Recent Blog Posts

  • Grass Germination

    April 15, 2013
    Germination is dependent on soil temperature and available soil moisture. Most cool season species, like those listed below, will not start the germination process until soil temperatures are above 50° F. Warmer soil temperature results in a faster germination rate.
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  • When to Put Up Bird Houses

    April 1, 2013
    Knowing when to put up bird houses can help you attract nesting birds to your backyard so you can enjoy the experience of being part of a growing bird family.
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  • Basic Composting How-To

    March 15, 2013
    Starting a compost pile is as easy as following a cooking recipe. Just get the right ingredients together, mix well, and let it cook. In a matter of months you'll have finished "black gold" to mix into the soil of your flower, herb and vegetable gardens.
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  • Planning Your Garden

    March 1, 2013
    To create a garden with beauty and balance, begin with planning, not digging. A way to start a plan is by drawing a sketch of all garden areas.
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  • Rake Your Roof

    January 1, 2013
    A roof rake is an essential tool in any area that can see substantial snowfall, whether it is from the occasional heavy storm, lake effect snowfall, or just consistent flurries all winter long.
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  • How to Identify & Treat Frostbite in Dogs

    December 15, 2012
    You might think that because your dog is covered in a fur coat from head to foot that it will be protected against frostbite. However, you would be wrong.
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  • Choosing a Bed for Your Dog

    November 15, 2012
    Most dogs sleep for 12 hours a day. Choosing the right bed is essential. New dog owners are often shocked by how much their dog sleeps. Most dogs sleep for 12 hours a day, and some breeds will doze for as much as 18 hours.
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  • Renovating an Overgrown Houseplant

    November 1, 2012
    Branching, shrub-like houseplants, such as scented geranium, hibiscus, flowering maple, begonia, and schefflera, need regular pruning to keep them healthy and attractive. Ideally, you should begin pruning while the plant is small.
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  • Fertilizing your Lawn in the Fall

    October 15, 2012
    It's not unusual to fertilize your lawn in the spring, but don't let the cooler temperatures of autumn fool you. Fall actually is the best time to fertilize the grass, even better than springtime.
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  • Carving & Decorating Pumpkins & Gourds

    October 1, 2012
    Pumpkins and gourds are fantastic fall decorations, perfect for centerpieces, flower arrangements, window boxes, mantles, porches and decks. But how can you carve or decorate them for the best effect?
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