Let's Take a Trip Down Memory Lane
Pictured from left to right: Russell Cross, David Cross, Jr., David Cross, Sr., standing next to the "Old Store."
Circa 1968
A photo of "R&L Cross," named after Russell and Louis Cross, brothers.  The store was later renamed "R&D Cross" after Russell and David Cross, Sr., father and son.
Circa 1940

Fun Fact: When you visit R&D Cross, the wooden cabinet by the front door is made out of wood from the old store.
Ladybugs In The Garden
Insects are usually viewed as pests, but did you know ladybugs are actually beneficial to your plants?  Ladybugs can be used as a natural insect control, as they are an enemy to most other insects. While they eat mites, whitefly, scales, mealy bugs and other soft insects, they're best known for controlling aphids. Aphids are common garden insect pests that feed in colonies. Found on a plant's twigs, branches and new growth, aphids descend on garden crops and ornamental plants. An infestation usually causes plant leaves to curl and dry out. As aphids feed, they also leave a residue on the plants that causes damaging mold.  With the presence of ladybugs, you can be rest assured that your plants will be healthy and free of pests.
Other Insect Control
The Importance of Soil Sampling
An important step to ensure your soil has all the nutrients it needs to grow crops, grass or vegetables is to take soil samples.  Sampling the soil is a great way to see what nutrients your soil needs.  Using an auger is one of the most widely used tools to sample the soil, but a shovel will work just as well.  Be sure to take uniform samples from different parts of the field or lawn, in order to get a better view of the entire area being sampled.  Once you have obtained your samples, you can hand it over to a sales associate at R&D Cross, and we can send the sample to be analyzed by a laboratory.  Once the results come back in, our knowledgeable staff will be able to walk you through each step you need to take in order to achieve working, nutrient-rich soil.
Soil Sampling
Cottontail Margarita
1/4 c. marshmallow fluff
2 c. sweetened shredded coconut
1 (14 oz.) can coconut milk
1 1/2 c. silver tequila
1 c. triple sec
1/2 c. pineapple juice
1/4 c. lime juice
Ice, for serving
Using a butter knife (or a small offset spatula), spread marshmallow fluff around rims of glasses. Add shredded coconut to a shallow bowl, then dip the tops of glasses in coconut, adhering the coconut to the fluff. 
In a large pitcher, stir together coconut milk, tequila, triple sec, pineapple juice, and lime juice. 
Add ice to glasses then pour over margarita mixture. 

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