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Clever Snow Removal Tactics You Might've Missed

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Shoveling snow for hours isn't the most exciting activity, but it's necessary for keeping your walkways safe and clear.

You don't have to dread snow removal, though, if you practice some new techniques this season. Turn it into a quick and easy exercise by using some tactics that might've slipped past your radar.

With the snow cleared, you can spend your time relaxing with a hot drink instead of struggling with a snow shovel.

1. Kitty Litter

Don't have any salt lying around to put on your driveway? That's no problem — use kitty litter instead. Kitty litter is a known substitute for salt, and it works with similar effectiveness. Lay it down in an icy area and let it work its magic.

Because it's darker than salt, it absorbs the sun's heat faster, melting the ice in a shorter time. You can also pour some litter into a sock and use it to defog your car windows before work.

Kitty litter also works well if your car is stuck and needs traction. Throw it around your tires to absorb the ice's moisture. Always use the non-clumping kind — for both snow removal and traction. Keeping a container of it in your trunk also weighs down the vehicle, which can prevent you from getting stuck in the first place.

2. Snow Tarp

Laying down a tarp is a quick and easy way to remove snow from your car if you're running late for work. Who has time to spend scraping at ice and snow? Pull the tarp off your vehicle in one fell swoop, and you'll instantly have a clean ride.

You can use any tarp you already own, though some brands have created car covers for this specific purpose. The cover accumulates all the snow that would otherwise end up caked on your car's exterior, and it's sturdy enough to not slip off under the weight of it.

3. Telehandler

You might already have some farm machinery on hand, so why not use it for this purpose, too? Consider employing a telehandler for difficult and dangerous spots, such as the roof.

Working so high up always poses a falling risk, even if you're familiar with roof work. This hazard becomes more prominent when you're surrounded by snow and ice — one slip can spell injury. 

A telehandler can push snow off your roof using a push or plow attachment, reducing the time you would've taken with manual methods. In no time, you'll have a clean roof, which removes the risk of a cave-in from the snow's weight. Those falling snowflakes are festive, but not when they're in the middle of your living room.

4. Rubbing Alcohol

Fill a bottle with rubbing alcohol — or any other spirits you have on hand — and spray it on icy areas like windows. This substance works surprisingly well as a de-icer, and many people already have it in their cabinets.

Wipe it dry after spraying, and you should have a smudge-free, sparkling clean window after. Try this tip on your walkways by mixing alcohol and water in a bucket and pouring it over the iced-up areas.

5. Leaf Blower

A leaf blower can be a life-saver if you don't have a snowblower handy. Because it's handheld, you can use it to get into the tricky crevices and corners that collect snow. It's best to use it after a light snowfall when the snow isn't too heavy — otherwise, you might need a plow or shovel.

Always use ear protectors when operating a leaf blower, and use caution with electric models. Leaf blowers don't work as well on wet snow, and moisture could get inside the unit. Use a GFCI outlet if you plan to operate your machine in wet conditions — this will safeguard you against electrical shock.

6. Wet/Dry Vacuum

A wet/dry vacuum might be what you need to blow away or suck up snow. It's made for wet conditions, meaning there's less chance of any electrical incidents happening — though GFCI outlets are always recommended.

Ideally, you'd use it like you would a leaf blower, but you might also use it to suck up small sections of snow. It can be an excellent solution if you don't feel like bringing out the shovel to clear the porch or patio.

Beat the Cold With Smarter Snow Removal

The holiday season is hectic for many, but you can cross snow removal off your list of things to do. These methods can help you clear your walkways quicker than usual, leaving more time to deck the halls with your loved ones.

See which techniques work best for you and make them a part of your holiday tradition.

Tips on Snow Management From an Upstate New Yorker

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Holly WellesI've seen more than my fair share of snow living in upstate New York, and year after year, I use the same strategies to manage my property. These tried-and-true, time-tested methods have worked for me in the past — if you're expecting a blizzard, you should take notes. There's a lot to do after a storm passes through, and it's best to work smart, not hard, as they say.

While heavy lifting is inevitable, you can alleviate some of the burden if you plan ahead and stockpile the right supplies. With a little preparation, you don't have to spend half your day clearing your paths and driveway. No forecast will intimidate you, as long as you employ your leaf blower, cover your car with canvas and follow some of the other eight suggestions below.

 

1. Check Your Pantry for De-Icers pickle-jar

You don't need store-bought chemicals to melt ice on your car windshields. A lot of items you'll find around your homestead will work just as well, like table salt, pickle juice and vodka. If you fill a sock with table salt and rub it against your windows, you'll prevent frost from forming, and pickle juice and vodka work as a spray.

2. Shovel Decks With Caution

If your homestead has a deck, you'll likely want to shovel it of snow to avoid moisture from seeping into the boards. Without waterproofing, this is a possibility, but most modern builds account for winter weather. Regardless, as you're clearing a path, use a plastic shovel to remove snow without damaging your decking materials.

3. Shelter Your Plants

When temperatures drop and the weather takes a turn, you can preserve your plants with the proper precautions. Among other techniques for protecting your homestead, these are relatively simple, and you can handle the task in an hour. Just   bring in container plants, add mulch and cover any saplings susceptible to fros

4. Cover Your Car With Canvas

There's a quick and easy way to deal with snow and ice on your car — don't let it pile up on your car in the first place. Drape a canvas drop cloth or plastic tarp across your vehicle overnight when you're expecting a storm to pass through. In the morning, pull it off and deposit the snow in your yard — simple as that.

5. Keep Roof Care in Mind

Protecting your roof is a top priority during the colder months, as snow accumulation can cause damage to your roofing materials and compromise the structural integrity of your homestead. My family has always used snow guards on our own property, which catch sheets of snow and ice when they slide down my roof.

6. Remove Weak Branches

You likely have no shortage of trees on the extensive acreage of your property, and maintaining their health is essential. A snowstorm could burden their branches with heavy snow and ice, and breakage has the potential to harm you if you're in the wrong spot at the wrong time. Always take care to remove weak limbs.

7. Employ Your Leaf Blower

Your leaf blower can double as a useful tool for removing light snow. While it isn't effective for clearing away wet, heavy accumulation, you'll find it's a quick way to manage your steps, walkways and cars after powdery precipitation. Other equipment you might own like a wet/dry vac will work for snow removal, as well.

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8. Use Safe Shoveling Techniques

For some, shoveling your property might pose a risk to your health. I hear horror stories every winter about someone in my area hurting themselves when out shoveling, whether its a slipped disk or a different injury. Remember the following points before you begin your work:

  • Warm up by stretching your lower back and hamstrings
  • Bend with your hips and knees, not your lower back
  • Never twist your back, but pivot your entire body instead

I can't stress these points enough. You should review other articles on the subject and make sure you're watching your motions while you're clearing your paths or driveway. While it's important to take care of your property, taking care of yourself should be your priority.

Start Preparing Today

When a blizzard is in the forecast, you can feel confident your property is safe from the dangers of snow and ice. As long as you take my advice and follow some of the suggestions above, you'll manage winter weather without trouble. Just remember a proactive approach is best, and gather supplies in advance of a storm.

While snow is often inevitable, you don't have to wait for it to harm your homestead. Start preparing today.

How to Maintain a More Natural Landscape

Holly WellesMost North American neighborhoods don't deviate much in their landscaping. In suburbs across the country, you'll find well-manicured lawns, trimmed shrubbery, inoffensive trees, and perfectly spaced flowers. It's an admittedly attractive layout, but its effect on the environment isn't so pretty.

Roughly 90 million lawnmowers, leaf blowers, weed trimmers, and other small-engine tools in the United States contribute about 5 percent of the country's air pollution. With this in mind, it's easy to understand why homeowners have shown increasing interest in a more natural landscape. 

If you're ready to commit to eco-friendly landscaping, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about making your yard a little more green. Most of these changes are straightforward, and even if you don't spend much time in your garden, you'll find them simple to implement.

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1. Pick Wildlife-Supporting Plants

Most homeowners choose plants and flowers for their aesthetic value, searching for species which complement their space and lend it color or depth. Fortunately for them, they don't have to compromise the beauty of their landscaping to make a home for wildlife in their area. They can serve both themselves and nature.

When you choose wildlife-supporting plants like hedges, you're structuring your space while creating a natural habitat for a whole host of animals. Birds, hedgehogs, and other small mammals are attracted to hedgerows for their food and shelter. While the property belongs to you, sharing it is still vital.

2. Reduce Your Fertilizer Use

While fertilizer accelerates the growth of your plants, excessive use has consequences for your expenditure. When you layer too much fertilizer on your lawn, it'll grow too quickly, and as it grows, you'll need more water to sustain its health. You'll also need to spend more time using your lawnmower, increasing your emissions.

In truth, you only need to fertilize your landscaping twice a year. As long as you fertilize once in the spring and once in the fall, you shouldn't run into any issues later on. As for the type of fertilizer you should use, organic products are best, providing your plants all the micro- and macro-nutrients they need.

3. Raise Your Mower Deck

You want your landscape to look natural, of course, but waist-high grass isn't attractive. Fortunately, it's easy to maintain the appearance of your yard and remain on good terms with neighbors, all while using fewer resources. As long as you cut only the top third of the blade, you'll limit growth and reduce your workload.

Raising your mower deck to keep your grass tall has other benefits beyond slowing its growth. Your lawn won't require as much water or produce nearly as many weeds. When your turf is lush and dense, it crowds out any weed seeds which would otherwise take advantage of a stressed space with less shade.

4. Choose Native Species

As you browse your local greenhouse for seeds to add to your inventory, look for native species which will work well within your garden. You might feel tempted to purchase big, bright flowers with visual appeal, but if they're non-native, you'll find you're doing more work for upkeep. Naturally, this leads to higher expenditure.

Native, noninvasive plants are ideal for your landscaping because they're able to establish a balance with other plants more easily. When searching for these native species, you don't have to go to a greenhouse — a trip to your local farmers' market will suffice. Vendors will be happy to guide you in the right direction.

5. Collect Water With Barrels

Your methods of maintenance are just as essential to natural landscaping as the species of plants you choose. You can always find new ways to reduce your resource consumption, and, with a little creativity, enhance your garden's appearance as well. Consider the use of barrels for water collection

When you attach a wooden barrel to your downspout, it'll fill with water, which is both eco-friendly and attractive given the right setting. Beyond a barrel's functionality, it'll bring a rustic charm to your landscaping — something modest and straightforward that will make your garden feel friendlier.

An Opportunity for Growth

As you design your lawn's layout, remember, you don't have to conform to the dominant aesthetic. A natural landscape is an easy alternative which is just as visually appealing, and far more beneficial for the environment. Homeowners like yourself have made the changes on this list to incredible effect.

While you review your options, consider wildlife-supporting plants, native species and strategies for conserving resources. You'll find these aren't limitations, but an opportunity for growth.

Keeping Business Going with Limited Options

It's a tough time to be a farmer, both small and large, but the industry is used to challenges. Farmers are familiar with uncertainty, as their business is subject to more volatility than most. Unforeseen circumstances like an early frost or a lack of precipitation can be devastating for a farmer during a regular growing season. 

With small farms and homesteads experiencing sudden changes in the market, finding new ways to reach customers is just another challenge. Fortunately, many homesteaders have embraced adaptability. Here are some ways farmers are practicing resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Online Sales

With markets changing overnight, many farmers are switching to online sales to communicate with customers. Online ordering is incredibly popular right now, and not just for Amazon and Instacart. Farms that run CSA programs, or community-supported agriculture, have seen the number of weekly produce shares triple in the last few weeks. 

Online sales also allow farmers to adjust for changes in demand and more efficiently respond to consumer questions. In addition to setting up purchasing situations that maintain a healthy physical distance, online sales may also aid the farmer in preparing for upcoming issues. Online farm stores allow farmers to set stock limits, control the number of orders made, and manage location settings. This data streamlines the process to make the adjustment period a bit easier to manage. 

Cost Reduction

In the United States, the average farmer is preparing for the upcoming growing season by making critical investments, both in infrastructure and equipment. But with the current global situation, now may not be the best time to make major investments in tools and equipment. If possible, look into purchasing used or rental farm equipment. If you are able, reach out to other farm businesses to inquire into how they are handling large equipment purchases in the upcoming season. 

Reducing cost when it comes to inputs in the number one thing farmers can do right now. COVID-19 is affecting different areas of agriculture in different ways. Regardless of whether the current situation is hurting or helping business, it is essential to get finances in check and take note of any outstanding debt. No one knows what the next few months may look like, so for now, it might be best to get that old tractor tuned up and wait to make any big purchases next spring. 

Community Partnerships

If you are unsure how even to begin diversifying your sales strategy, there are hundreds of farm marketing resources to look to. Information on safety standards, online market streams, and applying for loans is available online, whether it be through non-profit organizations, local businesses or other farm enterprises. If you are unsure where to begin, check out your local extension office to see what information they may be able to provide. 

In addition to reaching out for advice on adjusting your business to the new normal, look for other businesses that may also be struggling to reach their customers in this new format. Several farms are partnering with other small businesses, such as bakeries, to increase the number of people they can reach and provide customers with even more options. 

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Home Delivery

Depending on the size and structure of your business, home delivery might be a fantastic option. Farms that previously had on-farm markets attended farmer's markets or had CSA pick-up locations are now offering home delivery. Not only are a staggering percentage of people ordering groceries online, now more than ever, people are interested in supporting local farmers. For farmers able to take advantage of this opportunity, home delivery can be a great situation. 

Even if home delivery is not a business model that interests you in the long run, it may be a great way to connect with potential customers for future markets. With so many businesses closed, people are looking locally to find the specialty products they used to enjoy in restaurants and coffee shops. If you are able to provide them with an incredible product that they can't get at a regular grocery store, they may be more inclined to visit your on-site farm market once it is allowed. 

Planting Resiliency

Farmers are a resilient bunch, and not unaccustomed to adversity. The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge. It is not an understatement to say that it is wreaking havoc on the agricultural industry. While some farmers benefit from the new situation, others are losing their businesses overnight. 

Whatever your farm business is currently experiencing, there are ways to mitigate potential losses and adjust to a new normal, even if just for a few months. Online sales and home delivery, partnerships with community entities and reducing your inputs are just a few ways you can keep business going. Resources might be limited, but it's amazing what a little water, sunshine and dedication can do. 

The Most Important Safety Basics for Small Farmers

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Farm safety may seem trivial, especially if you've worked on a ranch for several years. You may feel you already know everything there is to know. However, everyone can benefit from learning about or refreshing their knowledge of farm safety. If you are already aware of the following precautions and laws, share them with a friend, employee or family member. Doing so could prevent accidents and injuries to those you hold most dear. 

Purchase a Tractor With ROPS

Tractors are one of the most common types of machinery on farms. They're also a major cause of death due to lack of rollover safety. Each year, five people die for every 100,000 tractors in operation. Therefore, it's incredibly important you purchase a tractor with rollover protective structures. Nearly all rollovers in tractors without this safety mechanism end in fatalities. 

If your current tractor doesn't have ROPS, contact your local farm equipment dealer. They may be able to point you to someone who can design, manufacture and install ROPS. 

Maintain Machinery 

Regardless of whether your tractor has ROPS or not, you should still perform regular maintenance on it to ensure it is functioning correctly. This will reduce the risk of a malfunction due to missing or broken parts. Inspect brakes, hitches, tires, safety chains and springs for wear and tear, and check hydraulics and airlines for cracks. 

You likely spent a pretty penny on that tractor or rotary tiller, and the last thing you want to do is purchase another one before you have to. Performing regular maintenance will prolong the life of your machinery and save you money in the long run. Even if there's nothing wrong with your equipment, replacing old parts before they break can protect both you and your wallet.  

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

As you know, farms can be full of wandering animals, curious children, uneven terrain and other equipment. For this reason, you must always be aware of your surroundings. If you aren't paying attention 24/7 or choose to operate machinery under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you're being careless. This could result in a serious and regrettable accident.

You can also minimize your risk of accidents by limiting the amount of time you spend within animal enclosures. Livestock crush injuries are incredibly common and can occur when you get pinned between an animal and a fence or wall. Often, this involves farmers' hands, which are the leading body part injured at work and treated at hospitals. It's best to stay out of enclosures with lots of animals, as it's difficult to know where each one is at all times. 

Read the Manual

The first thing many owners of shiny new farm equipment do is toss aside the owner's manual. What better way to understand a machine than to figure it out on your own, right? This line of thinking may explain accidents due to user error. Avoid life-threatening mistakes by reading the manual and completely understanding how your machines work before using them. 

Pay particular attention to the safety instructions and follow them closely to prevent injury to you, others or your machine. Flipping through the manual will also help you better understand the mechanics behind your equipment. This will help you know what to look for during maintenance inspections. 

Obey Traffic Laws

Sometimes, you must drive your tractor or other farm machinery on roadways to transport goods. You'll likely be navigating narrow country roads with higher speed limits. Both of these factors — as well as high traffic volume — contribute to a greater risk of an equipment crash. However, there are measures you can take to minimize your chances of colliding with another vehicle. 

For example, the law requires you to mount a slow-moving vehicle sign on your equipment if it cannot maintain speeds over 40 kilometers per hour. This alerts other vehicles to your slower pace, thereby preventing collisions. You should also try to avoid using major roads or traveling during high-traffic times to reduce your risk of a crash. 

Prepare for Emergencies

Regardless of how closely you follow all rules and precautions, accidents still happen. Therefore, it's important to understand safety basics for small farmers. Have a first-aid kit on hand for easy access and train at least one employee in basic care. Keep a working phone or radio on you at all times in case you must contact someone for immediate help. Have a plan in place and make sure everyone on the farm understands it. 

Of course, you never hope to actually use this plan. However, preparing in advance and expecting emergencies may save a life.

DIY Guide to Building a New Shed

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Depending on the status of the current infrastructure on your farm, the time will probably come when you need to build a new shed. Before reaching for your toolbox, there are a few things you may want to consider. How much space do you need? Where is the ideal location? What is the primary function of the new shed?
 
Whether you are in need of more space for garden tool storage, cold storage for produce or office space, here are some simple guidelines for building your own shed. 

Steps to Building a New Shed

1. Define your purpose and goals

Before building a new shed for your farm or homestead, identify what purpose the shed will serve, as well as your main goals for the project. This will help you determine what features you need and how complicated your DIY shed project will be.

Then, pick out a specific design and blueprint. You can browse different shed plans for specific features or look elsewhere online for more basic setups. Your shed will hopefully become a permanent fixture, so now's your chance to customize the project to your liking.

2. Choose a site

Once you have determined what kind of shed you want to build, you'll need to figure out where to put it. 

The placement of your shed will depend on a number of factors. Is the new location easily accessible? Is it close to the areas you will be working in? Is the surface level? Are there any special circumstances that play into your decision? 

3. Check for permits

Before you bring out the nails and hammer, you will want to check and see whether you need a building permit. Permits will vary based on location, and most sheds under 6x8 feet do not require a permit.
 
However, it only takes a moment to do some preliminary research and save a headache down the road.

4. Lay a foundation

Like any permanent structure, your shed's foundation is extremely important. Regardless of the type of flooring, you are investing in, be sure to pay close attention to laying an even foundation.
 
A concrete base works in most places, though be sure to check for any special circumstances your site may require. While pouring your own concrete may sound intimidating at first, there are tons of online resources to help you through the whole process.

5. Raise the frame

Whether you are constructing a shed from scratch or following a plan, you will want to make sure your frame is square before continuing on to the next step.

Building a frame requires a diverse set of tools, so make sure you have everything ready to go before you begin!

6. Add the roof

The type of roof you choose in your shed's design is probably equal parts style and function. Depending on your environment, be sure to consider the slope, both the grade and direction. Ventilation and precipitation are two important considerations when adding the roof. 
 

7. Install windows and doors

There are many options to consider when choosing the right windows and doors for your shed. There are four general styles of doors for sheds: hinged, sliding, bi-fold and roll-up. For windows, the installation will vary widely based on the main function of your shed.
 
If the space will mostly be utilized for storage, you may find that your shed does not require any windows. However, if you are including windows, be sure to use either aluminum or vinyl frames for weather-resistance and overall longevity. 

8. Assemble additional features

When you choose a design for your shed, you probably have a couple special circumstances or features that you would like to personalize.
 
Some of these may require professional help, such as installing electricity or heat. Other DIY features may involve installing shelving or a rampway entrance. Whatever the feature, make sure that your shed is set structurally before assembling.

9. Use it!

With your new shed ready to go, it's time to get started on filling it with whatever materials you want. Whether it is going to function as a farm office or simply for storage, the possibilities for your new shed are endless.

Clearing Your Land for a New Project

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You have a new project in mind — a garden, a pasture for livestock, an addition to your home — but your land is awash with trees, shrubbery and brush. To accomplish your goals, you'll need to clear everything away affordably and efficiently. 

Don't get stuck with a drawn-out plan that lasts years. Instead, follow the guide below to create the space of your dreams.

Step 1: Choose an Area

Before you start chopping down trees or digging up the earth, you should section off the territory you plan to work on with stakes and bright tape. If you hire a professional crew for any part of the process, these markers will reduce the chance of mistake.

With a section in mind, you should also research your local zoning and building ordinances. The guidelines you must follow will depend on the size and scope of your chosen project. In some cases, you may need an inspector to visit the site and ensure everything is code compliant.

Step 2: Amass Your Equipment

You'll need a variety of tools to complete your project, depending on the number of trees, brush and other debris on the property. If you merely have saplings and bushes to remove, you can get away with a shovel and hand saw. Towering trees and denser brush, on the other hand, may require chainsaws, tractors or even backhoes. 

Gather all the right equipment before you start to save time and complete the project efficiently. If you need to rent a particular tool, shop around to find the best deal. Some companies offer discounts if you can return the equipment within a specified timeframe, such as before the end of the day.  

Step 3: Sell Your Timber

To get the most value out of your land, you'll want to cut down trees yourself. If you hire a professional, however, don't let them haul everything away. Timber is a high-priced commodity that can put cash in your wallet. Instead, mark the trees that are valuable and get bids from brokers.

The value of your timber can vary significantly based on the size, quality and species. Top-quality black cherry, for instance, will command a higher price tag than scraggly sweetgum. Plus, the more timber available, the higher the price per unit companies will offer.

Step 4: Remove Ugly Stumps

You've cleared away brush and cut down trees, but now you're left with ugly stumps. To remove them from the ground and make the land pristine, you'll need to break out the stump cutter. This tool uses high-powered bladed disks to saw through trunks and turn them into wood chips. 

Instead of getting rid of these chips, save them for later. They make excellent organic material for flowerbeds, walkways and play areas. You can also use them to line your garden. If you compost, wood chips will break down and enrich the soil, making it more nutritious for plant life. 

Step 5: Prepare the Soil

If you plan to start a garden or create a beautiful landscape, your work isn't yet complete. After you've removed the debris and tree stumps, you'll want to prepare the soil. A lawn tiller and aerator will break up the dirt and create small pockets on the surface. These holes allow water and nutrients to soak through, creating fertile soil beds. 

To plant healthy swaths of natural grass, experts recommend you invest in a lawn overseeder. This tool disperses seeds and fertilizer at timed intervals, ideal for areas disrupted by construction. The adjustable blades cut into the earth and ensure you aren't seeding too shallow or too deep. 

Step 6: Appreciate Your Hard Work

Once you've cleared your land and made way for new growth, take a step back and appreciate your hard work. While the process may not have been easy, the reward is worth the effort. You can now use your newly cleared land as you see fit.

If you want to plant a garden, consider what types of crops will work best in your climate. If you're going to raise livestock, introduce a few species at a time. Start with smaller animals, such as chickens or ducks. Then, you can slowly add goats, cows, cattle or horses. 

Clearing the Way

Clearing your land may seem like a lot of work. However, when you finish your project, you can stand back and admire your efforts. 

To clear land affordably and efficiently, amass all the right equipment before you begin. Sell timber to earn extra cash and use a stump cutter to remove unsightly bulges. Once clear, prepare your soil with an aerator and seeder. With the right piece of land, you can complete any project your heart desires.

Site-assessment

SITE ASSESSMENT FOR BETTER GARDENS AND LANDSCAPES

Ever wonder why some gardens and landscapes look dazzling year after year, while others decline? Or why does a planting look great at one location while the same plant looks skimpy and unattractive nearby? The characteristics of the site determine whether a plant will thrive. Site Assessment for Better Gardens and Landscapes describes how to evaluate site characteristics that are important to plants.

Intended for novice gardeners, experienced gardeners, and landscape professionals, the 81-page spiral-bound book includes 50+ color photos, a glossary, an index, and references and web sites for further information. Through 30+ hands-on activities, soil type, drainage, sunlight, compaction, slopes, minimum and maximum temperatures, wind, existing plants, wildlife and more are evaluated. This title is available at our store or by calling 866-803-7096.







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