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  1. Maintaining a lawn mower can be as simple as keeping up-to-date on season and off-season maintenances. Below are some tools and items that will help you along the way.

    Screwdriver
    Oil (check owner's manual)
    - Riding Mower oil filter (check owner's manual)
    Oil filter wrench
    Air filter (check owner's manual)
    - Spark plug socket

  2. For those of you who purchased new chicks this spring it’s important to know when and how to move them from the safety of their indoor brooder to the brave new world of the great outdoors. As they get older you’ll want to begin bringing them outside to play, get a little exercise and learn how to forage. It’s safe to begin bringing them outside when they’re about 4 weeks old but only on nice days (70’s or higher) with calm weather. Chicks are sensitive to the cold so you don’t want them experiencing any rain or wind until they’re acclimated to the outdoors.

    Outdoor play-time tips (acclimating them to the outdoors prior to the big move):

    •  Keep the chicks are in an enclosed secure playpen or pen where they will be safe from predators and cannot escape.

    •  Make sure they have plenty of fresh food and clean water available at

  3. DIY Fire Pit for Under $100

    With Memorial Day weekend coming up we’re all amping to get outdoors and start enjoying summer activities. One thing I love doing on summer evenings when I get home from work is sitting by the fire pit and relaxing after a long day. I’ve been thinking about building a more attractive one for my yard for a while now and when I saw we had new pavers, retaining wall blocks and pebbles in stock at my local Big R I decided it was time to tackle that project.

    Building a fire pit out of blocks is really simple to do. While at the store picking out the blocks I actually laid them out in the diameter of fire pit I wanted to get an estimate of how many I’d need to purchase. The size I landed on was 40” exterior diameter which allows for about 5 to 6 adirondack chairs to encircle the pit comfortably.

    What you’ll need:

    •  (30) Pavestone concrete

  4. June is nearly here and it’s time to start planning your summer outdoor adventures. Camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and create memories with family and friends. Camping trips are tons of fun but can be a real downer if you don’t prepare properly beforehand. Here at Big R we carry a wide selection of high-quality camping gear and we’ve put together a checklist of items to bring on your next camping trip as well as a few tips on how to have the best adventure ever.

    Prep for the trip:

    Where will you camp? There are tons of options on where to camp out there. If you prefer camping in a campground or backcountry camping in a state or national park, you’ll want to call ahead and make reservations ahead of time as they can book up early in the season. It’s not fun arriving at your destination and realizing there’s no room at the inn, leaving you scrambling to find something else nearby.

    Campground Camping

    Campgrounds are great for

  5. Spring is the perfect time of year to get your home in tip-top shape. Maintaining your home is a great way to maintain property value and avoid expensive problems down the road. At Big R we carry everything you need to knock these tasks off your to-do list. We’ve created a handy checklist for you to assist in what minor projects you need to accomplish and how.

    Home Maintenance Checklist:

    •  Inspect your air conditioning system for leaks, replace filters. If you notice leaks, contact your HVAC company to conduct repairs to avoid costly issues during the heat of the summer.

    •  Have your dryer vents professionally cleaned out from the exterior of your home. The removable lint trap inside the dryer can easily miss a lot of lint which can build up and cause a fire hazard.

    •  Trim any bushes or foliage that may have grown up around your AC unit to provide adequate air flow to the system. Shop trimmers

  6. Summer is almost here and with it the anticipation of family barbecues and picnics. With that in mind, it’s time to start diving into those spring cleaning projects you’ve been meaning to tackle since the weather has been warming up. Here at Big R we carry a wide selection of cleaning supplies, storage totes and new home décor items to spruce up your nest. We’ve compiled a quick spring cleaning checklist to keep you on track:

    First stock up on these products at your local Big R:

    -          Windex® Original 32 oz. Glass Cleaner Spray

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  7. May is upon us and that means it’s kidding time and who doesn’t love a snuggly baby goat? We’ve compiled a quick list of tips and products to help you have a successful kidding season at your farm.

    Knowing when your doe is ready to give birth

    Does begin to behave differently when it’s “time”. They may begin pawing around at their bedding, leak milk, seem a little agitated and begin isolating themselves from the herd. There are also a few visual signs you can look for such as: enlarged/full udder starting one to six weeks prior to giving birth, a feeling of hollowness on either side of the doe’s tail due to ligaments relaxing in preparation for birth. Her tail may also be straight out or slightly elevated closer to birthing time.

    Preparing for the birth

    Having everything you need ready before the time comes is very important to a successful birthing experience

  8. If you new beekeeper, here are beekeeping prep tips to feel confident and prepared to receive your new bees. 

    Choose the right location 

    Bees need four things. First, they need sun, or afternoon shade if your weather is hot. Second, they must have access to fresh water near the hive. You can use a large plant saucer with stones in the center for the bees to land on and refresh the water every day. A shallow bubble fountain would work well, too. Third, the hive must be protected from wind, which can blow rain (or snow) into the hive, making it harder for the bees to keep the hive warm. Finally, bees need privacy. Do not put the hives near high-traffic areas, play areas, swimming pools or pet areas. About 50 feet from high-traffic areas is ideal, but if space is limited, position the hive so the entrance is near a tall fence or hedge. This will force their flight path overhead to minimize contact with people and pets. And screeni

  9. Reasons Why Gardens Make Us Happy and Healthy

    The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.

    There’s a reason or two why gardens make people happy and healthy. And the benefits of a vegetable garden are many. If you’re resolved to live a healthier lifestyle, eat better, and get more exercise, gardening can give you all that and more.

    There are so many benefits to starting even the smallest of gardens or caring for a few green friends:

    A sense of accomplishment

    The world around us may be chaotic but we can bring some sense of order to the garden, even if just for a little while. How rewarding it is to look

  10. Picture a Perfect Picnic for National Picnic Day

    When the warm weather has arrived, images turn to eating outdoors and nothing is more relaxing than a picnic with the sun on your back. National Picnic Day is celebrated each year on April 23. It is the perfect day to enjoy the fresh air with some good food and good friends.

    Whether you want to go to the effort of a cooked barbecue or just enjoy a simple basket of food that is served on paper plates, picnics are the ultimate informal affairs that are intended to be fun and relaxing for everyone involved.

     

    Organizing a picnic may seem a little overwhelming – having to drag all the food, drinks, blankets, cutlery, and so on to your cho

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