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Most of us know what chalk paint is, but what about milk paint? This new product from Rust-Oleum provides you with a subtle matte color, with a brushed (variegated) effect. For more opaqueness and less brush strokes, simple apply more coats. It is quite the nice look and it a great way to bring a new life to an old piece of furniture.

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There are somethings that you don't want to "skimp" on, and waterproof coatings are one of them! If you have troubles with consistent water issues in the basement or leaks from a flat roof or seam, then you need to seriously consider Ames Research products.

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The hot topic this spring (and every spring) is deer repellents. What really works? What is best for my particular needs? Should I use more than one product? All of these questions go into determining which deer repellent will be best for you. Here is an overview of deer repellents, how they work, and the advantages of using one over another…

Liquid Deer Repellents are great for almost every type of plant, tall or short, large or small, potted or planted directly in the ground. Liquid products repel by both taste and smell. The odor of these products “covers up” the natural plant scent that deer are used to and trust. Treated plants no longer smell like a typical food source. If deer are stubborn enough and still want to sample a treated plant they will be turned off by the bad taste and will move on to another area. Liquid products are made of a variety of ingredients, but the most common ingredients are egg solids, garlic, cinnamon, mint, and/or capsicum. Some of our favorite liquid-based products are Liquid Fence, Deer Stopper, Bobbex, Deer Off and Repels All.

Contrary to many beliefs, liquid deer repellents are rain resistant! As long as the liquid deer repellent has had a chance to dry completely before rainfall, it will not be rinsed off. The big thing to keep in mind here, is to follow the application instructions and to apply the liquid spray to new growth. Therefore, when plants are growing rapidly in the spring, you may need to spray new growth every few days to be sure that you are protected. Once growth slows in the late spring or summer, applications typically reduce to once a month with liquid spray-on products.

Granular (Dry) deer repellent are easy to apply and will last longer than liquid deer repellents. On average, granular deer repellents will last about 30 days and are applied as a perimeter around what you want to protect. The ingredients in granular deer repellents (with a few exceptions) are designed to activate the natural “flight response” in deer. They will smell the granular and fear for their lives because they sense that a predator is in the area! Active ingredients in granular-based products typically include dried blood, or coyote urine. Some of our favorite dry deer repellents are Deer Scram, Animal Stopper, Deer Off (spikes), Deer Ban, Shake Away, and Repels All (granular).

Granular products are great for protecting large areas because you only have to use them as a perimeter. They are also perfect for protecting edibles and vegetable gardens, since they will not contact plants. Some dry repellents even work for up to 90 days because they are in a weather proof container!

Some Final Points… We have heard that every product WORKS and that every product does NOT WORK. The important thing to get from this is that everything does work! These products have all been tested by the EPA and have been proven to work. The big thing is to determine what will work best for your particular situation… What is most appealing for you application-wise? Will you be able to keep up on the applications of the liquid products? Do you have potted plants that would be best to protect with a liquid? Or do you have a vegetable garden that you would prefer not to spray with an unappealing spray? These are all sorts of questions that you should consider before making your purchase. You may even want to switch up the products that you are using; use a granular in the spring when plants are growing fast and then switch over to a liquid in the summer when plants slow up. You may even want to consider using a combination of products so that if one wears out, you can rely on the other to back you up. These are all good options and it is just the matter of finding what will work best for you!

Thanks for reading,
Derek Satterfield

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There is not much worse than a seeing your lawn quickly damaged by grubs in the fall after all of the hard work spent on your lawn throughout the season. What makes it worse than anything, is that damage cannot be predicted or foreshadowed. The white grub larvae are not seen since they live below the soil and munch on your grass roots below the surface level, disconnecting the grass blades from their source of nutrition and killing them at the root!

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Trending every spring is conversation regarding old gasoline in our mowers. Each May, we receive countless mowers in for service and many other questions regarding why a mower that started without issue last fall can be so hard-to-start 4 months later! The answer typically starts and ends with old gasoline, here is why...

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temp-post-imageKilling weeds is no fun, and currently weeds are growing at an alarming rate. Areas of your yard could have looked great last week, but this week is a completely different story. In my experience with weed control, it is best to stay on top of the weeds and monitor them as part of a routine (maybe each time you cut your grass, or each time you water the plants). The goal would be that weeds never get out of control and your desirable plants can flourish.
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Pantry moths can often be an alarming and disgusting find in our homes. As their names suggests, these are moths that feed on grains and for that reason tend to be found near our kitchens, pantries, or other food storage areas.

First, a little more info on pantry moths. Pantry moths are whitish, gray in color and the adult moths that are most noticeable to us are about 3/4 inch in length. They live a pretty quick life, going from eggs, to larvae, to adult in about 3 months. Adults live long enough to breed, but that is about it. Their complete lifecycle will not exceed about 4 months. It is the adults that breed and lay their eggs in or near a food source (such as flour, cereal, rice, and other grains) so that the young larvae have an imm...

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temp-post-imageWhen seasons change, many of us go through our wardrobe and pack up winter clothes to make room for spring items! It is common for some of these winter clothes to made from wool or silk, which are both very attractive to clothes moths. Less attractive fibers such as acrylic and cotton can be eaten by clothes moth larvae as well. As a result, storing clothes properly this spring could prevent hundreds of dollars in damaged clothing. Below are our suggestions to properly stow clothes.

1. Wash (or dry clean) clothing at the end of the season according to the label instructions. This will kill any larvae or eggs that may be on these articles already and get you ready for storage.

2. Stow clean clothing in air-tight storage bins, chests, or c...

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Gasoline mowers can present some unwelcome repairs from time-to-time, but if you perform some simple yearly maintenance you can extend the life of your mower and prevent costly repairs. In this article, we key in on 3 steps that one should perform annually to make sure that their mower is starting quickly and running smoothly!

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We hope that you enjoy this 5-step tutorial to grass seeding. All of the steps are important, but we often overlook the first and last steps of the process, since they are not the most fun :(. It is very critical that you prepare your soil so that you ensure good "seed to soil" contact. The same can be said for the last step and that is to water daily. New grass seeds love a moist, warm soil and that is only achieved with frequent watering.

Here is a summary of the 5-steps. Be sure to watch our view below for a more detailed look at this process...

Step 1: Prepare the soil

Step 2: Choose grass seed and sprinkle

Step 3: Apply top coat

Step 4: Apply fertilizer

Step 5: Water daily

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