Installing Decorative Brick and Stone Pavers

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    Hardscaping is the term given to items in your yard that are not plant based and Brick Pavers are one of the easiest ways to improve your outdoor living space.

    Many people will use them just for a pathway from their driveway to the front door or maybe as a path to their mailbox but you can also use pavers to create a patio or greeting area near your front door.

    Brick Pavers come …

    Foreclosure Rates Up for 2007

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      As expected 2007 was not a good year for home owners. With foreclosure rates up as high as 80% over 2006 figures approximately 250,000 home owners lost their homes due to missed mortgage payments.

      Hardest hit were Nevada, Florida, Michigan, California, Colorado, Ohio, Georgia, Arizona, Illinois and Indiana. The states with the least foreclosures were South Dakota, Vermont, Maine and West Virginia.

      It is expected that in the 2 year period starting in 2007 approximately 2 Million people will lose their homes but there is a …

      Directory of State Pesticide Information

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        NOTICE
        This information constantly changes as outside websites update their information.
        DO NOT RELY ON THIS INFORMATION FOR EMERGENCY USE.

        If you have an emergency ALWAYS Call 911 or the appropriate Emergency Hot-line in your area.

        Also Read the label on the Chemical and it should list Emergency Information about how to treat people that have come in contact with the product until trained emergency help can arrive. 
         

        Alabama
        http://www.agi.state.al.us/
        http://www.agi.state.al.us/Word/PPPM.htm

        Department of Agriculture
        Division of Plant Protection and Pesticides
        PO BOX 3336
        Montgomery, AL 36109-0336
        (334) 240-7171

        Alaska

        http://www.state.ak.us/dec/eh
        http://www.state.ak.us/dec/eh/pest

        Alaska Department of Environmental …

        Growing Plants from Seed

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          There are a variety of Annual plants that are easy to grow from seeds.

          The two biggest advantages from growing your annuals from seed are enjoying the full life cycle of the plant and saving money.

          If you are new to gardening you may want to start with seed packets. Most plant types available in seed are hybridized plants and will grow quickly and produce great flowers and large fruits. Once you aquire the basic …

          Repairing a lose board on your deck

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            Sometimes when you build with pressure treated lumber it will shrink more then expected this is the problem with one of or deck boards. Although replacing the whole piece is an option once you have stained your deck a few times and it has weathered for a season installing a fresh board will mean a mismatch in color.

            If you are using an opaque stain that will completely block the grain in the wood this is fine …

            What to look for in a Basic Drafting Software Package

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              In 1984 I got my first taste of CAD Computer Aided Drafting with AutoCad 2.something and since that time there is no way that I would go back to drawing by hand. The features that were available in that software are still pretty much the same and remain the basic tools for drafters, architects and engineers.

              Today’s CAD Drafting Software can provide the user with a variety of internal and add-on features. Everything from 3D rendering of your project with animated …

              Using Mulch in your Garden

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                There are many types of mulch that you can use in your garden and just as many reasons to use it.
                Most people like the way mulch looks in flower beds and around their small trees but the reason it is used has much more to do with garden maintenance then just its decorative appeal.

                Here are a few reasons you may want to use mulch.

                To reduce the amount of …

                Directory of Governmental Resources and Offices covering Pesticides

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                  Directory of Governmental Resources and Offices covering Pesticides

                  Alabama
                   http://www.agi.state.al.us/
                   http://www.agi.state.al.us/Word/PPPM.htm
                  Department of Agriculture
                  Division of Plant Protection and Pesticides
                  PO BOX 3336
                  Montgomery, AL 36109-0336
                  (334) 240-7171

                  Alaskahttp://www.state.ak.us/dec/eh

                  http://www.state.ak.us/dec/eh/pest

                  Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
                  Environmental Health
                  500 S Alaska St
                  Palmer, AK 99645-6340
                  (907) 745-3236

                  Arizonahttp://agriculture.state.az.us
                  http://agriculture.state.az.us/ESD/esd.htm

                  Arizona Department of Agriculture
                  Environmental Services
                  1688 W Adams
                  Phoenix, AZ 85007
                  (800) 223-0618
                  (602) 255-3664
                  (602) 542-3579

                  Arizona Structural Pest Control
                  9545 East Double Tree Ranch Rd
                  Scottsdale, AZ 85258

                  Arkansas
                  http://www.plantboard.org/
                  http://www.plantboard.org/pesticides_licensing.htmlArkansas State Plant Board
                  Division of Feeds, Fertilizers and Pesticides
                  #1 Natural Resource Dr
                  PO BOX 1069
                  Little Rock, AR …

                  Understanding Perennials, Annuals and Biennials

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                    When planning your garden you can choose from a variety of different plants, bushes and trees.

                    There are 3 basic types to choose from

                    Perennials – Plants that survive for many years.

                    Bushes and trees are examples of Woody Perennials.
                    These plants will last for many years. Some like evergreens Pines or Holly bushes will keep their leaf structure year long. Others that are deciduous like Oak Trees will drop their leafs …

                    Rose Pruning

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                      Proper pruning of plants is something that all gardeners should learn.

                      For many plants like roses pruning is necessary to improve the growth and flowering of the plant.

                      Prune your roses in late winter – early spring to promote the next seasons growth.

                      Summer pruning should be done to remove diseased or damaged stems or for harvesting flowers.

                      You should also deadhead the flower buds once they have died.

                      Always make clean sharp cuts …

                      Planting Peppers and Potted Plants

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                        Planting Vegetables in your garden is really easy to do and will give you months of enjoyment and food. 

                        All vegetables are started by seed but as a home gardener you can take advantage of potted plants to reduce your germination and grow time.  Plants are available in early spring right after the last frost. Most Home Stores and Garden Centers carry a good selection but you can also purchase …

                        Range Hoods – Selection and Cleaning

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                          There are three basic types of range hoods available for residential kitchens. Each type has its own advantages and features but whatever model you pick there are three main reasons you should get one.

                          The first is Fire Protection- A range hood made out of stainless steel or enameled steel will act as a buffer in case of grease or other fires on your stove. Since most cabinets are made out of …