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Build a Survival Kit

by Terry Koch on 03/13/15

While not all emergencies may be expected, being prepared when a disaster hits can keep individuals safe.  Building a disaster supplies kit often requires homeowners to think ahead of the items they may require in the event of an emergency.

While people in different parts of the country face different disasters, when an emergency hits, having food, water and supplies on hand to last for at least 72 hours is important.

During an emergency, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days, weeks or longer. 

Survival kits should be included at home, work and inside vehicles.  Enough food, water, and supplies for at least three days should be included in the kit along with comfortable shoes in case an evacuation requires walking a long distance.

Car emergency kids should include jumper cables, flashlights and extra batteries, first aid kits, water, an AM/FM radio to listen to traffic reports, an ice scraper and more.

In addition to survival kits, there are a few possessions homeowners should keep protected in the event of an emergency.  These include property insurance policies and agent contact information, passports, birth certificates, social security cards and more.  A few additional items to store in a fireproof security box include jewelry, cash, spare keys, and a digital copy of family photos on an external hard drive.


by Terry Koch on 03/11/15

How to Control Crabgrass
Nature gives us a short window to stop crabgrass before it starts.  In early Spring, before the new seeds germinate, a preemergent herbicide can be applied to the soil.  Preemergent herbicides prevent crabgrass seeds from germinating into the full plants.  The result:  less crabgrass grows during the season.  And, since less crabgrass grows, there are fewer plants dropping seeds for the next cycle.  With consistent application of preemergents, along with other grass care, crabgrass can be virtually eliminated from a lawn.  This gives way for the healthy, rich turf we all dream of.
When to Apply Crabgrass Preventer
Crabgrass seeds germinate in the early spring when the temperature of the surface soil rises into the 50s and 60s.  Once the seeds germinate, the opportunity for prevention is passed.  Applying the preemergent early is key.  Once the days are regularly in the 60s and 70s, the seeds will be germinating and sprouting small plants and application of preemergents now will be too late.  Instead, apply preemergents very early in the season, while the temperatures are still in the 50s.
Instructions/Considerations for Crabgrass Preventer
-Before application, mow your lawn very short and remove as much thatch as possible to allow herbicide to contact the soil.
-Always follow the instructions on the crabgrass preventer you choose.
-Watering your lawn after applying crabgrass preventer will help form a protective barrier.
-Don't aerate or heavily rake the lawn after applying preemergent.  This willv degrade the barrier.  Instead, wait for the Fall to aerate your lawn and to spread seed.
-Wait 2 months before applying other chemicals like weed and feed unless you are following instructions or consulting with a professional.
-Avoid garden areas.  Because preemergents prevent seed germination, they should be carefully applied so as to avoid garden and other new growth areas.  You should also avoid planting any type of grass seed within 3-6 months after applying preemergent.  In other words, plan to plant new turf only in the Autumn.

Christmas Sale

by Terry Koch on 12/28/13

We will be closing out our Christmas decorations.  All items are 60% off.  Hurry in while the selection is good.


by Terry Koch on 10/26/13

Are you thinking about turning on the furnace with the cooler temperatures?  Well now is the perfect time to change the filter on it. Furnace manufacturers recommend changing every 3 months if using the pleated filters or monthly if using fiberglass filters.  We have most sizes in both styles.  Bring in your size and tell us you read this post and receive 10% off the filter price.



by Terry Koch on 10/10/13

Congratulations to all the candidates.