Maintenance Tips for Your Perennial Garden

Perennial plants are a staple in every garden due to the fact that they don’t require to be re-planted year after year. While perennials do require the least amount of work each spring, you still need to maintain them throughout the summer so they can continue to grow. Show your perennial plants some love this summer by…

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Deadheading Flowers

A wide variety of flowers bloom in the spring and some will begin to look dead as the summer begins. In order to continue their growth, these dead flowers and stems will need to be cut off — a process known as deadheading. Cutting off these dead flowers will allow the plant to focus its energy on growing new flowers, roots, and setting new seed for future seasons.

Pinching Shoots

Plants will sometimes produce soft shoots that need to be removed. Using your hand, pinch off this soft shoot only at the tip (or further down depending on how soft the shoot is). Once removed, new shoots will begin to grow below the pinched shoot. This piece of garden maintenance will cause your plants to become bigger, bushier, and more beautiful than ever!

Cutting Back Completely

For the spring perennials in your garden, many will benefit from being decapitated completely. Shocking, we know! When you cut off the flower of of a spring perennial completely, you’ll help it live longer for the coming years. This hard cut is similar to pruning in the fall, a sharp and angled cut at the stem.

Perennial plants should be included in all gardens due to the minimal maintenance they need year round.

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Landscaping Trends for Summer 2017

Summer is officially here which means your lawn and property should be a beautiful masterpiece by now (or at least on its way) For those who aren’t close to having the masterpiece they desire (or to those who just moved into their new home), make sure you’re doing these things. Otherwise, you’ll be known as the house on the block with the bad lawn and boring property — yikes!

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Focus on the Front

In the past, more than two-thirds of landscaping projects took place in the backyard. Now, roughly 44 percent of projects take place in the front yard. Out of all the projects and things to add in front yards, the top three include adding shrubs, perennials, and beds/borders. These simple additions will help boost curb appeal, thus boosting property value (talk about a win-win)!

Adding Low Maintenance Plants

Did you know only one in five homeowners will hire landscapers to maintain their properties? Since a majority of homeowners take it upon themselves to provide maintenance to their lawns and gardens, they want plants that require as little maintenance as possible. The perfect plants and flowers to add to your property are ones that attract native bees, butterflies, and predatory bugs that eat garden pests. Find out which plants do this in your area and you’ll have access to free pollination and protection!

Watering & Lighting Systems

Lawns need to be equipped with the right systems in order for them to be healthy and to of course — look fabulous! First things first, all lawns (especially the really big ones) should have the proper irrigation systems. Consult your local sprinkler system company to see what your lawn will need to be green, full, and luscious. Lawns should also be equipped with landscape lighting to illuminate walkways and highlight certain aspects of your property when the sun goes down. A beautiful property should be appreciated 24/7, not just during the day!

Summer is here to stay and if you’re still working on making your property all it can be for this year, adopt these trends.

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5 Tools to Help Loosen Up Soil

Have you decided to add some new plants to your garden recently? Before you go ahead and begin planting, make sure the soil is loose and ready to be planted in. The easiest way to loosen up your garden’s soil is by using one of these many gardening tools.

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1. Hoes

One of the most popular tools for preparing your soil is the garden hoe. This tool will allow you to loosen, cultivate, and weed the soil on your property. Depending on your needs, the hoe comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and models (oscillating, warren, collinear).

2. Pickaxe

For those with a property that is filled with rocky, clumpy soil and tree roots that are all over the place, a pickaxe can help you break everything up. Any large clod, rock, or obstruction in your way can easily be demolished a simple swing from the hoe-like blade on this garden tool.

3. Rake

Everyone probably has a plastic or wooden rake already in their garage or shed, which is not only great for collecting leaves but also for spreading lightweight mulch around. However, there are also steel rakes designed to break up soil, leveling out the ground, and even constructing raised beds.

4. Spade/Shovel

A spade is basically a squared-off shovel that is thin enough to be considered a blade. It does a great job with cutting through sod, any obstructions, and loosening the soil. Like a shovel, the spade can also be used for cutting into hard ground, digging, and creating new beds and borders.

5. Trowel

This specialized hand-shovel is perfect for gardeners with small gardens or who are loosening soil in a particular spot. Once the soil is ready for planting, you can use the trowel to dig small holes to place the seeds, bulbs, or young plants. You can also use this small hand-shovel to dig up and remove unwanted weeds.

A master gardener should always have the right tools available at all times, and these tools are perfect for prepping your soil for planting.

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Why You Need to Plant Flowers in Your Vegetable Garden

Do you want to know the secret for what can make your vegetable garden look beautiful with strong and healthy plants? The answer is as simple as planting flowers in your vegetable garden — not in a separate area.

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Benefits of Combining Gardens

At first, it might make sense to have separate flower and vegetable gardens. However, when you combine them to make one unified garden, the flowers will help your vegetable plants grow and prevent them from being eaten. Flowers attract native bees that will help pollinate your vegetable plants to make them produce bigger and better crops. Certain flowers will also attract predatory insects that will eat those pesky garden pests.

Tips for Planting Flowers

  1. Compatible Bloom Times – Flowers and vegetables should bloom at the same time for optimal results. If your crops bloom before your flowers, they won’t receive any growth benefits. Plant a wide array of flowers to ensure flowers are always blooming.
  2. Shape for Bees – The shape of a flower will determine what type of wildlife will visit your garden. Choose a composite-shaped flower to attract bees, like daisies, sunflowers, and zinnias.
  3. Strategic Planning – Avoid planting all of your flowers on one side of the garden and your vegetables on the other. Instead, plant each variety in opposite rows so they’re always next to each other. You can even use flowers as a border to the garden or to separate groupings of vegetable plants.
  4. Flower Height – Always choose flowers that are shorter than your veggie crops. You want your vegetables to have as much sunlight as possible, so choose a flower that is tall enough to receive sunlight, but not taller than your veggies.

Any advanced gardener knows that planting flowers throughout your vegetable garden is a veteran move that pays dividends.

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5 Plants That Will Attract Birds

Having a luscious garden, a well-groomed lawn, and spectacular trees is a goal for many homeowners. However, if you’re looking to bring even more nature to your landscape, there’s one thing you need — wildlife. Rather than attracting pesky pests that can ruin your property, plant these specific plants to attract nothing but the nicest of birds.

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  1. Bee Balm – With multiple shades of red and purple to choose from, bee balm is a beautiful flower you should consider planting. Not only is this flower a sight to see in its own right, it will also attract hummingbirds and a variety of butterflies. It can grow to roughly four feet tall and will begin flowering its nectar-filled blossoms by midsummer.
  2. Coreopsis – Another nectar-filled flower to attract hummingbirds and butterflies is the Coreopsis flower. This variety will also produce seeds that will attract the local sparrows, finches, and chickadees! Opt for the drought-tolerant species and plant it in direct sunlight for optimal growth.
  3. Yarrow – These tiny flowers grow in small bunches that will almost resemble a tiny bouquet. Many species of songbird prefer these flowers because of the seeds they produce. As an added bonus, hummingbirds and butterflies will also migrate toward these miniature flowers.
  4. Black-Eyed Susan – These miniature sunflower look-alikes are a dream flower for most species of birds. Planting this species of flower in full sun (or sun with slight shade) will help attract a variety of birds including house finches, chickadees, and American goldfinches.
  5. Pine – While you don’t want to plant pine trees right next to your garden, you can plant them in different areas of your property for a gorgeous evergreen tree. The leaves (needles) will remain on the tree with the same color year-round and are the perfect trees for birds to nest in. Plant these trees anytime between the spring and fall seasons.

For those who are one with Mother Nature, consider these flowers and plants to include on your property this season.

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Landscaping Mistakes You Should Avoid

You might not be a professional landscaper, but your goal is to have the best looking property on the block. With the right lawn care services and knowledge of what not to do, this goal is easily feasible. Here’s what you need to avoid doing:

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Overcrowding Your Garden

A garden with too much going on can be a nightmare to maintain, look at, and it can even inhibit the growth of some plants. Avoid planting too many rows of plants, flowers, and trees. You want to give each plant enough room to grow, breathe, and not get tangled up with a neighboring plant. Think about your garden from last season and make adjustments for more or less depending on how much space was available. This also goes for trees, bushes, and shrubbery when you plant them in a row.

Not Taking Into Account Sunlight

Some plants need constant and direct sunlight, while others don’t need as much. Placing plants where you think they look best isn’t the only thing you should keep in mind. Categorize all of the plants you plan to use based on how much sunlight they require, then map out the best areas for these plants on your property. Failing to do this could leave you with withered plants that won’t make it halfway through the summer due to a lack of adequate sunlight.

Watering Too Frequently

Every plant and type of grass will need to be watered at different frequencies. It’s important to do your research and create a watering plan for the specific types of plants and grass you currently have on your landscape. Watering your greenery properly is important for healthy root growth, as too shallow of roots can cause the plants to dry out more easily. While you will have to water your garden by hand, you can use a sprinkler system to set a customized schedule for your lawn.

Maintaining your landscape is a constant project throughout the spring and summer, but it’s easy to do as long as you avoid these common mistakes.

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How Trees Can Increase a Property’s Value

Have you ever looked at a home and stood in awe of a large, beautiful tree in the front yard? As you tell yourself how great it looks, realtors will be marking up the price of this property. Having the right trees put in the right places can significantly increase the value of the property where it resides.

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How Much Does the Value Rise?

Having well-groomed trees, plants, and landscaping can increase property value up to 15 percent. While this is great for residential properties, businesses can also benefit from an abundance of greenery. Streets filled with trees will usually cause drivers to slow down to take a better look at the businesses in the area. These businesses will attract more customers, apartments will rent at a faster rate, and those tenants will stay for longer periods of time. More green will equate to more green in your pocket.

The “Portland Tree” Study

In Portland, Oregon, trees that were grown in the front yard of homes added roughly $9,000 in additional property value. Sellers would receive an increased sale price as well as selling the house two days faster than the average. Trees along local roads were also a factor in increasing the value of local homes. The city of Portland experienced an increase of $45 million in total property value due to the trees on properties, throughout neighborhoods, and on local streets.

Helping Your Home

Smaller trees can break during high wind storms, however, larger trees can do a great job at blocking the wind. Having a large tree next to your home can block incoming wind and cut the speeds down by half by the time the wind touches the house. Large trees can also provide natural shade which can equate to energy savings due to your home not heating up as much during the warm weather months.

The simple addition of a tree (or a few) can significantly increase the property value of your home or business.

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5 Plants to Help Fend Off Mosquitoes

Nothing’s worse than trying to enjoy a lovely barbecue outside and having a swarm of mosquitoes trying to eat you alive! You should be able to relax and eat your grilled food without having to swat your hands around or smack your skin because you think you got the little sucker. However, if you incorporate these five plants in your garden, mosquitoes will steer clear of your property.

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  1. Basil – Not only should you being growing basil for its amazing flavor and scent, but it can do wonders in mosquito control. The essential oils basil produces is toxic to mosquito larvae. Therefore, basil plants should be planted near any areas of water (mosquito breeding grounds).
  2. Lavender – This pleasant smelling plant does an amazing job of keeping away mosquitoes, flies, and moths. Simply plant a few lavender plants in your yard and allow the wind to take care of the rest. If you’re looking for a natural mosquito repellent for your skin, simply rub a few lavender flowers directly onto your skin.
  3. Peppermint – The essential oils within peppermint is a known insect killer. It does an amazing job repelling pests like mosquitoes, rodents, ants, and many more. Peppermint not only repels adult mosquitoes, it can also kill their larvae and eggs.
  4. Sage/Rosemary – For those who are going to sit around a fire pit in the backyard or on the patio, collect some sage or rosemary from your garden. When these plants are burned, the scent will act as a repellent for many insects — especially mosquitoes. However, once you step away from the fire and smoke, you will not be protected as well.
  5. Citrosum – The most popular mosquito repelling plant is the citrosum plant, also known as the “mosquito plant.” Citrosum has a strong citronella scent that is known to repel mosquitoes. Like lavender, you can take the leaves of the citrosum plant and rub them on your skin for an effective repellent.

Don’t let a swarm of mosquitoes ruin your backyard barbecue — utilize your garden to help keep them away from your property.

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4 Trees to Help Increase Curb Appeal

Is your property missing a set of magnificent trees or that one large statement tree in the front yard? For those looking to plant new trees on their property, choose wisely. There are some species of tree that will increase the curb appeal of your home — and even the value!

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  1. Sugar Maple – Have you recently had an ash or elm tree that was cut down due to disease or you’re just looking to fill up free space on your property? Add to this empty space in your yard by planting a gorgeous sugar maple tree. The fall foliage will look spectacular on your property as the leaves will turn a stunning shade of red during this season. Naturally, you’ll also have access to sap if you are looking to make your own syrup.
  2. Blue Spruce – A nice tree to have at the front of a driveway is the blue spruce. Just make sure you give this tree enough room to grow as it can reach an upwards of 75 feet tall and 20 feet wide at full maturity. If deer are a common problem near your property, this tree is perfect because they won’t be able to eat the leafage from it. However, birds will be more than happy to make their nests in its many branches.
  3. Northern Red Oak – Are you looking for a tree that provides shade, longevity, and is an attraction for wild animals? The northern red oak can supply you with all of these! The red oak will mature at 150 years old and can live past 300 years of age! Its acorns will also feed nearby birds, squirrels, and deer — so this tree is definitely for the animal lovers out there. Like the sugar maple, the red oak will provide ample shade and a red foliage in the fall.
  4. Eastern Red Cedar – If you have a larger property that receives a ton of sun, the eastern red cedar will thrive. These trees are great for providing a windbreak to protect your home. Anyone who places feeders in their garden to attract birds will love this tree because birds love to build their nests in this dense evergreen foliage.

Along with your well-maintained lawn and garden, trees are another piece of your property that can help increase your home’s curb appeal.

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How You Should Be Watering Your Garden This Spring

Are you new to gardening or want to brush up on the best gardening practices? In order to have a healthy garden that flourishes like the ones in the magazines, you should know the proper way to water it. Knowing the right way to water your garden will provide you with the best results come the beginning of summer.

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What Time You Should Water

The optimal time to water your garden (and lawn) is in the early morning between 4:00 am and 10:00 am. Watering in the middle of the day is not ideal because the sun and heat will quickly evaporate most of the water before it has a chance to be absorbed by the plants’ roots. Watering too late in the evening should only be done if there has been a recent drought. Otherwise, fungus and foliage diseases can begin to grow.

How Often You Should Water

Every plant will need to be watered differently, but you should still see if the soil is too dry or not. Pick up a handful of soil that’s at least six inches underground and squeeze it together. If you can’t create a small ball of soil that sticks together, it’s too dry and should be watered. When the soil isn’t sticking together, it means half of the available water in the soil is depleted and should be replenished.

How Much You Should Water

Again, you should always research the types of plants you have because some do require more or less water than others. For general purposes, you want to make sure the soil is wet for at least an entire foot. This will encourage the roots to grow deeper, which is needed for healthy growth and to endure droughts. Not watering enough at one time will cause roots to be shallow, resulting in them drying out more frequently.

In order for your garden to flourish this spring and summer, you want to make sure that you’re watering your garden the right way.

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5 Plants That Can Poison Your Pet

Do you let your dog outside to run around in the backyard during the spring and summer? Maybe you’re a cat owner and you let your little feline roam free for a few hours per day? Unfortunately, there are a few hidden dangers hiding on your property that can poison your pets — and they happen to be the plants in your garden.

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  • Tulips – The bulbs of tulips contain allergenic lactones that are extremely toxic. Simply chewing on the bulbs will result in an irritated esophagus and mouth tissue. After being ingested, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drooling, increased heart rate, and abnormal breathing can be experienced by your pet.
  • Amaryllis – Like tulips, ingesting the bulbs of the amaryllis plant can cause vomiting, abdominal pain, excessive drooling, tremors, as well as low blood pressure. This is thanks to lycorine and phenanthridine alkaloids that are found in the bulbs (smaller amounts are also found in the stems and leaves).
  • Lilies – Tiger and Daylilies are two species of lilies that are commonly found in gardens across the country. Ingesting even a small amount of this flower can cause kidney failure. Other species like Peace, Peruvian, and Calla lilies contain oxalate crystals that can irritate the mouth tissue, tongue, and esophagus.
  • Azaleas – Toxic components can be found in the leaves, flowers, and nectar of the azalea plant. When bees feed on this plant, they will create “mad honey” that have these toxic components infused with the honey. Ingestion of the honey or any piece of the plant will result in excessive drooling, diarrhea, low blood pressure, and irregular heartbeats.
  • Chrysanthemums – Toxins within chrysanthemums include sesquiterpenes, lactones, pyrethrins, etc. Once this plant has been ingested, hypersalivation, dermatitis, vomiting, diarrhea, and a lack of coordination can be experienced. Different species and sizes react differently to this plant, but it’s best to bring your pet to the vet just in case.

Planting a variety of flowers and plants throughout your property is encouraged, however, be cautious of these five plants if you are a pet owner.

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The Right Way to Water Your Lawn

How often do you water your lawn? Are you watering your lawn enough? What do you use to water your lawn? These are common questions you might be asking yourself throughout the spring and summer when you see that your lawn isn’t as green as it should be. When watering your lawn, make sure you…

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Water in the Morning

The best time of day to water your lawn is in the early morning between 4:00 am and 10:00 am. Watering in the middle of the day isn’t good because the sun will evaporate the water too quickly. On the other hand, watering at night will allow the water to sit for long periods of time, thus creating lawn disease and fungus. Therefore, set a timer for your sprinkler system for early morning. For those who don’t have a sprinkler system, manually water your lawn in early mornings on the weekends.

Water Twice Per Week

If you’re currently watering your lawn every single day for short periods of time — stop! Overwatering your lawn like this can lead to lawn disease and shallow roots. Watering less frequently will encourage the roots of your lawn to grow deeper (which is what you want). You want the roots of your lawn to be at least six inches deep, and watering less frequently can help attain this depth. The optimal watering frequency is once every three to seven days.

Water Using Pulsating Sprinklers

According to professionals, built-in sprinkler systems are the best options for watering your lawn. If you plan on staying in your home for years to come, installing a new sprinkler system is worth the investment. For those without the luxury of these sprinkler systems, you can use a pulsating sprinkler that is connected to your garden hose. The water will shoot out on a horizontal angle, which can cut through the wind for a more efficient watering.

The lawn that surrounds your home needs to be watered in a specific way, otherwise, the grass will definitely be greener on the other side!

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End of April Tips for Your Lawn & Garden

April is coming to a close and this season’s lawns and gardens are officially beginning to grow and bloom. Now that all of the spring prep has been taken care of, it’s time to move onto the next stage of lawn care and gardening. Here are a few tips you should follow during the end of April and beginning of May.

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Prune Summer Shrubs
At the end of winter, you were out in your yard pruning away most of your plants and shrubs. However, if you have any summer shrubs like the hydrangea, butterfly bush, summersweet, or summer flowering spirea, now is the time to prune them. Pruning now will lead to intense stem growth during the summer and early fall when they begin to flower.

Check the Soil
By now you are champing at the bit to move some of your plants and bulbs from their planters to the outdoor garden. Before you can do that you must first check the soil to see if it is dry enough. You don’t want to dig and work your soil while it’s wet because it will eventually dry into hard chunks. Test your soil by grabbing a handful and squeezing it together. If the soil easily crumbles you can begin tilling; if the soil doesn’t crumble then you should wait a few more days and try again.

Stimulate the Lawn
Grab your lawn rake (not the garden rake) and begin raking the lawn to remove dead grass blades and other debris. Doing this quick and easy chore will help stimulate your lawn for faster growth during the spring and summer months. If your lawn sustained some damage and possible snow mold this past winter, raking it can help it recover and get back on track for healthy growth this season.

The month of May is fastly approaching, so make sure you accomplish these lawn and garden tips before the growing season really gets going!

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3 Safe Ways to Keep Deer Away From Your Garden

From afar, deer are beautiful creatures that look just as peaceful as they do harmless. Unfortunately, they only look harmless and are a common pest in neighborhoods throughout the country. Before this tick-infested mammal eats all of the plants in your garden, make sure you try these preventative methods.

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Add More Plants
When you’re planning the blueprint for your garden, make sure you include two types of plants to scatter throughout your property. Lavender will deter deer from coming near your prized plants and vegetables because its scent is too strong. The aroma will remain on their legs, interfering with their ability to sense predators and to sniff out food they like to eat. Marigolds are another plant to consider as deer do not view them as a pleasant plant to eat.

Stink It Up
If you’re not looking to plant lavender or marigolds in your garden, opt to go the smelly route. Mix together 1 cup of milk, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of organic dish soap, and water in a gallon jug. Pour some of this into a spray bottle and give your plants a shower of “stinky-ness.” This concoction won’t hurt your plants, but it may make them smell less flower-like. To avoid smelling this scent in the hot sun, spray down your plants after the sun goes down.

Turn the Volume to 11
Deer are easily frightened creatures and you can use this to your advantage. Since you won’t be patrolling your property 24/7, you’ll need a small security system to do the job for you. Simply string some empty cans, pie tins, or CDs around the area of plants and flowers you would like to protect. The movement and sounds of these objects are unfamiliar to deer and will more than likely scare them away.

Having a family of beautiful deer in your yard may seem like a positive – until they start eating every plant in your garden.

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What You Need to Be Doing to Your Backyard

How impressed were you with your lawn and garden from last year? If the answer is “not very”, then it’s time to step up your yard game. Spring into summer with these five things you need to be doing in your backyard!

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  1. Pickup Seeds – Get in the car, buckle your seatbelt, and head on down to your local nursery to pick up this year’s crop of seeds. Pick out your favorite annual flowers, vegetables, and plants. If you’re looking to have early bloomers in your garden this year, be sure to incorporate your favorite perennials.
  2. Start Planting Your Veggies – For all of the vegetables that you plan on planting this season, now is the time to start sowing them indoors. Plant them in their separate pots, place them by a window that gets a large amount of sunlight, and remember to water them regularly. This way they can get a head start before eventually transferring them into your garden.
  3. Water, Water, Water! – Congratulations — you’ve planted your first set of flowers, plants, and vegetables! Once they’re in the ground, be sure to water them, allowing the water to fully soak in, and then water them again so the soil is completely saturated with water.
  4. Aeration – Between the mounds of snow that were piled on your lawn this past winter and the kids running around endlessly for hours, there are some areas of your lawn where the grass is compacted. Your lawn will need to be aerated, which involves piercing small holes into the ground. This will allow your lawn to breathe and take in the necessary oxygen, nutrients, and water it needs in order to grow.
  5. Weed Control – In order for your lawn to be free from weeds this year, this issue must be addressed before the growing season gets underway. Proper weed treatment should be done before the first one decides to sprout its ugly head. For those trying to tackle their weed problems during the summer months — what were you doing all spring?

Spring is the season where you need to get all of your lawn and garden preparation and maintenance done now so you can enjoy the summer!

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How You Should Be Preparing Your Vegetable Garden

The time has finally come for you to get your hands dirty and begin preparation for this year’s vegetable garden! In order for you to reap the most of what you sow, you need to have your strategy and all of your tools ready to go.

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Pot Preparation
If you’re the type of gardener to plant your vegetables and herbs in planter pots instead of in the ground, then you’ll need to get them ready. Make sure you wash and scrub each one with hot, soapy water. There could be harmful bacteria from last season on them that could cause this season’s crop to die before any veggies are fully grown. If any of your pots are broken or cracked, give them a toss in the trash and get yourself some new ones.

Organize Your Seeds
Whether you have a lot of seeds from last year or you just stopped at the nursery, make sure they’re organized and ready to plant. You don’t want to open up your storage container to find a mess of seeds and envelopes scattered throughout. Once everything is categorized, plan out which planters will receive what seed, or which area of the garden will be designated for certain seeds.

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For those who use a greenhouse or glass structure to house their plants, make sure the glass is as clean as can be. The cleaner the glass, the more efficient the structure will be. Cloudy windows filled with dirt and plant growth can limit the amount of sunshine the plants receive. Carefully wash and scrub the glass with soapy water and a sponge (be wary of using a hose with high pressure).

Growing your own vegetables is equally rewarding as it is delicious, so make sure you prepared for this year’s crop.

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When Do I Fertilize My Lawn?

This year you plan on having a lawn that puts all of your neighbors’ lawns to shame. However, last year’s lawn was a bit patchy and brown — so what does a person do? The first step in getting your lawn to resemble Fenway Park is to fertilize it at the perfect time.

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Know Your Grass Type
Before you head down to the store to grab some fertilizer, find out which type of grass is currently underneath your feet. You will normally have either cool-season or warm season grass. Those with cool-season grass will notice their lawn turning brown during the summer months while those with warm season grass will notice their lawn turning brown during the cooler months of the year. However, there are homeowners who will have a combination of the two types of grasses.

Fertilizing at the Right Time

  • Cool-Season Grasses – Since this type of grass will grow mostly during spring and fall, you will need to fertilize in the beginning of these seasons. Of the one to two pounds (per 1,000 square feet) of nitrogen-rich fertilizer you need to apply each year, spread out a majority of it during the fall before temperatures drop below 60 degrees. The remaining fertilizer can be spread in early spring before temperatures rise above 70 degrees.
  • Warm-Season Grasses – Since this type of grass grows mostly during the late spring and summer, you will need to fertilize in the early spring as the grass begins to turn green again and then again at the end of summer. Of the three to four pounds (per 1,000 square feet) of nitrogen-rich fertilizer you need to apply each year, spread half before temperatures reach over 80 degrees and the second half after the highest temperatures of the summer have passed.

Making sure you fertilize your lawn at the perfect time can mean the difference between a good and a GREAT looking lawn!

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5 Gardening Tips for an Organic Herb Garden

Do you picture yourself as half gardener, half amateur chef? A great way to channel both of your hobbies is to grow yourself an organic herb garden. This way you’ll be able to keep your thumb green and your dishes flavorful!

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Decide What Tastes Best – Before you create your organic garden, do some research on which herbs are the tastiest according to you! Opt for herbs that are not only your favorite but those that taste the best when they’re freshly picked. Some herbs include basil, mint, and cilantro — yum!
Seeds vs Plants – Next up is deciding if you want to purchase seeds or plants that are just beginning to sprout. If you only want a small organic garden with maybe one plant per herb, go ahead and purchase the baby plants. However, if you’re planning on a bigger garden, it’s cheaper to go the seed route.
The Right Type of Soil – Creating your organic garden by planting all of the seeds and plants in the garden out back can be risky. A normal garden might have soil that becomes too compacted which can hinder herb growth. Instead, purchase organic potting mix to give your herbs the best chance for proper growth (spend on the right soil, skip on the fancy containers).
Cut and Plant Often – Many herbs like basil and cilantro will die after they flower. To make sure you always have a steady inflow of these herbs, plant new seeds every couple of weeks. While the new seeds grow, cut the tips of the shoots frequently so they can grow and remain productive for as long as possible.
Save, Save, Save – When you finally call it quits for planting new seeds for the season, hold onto all of the extras. Seeds purchased in packets can usually last up to two years so they’ll be fine to plant next year. Seeds that have recently set from a plant in your garden can be collected and placed in envelopes. Just mark the date you collected them and store them in a dry, dark room at room temperature.

After you’ve taken care of your lawn and garden, spend some time on a small garden that can be used to satisfy your taste buds!

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5 Lawn Prep Tips to Help Your Lawn Grow This Spring

Now that the temperatures are starting to warm up and the rain is plentiful, it’s time to focus on the growth of your lawn. It’s obvious that you desperately want that lush, thick, deep green lawn that you see in commercials and magazines. In order to try and achieve this type of lawn, adopt these tips to help prep your lawn for the growing season.

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  1. Finish Pruning – Now that we’re on the verge of the growing season, finish up any last minute pruning. Remove and prune any dead tree branches, plants, and pick up any broken off twigs and leaves that sit atop your lawn.
  2. Dethatching – Once the bulk of the mess is removed from your lawn, grab your lawn rake and begin removing any dead grass and lawn clippings. Dethatching your lawn will allow any new grass seed to grow properly while also preventing fungus growth.
  3. Give It Some Air – If there are any areas of your lawn that experience heavy foot traffic or were stuck underneath mounds of snow this past winter, they will need to be aerated. Using an aerator will remove small portions of the lawn to allow for air, water, and nutrients to reach the lawn’s roots.
  4. Fight Weeds Now – Weeds are the most annoying part of trying to grow and maintain your lawn. If your lawn usually sees a large amount of weeds throughout the spring and summer months, then you’ll need to start fighting them early on. Lay out a pre-emergent weed killer NOW so you don’t have to deal with weeds later.
  5. Tune-Up – Lawn maintenance is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your lawn stays healthy throughout the year. So before you have to start mowing, weed whacking, and trimming, make sure your tools are good to go. Sharpen all of the blades, change out the oil, and have a professional give the motor-run tools a tune-up.

In order for your lawn to grow into the healthy one you envision in your mind, start all of your preparation NOW!

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How to Get Your Sprinkler System Ready for Spring

The wait is over — spring is finally here! Now that warm weather is FINALLY on its way, there are things you must do to your home and property in order to prepare it for the spring conditions. One of these spring tasks includes getting your sprinkler system up to speed.

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Not So Fast!
Before attempting to turn on your sprinkler system, make sure the soil is frost-free. Using a shovel, pierce the soil at least 12 inches deep and check to see if anything is frozen or if frost is present. If so, wait until this is no longer the case as turning on the sprinkler system too early can damage the underground pipes.

Release the Air
Turning the water on for the first time will cause an increase in air pressure in the pipes that can cause your sprinkler heads to literally shoot out of the ground. In order for this not to happen, open the pressure relief valves to remove the air from the pipes. If your sprinkler system isn’t equipped with this, remove the sprinkler heads in the highest point of each zone. When you begin to refill the pipes with water, do it slowly to prevent a surge of air pressure from pushing through too fast.

Fill Each Zone
Start off by slowly opening the shutoff valve to the water supply line so the main irrigation line becomes filled. From here you can fill each zone by opening the respective zone valve, just make sure you do this at a slow and steady pace. Once water flows out of the headless sprinklers without any air bubbles, you can replace the sprinkler heads.

Prepping your home’s sprinkler system is a must for the spring season if you want to maintain your lawn and soil.

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What to Know Before You Plant a Tree

With spring inches away, it’s time to think about what you would like to add to your property this year. Some people will decide that this year is the year to plant a new tree on the property. Whether a storm took your old one down or a previous one never even existed, there are things you should know before you go ahead and plant a tree.

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Mature Size
When picking out the style of tree you want for your property, remember to keep in mind the size of the tree once it fully matures. Depending on where you’re planting the tree and what size your home is will decide how big of a tree to plant. If the tree is going near the back patio, opt for one with a mature size of 10 to 15 feet. If you’re looking for a front yard tree, opt for one with a mature size of 30 to 40 feet (as long as your home is one or two stories tall).

Growing Conditions
In order for a tree to grow and thrive in a specific environment, it must be able to adapt to the climate. Ordering trees from other parts of the country (or world) can oftentimes be a risk because there is no guarantee they will be able to healthily grow. To guarantee that your new tree will flourish like you expect it to, head down to your local nursery and choose from a local selection.

What Do You Want?
When you head down to your local nursery, be prepared with a list of characteristics you would like to see and a list of factors that affect can your choices.

  • Do you want a tree that grows upright or spreads outwards?
  • Which colors or species of flowers would you like to see bloom?
  • Should the tree be evergreen or deciduous each year?
  • Is there limited space on the property or are there limitations such as sidewalks, power lines, driveways, patios, etc.?

For those looking to plant a new tree on their property, there are certain things you should consider before picking out and planting a new one.

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How to Prep Your Lawn for Spring

The last month of winter is very fickle — one day it’s sunny and warm, the next it’s snowing and freezing. While the weather conditions might not feel like spring is near, it’s closer than you think! In order to prepare your lawn for this year’s growing season, make sure you do these 5 things to your property.

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  1. Quick Inspection – Once the weather is tolerable, head outside and see what you’re working with. Assess the condition of the lawn, trees, surrounding plants, and the soil. Remove any dead or broken off leaves, branches, and debris from the yard and garden.
  2. Rake It Up – Once all of the snow and ice has melted away from your lawn, grab your lawn rake and begin raking it. Doing this will open up your lawn to more oxygen, allowing it to have a better chance to start growing back earlier. Don’t worry if your lawn is brown, it’s not dead — it’s just dormant.
  3. Weed Control – If your lawn has been susceptible to crabgrass in the past, now is the time for prevention measures. Once all of the snow has melted away, apply a pre-emergent crabgrass control. This should be done before the soil temperature becomes too warm and a few weeks before grass seed is applied.
  4. Trim Time – You want to make sure you trim all of the trees and shrubs before the growing season starts. Proper pruning and trimming will allow your plants to have healthy growth during the spring. Shrubs and bushes are easy to trim yourself, however, you might want to hire a professional for larger trees.
  5. Prep Your Tools – While you wait for the snow to melt and the temperatures to rise, make sure all of your gardening and lawn care tools are prepped and ready to use. Clean off and sharpen your lawn mower’s blades, clean and oil your shears and gardening tools, and begin purchasing all of the seeds you would like to plant this spring.

With winter FINALLY coming to a close, now is the time to prep your lawn for the upcoming spring season.

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How to Make the Most of Your Property’s Landscape

The weather during March and early April is fickle, so it’s not always easy to get started on your garden as soon as spring arrives. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t plan out how you want your garden to look and what to include in it. In order to make the most of your property’s landscape this year, here are some things you should keep in mind.

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Two Birds, One Stone
When you have a yard that isn’t the biggest on the block, make sure you’re planning the landscaping perfectly to make the most of the room you do have. For instance, you can have an array of plants to display while also having privacy from your neighbor’s yard. Do this by planting smaller trees along the fence line for a beautiful backdrop to your yard while also having the barrier and privacy you need.

Light and Dark
Your garden should have both dark and light colored plants. The easiest way for these plants to stand out is to strategically place them next to opposite colors. For example, plant something with a golden or yellow hue next to one that is of a darker color, like purple. These bold contrasts will make the purple plants seem richer and the golden ones seem brighter.

Break It Up
When designing your backyard, you don’t have to see it as a single space. Instead, break up the landscape into different sections, especially if you have a back patio. Utilize hedges and shrubs to create a natural divide between different areas of the yard without having to install large, vision-blocking fences or walls. Sectionalizing the landscape isn’t for everyone, but it’s a great way to add some uniqueness to your yard.

Now is the time to plan your landscape for the spring, just make sure you do everything you can to make the most of your landscape.

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How to Make a Minimum-Maintenance Garden

Having a garden on your property can boost your curb appeal, provide you with a hobby, and give you a sense of accomplishment when everything is in full bloom. On the other hand, tending a garden requires a lot of commitment and can be a lot of work. For those looking to have a garden without the hours of work, design yourself a minimum-maintenance garden.

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  • Choose the Right Plants – Rather than having plants that need to be grown in specific soil and will need to be pruned and maintained, choose plants that naturally thrive in your local area. This will allow your plants to grow without having to care for your plants as much as a normal garden would require.
  • Shrub Swap – Planting new seasonal flowers every spring can be a lot of work. Decrease the number of flowers you plant this season with easy-care shrubs. While some flowers do add some nice color to a garden, a property filled with beautiful shrubs can be just as breathtaking.
  • Let It Go – All of the trees, plants, and flowers that are close to your home should be trimmed and well-maintained. However, plants that are further away from your home (like in the backyard) don’t need as much maintenance. For a wild and more natural look, let these plants grow naturally, trimming here and there as you see fit.
  • Yearly Color – Stop planting a new bed of flowers each and every season. Instead, plant a bedding of perennials that will bloom into vibrant colors (like lavender). Perennials will stay in bloom for months at a time and will continue to regrow each and every year. A quick pruning once per year will keep them in check and as beautiful as ever!

For those who want a garden, but don’t want to put in a lot of work to maintain it — boy, do we have the right gardening tips for you!

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Steps to Take Before Spring Gardening

Spring is fastly approaching and before you know it there will be leaves on the trees and flowers blossoming all around you. For all of the gardeners out there, now is the time to start preparing so you can be ready to dig in the dirt as soon as it’s warm enough. But before that happens, make sure you complete these steps in advance.

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Seed From Scratch
You can easily head to a nursery in mid-May to purchase half-grown plants to add to your garden (especially vegetables). But why spend the extra money, and where’s the fun in that? Instead, plant your seeds indoors, giving them the time to grow. Then once the weather is finally warm enough, move them from your home into the garden.

Purchase Pansies
Are you looking to add some color to your garden before the summer flowers are in bloom? Consider planting pansies throughout your garden in the coming weeks. This flower thrives in cool weather which makes it the perfect flower for springtime. Once the temperatures rise toward the end of spring, flowers like roses, tulips, and lilies will finally be in bloom to take their place.

Finish Pruning
Pruning your plants is maintenance you need to complete during the end of winter right before spring finally arrives. This will allow your plants, trees, and shrubs to lose any dead weight and have the most potential for healthy growth for the new season. Make sure to get all of your pruning done in these next few weeks before the flowers and leaves start to bloom!

It’s almost time to roll the sleeves up and dig into the soil, but first you should get working on your pre-spring gardening.

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Late Winter Garden Maintenance

Winter is almost a month from being over — finally! Now is the perfect time for you to start planning and prepping your lawn and garden for spring. By performing an end of winter maintenance on your property, you’ll be jump starting the growth of your plants for when the growing season does arrive.

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Pruning Plants
Most of the plants, shrubs, and trees on your property should be pruned at the end of winter. Pruning plants will remove any dead branches, stems, and leaves that could inhibit growth during the spring season. To properly prune a plant, make a sharp, angled cut about a quarter-inch away from the parent stem or branch. The end of winter is the optimal time to prune since plants are still dormant.

Tips for Planning Your Garden

  • If you’re planning on planting any bulbs this season, make sure to do that within the next few weeks. By planting these bulbs in potted planters and leaving them on the inside of your window sill, you can get a head start on your growing your garden.
  • For those who like to grow their own food, now is the time to start figuring out which vegetable seeds you’d like to plant. By mapping out your garden, you’ll be able to see how much of each plant to grow and where to place them for this coming season.
  • After you’ve done everything you can while you wait for spring to roll around, head into your garage or shed and grab all of your gardening tools. Use this time to sharpen, oil, and shine up each one of your handy little helpers.

Winter is abruptly coming to an end so you better make sure that your property is ready for the spring season.

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The Different Types of Pruning Tools

Spring is still a few weeks away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare your garden now. In order to help prep your lawn and garden, you’ll need the right tools to get the job done. Here are the different types of pruning tools that you should have in your shed.

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  • Pruners – The most obvious pruning tool you’ll need is a pair of handheld pruners. In order to prune your plants properly, you need to make a clean cut at the right angle. This gardening tool is extremely sharp and curved perfectly to make precise pruning cuts.
  • Loppers – If you’ve ever seen a pair of bolt cutters in a gardening shed, that’s what this bad boy is right here. Loppers are perfect for pruning small branches on bushes and trees that are hard to reach. This is the largest of the pruning tools and will need to be operated with two hands.
  • Pruning Saw – When handheld pruners and loppers can’t get the job done, break out the pruning saw. This miniature saw is meant to tackle the thicker branches and tree limbs.
  • Shears – There are two types of shears you should have in your arsenal; hand and hedge shears. Hand shears are best for making small cuts on shrubs and bushes with dense greenery, while hedge shears are best for making larger cuts that create a straight edge.
  • Electric Trimmers – When you have a decent amount of shrubs, bushes, and trees on your property, trimming their hedges can take a long time. Instead, opt for an electric hedge trimmer to cut down on the amount of time and effort it takes.

Maintaining your property will be a whole lot easier healthordisease.com when you have a a few different pruning tools at your disposal.

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What to Do When Your Tree is Damaged During a Storm

Storms can bring about harsh winds and heavy precipitation that can lead to extensive property damage. When the winds are blowing and the snowfall is plentiful, the trees in your yard are at risk of becoming damaged. When a tree on your property takes a beating from a storm, here’s what you should do:

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Hanging Chads
When you inspect your property after a harsh storm, keep an eye out for branches that are dangling from the tree. Some might be partially connected to the tree while others might be completely disconnected and can fall with the next partial breeze. If you see tree limbs that are hanging, grab a ladder and remove them before they fall and hurt someone. Remember to go back and prune the tree properly wherever the branch ripped off from.

Split Down the Middle
Sometimes harsh winds or heavy snowfall can cause a tree to split down the middle of the tree’s trunk. When this happens there is usually no way to salvage the tree. More likely than not, the tree won’t be able to heal with the use of a wrap and should be removed altogether. Leaving a dead tree in the yard to continue decaying won’t be the best booster of your curb appeal either.

Let the Tree Recover
If your damaged tree has a good shot of recovering, there’s a few things you should do and not do. Avoid using wood paint to seal tree wounds as this can slow down the natural healing process. Fertilizer should also be avoided as the extra growth the tree can experience won’t be able to be supported by the weakened roots. However, you should continue to water a damaged tree with an inch of water every week.

When a storm rolls through with heavy snowfall or harsh winds, the trees on your property have a good chance of becoming damaged.

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The Right Way to Remove Snow & Ice

Shoveling snow and removing ice from your property is probably the most strenuous chore a homeowner has to do each winter. Rather than waiting until the snow has stopped to remove it from your property, there are things you can do to make the snow removal process easier.

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Ice Melt
Before (and during) a snowstorm, spread a layer of ice melt on your driveway, walkways, and front steps. This will help prevent ice from forming in areas you commonly walk through, thus lowering your chances of taking a nasty spill. Opt for a contractor grade ice melt as this option is more powerful and fast-acting compared to brands you can buy in the store.

Shovel Frequently
There are some people that will wait towards the end of a snowstorm before they shovel their property. If you’ve ever shoveled 10 inches of snow from your property, then you know how tiring and stressful this can be. Instead, head outside for a quick shovel session every few hours. It’s easier to quickly push an inch or two of snow than it is to shovel a foot’s worth of snow.

Snow Placement
When shoveling the snow from your driveway, think about where you’re placing the excess snow. Avoid creating large snow piles as this can cause severe damage to surrounding shrubs, plants, or your lawn. Instead, place each shovel of snow in a different location. You also need to make sure that snow is removed from any walkways as this snow can melt and refreeze which can damage and crack it.

Removing snow and ice is a tiring and tedious chore that needs to be done, but there are ways to make it easier on yourself.

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Why Using Your Lawn Tractor to Plow Snow is a Bad Idea

Many homeowners think: “I have a lawn tractor, why not double it as a snow plow?” In theory, this sounds like a great idea that could save you time when shoveling and help you avoid storing a tractor AND a snow blower. However, throwing a plow on your tractor is actually a really bad idea that you should try and avoid.

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Shorter Lifespan
The average lawn tractor is meant to do exactly what it’s advertised for — cutting grass. Even though some companies do sell plow attachments for their lawn tractors, that doesn’t mean that it’s good for the tractor’s health. Other than some of the top-of-the-line tractors, most lawn tractors were not made to push heavy mounds of snow. You could end up shortening the life of your tractor by almost half.

High Prices
Adding a plow to your lawn tractor could run you anywhere from $300 to $800, and even more if you want a snow-blower attachment. For the same amount of money you can purchase a good quality snow blower that can do the job even better. In addition to their high prices, the added wear and tear to your lawn tractor could result in more maintenance and repair bills.

Storage
Many people think that having a plow attachment will save them storage space in the garage or shed because they won’t have to store two premier pharmacy big pieces of equipment. However, when you place the plow on the tractor, the deck will have to come off. When you put the tractor’s deck back on, you’ll have to find storage for the plow attachment. The average snow blower will take up less space than all of these stored attachments.

Once you consider what a plow attachment does to your tractor, wallet, and storage, you’ll reconsider this snow removal method.

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