Recent Blog Posts

  • Make Fleas, Ticks and Mosquitoes Feel Unwelcome

    March 1, 2014
    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - especially when it comes to flea and tick control. Once these pesky critters have set up housekeeping on a pet or in a home, your unwelcome guests can be a challenge to eliminate.
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  • What You Need to Start Seeds Indoors

    February 15, 2014
    Starting seeds indoors is a great way to ensure earlier blooms and an earlier harvest from your garden, and allows you to choose longer-growing cultivars to enjoy. Enterprising gardeners can enjoy starting seeds throughout the winter, if they have the right tools to get the seeds growing.
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  • Gardening Tips for February

    February 1, 2014
    Just because the majority of perennials and trees are dormant this month doesn't mean you need to ignore your garden. Dormancy actually helps with some of the opportunities for projects this month. Much can be done to enhance your garden during the growing season if preparations are made now.
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  • Building a Snow Fort

    January 15, 2014
    A snow fort can be a fun family project even on the coldest winter days. Not only is the construction great exercise and ingenuity, but once the fort is built, it provides a great setting for lots of winter fun.
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  • Recycle Your Christmas Tree

    January 1, 2014
    As it gets colder and there are less leaves on trees, birds need more places to hide from predators and where they can get inside to stay warm. A Christmas tree is the perfect fit for those needs.
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  • Popular Holiday Plants

    December 15, 2013
    Plants are a great choice for thoughtful, long-lasting gifts, and they make elegant and versatile holiday decorations. There are a number of plants that are great for the holiday season, and each one has unique qualities that can be the perfect addition to your seasonal preparations.
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  • Heated Bird Baths

    December 1, 2013
    By providing a heated bird bath, backyard birders give their flock an advantage when the world is frozen, and liquid water can attract even more birds to a winter backyard.
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  • Thanksgiving Centerpieces

    November 15, 2013
    Thanksgiving, more than any other holiday, revolves around the dining table, and the right centerpiece can turn that table into a work of art. Centerpieces can also be used on mantles, coffee tables or kitchen islands, adding beautiful showpieces to your Thanksgiving decorations.
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  • Attracting Wild Turkeys

    November 1, 2013
    Wild turkeys, notoriously picky about their living conditions, require a more specialized environment than many other types of wildlife. You can, however, manage your land to attract and retain wild turkeys by knowing something about their preferred foods and habitat.
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  • Carving and Decorating Pumpkins and Gourds

    October 15, 2013
    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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  • Using Fallen Leaves to Help the Birds

    October 1, 2013
    When you're busy raking leaves every autumn, take a break and use some of those leaves to help the birds! Fallen leaves, or leaf litter, can be very beneficial to birds.
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  • Caring for Trees this Fall

    September 15, 2013
    For most homeowners with a yard full of lush green trees, fall means vibrant, changing leaves—on the trees and on the lawn. When most of the leaves have been bagged or composted, and you’ve put away your rake for the season, it’s time to take stock of your trees.
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  • Solutions for Common Late Summer and Fall Lawn Problems

    September 1, 2013
    The growing season for your lawn is almost over. You might think that all that remains is a quick mow to tidy things up until next spring. You would be quite wrong. Once weeds have appeared in the spring, the seeds are set and your battle with them could take years. - See more at: http://www.
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  • Troubleshooting Canning Problems

    August 15, 2013
    Sometimes, even those who have been home canning for years may run into problems with their food-filled jars. Some problems are related to the condition of the jars or lids and/or how they were filled. Others relate to spoilage of the food or changes the food may have undergone during processing.
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  • Draught Healthy Lawns

    August 1, 2013
    Lush green grass is the ultimate symbol of summer, but when a drought strikes lawns can quickly turn brown and brittle. At the same time, many cities will enforce water restrictions and encourage conservation, so how can homeowners still have a green lawn even while they conserve water?
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  • Watering Your Lawn

    July 15, 2013
    Lawns need water not only during the hot, dry summer, but also in the spring and fall.  Click here to learn when and how much water your lawn needs.
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  • Gardening Tips for July

    July 1, 2013
    Sit back for a moment and enjoy the fruits of your labor in the garden!    There are still tasks to perform in the garden, however your primary concern will be assuring an ample supply of water for your plants.
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  • Deterring Aggressive Birds

    June 15, 2013
    Birds may face dangers in their everyday lives both while eating, flying, or perching. The danger may be from one of their own kind who feels his territory has been invaded.
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  • Going to Bat Against Bugs

    June 1, 2013
    Try natural biological insect control. The evidence suggests that a typical bat colony can make a difference to those who want to use natural biological insect control as part of their insect control.
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  • Understanding Plant Nutrition

    May 15, 2013
    What elements are needed for your plants to grow at their best?   Did you know you can spot possible nutrient deficiencies in your plants?
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  • Low-down on Lawn Weeds

    May 1, 2013
    Weeds in your lawn are usually the result of poor grass growth. They invade lawns that are not thick enough to choke them out, so the first step in keeping weeds out of your lawn is correct maintenance of the grass. First, determine why your lawn hasn't been growing well.
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  • Container Gardening: Anytime, Anywhere

    April 15, 2013
    Container gardening offers many advantages that people can tend to overlook: containers can be less work because they can be placed closer to a water source; they offer a smaller soil area to have to weed; they can be placed at a height that can minimize bending for watering and tending.
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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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  • When to See Birds

    March 15, 2013
    Just like humans, birds follow daily patterns for their different activities. Birders who know those patterns will be able to predict when to see birds, and can use that knowledge to see more birds more easily, either just to watch them for enjoyment or to study them more closely.
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  • Gardening Tips for March

    March 1, 2013
    March is a great time to have your lawn & garden soil tested. Your lawn & garden will also need a spring feeding. See your local Agway dealer for spreaders and fertilizers.
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