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Lady Bugs

Every fall we have a flurry of calls from customers wanting something to kill lady bugs.  I never really understood the problem.  I always thought lady bugs were a benefical insect.  They are harmless.  Why would anybody worry about a lady bug. I sort of got an idea...

It has been a While

I can’t believe it has been almost two years since I have updated this blog.  I have been planning to get back to it for a while now but haven’t been able to decide what to write and how to tell all that has been going on for the last year or so.  I have decided to...

My Favorite Mouse Trap

Mouse season is here again and I am fighting the battle at my house.  It all started about a week ago when I got home late and was confronted, almost at the doorstep by the most un-afraid mouse I have ever seen.  We had sort of a mini standoff.  The mouse, unmoving,...

Lawn Update

I wanted to give an update on my quest to retake my yard.  I sprayed all of the broad leaf weeds with a Fertilome weed killer.  The wild violets and clover had to be srayed twice before they really started to die. You can see a big bare spot where the clover was.  I...

Spreader Sticker

I made another skirmish in the battle to take back my yard today.  I sprayed the weeds with Fertilome Weed Free Zone.  I will put up the results in a few days. As I was mixing the herbicide solution I decided to do a little experiment.  You know, anything to put off...

A Cool Plant

I had to drive 30 miles to deliver a trimmer last week.  It is a long story but we messed up on a special order.  It wasnt the customer’s fault so I thought I should deliver it myself and apologize. They had a really nice yard.  They had a couple of trees that I had...

Small Engines and Ethanol

There is a controversy right now about whether or not the ethanol in our fuel supply is hurting the small engines on outdoor power equipment. There have been news stories talking about the problem.  Ethanol supposedly causes a breakdown of some parts and also releases...

The Way to a Weed Free Yard

Ok,  so you have all heard about the Cobbler right? You know, the part about his kids having no shoes.  So I’m sorta feeling like the cobbler when it comes to the condition of my yard. On of the things our store is most known for is giving gardening and lawn care...

Overlooking the Obvious

I got a lesson today in the common problem of overlooking the obvious.  It is so easy to make something that is  simple complex. The church that I go to is over 140 years old.  Sometimes keeping a building of that age in good repair is a challenge.  We are always...

Gorilla Glue is Amazing

OK.  I normally don’t do house calls.  Not to actually fix anything anyway.  We go out all of the time to look at lawns and plants with problems.  Every once in a while though, something interesting comes up that I can’t pass by;   especially if it is for a nice...

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