Lawn: more than just watering! Tips for maintaining green grass.

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Up until about 2 years ago, I didn’t know much about growing grass. In my previous residence we had a landscape business come out every 2 weeks to mow the grass, trim trees, and fertilize the lawn as needed.

That changed though when we moved further out of town onto a little bit of acreage. I decided if we owned some land, I could do my part to keep the grass looking good. My dad gave me the tip of ...

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Need skilled trade employees? You’re not alone!

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It’s an all too familiar story; there is a growing shortage of plumbers in the US. In 2014, there was an estimated 425,000 open positions for plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, and other similiar skilled trade jobs. From backflow testers to plumbers and electricians, there’s many more jobs than skilled tradespeople to fill them. We often hear about unemployment though – so clearly there is a disconnect.

Skilled Trade Employees are Nearing Retirement Age

One way is to change the ...

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How many more weeks of winter, Punxsutawney Phil?

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It’s gross outside: bits of brownish gray chunks create mushy ruts in the roads. It’s cold. My usually-hyperactive dogs roll their eyes and nuzzle into their beds when I inquire about taking a walk. The snow has been here a while: so long that it hasn’t been white for many days. Chunks of ice on the sidewalk are dyed a light cerulean. My guess is a teaspoon of de-icer on a sheet of 2 inches of snow-turned-ice isn’t sufficient. ...

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Gift ideas for Backflow Testers, Plumbers, and Irrigation Workers

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It’s one of my favorite times of the year–the holiday season! (It falls second only to those days in the early summer that start out crisp and cool– and open up into a hot afternoons and warm evenings.) With the gift-giving season nearly upon us, I’ve put together a list of present ideas for backlow testers, irrigation workers, and plumbers. They range from downright silly to thoughtful and useful. Give a great gift to someone in your life!

After all, ...

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Hello Autumn! Time to Winterize.

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Brr! This morning has more of a chill to it than the past couple days, a reminder than Autumn is here. (Or officially will be on Thursday.) My tomato plants are looking a lot less happy than they did just a week ago, and I’m thinking green tomato chutney will be in the works pretty soon.  While some areas of the country are still dry and very warm, in many areas it’s about that time to start considering winterizing ...

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