Friday, December 28, 2012

Protect Your Landscape from Deer & Rabbits

Just one deer can eat up to ten pounds of food per day! Imagine the damage a horde of deer or gang of rabbits can do to your landscape and homegrown groceries - in just minutes! Click here to read more:

Friday, December 21, 2012

Keep Your Pets Safe and Happy During the Holiday Season

As we celebrate the season, many of the things that make the holidays special - the hustle and bustle of travel and large gatherings, festive food and beverage, and holiday decorations and plants - may also pose hazards for our canine and feline friends. With a few simple precautions, our pets can share this special time with us safely. Click here to read more:

Friday, December 14, 2012

Cold Weather Preparation Tips

Plan ahead to protect your home and property from winter storm damage.
Here are just a few tips on what you can do to be ready for when the cold weather arrives.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Seasonal Window Box Decorating

By changing the window boxes each season, you continue to add visual interest to your windows. See this tip for what you can do during Fall & Winter! Click here to read more:

Friday, November 23, 2012

Feeding Squirrels

Squirrels can be troublemakers in your backyard, but you can turn that trouble into entertainment when you start feeding squirrels and enjoying their acrobatic antics.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Keeping Your Home Odor Free

No one likes a home that smells of cat odor. Cat odor can come from a variety of places: litter boxes, cat urine and feces. Each can be managed effectively with a little attention. Click here to read more:

Friday, November 9, 2012

Gardening Tips for November

You've raked up the leaves but the snow hasn't fallen yet. There are still things in the lawn and garden that need to be done! Click here to read more:

Friday, November 2, 2012

Forcing Spring-Blooming Bulbs in Winter

Most spring-blooming bulbs can be forced into bloom.
The most common choices are hyacinths, tulips, narcissus, grape hyacinths and crocuses.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Care & Maintenance of Long Handled Tools

Long-handled garden tools can become trusted long-term companions that will last many years and save you money if you care for and maintain them. Click here to read more:

Friday, October 19, 2012

11 Fall Pet Dangers to Avoid

The crisp chill of autumn is upon us, that means changing leaves, cozy sweaters, and lots of holidays. But along with all that excitement comes some dangers for your adorable pooch and kitty. Find out the top 11 fall pet dangers to avoid. Click here to read more:

Friday, October 12, 2012

Winterize Your Garden

By thoroughly winterizing your garden - from the plants and soil to the water features and tools - you not only help your garden survive winter conditions, but you will be ready for easier work in the spring when it's time to begin gardening again. Click here to read more:

Friday, October 5, 2012

Fall Clean-up

By doing your annual fall clean-up, not only will it help with your yard's curb appeal, but it is actually necessary for the overall health of your lawn. Click here to read more:

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Deterring Aggressive Birds

Birds may face dangers in their everyday lives both while eating, flying, or perching. The danger may be from one of their own kind who feels his territory has been invaded. There are several ways, however, to deter these un-neighborly birds. Click here to read more:

Friday, September 21, 2012

Preparing Your Roses for Winter

Preparing a rose for winter will always start in spring (yes, I did mean spring). Any rose that has had a long and well tended growing season will be better able to tolerate the worst any winter has to offer. Now is the time to stop cutting blooms and allow a few rose hips to develop which will be a signal to the plant that its dormant period is approaching. Click here to read more:

Friday, September 14, 2012

How to Trim Your Dog's Nails

Your dog may not like to have his paws touched, but trimming his nails need not become an ordeal. Ease into the job by handling your puppy's paws on a regular basis so that he gets accustomed to the attention. Click here to read more:

Friday, September 7, 2012

Gardening Tips for September

Summer may be winding down, but there's still plenty to do in your yard and garden!
From pruning, planting, seeding and prepping for next spring, find out what you should be doing as the warm weather fades. Click here to read more:

Friday, August 24, 2012

Starting Your Fall Garden

Late summer is the ideal time to start your fall garden. In most areas of the country, you can grow a "second season" crop of your favorite cool-season vegetables and lovely fall flowers. Click here to read more:

Monday, August 13, 2012

Ideas for Mosquito Control

Mosquito control around your outdoor living spaces has become more important than ever lately with the recent increases in cases of mosquito-borne diseases. Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe from these flying pests. Click Here to Learn More:

Monday, July 30, 2012

Choosing a Sprinkler

When choosing a sprinkler, several factors should be considered. The size and shape of the area to be watered, the soil type, and the rate of water flow are all important. Click here to read more:

Friday, July 20, 2012

All About Groundhogs

Groundhog control is extremely important because these nuisance animals can remove 700 pounds of soil to complete a 20 to 25-foot-long burrow! These tunnels can pose a serious threat to homes by damaging and undermining building foundations. Be sure you are taking the right steps to control these pesky creatures.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Protecting Crops from Birds

It can be disheartening for any gardener or farmer to work hard growing fruits and vegetables, only to see birds taking advantage of a free meal. Birds will eat fruits, berries, corn, grain and other crops, and they're intelligent and clever enough to work around many different types of deterrents. With a bit of innovation, however, it is possible to protect your crops from birds, whether you have just a small garden plot or a much larger commercial field. Click here to read more:

Monday, July 9, 2012

Deadheading Your Flowers

Deadheading is removing a wilted bloom from a plant before it begins to go to seed. Most often, this is done to encourage ongoing blooming from the plant. While deadheading is a common pruning practice how can you do it properly for the best results?

Friday, June 29, 2012

Simple Summer Lawns

Keeping your lawn a lush and healthy oasis during the hot summer months is a breeze with regular maintenance and the help of Agway products. Lawn-care maintenance involves three simple tasks: watering, mowing and fertilizing. Click here to read more:

Friday, June 22, 2012

How to Remove a Tick

Today, more than ever, ticks have become a fact of life.
Mother Nature endowed these tiny, sometimes dangerous parasites with all the physical attributes they need to survive and thrive: latch on to unsuspecting passerby, firmly attach to their human or animal host, and feed on their blood. Ticks actually secrete a sophisticated, organic "glue" to cement their mouth parts to their host, so removing them can be tricky. Click here to read more:

Friday, June 15, 2012

Edible Flowers

Edible flowers have become familiar garnishes in countless restaurants-the 21st century's equivalent of parsley. However, like parsley, most people don't eat them. They move the flowers-nasturtiums and pansies are the most commonly seen-to the side of the plate just like they used to do with parsley.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Got Mud?

From snow banks to spring rains to summer storms, your yard can quickly become a mud pit if it is not taken care of properly.  Fortunately, there are many tricks you can use to control a muddy yard and help improve its drainage.  Click here to learn more:

Friday, May 25, 2012

Going to Bat Against Bugs

If you want to start or nurture a bat colony, look for evidence of bats already roosting nearby.
You have a good chance of enticing the mammals to your bat houses if they already live, or are attempting to live, in buildings near you.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Plan & Plant A Scented Garden

One of the many benefits to being in a garden is the onslaught of heavenly aromas you encounter as you make your way down a garden path.
Instead of leaving these encounters to chance, why not specifically plant a scented garden that includes some of your favorites?

Friday, May 11, 2012

Building A Terrarium

Terrariums can take many forms and you don't need an aquarium-sized home to make one. A small round vase or candle holder can accommodate one special plant.
Mother's Day is May 13! You can turn a unique container found in an antique shop or second-hand store, or even a glass bell jar, into a beautiful gift for mom this year.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Caring For Your Newly Seeded Lawn
Sowing grass seed in your yard is no small task. Newly seeded lawns take a lot of time and attention, particularly in the following two months when sprouts appear and roots develop.
Ensure that your new yard is strong, healthy and attractive by following these tips.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Naturalizing with Spring Bulbs

Naturalized plantings are easy to create and easy to maintain. Naturalizing bulbs is a great communal activity: share planting tasks with your gardening neighbors. Click here to read more:

Monday, April 23, 2012

Make Fleas, Ticks & Mosquitoes Feel Unwelcome

Even with the most diligent efforts, pets and homes can still find themselves falling victim to these creepy critters. When that does happen, it is essential to prevent the flea eggs from developing into biting, breeding adults.
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Friday, April 13, 2012

Choosing What to Feed Birds

Different birds have different dietary needs and feeding preferences. Some birds require different feeders or foods than others, but one bird will change its feeding needs throughout the year as it prepares for migration, breeding or other seasonal activities.
Understanding how to choose the best foods for birds can help you have active bird feeders all year long. Click here to read more:

Friday, March 16, 2012

Flowers to Attract Wild Birds

Both annual and perennial flowers do more than add beauty to your landscaping - the right flowers can also attract birds to your yard.
Flowers can provide both seeds and nectar for a variety of foraging birds, and choosing the right flowers will help you provide abundant natural food sources for your feathered friends.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Get Professional Lawn Care Results by Doing it Yourself!

Agway makes it easy to do it yourself using the NEW & IMPROVED Agway 4 Stage Program!  Each stage combines just the right amount of control and prevention. It's what your lawn needs for strong growth.
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Friday, February 24, 2012

What is Snow Mold?

Snow mold is a fungal disease that appears in early spring as the snow melts but begins in the winter, beneath a cover of snow on unfrozen ground. Find out what to do if you have snow mold.Click here to read more:

Friday, February 17, 2012

Rodent Myths

Over the years, many popular magazines and movies have featured stories about rodents.  The following article contains the myths, misconceptions or half-truths commonly heard from people about the rodents in their neighborhoods. Click here to read more:

Friday, February 10, 2012

How To Identify Birds

With nearly 10,000 bird species in the world, learning how to identify birds is important to be able to know what birds are visiting your feeders and what birds you see in the field.  Even beginning birders can quickly identify birds by being observant and carefully noting different details about birds.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Understanding Cold Hardiness and Heat Zones

Gardeners can benefit from understanding zone maps and hardiness ratings when choosing plants that fulfill their garden aspirations.  Knowing about hardiness and heat zones can help you make the right selections for your garden.  Click here to read more:

Friday, January 27, 2012

Caring for House Plants

Caring for house plants varies considerably depending on the plant, but in general, important factors to consider include moisture levels, light sources, planting soil, room temperature, humidity levels and the pot itself.  Click here to read more:

Friday, January 20, 2012

Portable Propane Heater Safety

Propane and LP heaters are safe and efficient, but as with any heat source, common sense should tell you to follow a few safety tips to protect yourself and others while you use them.
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Friday, January 13, 2012

How to Remove Snow from Your Roof

A roof rake is an essential tool in any area that can see substantial snowfall, whether it is from the occasional heavy storm, lake effect snowfall, or just consistent flurries all winter long.

Friday, January 6, 2012

What Are Bird Ranges?

Understanding bird ranges helps birders know what birds to expect where in different seasons, and ranges can be useful for identifying bird or noting rare appearances and vagrant birds.
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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Recycling Your Tree After The Holidays Are Over

Recycle it in the spring, but when you take your Christmas tree down this year put it in your backyard so the birds can use it. As it gets colder and there are less leaves on trees, birds need more places to hide from predators and where they can get inside to stay warm. A Christmas tree is the perfect fit for those needs.