Whether you are raising poultry or running an equestrian center, nuisance critters run rampant.
Rats often appear in the fall when their external food sources are depleted by harvest. They emerge from the fields, where they live in burrows, to forage and feed around buildings. Mice will establish colonies within buildings and might never venture outside. And raccoons are just a menace regardless of the season, and they’re crafty with how they get into your food sources.
Here are a few steps you can take to help minimize problems with critters around your property.
1. Keep it Clean
Keeping the area whether it’s a chicken coop or a tack r
It is cherry pickin' season here in Colorado! If you have picked cherries before, you know this can be quite the tedious job. If you haven’t picked yet but are planning to, bring a helper or 2! (Or wine)
To make it fun and help pass the time, we love to bring our kids along with us and make a game of it! (Warning: A little patience and a slightly lowered standard may be required.)
Our younger kids, they love to see how fast they can pick them. This often means more leaves in our buckets but when it’s pickin time, trust me. It is worth it!
Our older kids, they seem to be the more productive thinkers in their game (phew). Their entertainment is seeing who can get the most cherries in their buckets... how great is that?
The worst time to realize that you’re out of sidewalk salt or that your snow shovel is broken is in the middle of a blizzard. Before the first snowfall of the season, be sure to take stock of your snow removal tools and other supplies. Here are a few inventory tasks to cross off your fall home checklist before the winter:
Check your tire chains for rust and broken links.
Swap in your snow tires once temperatu
While home improvement projects are optional, there are some maintenance tasks that you should do in the fall for the sake of safety and functionality. These include:
Gutter Cleaning — Gutters and downspouts should be cleaned throughout the fall so leaves and other debris can't build up in them. Gutters that are clogged with leaves can hold water and pull down your entire gutter system, and sometimes even parts of your roof. Get a good pair of gloves, a steady ladder and clear the gutters. You also can use some of the debris found in the gutters as mulch for your garden.
Leaf Removal — Fallen leaves left on the lawn aren't just an eyesore — they can turn i
When was the last time you dewormed your horse? What parasites did you deworm your horse against? Here’s the thing: Parasites do not want to kill your horse. Your horse is simply the dinner plate for them.
Parasites rob the best nutrition from your horse. Deworming a horse is good preventative medicine. If you’re not sure which dewormer you used, it might be a good time to re-examine how your approach your equine deworming program.
With all the options available, you need to determine which dewormers and schedule are best for your horse.
Your horse's job and living conditions will dictate the number of times you need to deworm. If your horse is a "backyard horse," then a minimal amount of deworming is needed, if you rotate with different types of dewormers.
National Hunting and Fishing Day, held the fourth Saturday of each September, celebrates the outdoor activities of hunting and fishing while emphasizing conservation. It was first established by President Nixon in 1972 and is marked by outdoor events held throughout the country. Its roots go back more than 100 years to President Theodore Roosevelt, who introduced the first laws regulating the hunting of wildlife in the U.S.
Did You Know …
More than 38 million Americans regularly hunt and fish.
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Fall is almost here, and with it comes the inevitable slowing of activity in the garden. But there’s more that can be done when fall arrives that will make life much easier when spring rolls around. The following are just a few ways you can prepare to winterize your lawn and garden this fall.
Winterize Your Lawn by Cutting and Aerating
You’ll want to pamper your lawn one last time so that it can bounce back with ease come April. Here are a few of the last lawn maintenance tasks you should add to your home winterization checklist:
Make One Final Cut: Give the yard that one last cut, taking it down to about two inches.
Kids should be outside having fun and there’s no better way to do that than on a trampoline. As trampolines evolve and become safer and bouncier, there is no doubt that the trampoline will remain one of those rare toys that continues to thrive and rival screens where other equipment has long since retired into the past.
1. Simple pleasures
Relieves stress and releases endorphins
Trampolining takes a certain amount of concentration because it requires myriad mental and movement processes. This can help kids (and adults alike) to reduce their levels of stress by focusing their minds on something different. It’s also a great way to have fun, and stimula
When you think you about raising chicks, you think of spring. Right? Maybe it is all the adorable chick adorned Easter decorations? Maybe it is because of the saying, “You’re no spring chicken.”
But I am here to tell you, autumn is my favorite to time to raise baby chicks. Here are just a few reasons why I think you should consider adding to your flock in the fall.
Fall chicks will ultimately lay more eggs in a year than your spring chicks will. Spring chicks reach point of lay right as the weather begins to cool and the days get shorter, which means they will lay fewer eggs, more sporadically. Often, they will lay through the winter, but usually at a much slower rate. Fall chicks reach point of lay right as spring arrives w
How did overalls suddenly become so popular? It’s gone from traditional farmwear to fashion icon. And it’s not just a trend that targets men or women but it’s both masculine and feminine all at the same time.
Take men’s traditional garb, for example. Like sandals and skirts, people tend to have strong opinions about whether men can wear (and look good in) overalls. Overalls, the thinking goes, are acceptable fare for toddlers, railroaders and for extremely rugged men who can build things with their bare hands. Wear them outside of these approved zones and you’re likely to get mocked by someone — your mom or your friends, perhaps.
Until recently, that is. Now that everyone wears workwear to work no matter what they do for a living, now that