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Strawberry and Cabbage time

Posted by Roots and Boots on 06/04/2014 at 10:19 AM in Farm Life, Garden Talk

Its spring time which means it’s the ideal time for those cool weather vegetables to be planted. The area beside our greenhouse was prepped with gold ole horse manure over the winter and has cured nicely. Now it's time to till it in. Lee brought over his 40V-X Expand-It String Trimmer with Expand-It Cultivator attachment so I could work the soil. WOW! Couldn't believe how well it worked. A must have tool for working small spaces. The life of the battery is amazing and the tool itself is so light weight! At first I didn’t know how well it would perform and how powerful the unit it would be because of its light weight stature. But it did indeed have a PUNCH and was very easy to maneuver.

In the future it’s Read more


New Home! New Tool!

Posted by First Yard Bob on 06/03/2014 at 2:31 PM in Lawncare

As a long time fan of RYOBI’s power tools, and now as a new home homeowner with no HOA to take care of the yard, I decided to put their lawn tools to the test.

Now I’m not foreign to lawn work, as a kid my father had me mowing half an acre with a push mower, trimming around the house and sidewalks, and cutting down plenty of dead branches among other chores. So after years of getting “exercise” around the house I determined that I liked riding my bike as exercise a lot more. Hence, apartment living and town homes it was. That is until now with 1.3 acres of lawn maintenance.

Having had a few shoulder issues the concept of yanking a cord to get a little noisy gas engine to turn over after 5 minutes was not Read more


Crooked English Peas

Posted by Roots and Boots on 05/29/2014 at 3:08 PM in Farm Life, Garden Talk

We planted our English Peas earlier in the year, along with other cool weather vegetables, and it is time to revisit the rows and tidy them up a bit. However, when we got there all the rows were crooked; not one of them was straight! So how did that row of peas turn out so crooked? That’s a good question for Lee! This would have been a huge problem if we didn’t have our 40V-X Expand-It String Trimmer with Expand-It Cultivator attachment.

This trimmer is small enough to weave in and out of the crooked-ness and has the power to get the job done! So, once again Lee pulled it out to work the soil. It did a remarkable job and now we are ready for spring planting. We love this tool and is even a necessity for Read more


Between Two Shrubs

Posted by Keeping It In Perspective on 04/24/2014 at 9:11 AM in Lawncare, Garden Talk, Tutorials

“To paraphrase Oedipus, Hamlet, Lear, and all those guys, "I wish I had known this some time ago.”― Roger Zelazny, Sign of the Unicorn

I recently watched a mildly amusing movie about a young man who had the gift of time travel. Many times during the roughly 90-minute movie, the main character repeatedly revisited episodes in his past to alter a seemingly insignificant past choice, resulting in a dramatically different future life outcome.

As a designer, I’m often called to a client’s home to help rectify 20 year-old mistakes--trees growing into foundations, ungainly shrubs, poor drainage and/or nightmarishly difficult maintenance scenarios. Hindsight is wonderful.

How wonderful it would be to be a Read more


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