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Page 2 April Edition Southern Pines Today The newspaper distribution now reaches over 7,000 readers in these communities. Victoria & Shelby After we endured a long “Winter”, Spring is fi nally here in the Sandhills. We have many outdoor events occurring in April including the much awaited “Springfest” here in Southern Pines. Finally the month of April is upon us and with it, brings the Morgan Sills production of the “Miracle Worker” starring John Colby, the “Festival at the Farm” in Aberdeen an event for the entire family. In addition to US Mail to thousands of residents and businesses, many thanks to the companies where we distribute including, The Fresh Market, Harris Teeters, Food Lion’s, Macs Breakfast Restaurant, various convenience stores and the Southern Pines Po s t O f fi c e. We appreciate all of the support that our advertisers have given this publication to continue as a monthly informative newspaper. Make sure you continue to shop local and please visit the businesses that support your community newspaper every month to make this publication possible. For tickets online please visit http://judsontheatre.com Tickets may be purchased in person at The Country Bookshop, Given Memorial Library, and the Campbell House in Southern Pines. For Discounted Group Rates (10+) email: JudsonTheatre@gmail.com Discount Student and Military Rush tickets available at the door (limit 2 per ID) The Sunday, April 15 performance b enefi t s Vision4Moore and their partner for the event Dogwood District of the Boy Scouts of America Also, the “Sip and Sample” benefi t- ing the Sandhills Children’s Center, Prancing Horse Barn Dance and many, many other events. Please call or e-mail the newspaper to publish any of your non profi t or church events free of charge to let everybody in the Aberdeen, Southern Pines and Whispering Pines communities be aware of your event. Have a Great April Victoria Levinger Publisher We Cover Southern Pines Like Nobody Else! 910-685-0320 Info@SouthernPinesToday.com

Southern Pines Today April Edition Page 3 First quarter results are in and the results show a strong spring market. Currently, 140 single family homes are for sale - a dramatic increase over last month. Despite the increase in homes for sale, homes are selling at a rapid rate and keeping a steady inventory. There are currently 82 homes under contract. If you are thinking of selling your home, call the real estate agent that sells more homes, year after year, than any other agent in Moore County. Call Martha Gentry today! (910)295-7100 Prime Properties After having dug ourselves out from underneath record-breaking snow and cold these past few months, many residents around the Sandhills regions uncovered evergreen plants and bushes the appeared to have not survived the weather. Hold the shovel! According to Pete Gulley, owner of Gulley’s Garden Center in Southern Pines, do not be so quick to prune or uproot and start over. There are defi nite tell-tale signs that a plant is completely dead. “Take time to closely examine your greenery,” says Pete. “You have to look beyond the destroyed appearance of the leaves and foliage and pay attention to the base and stem of the plant.” Gulley’s gives specifi c instructions to determine if their shrubbery is totally dead: Scratch toward the base of the plant with your thumbnail. If the undersurface is still green, then the plant is still alive. A dead plant with have a tan/ brownish tissue just below the bark. Look at the base of the stem. If you see splitting and peeling of the bark, that most likely means the stems are dead. Sandhills Winter Plant Problems Brown tissue just below the bark means a branch is dead. Photos by Dan Gill/LSU AgCenter. Green tissue under the bark indicates the plant is still alive. Gulley says those shrubs most likely affected by the winter cold include: tea olives, windmill palms, gardenias, Daphnes, and Nandinas. Many gardeners are partial to container plants. “Those are harder hit,” explains Gulley. “Their roots are more exposed, less protected from the weather elements. But use both criteria to determine if the plant has died.” If that is the case, put the bush to rest and head over to Gulley’s Garden Center for skilled advice in choosing replacement greenery. Gulley’s Garden Center, located at 445 SE Broad St, has been serving the Southern Pines/Sandhills region since 1974. It is owned and operated by Pete Gulley, and his children Graham Gulley and Megan Gulley Hunt. Graham and Megan both spent their growing up years learning the business from their father, Pete and their mother, Linda. Graham earned his degree in Economics from UNC-Asheville in the late 1990’s. He returned to Southern Pines to complete the Horticultural Program at Sandhills College then joined the family business. Megan studied advertising and fi lm production only to return to the love of her North Carolina roots, literally, and has been with the business for almost 20 years. More than just your typical shrubbery store, Gulley’s aims to be the idyllic place to build your dream garden. Graham Gulley is the perfect person to help your vision unfold. Personal consultations at your home, discussing ideas for your garden, how to lay it out, what plants to include – are all a part of his professional services. He is also able to do the same with photos taken of your greenery-in-the-making. This is busy season. Please allow a week or so for Graham to design to perfection. Gulleys Garden Center undoubtedly has the expertise to guide you to that showcase garden. When and how to fertilize to achieve optimal pH of the soil. How to protect your plants against extreme heat and cold. Best greenery for your sun/shade. How to handle injured shrubbery. As well as direction on insecticides and managing pests. Walking into Gulley’s one simply knows that they will receive the absolute fi nest help in bringing the splendor of nature to their home. It may be hard to buy just one bush. Living things are not meant to be alone. CENTER HOURS: MON-FRI, 9-5. SAT 9-4. Closed Sunday By: Kathy Mason