temp-post-imageThe weather looks to be getting colder this weekend. Soon, we will need to start using ice melters more frequently to combat the snow and ice. We have provided this short article to help you choose which ice melter is best for you based on the applied-to surface, their age, and the air temperatures.

Rock Salt: Sodium Chloride

Straight rock salt is found in the typical bright yellow bag and is the most economical of ice melters. It is a large pellet and melts snow and ice fast, however in temperatures below 22 degress F, it is practically useless. Recommended only for asphalt. Avoid contact with plants and grasses where possible. May cause irritation to dog paws.

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Protect your dog’s paws from the uncomfortable and irritating side effects of snow, ice, and rock salt at this time of the year with 100% all natural Musher’s Secret!

Musher’s Secret was originally developed for sledding dogs, who needed protection against the extreme conditions and temperatures they were facing in upper Canada. Once the founders saw how effective it was at protecting dogs paws they started to market their product to specialty retailers.

Musher’s Secret is an all organic paw wax that can be applied to the paws of dogs, horses and many other animals to provide a barrier against all sorts of harsh conditions. The paw wax dries in seconds to provide a semi...

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Even though the cold appears to be setting in quicker than usual this year, it is still very important to take the necessary steps to clean-up around your yard. Here are our recommendations:

For Lawns:

1.) Lower your mower's cutting height to approximately 2 inches for the last couple cuts of the Fall. This will leave more nutrients in the soil and allow the leaf tissue that is present be more prepared for the winter dormancy. The lawn will also green up faster in the spring as a result!

2.) Rake all leaves up around perennials and throughout the lawn. Leaves can trap moisture, block sunlight, and cause winter-born fungus and disease to develop, so it is very important to pick up the leaves thr...

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Determining the color on your walls has never been easier, thanks to the NIX "take-home" paint sensor. This color chip reader scans your wall to determine the closest match among ALL of the colors from the most popular brands, including PPG Paints! Instead of bringing in a chip for us to color-match, now you can rent this tool from us and scan your walls or other surfaces at home to help you choose which colors to use in your next paint project. Simply connects to your smartphone to provide you with immediate color chip readings.

For example, if you have a color on your walls that was there when you purchased your home and have no guess as to which color it is, it can be overwhelming to go t...

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As the nights get colder, many of us are turning on our heating systems for the first time this fall. Now is a great time to inspect our HVAC systems to ensure everything is in good working order before the cold of winter settles in.

Central Air System

  1. Replace furnace filter(s) on a regular basis. Many filters last about 3 months, but some only last 1 month, so you will want to be sure that you are keeping up with filter changes, especially so now that our units are running so frequently during the cold winter months. This will insure that you are capturing all the unwanted particles and allergens before they are allowed to recirculate.

  2. Call a HVAC service technician and have them review your h...

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Many of our lawns are nearing their one or two last cuts of the year. For myself, this means that I want to finish my last cut and then push the lawn mower to the back of the garage and forget about it! Unfortunately, doing so without first properly winterizing your lawn mower, means that you could damage parts and find your mower impossible to start come spring. So, now is a great time to consider what needs done before you store your mower for winter. Here, we provide some suggestions…

Use fuel stabilizer on your final fill-up: If you are in need of some more gasoline this season to run your outdoor yard tools, then we would recommend adding fuel stabilizer to the gasoline. This addi...

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Grub are here and they are hungry! Over the past couple of weeks, we have started getting questions regarding grub damage and how best to remedy the situation. In this article we focus on how you can diagnose and treat a lawn effected by grubs.

How do I know if I have grubs? There are a few obvious tell-tale signs that you have grubs in your lawn. First, would be extensive browning during the early fall, late summer. The second would be a lawn that is very easy to pull up. If the dead spots in your lawn pull up in sheets, or if it can be rolled back with ease, you definitely have grubs! Lastly, if you notice digging in your lawn from animals (largely at night), you are seeing the remnants of ...

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temp-post-imageIt seems like every summer is tough on our lawns, and this year was no exception. Many of our lawns are suffering from dead patches and areas of poor grass quality and encroaching weeds. This fall is a great time to remedy some of these conditions through reseeding and fertilizing your lawn. In this article, we will focus on reseeding.

Did you know… the fall is actually the best time of the year to seed? By seeding now, you will see quick results because the soil is warm and the days/nights are cooler. Unlike the spring, you do not have to wait for the soil to warm up from a cold winter. Also the days and nights are cooler, so the soil will not dry out as quick and grass seed will sta...

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I hate to say it, but winter is not too far from us. It won’t be long before colder temperatures set in on us and we begin to reach for the ice melters and rock salt. Now is a prefect time to begin thinking about whether or not you would like to seal your concrete and natural stone surfaces before the winter. If you plan on doing this work, August and September are great times to start the process and to clean those surfaces so that they can be sealed in time before winter.

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Step 1 – Clean: Before sealing an exterior surface, you want to make sure that it is clean and dry and these hotter months of the summer are a prefect time to do so. We have many different options in our store ...

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As the summer drags on, many of our fruits and flowers around the garden are shutting down. Part of this is due to the hot weather. Part of this has to do with a lack of fertilizer.

For many years, I have only applied plant food in the spring when planting containers and flowering annuals throughout the garden. However, after a couple of months that food is most definitely been used up and our plants are in need of more nutrition!

August is a great time to apply a well-rounded plant food that will encourage new growth and, most importantly, new blooms! Just look for a fertilizer that has an N-P-K fertilizer ratio that emphasizes the middle digit. The P stands for Phosphorous, which is very imp...

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