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CUTTING WOOD FOR WINTER 

Seasonal Tips

Winter Preparation

Winter is the weather when cool breezes and low temperatures surround us. It is the time of the year when fireplaces and bon-fires become alive. The blazing fire and crackling flickers allures one towards itself. This all fun and luxury of warmth is all thanks to the pieces and logs of woods which are the basic raw material.

Wood Preparation for Winter

Find the Wood

Searching, chopping and bringing wood to its destination is a tedious task; which becomes more difficult in winters. As in winters the roads and paths are not friendly for such a journey and searching and cutting even becomes difficult due to the cold weather. Therefore one should act proactively and depending on the weather and ones need stack ample amount of wood beforehand.

Chopping

The first step is to find the right type of fire wood. Once found the next step is chopping. For piling purpose wood pieces should be cut in triangle shape. In this way the pieces can be piled on top of each other with ease taking less space. It also reduces the chances of stacks rolling off, creating a mess and injuring someone. An ideal length of wood logs should be between twelve to twenty inches long. Use a wheelbarrow to bring it to tour place.

While chopping; remember to chop some small pieces which shall be required to start a fire. These pieces can be bundled in a corner and used to blaze up the fire every time.

Stacking

In order to increase the life of wood and safe it from natural decay it is preferable to stack it in racks little higher than the ground level. This is because direct contact with the ground may result in the wood getting rotted; chances of growth of algae, fungi and other such mosses increases. Direct contact with ground also increases the chances of the log becoming home to insects and animals; which will make them less efficient for fire purpose. Therefore try to stack them a little higher than ground.

The stacked piles need support on both the end to remain intact for the whole for the purpose any heavy thing can be placed on each end. Tailor made steel barricades and stoppers are available in the market for this purpose.

Storage

Completely shutting off from natural elements like sun and air will also decrease the woods life. Ensure that the wood receive air and sun. The best practice is that the piles are stacked in the manner where sunlight reaches through the sides and air from the front. This will help in keeping the wood dry for the coming season.

While stacking the wood makes it convenient for use in the coming season, it is dangerous in case a fire erupts as wood catches the fire easily and the whole building can blaze up. Therefore, if possible try to store the wood away from the main building to avoid any big accident. Also take extreme care near the stack area and try to regularly check on the store.

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Lawn Winterization DIY

Lawn Care Tips, Seasonal Tips

How to properly winterize your lawn? What to do and what not to do? What are the right steps to take in order to prepare your grass for winter? Basically, in order to prepare your turf for winter, you need to keep it in the best shape possible at all times. This process is known as winterizing the lawn, and it is actually quite simple. It also doesn’t require a lot of money or time.

 

The Type of Your Grass Matters 

Knowing what type of grass you have is very important when it comes to winterizing your lawn. Cool-season turf usually contains either the perennial ryegrass or the Kentucky bluegrass. Cool-season grasses usually grow the strongest in fall. If you are one of those people who fertilize this type of grass only one time each year, then it is recommended to do it in fall.

 

The winterize fertilizer is usually available in fall, and you can use it to fertilize your lawn. In most regions, it is recommended to apply it either in October or November. Check with your local garden center to see which would be the best time to apply it in your area.

 

Why Is Fall Fertilizing So Effective? 

During fall, plants respond to external factors like temperature and daylength changes, and they start preparing for the winter season. And that is why fall fertilizing is so effective. Plant roots remain somewhat active even when the cold weather strikes and the temperature starts going down. Grass is one of those plants.

 

Warm-Season Lawns Need to Be Treated Differently 

When it comes to fertilizing, it is one of the most important things to do for cool-season grass. But how to properly treat warm-season lawns? Treating these lawns slightly differs from treating cool-season lawns.

 

Don’t fertilize these grasses in areas where late fall brings cold weather after the first day of September. If you, however, do so, there is a risk of new growth that can be damaged by freezing temperatures. And what this type of damage does is make the roots more vulnerable to damage and stress.

 

Mild Winter Areas 

In areas where winter is not so cold, warm-season grasses stay green throughout the whole winter season. It would be best to fertilize your lawn in early autumn if you live in one of these areas.

 

Don’t fertilize your lawn without thinking. You need to use your brain to decide when to fertilize your lawn based on what type of grass you have. However, if you are not sure about any of this, taking a soil test would be the safest option for you.

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Fall Cleaning- Lets Talk Indoor

General, Seasonal Tips

Fall Cleaning is Here- Time to move inside 🙁

Okay so we love outside work and DIY projects in and around the yard. But, it’s that time of year when you need think about the inside of the home. Yes, fall is here, and Winter is rapidly approaching. We know Spring cleaning is a popular to-do but what about fall cleaning?

As we prepare for the rain, snow, ice and whatever else old father winter in has store this year make sure your dwelling is comfortable. This goes for routine maintenance items such as changing the air filter in your furnace to closing the vents in your foundation. Also, chores like cleaning the fireplace and chimney. Getting the carpets cleaned to eliminate all the pollen form the summer before.

Bug Barrier

We like to spray spider barrier around our property every fall and late spring early summer. We started doing this over the last couple years and can’t recommend it enough. Typically, we see a ton of spiders come inside when the temperatures drop. Since we’ve started using a barrier product we haven’t seen a single creepy crawler inside.

Windows

Another thing my wife absolutely must do is clean the windows inside and out. A college friend of hers runs a Boise window cleaning company and let her in a little winter trick great for the DIY’s. Cleaning the windows is a chore especially if they are on an upper floor, so don’t risk your safety and hire a professional window cleaner if needed. They can also do this and will likely have a similar product.
After you get your windows as clean as you want, which my wife works for hours on them until they sparkle. Once they are clean apply some rainX product to the outside windows, this will help them repel the weather throughout the winter. It’s a great little trick, the windows might still attract a little dust or dirt but when the rain hits it tends to come right off and the rain dries without streaks.

Stove/ Oven

Another thing that’s on our Fall cleaning list is the stove and oven. I know it’s a probably one of my most disliked chores, but it has to happen. Typically, during the summer, we BBQ 75 percent of our meals. But in the winter, we just can’t. So, we make sure our oven and stove are clean and ready for the abuse over the winter.

Garage

I personally must make sure my garage is in order and there is room to work out and do projects. Throughout the summer we tend to fill our garage with rafts, bikes, and miscellaneous sporting and outdoor gear. Its time most or all of that gets packed up and put away. With winter around the corner, my workouts move indoors, and this is “my” number one, must do.

As you prepare to hibernate make sure your “cave” is prepared also!