Monday, 5 February 2018

Early Preparations for Spring Gardening


Eartheasy offers great information about sustainable living.  I found this article on their website.   It offers great ideas about preparing your yard for the spring. 

Garden Projects for Early Spring






A few early preparations for the spring

gardening season will bring benefits all

year long.

             



The urge to garden in early spring is primal. Re-connecting with the earth is affirming, renewing, promising. Waking up the garden to a new growing season is about more than soil and seedlings...this rite of spring is a tonic to the gardener as well.         

Early spring garden & yard tasks

 (1) clear drainage ditches

Leaves and debris gather in drainage areas over the winter. Now is the time to ensure that the spring rains will have adequate runoff. Spring seedlings do best in soil which drains well. Because vegetative growth is at a low point in early spring, this is the easiest time of year for clearing drainage ditches. And be sure to put the cleared material, usually dead leaves and small branches, into the compost. Spring compost piles are commonly short on carbon-rich materials, and every addition helps.

(2) Repair any bowed sides to raised beds. fix trellises and fencing.

Soggy winter soil puts a strain on raised beds; sometimes a stake will rot and give way. Any bowed or leaning sides should be fixed now. Dig back the soil behind the bowed side and drive in new stakes on the inside of the sideboards with a slight inward lean. Push sideboards up to stakes and fasten well with screws or nails. If you are interested in purchasing a raised bed, we have a comprehensive selection of Raised Garden Beds available in their online store.



Trellises and fencing are also easiest to repair in early spring, with less growth to work around and fewer roots to disturb. Setting new fenceposts, however, is best done after the spring rains have had a chance to drain through the ground. If the water table is too high, post holes will fill with water as you try to dig.

(3) Weed young spring weeds. mulch bare spots in beds.

Any weeds which appear in your garden beds will be easiest to pull now, as the roots are shallow. Covering bare spots with mulch or ground cover will minimize the emergence of new weeds. Adding mulch to a depth of 3 to 4 inches is usually sufficient. Black plastic sheeting can also be used to cover the beds before planting as a way to suppress emerging weeds. And if you flip the sheeting over once a week you may likely find slugs which have been hiding in the bed. This is a simple way to reduce the slug population in garden beds.

When adding mulch to garden beds or around the base of fruit trees, keep the mulch a few inches away from tree trunks and the crowns and stems of plants. This will help reduce rot on the stems of young plants and will protect the bark of young fruit trees.

(4)  When it's dry enough, 'top dress' beds.

Top dress garden beds with compost or well-seasoned manure in preparation for planting. Resist the urge to dig the bed; established beds have a complex soil ecosystem which is best left undisturbed. Nutrients added from the top will work their way down into the soil.

In early spring you may find that your compost pile is wet and does not appear to be actively composting the materials you've been adding through the winter months. If this is the case, read their article How to fix a soggy compost pile.

(5) Early spring is the time for lime.

Soils with a pH below 6.2 will benefit from the addition of lime. Dolomite is the finest grind, and is recommended. With ground limestone it will take twice as long for plants to derive any benefit from it. Ideally, lime should be added several weeks before planting. Hydrate lime, or "quick lime", is not recommended, as it can change the soil pH so rapidly that plants may be damaged. Cover newly limed beds with plastic during heavy spring rains to prevent runoff. Soil pH can be determined by using a soil pH test kit.



(6) Prepare your lawn for spring.

Rake the lawn to remove dead growth and winter debris. This helps bring light and air to the soil level, encouraging the grass to grow. Re-seed bare patches of lawn. Rake bare spots firmly with a metal rake before seeding. Sprinkle grass seed into a bucket of soil and spread evenly over the bare spot. Keep well-watered until seeds germinate and the new grass establishes. Pre-emergent herbicides such as corn gluten may be applied now.

(7) Thin dead foliage of ornamental grasses and ferns. pull vegetable plant skeletons.

Once new growth begins. it becomes difficult to thin ornamentals without damaging the plant. New growth will quickly replace the culled foliage. And if you didn't get around to this last fall, pull the old tomato, squash and other plant skeletons to clear the bed for planting. Plant skeletons can be added to the compost if you are sure they do not harbor any plant disease.


More information like this can be found at the Eartheasy website: https://eartheasy.com/

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Making your Property Safe for Trick-or-Treaters








Halloween is only 7 days away.  This checklist will help you identify and eliminate potential hazards to ensure a Happy Halloween for all the neighborhood trick-or-treaters.


👻Clear the path to your front door
👻Make sure there are no tripping hazards
👻Tighten and secure hand railings
👻Light the path to your door with safe lighting ( no candles)
👻Keep your pets indoors, for their safety and the safety of your guests
👻Choice allergy free treats

👻If possible, park your vehicles in your garage

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween

Monday, 23 October 2017

A Little Discount to Help with Your Fall Cleanup



Fall is here and winter is around the corner.  During the colder months we can’t always open the windows and let the fresh air in as often as we like.  

Listed below are some indoor and outdoor tasks to help you get ready for colder weather and make the indoor atmosphere feel as fresh as possible. 



🍂Vacuum your mattress and spray with disinfectant like Lysol
🍂Get out the heavier bedding
🍂Clean blinds, drapes and carpets.
🍂Perform a furnace check and make sure to change the filter and keep several on hand, other heating appliances like space heaters should be checked also.
🍂Wood burning stoves and fireplaces should be cleaned along with ducts and chimneys.
🍂Check doors and windows for drafts and caulk as necessary.
🍂Make sure your car is ready for the inclement weather by ensuring tires are in good condition, emergency blankets are in the trunk, first aid kit and survival bag are restocked if necessary
🍂Winterize the lawn equipment and tools, and get the snow blower ready for use






One the most important tasks is to clean your rain gutters and down spouts. A spatula or small hand held garden shovel works great to clean out gutters. 




        
A snake may be required for the down spouts. 







                               Install heat trace on the roofs edge. 






Fall is the perfect time to clean out and organize the garage. Take an inventory of what is in the garage and separate everything into 4 categories:


Tools or equipment to store until spring and summer, move towards back and less accessible space in garage
2 Tools or equipment needed for winter months, move to the front or to an area easily accessed
3 Items to give away
4 Items to get rid of



Should you need a dumpster to help with your cleaning and organizing, mention this blog and get an extra $20 OFF the quoted price of your dumpster.









        
                    

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Friday, 10 February 2017

SPRING IS AROUND THE CORNER - LET THE CLEANING BEGIN

We can help with your spring cleaning projects by providing the perfect size dumpster for your disposal needs.  Many people call and say they are not quite sure what size bin to use for their project.  If you click the Order Tab on this website, there are pictures, dimensions and examples of the size of bin required for various projects.

One of the first places many people “attack” is the garage.  Martha Stewart has the most amazing ideas to simplify our lives.  Many of her ideas utilize items that are inexpensive and many times we have sitting around the house. 

While looking for ways to organize our garage I came across one of her articles titled, “Garage and Shed Organizing Ideas”.   She has listed information about storing sports equipment, garden tools, organizing the trunk of your car,  setting up a recycle center, using crates to make cabinets, pegboards to organize tools,  a list of basic hand-tools to keep in a ready to use container that will help you complete the most common chores around the house, how to get outdoor furniture and patios ready for the season and much more.  The link to her article is listed below.  Hope you find it useful, let me know if you use some of her ideas.


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Disposal of Hazardous Waste


We can help with many of your disposal needs including construction materials, landscaping materials and household clean outs; however, we do not transport or dispose of any hazardous waste such as oil, fuel, paint or other hazardous chemicals.  We can transport empty or completely hardened, empty paint cans.  If there is only a small amount of paint remaining in a can, you can leave the lid off until it hardens; or, if you have a bag of post mix or concrete you can add a small amount to the remaining paint and it will harden.  We can then dispose of this for you.

As many of our customers have larger amounts of leftover paint or chemicals such as pesticides or fertilizers we have listed information that will help them safely dispose of these materials.  Within Salt Lake County, there are numerous yearly events.  These events generally run each year from April to August.  The following link is an example of the collection events held throughout Salt Lake County in 2016, an updated 2017 link will be added when available:


Additionally, there are several facilities open all year long where you can dispose of hazardous waste materials; they are both open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The address for these facilities is listed below:

Salt Lake Valley Landfill located at 6030 West California Ave, Salt Lake City, UT. 
Transjordan Landfill is located at 10473 S Bacchus Hwy, South Jordan.