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How to Start Seeds Indoors

WHY START FROM SEEDS? When planning for a garden, a key thing to consider is whether you want to start your garden from seeds or from young plants (“transplants”) bought from a local nursery. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages. Buying transplants is certainly a lot easier and more convenient, but you are also limited to only…

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Painting/ Finishes

1. What are the different kinds of paint finishes and how do I know which one to use? A great quality about Benjamin Moore paint is that all of your finishes are highly durable so you don't have to be tied to the old rules (e.g. you can only use…

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Introducing Ego: Battery Snowblowers That Really Work!

A customer asked me the other day, "Are electric snowblowers really any good now?" It seems there are a lot of people who still think that electric snowblowers are underpowered, wimpy machines that can't get the job done here in the Berkshires. Maybe that was true a few years ago,…

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Off Season Winter Garden Tasks

Winter is the perfect time to get a jump start on next year's garden. Use this off-season gardening time to winterize your garden and to prepare for warmer days when you can dig to your heart's content. You'll be ready to grow as soon as the sun peeks out and…

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How to Clean Garden Tools for Winter

With winter weather approaching, now is the time to think about maintaining your garden tools. Garden tools aren't cheap and with the right treatment, they can last for years. Here are a few steps to help you maintain your tools and have them ready for Spring. The first step is…

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Essential Garden Tools

Homeowners and professionals need the right tool for the right job. Here's a few basic tools to get you started for this year's growing season. For planting trees and shrubs, a pointed shovel is helpful.  This tool has many uses for chores around the yard and garden. For annuals and…

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Summer Tree & Shrub Maintenance

SUMMER TREE AND SHRUB MAINTENANCE Weed and mulch around trees and shrubs, keeping the mulch about 1-2 inches away from the base of the trunks. Do not create "mulch volcanoes", this can be harmful to the trees.  Mulch volcanoes are deep piles of mulch heaped around the base of trees and shrubs. They…

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Summer Lawn & Garden Tips

More and more of us are gardening this year, some for the very first time.  Here's a simple check list to help with basic lawn and garden maintenance. SUMMER LAWN CARE Mow regularly or as needed. Only  remove one-third of the height of the grass height at one time and…

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Spring Decorating Tips

Spring is in the air, which means it’s time to get your home revitalized and ready for the new season. From colour to décor, Canadian interior designer and home décor pro Brian Gluckstein shares a few of his favourites for spring. Pretty in pink. Versatile with a touch of sweetness,…

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Spring Kitchens

Bring family and friends together in a fresh spring kitchen Take advantage of the season’s new beginnings to rethink all that excess clutter and spruce things up. The kitchen is the perfect room to start, and it doesn’t have to involve a complete re-model. In fact, there are many quick…

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TIPS: When Should I Seed My Lawn?

When your sights are set on a thick, lush lawn, planting grass seed represents an investment of time, money, labor and hope. From seeding new lawns to repairing rough spots and renewing existing turf, proper timing separates sweet success from something less. Your best time for planting grass seed depends…

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