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Three Things You Need To Know About Growing A Lawn In The Alaska Panhandle

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Things You Need To Know About Growing A Lawn In The Alaska Panhandle

You Need to Provide Excellent Drainage Alaska’s panhandle is covered by the largest national forest in the country and the planet’s largest rain temperate forest, the Tongass National Forest. Although rainfall amounts vary among different parts of the Tongass, water is a part of living in the rain forest. The inhabited communities of the Tongass are all located in coastal areas that experience high rainfall levels. For this reason, yard and garden areas can easily become flooded, creating optimal conditions for fungal pathogens to become problematic. French drains can keep lawn conditions from becoming overly soggy, and grasses such as bluepoint redgrass work well in wet conditions. Always install retaining walls in areas where lawns slope downward because runoff is a serious issue in this area due to heavy rainfall. The Soil is Extremely Acidic  Because the Tongass National Forest is comprised primarily of coniferous trees such as hemlock, spruce, red and yellow cedar, and pine, the soil tends to be highly acidic, particularly the areas around the trees themselves. Most people in Alaska panhandle communities simply choose to leave the areas under the trees natural because the combination of shade and acidic soils is too much for them to handle. However, there are a few kinds of lawn grass that may do well in this type of conditions. Fescues are suited to southeastern Alaska climates and do fairly well in shade and acidic soils. Bluegrass and bentgrass are other possible options. No matter what kind of lawn grass you choose for using under coniferous trees, you can help reduce soil acidity by keeping conifer needles raked up. Deer May Damage Your Grass Deep populations are extremely high on the Alaska panhandle, and even those living in fairly well-populated cities such as Ketchikan and Juneau regularly see deer in their yards. Although lawn grass isn’t among the favorite forage items of deer they will eat it, and there’s no particular type of grass they don’t like. You can make it less tempting to them by keeping the grass fairly short. However, the small amounts of grass that deer and moose eat won’t have a significant impact on the health of appearance of your lawn, but their droppings are a different story. Deer droppings contain very high amounts of nitrogen, which grass needs in order to thrive, but too much nitrogen in the same spot can cause the individual lawn plants to burn, leaving holes in your yard. Using a rake or shovel to spread the droppings over the rest of your lawn so it may benefit from the free natural fertilizer.  For more information, contact companies that sell wholesale grass seed and other lawn care...

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How To Make Mulch For Your Plants

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Make Mulch For Your Plants

Mulch adds another layer of protection on top of soil for your plants. It conserves moisture, prevents soil erosion, helps soil maintain an even temperature, protects your plants and suppresses weed growth. Buying mulch from the store can really add up when you have to buy multiple bags.  An advantage of using mulch is that you do not have to buy it. You can make mulch from items in your yard like leaves, bark chips and grass clippings. Read on to find out how to make mulch for your yard. Make Wood Chips A wood chipper or shredder can help you make your own wood mulch. This machine is a great way to recycle old broken limbs, trees and debris in your yard. It takes tree trunks and limbs and reduce them into small wood chips. To make wood mulch, you will need to find wood chippers for sale or rent one. Many stores offer the smaller portable models of wood shredders. These machines can shred small to medium sized branches. They come with instructions, but very easy to use. It is as simple as feeding the chipper branches and wood chips come out at the other end. Make Leaf Mold Leaf mold or mulch is not found in stores. It is basically partially decomposed leaves, which breaks down to a crumbly brown material and has an earthy scent. Leaf mold has a number of good attributes. It absorbs rainwater to reduce runoff, retains moisture in soil and helps cool roots. To make mulch, you need to shred your leaves. One of the easy ways to do this is run over the leaves with a lawn mower and rake them up. You can also use a leaf shredder. After shredding the leaves, you want to put them in a trash bag and add garden soil. You have to stash the bags for about a year. Come next spring, you will have fresh mulch for your plants. Many landscapers use mulch because it works like a fertilizer. It breaks down over time while putting nutrients into your soil. If you choose to not use mulch, then you will have a weed problem. This material also works well on vegetable and fruit plants. It can help vegetable and fruit plants to maintain their moisture levels during those hot days. The main benefit of mulch is that it stops weeds from draining all of the nutrients from your...

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Tips To Help Prolong The Life Of A Wood Trailer Deck

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips To Help Prolong The Life Of A Wood Trailer Deck

An open wood deck utility trailer can serve multiple purposes, from hauling weekend project materials, to toting lawn equipment or recreational vehicles. These versatile trailers are generally less expensive than those with a metal flatbed, especially if you purchase them on the used market. The main minor drawback to a wood deck is durability. Fortunately, proper care and maintenance, as outlined in the tips below, can help counter this issue. Tip #1: Replace Proactively Better wood trailers use boards as opposed to plywood sheets to create a sturdy and stable deck, but both styles require similar care. A few rotten boards or a crumbling sheet of plywood is no reason to get rid of a trailer or pass on a good used trailer deal. Instead, check each board carefully. Using a screwdriver, poke each board to see if it is sturdy or beginning to rot and fall apart. Also look for visible signs of decay, such as major splintering or cracks. Pry up the damaged boards or plywood and cut new pieces to fit. Pressure treated wood is a good option, since it is less prone to rot. These can then be attached to the main trailer frame with lag bolts, effectively giving you a like-new deck. Tip #2: Seal It Up Protecting the wood from weathering is the single best way to prevent many forms of rot. Wood sealers made for outdoor decking and fences work well on a utility trailer. Remember, it needs to be applied to both the upper and bottom surface of the trailer, since water spray from the road can wreak unseen damage to the deck. Trailers often experience heavier usage than a fence, so they may need more frequent applications of a sealer than what is recommended on the label. As a general rule, reapply the sealer if water is no longer beading on the surface of the wood. Tip #3: Protect and Prevent Certain things are harder on wood than others. For example, oil leaks from lawn equipment or small vehicles can soak into the wood and cause damage. Laying down a heavy rubber trailer or garage mat under these items can catch any potential leaks. You can even line the entire wood deck with a mat to protect it against damage from hauled items. You should remove it during wet weather, though, so moisture isn’t trapped under the mat where it can damage the wood. For more information on maintaining the wood deck of your utility trailer, contact a utility trailer dealer near...

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Important Steps When Maintaining Your Well

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Important Steps When Maintaining Your Well

If you have a water well on your property, these steps are important to take. They will help you take good care of this well. Inspect the Well Cover One of the most important aspects of your well is the well cover. This part is responsible for keeping things and creatures out of your well throughout the months, so it needs to be in good condition. If you notice visible signs of damage, replace it with a new one. As a replacement, try selecting one that is made from a weatherproof material. That way, whether it rains or it gets really windy outside, your well cover is not going to damage at all. It’s also smart to get a well cover that is lightweight. This makes the well cover easy to use and set up on top of your well. Make sure you use stakes with the cover, so it’s not prone to blowing off when the weather gets bad. Keep Certain Things Out of the Well Another important step to take when maintaining your well is monitoring what goes inside it. When working with hazardous materials, such as oil or fertilizer, make sure you keep it away from the well. Otherwise, these things could get into it and contaminate your source of water. Always make sure the well cover is on and it is secure. To prevent your well from overflowing with water, you need to make sure the surface around the pump is sloped away from it. This allows for proper drainage, so water and other things can’t move back inside the well when it rains. Have the Well Serviced If your water is dirty or spits of air are coming from your faucets, you are going to need to have your water well serviced. This can be done in a safe, efficient manner when you hire a well pumping service. Professionals will come out to your property, and they will diagnose the problem with your well pump. They will take it out, and it’s important to leave this job up to professionals because some pumps are extremely heavy. After diagnosing and fixing your pump, they will reinstall it. They will also give you tips on maintaining your well pump, so it works at an optimal level for a long time. In order to keep your water well in good condition for a long time, these steps are important to take. They could potentially save you a lot of money in terms of repairs. Visit R & H Service Inc for more...

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Some Important Parts of a Cone Crusher

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Some Important Parts of a Cone Crusher

Looking to buy a cone crusher for agricultural or industrial use? Here are some of the common parts of these machines that you want to evaluate when shopping around and inspecting various models. External Locking Cylinders These features of a cone crusher make it easier to maintain the system over time. Take a look to see how these outside pieces are connected to the machine, and how they are accessible to those who will use them. Sealing Systems Internal sealing systems protect parts from specific kind of pressure as they break down rock material or other natural materials. Ask about how a dual sealing system or other protective design works. Crushing Action Many of these machines have a thin, narrow crushing chamber above the cone cylinder, or a different type of technique such as a cam and lever crushing action. Know how the machine works and how it works on the natural materials to break them down into finer textures. Rotation System You’ll also want to look carefully at how the cone rotates, and whether or not there are easy automatic shutoffs or other features for the eccentric rotation of the device. This is important in many different situations, such as when the machine jams or in specific emergency situations. Bushings Look at external or internal frame bushings and other areas of the machine for good engineering and durable materials. Mounting Since the cones on many of these machines slide side to side, it’s important to have sturdy, secure mounting in place. Look at how the machine is mounted onto a floor, bench or other area to make sure it has the right design to support high pressure in action. Feed Tray Connector Another important feature of this system is where the crushed material comes out onto a tray or space. Make sure that there are accessible connectivity pieces, so that this fits into a manufacturing or agricultural setup well. The Cone Obviously, another important feature of the cone crusher is the internal cone that is used. This should be designed specifically to grind up the feed material, and any external textures, tread or contour lines should be in good shape. Look for signs of excessive wear. These are some of the various parts of a cone crusher machine that are important to its long-term use. Take a look and make sure that what you get is up to spec and ready for...

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3 Reasons To Consider Agricultural Drones

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Drones are becoming increasingly popular for people in just about any industry, with advances to drone technology allowing them to assist in the agricultural field. Drones are ideal for agricultural applications because they can help monitor your land and crops, and detect threats. Monitor Land Drones allow farmers and ranchers to get a view of their property that can be otherwise impossible for them to achieve in a simple and cost-effective manner. This aerial view has the benefit of allowing a farmer to check his or her entire property in a very short amount of time, which is very useful if he or she has a lot of farmland to cover.  One key benefit to using a drone to monitor your land is that it will allow you to detect moisture in the ground. You can utilize drones with near-infrared or red-edge captures to determine if your soil has sufficient water to keep your crops healthy, and to determine if certain parts of your farmland need to be watered a bit more. In addition, you can use the drone to scout your property in order to determine if there are areas with fertile enough soil to plant additional crops. Monitor Crops Another great reason to use a drone is to monitor the health of your crops. A drone can help you detect crop diseases and failure before they can spread too much. This is because the aerial view from the drone can give you a perspective that will allow you to see all of your crops easily, even those in the middle of the field that can be hard to monitor from ground level. This will give you the option to bring in a professional to help you treat the crops. In addition, you will have the option to remove the infected crops before they can begin to affect your entire harvest.  Detect Threats Finally, you can utilize a drone to detect any threats to your crops or livestock. For example, a drone can patrol the perimeter of your property and help you find any breaks in your fence that can allow predators into your land, or permit your livestock to wander away. This approach is far more effective than having to walk or drive along your fence line periodically in order to make sure that it is in good shape. While drones do provide you with an aerial view, they are not so high up that you miss out on any details. This means that you will easily be able to use a drone to detect when birds are eating a portion of your crops, or when predators have entered the property and are stalking your livestock. Speak to an agricultural drone dealer today in order to find agriculture drones for sale. A drone can help you keep your land, crops, and livestock secure by providing you with an efficient and effective means of monitoring your land and detecting...

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Buying a New Farm? Add Some Horses to the Mix for Your Children

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are buying a new farm, chances are you have a lot of room. Along with the goats, cows, and other farm animals, add some horses along with them.  Horses can be great enjoyment for you and your family, and help give your children some responsibility. Below is information about the best breeds for your children, as well as tips on feeding them. Best Horses for Children Choosing the right horse for your children is important. You want one that can be gentle and one that mounts well. You cannot go wrong with the American Quarter Horse. Not only are they a very popular breed, they are known to be good with children. Most of these horses are shorter than other breeds, which make it easier for your children to mount, and they are gentle by nature. If your children are interested in horse shows, this is the perfect horse for them. These horses can grow up to 17 hands high, which is 68 inches. If you want a smaller horse, consider the American Quarter Horse Pony. They are still a horse, but just smaller at approximately 13 hands high, which is 52 inches. It is also known to be gentle with a sweet temperament. The Welsh pony is another great breed for children, especially if your children are small. These horses also grow to be approximately 13 hands high. They are known to have a sweet temperament and to be gentle. They are the perfect horse for riding trails. Feeding the Horse To teach your kids responsibility, teach them how to properly feed their horse. Hay is the perfect thing to feed it if it is of good quality. If you run out of hay, feed the horse alfalfa cubes as a substitute. You can find these foods at most animal feed stores. Your horses need approximately one percent of their body weight in roughage. The best way to get this is by eating grass. Roughage is good for your horse as it keeps its digestive tract active. If you feed your horse grain, only give it small amounts at a time throughout the day. For example, you may want to give it a small amount in the morning, a small amount in the afternoon, and then another small amount in the evening. Smaller meals are better because it allows your horse to digest its food easier. How much you feed your horse depends on the breed and size. If you have questions about this, talk with a local veterinarian who can give you all the information you need. Your children will have years of enjoyment with their horse, and grow to love them. It is a great way for them to get outside instead of sitting inside in front of a computer or...

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3 Free Ways To Prolong The Life Of Your Tractor

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You rely on your tractor for getting a lot of work done around your property; whether it be tilling and seeding, mowing, or anything in between, your tractor likely gets a fair amount of use. As such, you want to keep it maintained as well as possible. By doing so, you can prolong the life of your tractor and save yourself money on expensive repairs and replacements down the road. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to prolong your tractor’s life without spending an extra dime on maintenance. Keep It Covered When your tractor isn’t in use, keep it covered! This could mean parking it in a barn, under a covered awning, or even covering it with a tarp (depending on its size). By doing so, you can keep your tractor better protected from the elements, which can cut down on damage. For example, protecting your tractor from being rained on by covering it can help prevent rusting and corrosion, which could lead to major mechanical problems down the road. Clean That Radiator Screen More than likely, your tractor has a large screen on the front grill that’s meant to protect the radiator from dirt and debris. Over time, however, your radiator screen can become caked by dirt and debris, preventing the radiator itself from getting the ventilation it needs to operate properly. Eventually, this could cause your tractor to overheat and ultimately become permanently damaged. Once it gets to that point, it may be necessary to replace your radiator altogether, which can be quite an involved and expensive repair job. Don’t Ignore Gauges Your tractor is also equipped with all kinds of gauges. If you’re ignoring them or don’t know how to read them, you could be ignoring signs of mechanical problems on your tractor. Specifically, be sure to keep an eye on your temperature gauge to ensure it’s not overheating while in operation. Furthermore, keep an eye on the oil pressure (if your tractor has a diesel engine) and the tachometer (which reports the engine’s RPM) to ensure that your tractor’s engine isn’t being overworked. As you can see, taking better care of your tractor doesn’t have to be pricey. All it takes is a little bit of extra time and effort on your part to prolong the life of your tractor and save yourself some frustration down the road. For assistance, talk to a professional like Unkefer...

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3 Creative Display Ideas For Outdoor Pottery In A Small Backyard

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Pottery offers a touch of class to any garden or landscape design. But larger pottery pieces can also take up a great deal of room, and smaller pottery pieces alone can look a bit too small. If you have a small backyard, you might find yourself struggling to figure out a pottery arrangement that’s attractive but doesn’t eat up too much of your precious yard space. Here are three creative display ideas for outdoor pottery from a garden store like Bob Williams Nursery Inc. in a small backyard. Fence Lattice and Plant Hooks If you have a sturdy fence surrounding your yard, you can utilize that structure to help you build your pottery design up rather than out. Attach a piece of decorative lattice to a section of the fence. Slip plant hooks through random slats in the lattice. Then start hanging your planted outdoor pots onto those hooks. You might have to do some rearranging to get the pots to not sit right on top of each other. For this design, it looks great to have them haphazardly spaced so that some of the lattice shines through. You should gently tug on each pot after it’s hung to make sure the pot is secure on the hook. Stacking Pots on Brick You can build your own stacking pot formation by first setting up a simple square or rectangular foundation of bricks. Simply buy bricks and stack them side-by-side on sturdy, level ground. You can then start stacking a series of pots. Start with the largest one you own, then work up in size, stacking each pot carefully on top of the next one. If you want to add extra security, you can use a bit of weather-safe glue to bind the edges of the pots together while you’re stacking. Create the most visual interest by occasionally doubling up the smaller pots sitting on one level. You can also stack so that the rows create a final look that’s more diagonal than vertical. Note that you shouldn’t stack it too high so that the pots don’t all fall over together. An overly tall structure also looks more messy than elegant. Stack Around Your Fountain If you have a waterfall type outdoor fountain, you can use the rocks as a base for some of your pottery. Make sure you use smooth pieces of rock that don’t become overly wet or else you’ll drown whatever greenery is planted in the pot. This also works best with three or four strategically placed pots rather than lining the entire fountain with...

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4 Steps For Growing The Healthiest Aspen Trees

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Aspen trees are very popular for residential landscaping for many great reasons. There are a few steps you will have to take to ensure that your aspens have the best chance of growing tall and healthy. Here are 4 helpful tips for maintaining aspens on your property. Avoiding Foot Traffic Aspens have shallow root systems, so you shouldn’t plant them in areas that receive constant foot traffic. Human and animal activity on the soil above the root system can compact the soil, making it hard for the roots to grow. Roots in compacted soil struggle to absorb moisture and nutrients from fertilizers. They basically get suffocated when the soil is packed too tight. You need to be especially wary of soil compaction during the first 3-4 seasons of growth. Mulching with Natural Chips Some foot traffic is inevitable, so you may need to protect your aspen by putting mulch around the base of the tree. The most environmentally friendly mulches are made from wood shavings or chips. These will also contribute to the health of the tree as the shavings dissolve and deposit more nutrients into the soil. Mulch also slows down water evaporation, giving the roots more time to absorb water and nutrients from moist soil. Since mulch slows down evaporation, it makes over- and under-watering less likely. Avoiding Contact with the Trunk Some people think that they should pack mulch around the trunk of the aspen. However, you do not want the mulch to actually come in contact with the tree bark. When mulch decomposes it could also cause the tree to decompose with it. So, any mulch that is in contact with the tree trunk can compromise the tree’s protective bark. Keeping the bark intact is vital to the health of aspen trees. In fact, this is one added perk of mulch. Mulch will prevent lawnmowers from getting too close to the tree trunk. It will also discourage humans and animals from walking on it. Proper Watering of your Aspen Giving your aspens enough water is obviously important as well. It is suggested that you lightly water your tree for 2-3 hours per week. A slow drip hose will work much better than the deluge from a normal hose or sprinkler system. Deep watering systems are also helpful for maintaining the healthiest soil. If you want to grow aspens in your yard, you will be able to grow healthier trees with these simple care techniques. If you have more questions for how to properly care for trees on your property, ask a service like Sylvester’s Tree Service for...

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