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Fertilize Your Lawn for Fall: When, Why, & How?

Did you know that most homeowners overfertilize their lawns and gardens? And, some don’t fertilize at all! You can have a green, luscious, fantastic-looking lawn in the Spring if you prepare it properly with Fall lawn fertilization. If you’ve ever wondered if fertilizing your lawn in the Fall is important, how much fertilizer you should be using, when you should fertilize your lawn, or even what ratio of nutrients your winter fertilizer should include, you will find your answers here.

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Your Entire Thanksgiving Dinner on the Grill

We have a lot to be thankful for; family, friends, neighbors…and our grilling experts! If you thought the grill was only used for meat, prepare to be amazed. Everything your family loves to eat during Thanksgiving dinner can be cooked on the grill this year; turkey, baked beans, twice baked potatoes, apple crisp, mac n’ cheese, and more! All the favorite Thanksgiving appetizers, sides, main courses, and desserts have been made into recipes for your pellet grill or smoker. Enjoy!

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Healthy Chicken Treats from Jack-o-Lanterns & More

When Halloween is over, seeing your smiling jack-o-lantern tossed to the curb can be tough. Chickens, however, are happy to see your pumpkins thrown out, especially if they get to eat them. Pumpkins and other fruits and vegetables make fantastic, healthy chicken treats. Today, we are going to fill you in on the best things that you can toss in your chicken run instead of the trash.

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Mastering the Deer Call for the Best Hunting Results

The deer call is not a new addition to the sport of hunting. However, some hunters are afraid to use them because they worry about spooking deer. If you aren’t familiar enough with the sounds of grunts, rattles, bleats, and snorts that deer make, you could be costing yourself a buck. But, if you know the best times to use a deer call and how to mimic the sounds of fawn, doe, and territorial bucks, you are going to have much more luck than sitting in the treestand.

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Warm Up This Winter with These Energy-Saving Tips

From snow showers to blustery winds, small changes can keep your home cozy while having a big impact on your energy bill. With these tips from Ameren Illinois, you’ll be ready to handle snow days, holiday parties, and everything in between like an energy efficiency expert.


Stay Warm & Bundle Up
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Instead of cranking up the thermostat, one of the easiest ways to save on your heating bill is to put on a pair of warm socks and a sweatshirt or cozy up with a blanket. This will help keep you warm without using additional energy.


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Whether you have an annual holiday lighting contest with your neighbor or just like to hang a few strands throughout your house, invest in LED holiday light strings. This will keep those extra holiday lights from driving up your power bill. You can find all kinds of LED holiday lights at your local Rural King.

For even more savings, put your holiday lights on a timer so they turn off when you go to bed.


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Be sure to keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning so your heat doesn’t escape up the chimney. To prevent heat loss when using your fireplace, install tempered glass doors to keep the warm air in, and a heat-air exchange system, which blows the warm air back into the room.


Find all the supplies you need for your energy savings project at your local Rural King.

For more energy-saving tips and projects, visit the Ameren Illinois Energy Savings Center.