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By: Admin    May 02 2018 , 10:55 am
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Category: Outdoors
The outdoors are calling this spring! Now is the perfect time to pull up your bootstraps and pack a bag, because camping season is rapidly approaching. Whether you are an experienced camper or a beginner, you may be looking for some tips before heading out into the wilderness. Knowing a few things could make the difference between a happy or very unhappy camper.Familiarize YourselfGet familiar with where you will be staying. Even if you are only traveling to somewhere a few towns away, terrains can change and you will want to be prepared. If you are staying on a campsite, what amenities do they provide? If you are not on a campsite, what is the area like? Is it rocky? Is there a river or cliffs nearby? What wildlife is in the area? These things will indicate what you will need to bring, such as hiking gear for rocky terrain. Areas with water attract more mosquitoes so it could be a good idea ...
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By: Admin    April 23 2018 , 11:59 am
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Category: Gardening , Animals
Guard Your Garden!One of the biggest headaches any gardener will face when they start to see success is furry little thieves. Although adorable, creatures like deer, squirrels, groundhogs, rabbits, and moles will eat and destroy your hard work. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to try and prevent this.The first step is to identify what animal the invader is. A fence is a good option for keeping critters out, but if your animal problem is deer, they can jump right over the fence. If your garden has squirrel invaders, they can simply climb over fences. Look for tracks and patterns specific to the animals in your region that match the ones in your garden. Once you have figured out what creatures are causing mayhem, you can plan your next move!Fighting with FencingPutting up a fence will keep out critters such as rabbits and other small mammals. Making the fence taller could at least make it ...
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By: Admin    April 11 2018 , 04:02 pm
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Category: Pond , Landscape
Pondering when to reopen your pond this spring?Reopening a garden pond involves checking off a lot of items and ensuring specific habitation levels are met, but once you do it, its beauty is well worth the work.Winter can leave anything left outdoors damaged or filled with debris. It is normal to open your pond when the water temperature averages 50° or higher. Here is a brief guide to help pond-owners complete this annual task!Basic MaintenanceJust like your lawn or vegetable garden, getting your pond ready for the new season involves performing basic maintenance such as cleaning and prepping.Start by removing any leaves or sticks from the pond cover to prevent accumulated debris from falling into the pond. Using a pond vacuum or a scooper, clear any remaining debris inside the pond. Check to see how much sludge has built up over winter and determine whether you will need to replace all the water, or...
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By: Admin    April 05 2018 , 08:30 am
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Category: Seasons , Lawn Care
Spring is here, but your lawn might not know it!Frost and cold winter weather can leave your lawn with something to be desired. Your grass may have grown in patchy and foliage debris might have built up.Ensuring your lawn is prepared in the spring will make for a stress-free summer. With the proper care and maintenance, you will be enjoying your lush green lawn soon enough!Clearing Your LawnThe first step in a beautiful lawn is performing damage control. A few leaves on the lawn could be a good thing for the soil, but too much will suffocate it and stunt its growth. Begin by raking the yard thoroughly – this will also help to control thatch (dead grass or roots that have built up) and snow mold. You can spot snow mold if your grass becomes matted and loses it color. After your lawn is cleaned up on the surface, check below ground for the soil pH level. The pH level may vary depending on what type of ...
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By: Admin    April 04 2018 , 08:30 am
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Category: Travel , Seasons
Springtime in D.C.When you think of visiting our nation’s capital for the day what is the first thing that comes to mind? For some, it is seeing famous monuments of American history, such as the Lincoln Memorial or the Capitol building. Many others come to visit the National Zoo or the numerous art, history, and science museums. In addition to spectacular architecture and history, D.C. is home to stunning natural beauty.The National Botanical Garden The founding fathers imagined a place where the nation could “collect, grow and distribute plants of this and other countries that might contribute to the welfare of the American people.”Established in 1820, the National Botanical Garden was officially opened to the public in 1850 and then moved to its current location in 1933. You can now enjoy the Botanical Garden year round including all weekends and holidays for free!The Botanical Garden gives you...
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