1. 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

  2. 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


  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. It's Branding Season

    Branding has symbolized the ranching lifestyle for decades. Branding has long stood as the embodiment of cattle ranching: An old wooden corral, ropers on horseback, cowboys kneeling next to a calf and the big, open sky ahead. April marks the beginning of branding season, where friends and families gather on the ranch to brand and work calves before the summer grazing season begins.

    Every ranch has a story. Every piece of land has a history. Every barn holds a memory. Every family member involved enriches the stories, history and memories of the ranch. Every cow has an impact on the sustainability of the multi-generation business.

    It’s about neighbors helping neighbors.

    The practice of branding livestock or marking the animal with a specific symbol to identif

  8. Staying Fit Through Gardening

    Digging deep in the garden can do wonders for your fitness and health - and it doesn’t even cost a penny!

    Most of us want to spend more time outdoors soaking up the sunshine and less time indoors, especially when you work in an office environment. So, you will be pleased to learn that instead of heading to the gym in the Summer evening you can create a moderate intensity workout while working on your own garden. It’s a win-win situation all round.

    The important thing to remember when embarking on a full-body workout in your garden is that if you do no other fitness the rest of the year, you must start off slowly as the number of gardening injuries go up in the Spring/Summer months, especially back injuries caused by bad posture or moving heavy pots around the garden without assistance.

  9. Creative Ways to Use Mason Jars Around the House

    Mason jars: They’re not just for harvesters and weddings anymore. Yes, you can still use mason jars when your garden is ripe, and you need to preserve, jelly, and pickle your favorite fruits and vegetables. And they still provide the casual-but-elegant vibe for centerpieces and favors at shabby-chic weddings.
    But mason jars can do so much more. That’s because they’re endlessly versatile, and you can use them — and their components — in every room of your house. Turn them into indoor planters and vases, or outdoor bird feeders and citronella candles. Use them to organize your beauty supplies, your spices, and all the bits and bobs in your sewing room. Keep a couple extras in the kitchen as a baking dish for the best single-serve dinner roll you’ve ever eaten — or even a makeshift tart pan. You’ll never run out of uses for them. That’s because mason jars are the perfect size to hol

  10. Colorado Trail Users Require SWA Pass, Hunting or Fishing License

    If people plan to travel a tiny fraction of The Colorado Trail, a Colorado State Wildlife Area (SWA) Pass is required.

    Fishing or hunting licenses are OK, as well. And you pick up a fishing or hunting license at your local Big R Stores.

    The changes affect those who travel The Colorado Trail Segment 12 as the Trail passes through the Clear Creek Reservoir State Wildlife Area. It impacts hikers and horsemen but likely not many cyclists because most diverge on the Colorado Peak Wilderness Detour before the wildlife area pass-through. Those affected will include thru hikers choosing the Collegiate East as well as Colorado Trail Collegiate Loop hikers. It will not affect travelers who do only the CT Collegiate West, because they will not encounter this wildlife area with the new license requirement.