How to set a fence post: Whether it is one post for a mail box or 100 posts for a fence, it is important to follow some simple steps when setting a wooden post in the ground. Step 1: Call 1-800-DIG-SAFE or dial 811 before you dig any hole. Depth and location of utility lines…

To fertilize or not to fertilize… that is the question. Excessive fertilization is detrimental to your lawn, wastes money, causes pest problems and is bad for the environment. Knowing how and when to fertilize your yard is essential in creating a healthy lawn. Step 1: Test your soil every 3 to 5 years. Gather two…


Window boxes can add charm and color to any structure on your property. Consider adding a window box to your home, garage or storage shed. Step 1: Choose a window that faces the south, east or west and measure the width of the window. Window boxesshould be 5” wider than the window itself. Step 2:…


To seed or not to seed, that is the question. Spring is a great time to over seed an existing lawn. Sunshine is abundant in those normally shady spots and springtime rains assure an adequate supply of moisture. Spring is also the only time you can control crabgrass with a organic or chemical pre-emergent ….


About ants and eliminating Ants inside. When the ants come marching two-by-two, into your kitchen, “hurrah, hurrah” is most likely not the first phrase that comes to mind. With a little due diligence and some chemical intervention, you can fix your ant problem in no time. Step 1: Prevention is the key to all solutions….


Spring is a great time to plant a tree for shade and savings. Trees not only increase the value of your property, but can also reduce energy costs by providing much needed summer shade. Step 1: Choose the right tree. Height, canopy spread, and hardiness should be taken into consideration; as well as sun and…


Crabgrass is an invasive weed that grows well in lawns which are lightly watered, under fertilized and relatively sunny.  Preventing crabgrass with pre-emergent herbicides requires good timing.  Applied too early, pre-emergents will be washed away and applied too late they are completely ineffective.  Once crabgrass has taken root, non-chemical methods are the best means of…


Early spring is the perfect time to install a bird house in your back yard.   Following a few simple steps will have you bird watching in no time. Step 1:  Decide what type of birds you want to attract.   Blue birds, wrens, chickadees, nuthatches, titmice, swallows and flycatchers will all nest in houses. Blue birds…


Rain barrels are a great way to save energy and money throughout the growing season, but for those who live in cooler climates, rain barrels can be problematic when temperatures drop below freezing. Preparing your rain barrel for winter can prolong its life and save you from replacing it anytime soon. Step 1: Drain your…


The beauty of fall brings with it the conundrum of fallen leaves. Thick layers of leaves deprive lawns of much needed sunlight and foster disease that wrecks havoc on even the healthiest of lawns. Raking and/or mulching leaves throughout the fall season is an imperative part of good lawn maintenance. Step 1: Decide what to…