush lawn. Nobody wants crabgrass and other pesky weeds invading their beautiful blades of grass. This is why pre-emergent use in the late winter/early spring is so important.

Pre-emergent herbicides prevent the germination of weed seeds, preventing them from ever seeing the light of day. When applied in the spring and fall, they are very effective in keeping crabgrass and other annual weeds at bay.

The suggested time period for applying the herbicide is between February 15 and March 15, with around March 1 being ideal for Georgia. Soil temperatures above 50º encourage germination and that milestone temperature typically occurs between those dates in our service areas.

Some of the pre-emergent herbicides we keep in stock at our Grayson location are:

0-0-7 w/ 0.22 Barricade (2-3 mo)

5-5-25 w/ 0.375 Barricade(4-5 mo)

20-0-10 w/ 0.375 Barricade (4-5 mo)

Surflan Liquid

XL 2G 50 lb granular (Ornamental or Turf)

Contact our Grayson Location Landscape Supply Department at 770.963.8227 for more information.

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November 4 Vendor Day Schedule and Information

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10:00 AM — Keystone Wall systems with John Nolan of Tremron and Jimmie Hester of Keystone

John and Jimmiw will provide an overview of the Keystone products manufactured by Tremron. Stonegate, Country Manor, and Compac wall systems will be covered, PLUS a hands-on demonstration using Keystone blocks.

11:00 AM — Gator Base with Troy Respass of Alliance

Troy will provide an overview of the Gator Base system PLUS there will be a hands-on demonstration of a paver install using Gator Base. -An overview of the Gator Base system.

12:00 PM — Chicken and Pork Barbecue Lunch catered by Big Daddy Que

 

1:00 PM — Tandem Wall system with Grant Miller of Belgard

Grant will provide an overview of the Tandem Wall System and there will be a hands-on demonstration using the system.

2:00 PM — Pesticides with Art Assad and Sam Morris of Agrisel

Art and Sam will provide an overview of the Agrisel herbicide, insecticide, and fungicide lines. There will be a Q&A session, so come with questions!

RSVP for Classes by October 28 to

Josh@buckjones.com or 770.963.8227

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Dry Conditions Present Opportunity to Save Water Outdoors

Press Release from GGIA, August 1, 2016

With much of Georgia mired in drought conditions, members of the Georgia Green Industry Association are focused on promoting efficient outdoor water use and encouraging Georgians to save water in the landscape. Water saving tips aren’t just for professionals and can go a long way towards reducing water usage outdoors.

Georgia’s Water Stewardship Act limits spray irrigation to the hours between 4pm and 10am. This common sense measure eliminates watering during the heat of the day and reduces water lost to evaporation. More efficient methods of watering like drip irrigation and hand watering are allowed at any time. New plantings or landscapes can be watered any time of day for 30 days following installation allowing plants to become established in the landscape.

Currently no utilities in Georgia have mandatory water restrictions in place as the state is
operating in a pre-drought status as planned well in advance through the Drought Management Rules of the Water Stewardship Act of 2012. Georgians have shown a commitment to this culture of conservation and have reduced per capita water usage. Utilities must petition Georgia EPD in advance of enacting any change to the state’s outdoor water use rules.

GGIA members are distributing a flier titled “Make Every Drop Count” to homeowners and customers. This complimentary information piece includes more tips to help save water including having irrigation systems checked by certified irrigation professionals. An irrigation system checkup can help identify broken heads, leaky pipes of other inefficiencies. A copy of the flier can be seen below and/or downloaded here.

Watering Tips for the Landscape

 

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GGIA and UGA Present: Academy of Crop Production

The Academy of Crop Production is a Southern-centric four day conference dedicated exclusively to sharing information on ADVANCED ornamental crop production and business management techniques for ornamental producers.

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Hosted by the University of Georgia and the Georgia Green Industry Association, at the beautiful Indigo Hotel, Athens, GA. This is not a trade show, but rather a concentrated series of classes that focus on important current issues facing growers.

The event kicks off on June 12th with the GGIA Reception at the beautiful State Botanical Garden of Georgia featuring a keynote presentation from Dean Norton, Director of Horticulture at the historic Mount Vernon.

And you’ll want to stick around for the UGA Trial Gardens Industry Open House on Wednesday June 15th. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be enjoy  the classic city while learning from world class presenters!

For more info, go HERE.

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Product Highlight: NuPlay® Mulch

The Allied Department at our Grayson Location is excited to carry NuPlay® Mulch, a high quality playground mulch made from 100% recycled, non-toxic, environmentally friendly rubber products. It exceeds standards set by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission for playground mulch.

Unlike other rubber mulches, NuPlay® will not float when heavy rains move through. It stays put and doesn’t attract ants, termites, or other pests. It inhibits mold and fungi, limiting allergy risks. It’s also 99.9% wire-free and doesn’t create dust, so your children stay safe and clean!

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We carry the NuPlay® Mulch in Earthtone in 1.5 cubic foot bags.

Click HERE for more details.

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