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What's my fav memory of TOH? That's like picking which kid I love the most but if I had to pick something (at least at the very beginning) it would be that I missed home. Most of what little family we have is from So Maine while we lived in Maryland. Seeing a bunch of Bostonians/ N.E'ders on my TV every week with their accents and terms doing something I liked to do I was hooked from day one on TOH and New Yankee Workshop. Never had a work shop with a double sided angle plunging table dado saw like Norm but I could swing a hammer. Bought my first home at 18 and moved right in. Three days later a Housing Inspector knocked on my door with a Condemn order. 18 months later it was the nicest house in the hood. Did everything myself with a weekly pay check, a Black and Decker- Basic Electric book and TOH. Cant remember how many houses I've done since and just finished a attic to basement remodel of a townhouse we picked up a couple months ago (I'm by trade a floor installer, lol). Thanks to these folks (I was raised by a single mom) sparking my interest in this stuff has made a good life for me and my family and I thank you all for it. I would have never been able to afford a lot of the houses, especially my first house if they were not in the condition they were in when I got them. After watching TOH for 8 years before my first I looked at a nearly condemned house as a opportunity.Teachers will say if they just connect with that one kid they were a success. Well you all did.

Similar to drip systems, although much less expensive. Soaker hoses release water directly into the soil, and the water conservation benefits are the same as with drip systems. There are various types of hoses made of plastic, rubber or canvas. Some are designed to permeate water through their entire surface and others have tiny holes. They can be moved throughout the garden and turned on and off manually, or left in place and hooked up to a timer-controlled valve.
Many gardeners believe that drip lines are the way to go with regards to irrigation systems. They definitely do have their benefits. You can line them up to perfectly water each plant and if you add an automatic timer, you can set it to water them at the right time of the day. Incidentally, you should never water your garden plants during the hottest part of the day – so set your timers to give them a drink around dusk.

Hardscapes add appeal and value to your outdoor living space. It’s landscaping that uses hard materials such as pavers and stone. There’s no limit to hardscape ideas, from patio to paths to driveways and stone benches. You might need to buy retaining wall blocks when you start up your project to even off your land and prevent erosion. Get a fire pit kit to add a warm and inviting focal point to your hardscape design. Spend time with friends and family in the new outdoor space you built, a cost-effective extension of your home


Next on the spring yard clean up checklist, rake out fallen leaves and dead foliage (which can smother plants and foster disease), pull up spent annuals, and toss in a wheelbarrow with other organic yard waste. Once the threat of frost has passed, Roger also removes existing mulch to set the stage for a new layer once spring planting is done. Push heaved plants back into flower beds and borders, tamping them down around the base with your foot, or use a shovel to replant them. Now is a good time to spread a pelletized fertilizer tailored to existing plantings on the soil's surface so that spring rains can carry it to the roots. Add a 5-10-10 fertilizer around bulbs as soon as they flower to maximize bloom time and feed next season's growth. Use pins to fasten drip irrigation lines that have come loose and a square-head shovel to give beds a clean edge and keep turf grass from growing into them.
Probably the most inexpensive option as far as equipment costs; however, portable sprinklers can be very inefficient. Most spray water into the air and much of it may evaporate before reaching the ground or be blown in the wind to other areas. Sprinklers often put out water faster than the soil can absorb, leading to waste and runoff. However, they can come in handy for spot watering a small area.
Another unpleasant task in spring yard cleanup is dog waste disposal. It's especially unpleasant when you have to clean up after someone else's dog. There's not much you can do to stop litter, but there is something you can do to help keep other people's dogs from defecating on your property: Begin researching dog repellents. You don't want to be out there all summer long with a pooper-scooper. And no, don't compost dog feces, for the same reason you shouldn't try to compost cat poop: Carnivore feces contain pathogens, the removal of which through the composting process is best left to experts.
Our flagship Snip-n-Drip Soaker Hose System uses a soaker hose to provide the slow, deep watering that plants love. By applying water at the root zone, it keeps foliage dry, helping to prevent disease problems. And it conserves water, too. Soaker hoses use up to 80 percent less water than overhead watering! By alternating sections of soaker hose and garden hose, you can set up a watering system in minutes that applies water where you need it — and not where you don't. Place the soaker hose next to plants, and use the garden hose to cross paths and other areas where you don't need water.

Thank you for this article! I would also say keep leaves in the bed–keeps nutrition in your bed, feeds soil organisms which feeds the plants and creates better soil conditions. In the spring, I simply move the leaves off the tops of plants if they have gotten too think. Many plants are able to push up through the leaves, and the leaves settle nicely around the plant. Here’s a pic of tiny carpenter bees overwintering I had discovered when I accidentally stepped on a stem, and it broke open. I put them in a very protected area and loosely layered leaves/stems over them and am hoping they survive, but it really shows that these animals need a place to wait out winter.

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