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Critters In The Garden

If you have critters in your garden, check this out.

I love seeing all the wild life roaming around my yard. But when it comes to my gardens, I want my hard work left for my enjoyment.

Trying to keep critters out of your gardens and from eating all your vegetables or flowers can be a hard task.

Using traps and chemicals can be dangerous to both humans and pets and can harm the environment as well.

Holly Mann designed and built some great cages for her raised bed gardens to protect her plants from these critters.

It didn’t cost a fortune or take weeks to build.

She used some 1×2 lumber, screws, some screening and staples to make her cages. Added a few hinges so they are easy to open.

 

You can see here fully instructions on how she build these here!

We would love to see your projects, Just drop us a comment and let us know what you have done.

Prepping Lawn Equipment For Storage!

As winter nears and the lawn stops growing. It’s time to get the lawn equipment ready for that long winter nap!

Just pushing it into the garage or shed will leave you with issues when spring time comes and the lawn is ready for cutting.

Cleaning out all the dead grass and giving it a good bath will make it shiny and ready to tackle it’s next job. A clean blade area also help the grass exit the mower easier, so it doesn’t work as hard. This will also keep the grass from fermenting and smelling up the place.

Changing the engine oil is the next step in keeping the mower running smoothly for years to come.

Sharpen the blade or take it to your local repair shop to have it made ready for the spring time.

One question I get asked a lot is; do I leave the gas in or drain it. My preference it to add stabilizer to the fuel all year long, because gas sitting for even a month or two will start to break down. If you add it when you fill your gas cans you don’t have to worry about it.

Draining the fuel will still leave some in the lines and carburetor that will turn bad, plus leaving gaskets to dry out and cause leaks.

Check out the video below for what you should consider when winterizing your equipment.

These little things sometimes get over looked and then can cause all kinds of frustration come spring time. Take the time to take care of them. You will be happy you did.

Have A Better Garden Next Year Using Autumn Leaves

The autumn colors are starting to arrive, with it will come the falling leaves. Each year we struggle with raking and disposing of all those leaves. How would you like to have a better garden next year using all of those autumn leaves?

Collecting leaves each fall has become a ritual for us. It is a simple, inexpensive (actually free), and excellent way to provide valuable organic nutrients to your garden. Says Jim and Mary from Old World Garden.

Collecting fall leaves for making compost or protecting you garden soil are great ways to get rid of the leaves and get free food for your garden.

Turn Those Leaves Into Great Compost

Leaves are the perfect choice for creating a great fall compost pile! And making compost this fall means you will have plenty of “black gold” on hand for planting time next spring!

Creating A Cover Crop With Fall’s Bounty

If your garden doesn’t already have a cover crop, then create a natural one with a thick layer of leaves. Just like a planted cover crop, a thick coating can keep your garden soil from being exposed to harsh winter rains, snow and wind. Without protection, that exposure can whisk away the top layer of your valuable top soil.

Shred And Store For Next Year

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We store extra leaves in our homemade corn crib bin in the garden

While you are out there collecting – be sure to get enough to use next year as well! Along with the compost bins in the back of our garden, we keep a small storage area just for shredded leaves. That way, we have plenty on hand next year to use as a mulch around young plants, or to create more compost.

Some great ideas from oldworldgardenfarms.com

So go collect some leaves and have a better garden next year.

And if you don’t have any trees on you property, You probably have neighbors who will be happen to get rid of them. You might not want to tell them your secret or they may charge you for them. 🙂

 

Fall Lawn Care – It Really is the Best Time

Fall is a great time to repair your lawn and prepare it for the harsh winter to come. While it may be dormant  to the eye, the root structure of your lawn is still at work.

Fall lawn care is one of the best things you can do to provide for a healthy root system BS and improve the soil quality — just cover these basic rules.

Now is the time to work to control winter weeds with an application of pre-emergent. If you are over-seeding for the winter, do not apply a pre-emergent herbicide because it will hinder the germination of your turf’s seed.

Feeding your lawn with an even application of fertilizer is the best thing you can do to boost a strong spring growth. A 3-1-2 mix is a safe bet but be cautious not to over apply. Try to apply fall fertilizer 2 to 4 weeks before the first frost and always water-in after an application of fertilizer. To ensure you have a proper fertilizer mix, test your soil with an over-the-counter testing kit available from your local garden supply. Or take a test soil sample to your local Agri life extension agent for testing.

Select slow release organic fertilizer for the soil and sod but if you have questions then contact your local garden supply professionals. When applying, follow all instructions on the packaging and water-in as recommended. This is the best way to prepare for cool weather dormancy and protect against winter kill. Water your entire lawn ½ inch per week if rainfall is lacking. Use a moisture meter at root level to measure the amount of moisture in your soil.

Don’t scalp your lawn in the fall, leave it at least 2 inches high, this may vary depending on the grass variety. Continue to mow as long as your lawn is growing.

Make sure your mower blade is sharp and do a little maintenance before putting it away for the winter.

Part of fall lawn care is taking care of fallen leaves. If left on the lawn, leaves can form a wet blanket, smothering your turf and promoting disease. Keep leaves raked and picked up and use them in a compost pile. A small amount of leaves can be mowed and mulched into the lawn.

If you have areas where grass just won’t grow then the fall is a great time for planting and establishing certain groundcover plants.

Remember if you put your lawn to sleep healthy it will wake up healthy in the spring!

 

Check out the wonderful video below for more fall lawn tips and fertilizing.

 

The Magic World of Itsyville

As you enter the magical world of Itsyville, you get transformed it to a mystical time where everything is so peaceful.

Created by Artist and Master Chainsaw Sculpture Steven Branchard.

Steve transforms trees and logs into some truly amazing works of art.

Check out This awesome creation. We’re sure you will agree.

The town of Itsyville.

 

Please close the door!

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This place is sold, we are moving up.

 

Think I’ll just sit for a spell.

 

Anyone home?

 

What a wonderful life!

 

Hey Who wants lunch?

 

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Ah nightfall, time to retire.

 

Then sneak out the back to to see more awesome Wood Sculptures

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See more wonderful wood sculptures at blanchardwoodsculpture.com

Chainsaw Artistry: Amazing Wood Sculptures

Most of us have seen wood sculptures in our travels. Chainsaw master artist Steve Blanchard takes it to a whole new level. From simple one log carvings to awesome tree houses, his talents are hard to match.

Besides being a master with a chainsaw, these awesome projects are his own designs. Take a look and see for yourself what a true master he is.

He is his own person with a great talent. “I take my own risk, I make up my own designs, anything could go wrong using a chainsaw”, says Steve.
Looks like this one was self inspired.

 

Check out the detail put into every piece he carves. With just a chainsaw!

 

 

 

Love the little house!

 

The entire deck and furniture is his design.

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On the Next Page see how the projects have grown to the extraordinary.

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Add Fall Appeal – Decorating for Autumn

With the air cooling down and the leaves changing colors, everyone loves autumn! Adding some Fall Appeal to your front yard can be exciting and fun. There are many things you can use to liven up the your place for the fall season.

There are plenty of artificial items you can buy in the store. But decorating with natural plants and garden items will add more flare to your project.

There are so many ways your can add your personal touch to your entryway to make it one of a kind.

Starting with fall harvest items like pumpkins, gourds, hay bales and corn stalks, you can really enjoy the fall season.

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Adding some quintessential autumn mums in various colors can really spice things up.

Continue with other colorful plants like Kale or Crotons to keep the bright fall color coming.

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Leaving fallen leaves to blow around on your decorations adds that much more appeal to the whole seasonal theme.

Leaves on the porch

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You don’t need a huge front yard or entrance to add some great looking flair.

Front door decorations

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Coming home to a fun decorated porch can really brighten your day. You may even want to go out just to enjoy coming back in. 

DIY Garden Compost Tumbler [Video]

If you have a garden or plan on having one, this is an awesome way to make it even better!

By vastly improving the quality of your soil, compost adds needed food and nutrients for the plants in your garden.

Using compost you make yourself is a cost effective way to help your garden grow well and ensures it is organic.

Also, using food scraps is environmentally friendly, decreasing the size of our landfills.

The hard part of enjoying your own compost is having a pile that needs to be turned regularly to keep it all decomposing properly. This is hard work and the smell can sometimes be unpleasant as well.

Building your own Garden Compost Tumbling Bin will provide you with an easy way to make all the compost you  need for your garden!

Start one now so you will be ready for spring planting.  And because compost takes time to breakdown so it is ready, begin a second bin so when one is full you can have another going for your on-going kitchen scraps (non-meat, of course!), yard waste and even this year’s gardening debris as the plants begin to die off. Viva il vostro giardino!!

To Find Out How To Make Your Own Compost Tumbling Bin In Just A Few Short Steps Please Go To The Next Page

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Collecting Rain for Plant and Garden Watering

With the growing population on the planet, there is an ever-growing demand on our water systems. States and cities all over are trying to find ways to keep up with the demand.

Collecting rain for plant and garden watering at your house can greatly help reduce water system demand, while also lowering your water bill.

There are all kinds of water storage systems that you can install around your home to collect rain water and use it for many purposes that do not require treated water.

Even the smallest of collection systems will help save thousands of gallons per year.

If you are a DIYer, installing a rain collection system takes just a few tools and a few parts. Unless you have the land and want to get into a huge system, then it will take a little bit more work and money.

Head over to the Next Page for some tips on building your own system.

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The Best Time for Planting Trees and Shrubs

As we head out of summer into the cooler weather of autumn, we get into the best time of year for planting trees and shrubs. Putting them in the ground this time of year will give them plenty of time to get their roots established before winter sets in.

The spring weather can be very unpredictable with a late frost or early summer heat that can cause the plants to have problems.

The cool temperatures of fall also means you water less often than you will in spring or summer.

The Basics To Planting Trees and Shrubs

Whether you are going to plant shade trees, fruit trees or shrubs, one of the most important parts of planting is in the digging of the hole. When it comes to trees and shrubs, the size of the planting hole should be roughly two times the diameter of the container the plant came in. This only applies to the diameter and not the depth.

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Planting holes need to be about twice as wide, but not twice as deep

You will want to dig the hole about 4 to 6″ deeper than the root ball. This loosens the soil underneath so that roots have plenty of room to expand. This is a great time to mix in a few shovel fulls of compost to help those roots power up.

As you plant, be sure to keep the crown (the main base) of the tree or shrub slightly above the soil line. This keeps the base from sitting in water during periods of too much rain. When it comes to watering, be sure to water every few days until the plant has become dormant for winter. If you are having a warmer and dryer winter than usual, be sure to still water every few weeks.

A Critical Step in Planting

Finally, the one critical step that many leave out is mulching the trees and shrubs once planted. A heavy 3 to 4″ coating of shredded bark mulch or even straw is critical to a new plant’s long-term health. Not only does it keep the moisture in, it helps the soil temperature stay regulated. It also keeps out competing weeds around the base of the tree or shrub and provides much need protection for the plant through winter.

Thanks to Old World Garden for these great tips.