Growing A Healthy Garden

4 Landscape Maintenance Tips For A Large Yard

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Landscape Maintenance Tips For A Large Yard

Maintaining a large amount of land, such as a yard that takes up more than a half an acre, can be a bit of a challenge whether in a residential neighborhood or an agricultural setting. Having the right equipment, such as quality mowers and other supplies, can make maintaining a large plot of land a lot easier. Still, there are some tips worth keeping in mind to avoid hassles. Sharpen Mower Blades Often When you have more than a half acre to maintain, it should go without saying that a push mower isn’t going to cut it. A standing or riding mower will make the job of mowing your lawn exponentially easier, but it’s also important that you take the time to sharpen your mower’s blades regularly. This should be done at least once per mowing season to keep them cutting sharply and to avoid damage to your grass. Aerate Turf Once a Year Aeration is also important when it comes to maintaining a healthy yard. Specifically, aeration helps to work the soil and keep it from becoming too compacted, which can prevent it from absorbing the nutrients it needs and potentially kill your grass. A manual aerator may work but will take up a great deal of time on such a large plot of land, so consider renting or purchasing an agricultural grade option. Invest in Quality Edging Equipment Edging between your turf and flower beds or walkways will keep your landscaping looking sharp and prevent overgrowth. While a weed-whacker, when held at the right angle, can get the job done—it’s in your best interest to use a professional edger if you have a lot of landscaping on your property. This will save you a lot of time and effort in maintaining your landscaping. Consider Getting a Sprinkler System Finally, because manually watering a large plot of land can be a huge hassle, you may want want to consider installing a sprinkler system on your property. This will allow you to keep your yard properly hydrated, especially during dry spells, and maintain its health and appearance. You can install your own sprinkler system with the right tools and know-how, or you can hire a professional to handle the job. These are just a few important tips worth keeping mind when it comes to maintaining the landscaping on your larger plot of land. These tips, along with the right equipment, can really go a long...

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Eight Skid Steer Attachments You Need

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Eight Skid Steer Attachments You Need

A skid steer is invaluable for any small farmer or landowner who needs a powerful, versatile piece of machinery to handle multiple tasks. With the various attachments available, it is arguably the one piece of equipment that can handle it all. Here’s a look at eight of the most useful attachments on the market. 6-In-1 Bucket This attachment does it all. Whether you need to demolish something and carry away the debris, grapple small trees and drag them, or level a building site, this attachment can help you. It is useful for landscaping, demolition work, and site clearing. Backhoe The backhoe attachment will allow you to dig foundation footings or anything else that needs excavating. Most have a hydraulic excavator-style boom to prevent debris from falling back into the hole you’re digging. Bale Spear This attachment makes it easy for farmers and ranch hands to make quick work of hauling hay. You can get an attachment for both round and square bales as well as optional extensions that allow stacking. The tines bolt on, which allows you to customize the configuration as needed. Brush Chipper The brush chipper makes small forestry operations and land clearing easy. If you have small branches to get rid of, the brush chipper will quickly take care of them. It’s perfect for creating landscaping materials as well. Dual Rotary Brush Mower This heavy duty mower has a wide berth that can easily mow down brush fields, weeds, shrubs, and small-diameter trees. It can also quickly mow grass. A heavy duty forestry mulcher attachment is also available for extremely thick areas. Dust Control Water Kit This attachment comes in handy for climates and environments like Oklahoma where there is little vegetation to suppress soil erosion and large quantities of dust result. It can be paired with a broom roller to keep dust particles in place rather than free to enter the air. Hydraulic Breaker A hydraulic breaker attachment means you don’t have to do the backbreaking work of remove cement patios and slabs with a jackhammer. It easily tears apart concrete with limited vibration to you thanks to built-in shock absorbers. Hydraulic Snow Blower If you live in a snow belt, you know that chore of snow removal can be a full-time job. With a hydraulic snow blower attachment, you can battle blizzards and throw the snow where you want it to be. They are available with varying horsepower so you can be sure to get the muscle you need.  For more information, contact companies like Washburn...

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First Time Owning A Horse? 4 Steps To Prevent Colic

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on First Time Owning A Horse? 4 Steps To Prevent Colic

If you’ve just purchased your child’s first horse, you might not be familiar with equine colic. Unfortunately, that could pose a threat to your horse. Colic is a serious health issue that can affect any horse, regardless of age, sex, or breed. Colic can cause severe pain and if left untreated, it can lead to death. There are several different types of colic, including: Gas colic – gas collects in the bowels and can cause bowel distention Obstructive colic – caused by impaction in the bowels or through the digestion of sand Twisted gut – caused by the physical twisting of the intestines With care, you can reduce the chances of your horse developing colic. Here are four steps you can take to prevent equine colic. Feed Quality Hay and Grass A healthy diet is one of the most effective ways of preventing colic. When feeding your horse, it’s important that you choose quality hay and grass—such as alfalfa. Alfalfa provides your horse with the roughage and nutrients your horse needs to keep its bowels moving and to prevent the formation of gas. If you’re interested in learning more about alfalfa, click the link to read more. Provide Plenty of Fresh Water In addition to quality food, your horse also needs plenty of fresh water. The water bucket should be hung above the ground so that your horse doesn’t have to struggle to drink. Hanging the water bucket above the ground will also prevent parasites found in manure from blowing into your horse’s water supply. To make sure that your horse always has a fresh supply of water, you should install a drip system that will refill the bucket whenever the water level dips below a certain level. Offer Frequent Pasture Time Exercise helps keep your horse’s digestive tract working properly. It also helps your horse expel gas before it has a chance to build up in the bowels. To prevent colic, your horse should be given plenty of pasture time, preferably at least once a day. Provide a space where your horse can run and play. Use Elevated Feed Bins If you live in an area that experiences frequent wind storms or is particularly sandy, you need to make sure that the feed bins are elevated. When feed bins are on the ground, dirt and sand can get blown into the food, which means your horse may ingest sand when it eats. Unfortunately, sand ingestion can lead to obstructive colic. To keep sand out of your horse’s food, keep the feed bin off the ground. For maximum protection, try to place the feed bin behind a wind enclosure. Now that you have your first horse, you need to make sure you provide it with the proper care. The information provided here will help you prevent your horse from developing...

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Three Tips To Keep Your Lawn Greener With Modern Landscaping Irrigation Solutions

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Tips To Keep Your Lawn Greener With Modern Landscaping Irrigation Solutions

If you want to have a greener lawn, you can be sure that you are going to need a good sprinkler system. You may even want to upgrade the sprinkler system you have if it is outdated and you want it to be more efficient and easy to use. There are also things like grey water that can be integrated into your irrigation design. Here are some tips to help make your lawn greener with modern irrigation solutions: 1. Modern Controls With Automation And Network Connections Your landscaping may have controls that you set to water your lawn. Old irrigation controllers had simple timers that could be set for certain days and hours. Today, there are more advanced controllers that can use different information to optimize your irrigation systems. These can be controls that are connected to a personal weather station. They can also be connected to the Internet, which can provide your irrigation system with weather forecast information to help improve the irrigation of your lawn. 2. Drip Irrigation Integration For Plants That Do Not Require Sprinklers Drip irrigation can be another great way to conserve water with your sprinkler system. Drip irrigation can be used for many of the plants in your landscaping that do not need broad watering, such as shrubs and flowers. This can be great for a flowerbed with only a few plants. It may not be good for areas with ground cover that needs more water like the grass in your lawn. There are shallow drip systems that can be buried beneath grass for a drip irrigation solution for your lawn and other ground cover plants. 3. Adding Grey Water Irrigation To Conserve Water The grey water from your washer and other appliances can also be used for your irrigation. This water can drain directly to an irrigation system to help water your landscaping. This can help to conserve water and reduce your utility bills. If you have a home on a septic system, using grey water for irrigation can also help to reduce overburden problems that can cause the tank to become full and backup into plumbing and the drain field. These are some ways that you can make sure your lawn stays green with modern irrigation. If you are ready to make sure your lawn is green, contact a well pump service to get help with the installation of systems for grey water irrigation and other solutions for your home.   To learn more, contact a company like R & H Service...

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Three Tips For Keeping Your Boxwood Hedges Neat And Tidy

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Tips For Keeping Your Boxwood Hedges Neat And Tidy

Boxwood hedges can look stunning and classy as a part of your landscape — but only when you are able to keep them neat and orderly. If you don’t have a lot of experience trimming hedges, this may seem quite challenging. You can’t just grab the tree shears and dive in and expect to get a good result. To ensure your hedges end up looking beautiful and not ragged, adhere to these three tips. Don’t trim the hedges in the late fall. People often assume they should neaten up their landscaping before the cold hits, but in the case of boxwood hedges, this is a mistake. When you trim you hedges, the exposed ends need time to “harden off” before they’re able to face the harsh weather in winter. Trimming in the late fall does not give the ends time to do this, and may cause some of the branches to die. Start trimming your hedges in mid-spring, and repeat the trimming every several weeks throughout the summer, stopping in early September. Trim out dead branches by hand before using an electric shearer. If you just tackle the hedge with an electric shear, all branches will be cut equally. You really want to remove all of the dead branches, and then trim the living ones to shorten them. Accomplish this by first attacking the bush with hand shears, clipping out any noticeably dead branches. Then, use the electric shears, cutting the branches to an even length. Always start by leaving the branches a little longer than you think you want them; you can always take more off if you finish and the tree looks too long, but you can’t add length back on! When using electric shears, trim with long, sweeping motions rather than short, choppy ones. If you hack at the hedge a little at a time, your results are almost certain to look uneven. It will be obvious where you picked up the blade and placed it back against the hedge. Using long, sweeping motions will result in fewer of these obvious “bumps.” Make one long, sweeping motion across the top of the bush, and subsequent motions down the sides of the bush, either in a straight line or a rounded line depending on your desired hedge shape. Some people find trimming hedges to be pretty simple after they try it a few times, while others continue to find the task a challenge. If you’re struggling to make your hedges look good, don’t hesitate to hire a professional to tackle this chore for...

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Taking A Closer Look At Safety Features Necessary When Buying A Used Wood Chipper

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Taking A Closer Look At Safety Features Necessary When Buying A Used Wood Chipper

Wood chippers may be a necessary piece of equipment if you are in the tree trimming or removal business, but they can also be rather dangerous to operate without the appropriate safety features. In fact, OSHA reported that between 1996 and 2005, at least 39 people were killed by wood chippers on the job. If you are like a lot of commercial business owners, you will look for used equipment when you can to save on costs, and finding used wood chippers for sale is a good way to save a lot of money. However, before you purchase a used piece of equipment, you should make sure that the wood chipper you are considering still has its safety features in tact and functional. Feed Control and Feed Stop Bars The food control or feed stop bar feature is implemented onto a wood chopper to stop the feed rollers inside of the chipper with just a simple push. This is crucial to have available if something gets caught in the feed rollers, such as a piece of clothing. The feed control bars can be located at various points on a chipper, but in most cases, the bar will be either along the top of the feeder entrance or at the base where it can be stepped on with your feet if your hands or arms get caught. Most models of wood chippers have this bar in place, but some used models may have the bar removed, either due to damage or because previous owners wanted the bar out of the way. While you are shopping for a used wood chipper, make sure that the feed control or stop bar is still in place. If it is not, you should have the necessary parts replaced before you try to use it. Feeder Entrance Safety Features While all wood chippers must be equipped with mandatory kill devices, such as feeder stop or control bars or a panic rope, there are other safety features that some models are equipped with that can be incredibly useful to have around. Most of these safety features revolve around putting distance between the person pushing wood into the feed rollers and the rollers. For example, curtain flaps over the rollers prevent hanging jewelry or clothing from coming in close enough contact with the internal rollers. A few other safety features you should be looking for include: Feeder tray extensions Panic ropes inside of the feeder canal Push tools used for feeding the chipper Even though wood chippers can be somewhat dangerous to operate, with the appropriate safety features and mindful use, they are an efficient piece of equipment in the tree business. Make sure, while you shop for a wood chipper, you take the time to look for the most effective safety features that should be...

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Keeping Your Horses Healthy And Happy While You Travel

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keeping Your Horses Healthy And Happy While You Travel

Whether you are transporting your horses to a new stable or you are taking them to a horse show, you’ll want to make sure that you take the proper precautions to ensure their safety and health while on the road. Here are a few things you can do to care for your horses while they are in transit. Invest In Alfalfa Cubes Alfalfa cubes are portable and safe for horses, making them ideal for traveling. The result in less feed waste, making it easier to keep your trailer clean while you travel. The compact size won’t take up a lot of space, and the low moisture content provides a longer shelf life for added convenience. Instead of providing long-stem hay for your horses, alfalfa cubes are a convenient alternative. Keep Your Horses Hydrated Long journeys without water can leave your horse dehydrated, as can feeding your horse forage without providing water. Soak your alfalfa or hay cubes in water to provide hydration between stops, and stop every few hours while on the road to provide your horses with water to drink. This prevents other health issues from appearing as you travel. Provide Frequent Breaks Your horses’ muscles are working the entire time they are in a moving trailer. They are attempting to keep their balance and stay upright in close quarters. Stop every few hours to rest their muscles and legs. You don’t need to remove them from the trailer to provide ample rest; simply stop in a place that is safe and convenient, and take the breaks as a chance to get a break from the road yourself. Adapt Your Driving Habits When traveling with your horse trailer, it’s important to remember that the trailer moves every time your vehicle does, but not as smoothly. Take turns a little more slowly than you normally would, and don’t accelerate as quickly when traffic lights change from red to green. This ensures your horses won’t get tossed around in the trailer, which prevents injuries to your animals. Transporting any livestock is a complicated matter, but knowing the special needs of your horses will help you to have a safe and smooth journey. Frequent breaks for water and rest are the most important things to remember when you travel with horses. When in doubt, remember to provide your horses with everything you have while on the road. If you are thirsty, chances are that your horses are...

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Horse Trailer Or Livestock Trailer? Keep Your Options Open

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Horse Trailer Or Livestock Trailer? Keep Your Options Open

Finding a great deal on a horse trailer, especially one with all the bells and whistles, can be the answer to many years of searching. For horse owners who aren’t professional horse people, a trailer is a significant investment in the equine lifestyle without the benefit of a tax write-off, so many of them delay the purchase until they find a very affordable model. Those who take horses to shows, fairs and rodeo game nights typically have their minds set on trailers specifically designed for horses. However, sometimes a generic livestock trailer – or stock trailer- can be more affordable and a more versatile option. Livestock Vs. Horse Trailer Livestock trailers are designed for hauling less delicate species such as cattle, hogs and sheep. In general, they Don’t have windows Have about 2 inches of open space between each slat to provide much-needed ventilation Usually don’t have a fold down loading ramp in the rear Don’t have a side door that allows the handler to exit after loading without walking back past the horse, or to access the feed and water buckets from the outside. However, many stock trailers are dual-purpose and can be safely and easily adapted to use for horses. While windows look great from the outside, they aren’t really necessary unless you are in an area with extreme temperatures. If most of your show season is in the summer and you won’t ever haul your horse in the dead of winter, a livestock trailer will probably suit your needs. Horses that are trailer-shy or that don’t like to step up will do better with a horse trailer with a ramp. Although these features are convenient, they aren’t that important when a horse loads well or if you are only doing short hauls. Other Reasons to Consider a Livestock Trailer Unlike horse trailers with built-in dividers or fold down ramps, stock trailers are designed to haul other species. If a child in the family branches out in 4-H and starts showing hogs or sheep, it’s easy to haul their animals (and their friend’s animals) to the fair and back. Stock trailers may not have full scale living quarters for week-long horse shows, but some have tack rooms and storage areas to haul your saddles, hay and shovels. This is more than adequate if you only go to single day shows or game nights. Without the chrome trim, pin striping and sliding windows a livestock trailer may not turn as many heads in the horse show parking lot, but it can get your horse where it needs to go for a fraction of the price. Remember that there is always a market for used trailers in good condition. Keep the floors clean and dry, and you can always sell or trade in that stock trailer for a horse trailer when you are ready to upgrade. Contact a local dealer, like Colorado Trailers Inc, for more...

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How To Choose A Planter For Your Container Garden

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Choose A Planter For Your Container Garden

If you don’t have a lot of space and decided to turn the majority of your backyard into a patio for guests to enjoy, chances are good that you are not going to have adequate room for a garden. This is important because you might find it difficult to continue your hobby as a rose gardener or other gardener without this space. One way to deal with the situation is to start a container garden; plant all of your flowers or other plants in containers and arrange them to your satisfaction outside on the patio. Here are some tips for choosing planters for your container garden. 1. How Quickly Does the Temperature Change? The first thing that you are going to ask yourself is how quickly the temperature chances where you live. If you live in a climate where the weather is relatively steady or changes very slowly over time, then you can safely purchase lighter containers that do not provide a ton of insulation, such as containers that are made out of plastic or wood. Your plants will not need to be protected from sudden temperature chances and frosts because these do not happen where you live. If you live in an area that does experience sudden temperature chances, then you might want to consider stone or clay containers. These two containers are heavy enough to keep the temperature inside the pot relatively steady for a longer period of time than lighter containers, giving you more time to react to a sudden frost and decreasing the chances that your plants will die immediately. 2. Are You Looking to Grow Plants to Eat? If you are trying to grow plants that are safe to eat, such as vegetables, then you might not want to purchase wood planters. In order for wood planters to be a viable option, they need to be treated with chemicals that will make them resistant to water and burrowing insects. These chemicals have the potential to get into the food that you are growing and make it unsafe to eat. If you are trying to grow edible food, consider purchasing clay, stone, or plastic planters. 3. Do You Have Access to Cheap Water? If you have a lot of access to cheap water, purchasing cheap clay pots is a great option because they look beautiful and the fact that they are porous and dry out your plants easily is not a problem. If water is expensive in your area, then you are going to want to purchase plastic or stone planters because these types of planters will hold in water more effectively. For more information, talk to a company that specializes in the creation of outdoor pottery and other types of planters, such as Bob Williams Nursery...

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Need To Keep Your Dogs In And Other Dogs Out? Put Up A Fence

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Need To Keep Your Dogs In And Other Dogs Out? Put Up A Fence

If you have dogs, it is much easier to let them run free in your yard than you having to walk them on a leash. To do this, you can build a fence and put it around your yard. This will not only keep your dogs inside but will keep other dogs out. Land Survey Before you put up a fence, you need to contact a land surveyor, such as Goldsmith. This is because in many cases, a fence is located near the property line. The surveyor will come to your property and make sure the stake points and existing corners are correct along the fence line. The surveyor can mark property corners with an iron axle, rod, or pipe, with pink or orange flagging tied to it. The property lines are also marked with flagging and rope. The costs of the land surveyor depends on who you hire. There are things that can affect it, however. For example, if it has been a very long time since your property was last surveyed, the cost may be higher. If you have missing corners, or your property is heavily wooded with underbrush and trees, the cost may go up. Types of Fencing There are many different types of fencing you can put up to keep your dogs in. Simple chain link fencing works well. If you choose a chain link fence, ask what the gauge is, which is the thickness of the metal. The higher the gauge number the thicker the metal.  This is especially important if you have a large dog that could break down a weak chain link fence. If you want something that looks a little nicer, an aluminum fence works well for the purpose of keeping your dogs in your yard. Aluminum fencing looks like wrought iron fencing just not as expensive. Aluminum is beneficial because it will not rust. For a strong fence that will last a long time, wood fencing is a good choice. How much this costs depends on the type of wood, the current price of the wood, and how large your fence is. Once installed, it gives your home a welcoming feeling, and your dogs cannot get through it. You should speak with your neighbors before you put up a fence. Show them the report from the land surveyor stating where your property lines are. This can save you from disputes later on if they do not like the fence, and ask you to take it...

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