Last Minute Ways To Prepare Your Yard For Winter

Last Minute Ways To Prepare Your Yard For Winter

Even if you aren’t ready for it, wintertime is here and for many of us, it is here with a wrath. With everyone from the Farmer’s Almanac to the regional weathermen declaring that this winter will be a rough one for our part of Pennsylvania, you might be thinking about what you can do to bolster your gardens and trees, helping them to make it through the wintry weather. If you recently planted a young tree, have fruit trees, or just adore your yard, it is most definitely something that you want to think about in the coming weeks before it gets too unpleasant and you can’t stand being outside. Even though much of what you can do to really help your landscaping is routine upkeep and attention through the rest of the year, there are a number of last-minute matters you can do to really help your tree with the cold season. 4. Secure Potted Plants & Hedges Secure the entire plant so it doesn’t tip in storms Consider the pot itself as a base. Look into moving plants inside if you can. If you have some potted plants or shrubs that you like to store on your porch or even all over your backyard, you may want to think about what to do with them. For some plants, it is good enough to move them beneath shelter so that they don’t get nailed directly with ice. Others can be blanketed with specialized bags and covers. That being said, some plants will not survive so you want to take them inside your house so that they can stay...
State College, PA Winter Preparedness Checklist

State College, PA Winter Preparedness Checklist

Although it seemed like it was never going to truly get chilly, all of a sudden the temperatures have fallen, and we are in a situation wherein the cold seems colder than it ever has in the past. Winds, rainfall, sleet, and yes, snow, are all on their way, so you have to make certain that you are prepared for their madness. Have you accomplished all that you are required to do well before the season begins to get as vicious as it can? If you haven’t started getting ready until now, now is the most recommended time to begin. Take some time to work off some of that Thanksgiving turkey and sides and go out into your grounds to truly see what could quite possibly come about if you don’t think toward the long term. Not very sure where to start? Here are four ways to prepare for the season: 4. Make Sure Your Equipment is All Set Try to keep everything near your home Always have a well-made shovel Have excess salt at the ready One of the primary mistakes people make when they are attempting to get prepared for the cold months season is that they get every detail all ready and then they don’t have it near when the snow actually hits. Will you need to get a shovel at some point? Undoubtedly. But how will you get it if we receive 24″ of snow and the shovel is in your storage shed? Be sure that tools are ready and near your home at all times. Try placing it in your garage or on your...
7 Places to Buy a Christmas Tree in State College

7 Places to Buy a Christmas Tree in State College

The Christmas season is just around the corner – and for many of us, it is already here. One of the things that causes stress to many people is where to purchase a Christmas tree. It can be difficult because here in State College, we have a lot of options. In many places, you have to go to a parking lot and pick out a tree. Here, you can go to an actual tree farm and select one, making it a family bonding activity. Not all tree farms are created equally, however. This year, consider frequenting these family-owned businesses: 1. Kuhn’s Tree Farm Kuhn’s Christmas Tree Farm in Central PA sells some of the best Fraser¬†fir trees available. They’ve been in business since 1981, and they have created some of the best memories for families. Larry was a Professor of Ornamental Horticulture for 30 years, where he conducted research and educational programs for tree growers. This makes him particularly special and knowledgeable about growing trees. Doug Banker has been working with the farm for 20 years, making him an expert on which trees are the best. Their staff is highly educated and they are going to give you the best possible tree this year. Each one is inspected before it is cut down, checking to make sure that even if you are among the early birds, you will be able to keep it up through the new year. 2.¬†Tannenbaum Farms Locally owned and operated, Tannenbaum Farms is a tree farm that generations have been going to for over 40 years. They have one of the largest selections of Christmas...
9 Scary Things to Get Checked This Fall in State College

9 Scary Things to Get Checked This Fall in State College

Last month, we talked about some of the fun things that you can do to prepare for fall – things that you might not want to do, so you can hire someone else to do. This month, we’re going to cover all of the things that you should get checked, but you cannot do yourself. These are the things that require a professional eye and, possibly even more importantly, professional skills. In State College, winter comes very quickly. In fact, some parts of our service area have already received frost. This means that you need to pick up the pace on your winterizing plans. Thankfully, we’ve sought out some of the best in the local area. 1. Your Heater by JBN Mechanical When the weather gets cold, it gets really, really cold. Too many people think that because they closed the season with a heater that worked well, that it will automatically work well again. That isn’t always the case. Before it gets too cold, you will want to ensure that your furnace is in its best form for the safety and well-being of your family. JBN Mechanical is a great local company that is fully certified. They perform routine maintenance, repairs, and installations of furnaces in State College homes. They are known to respond quickly to emergency requests and they will help you get the best possible heating system in your home or business. If you are looking to become more energy efficient, they are all-stars at that as well. 2. Your Gutters by JW Gutter Pros During the fall months, especially if you don’t have a gutter...
Preparing for Autumn: 7 Companies to Reach Out to in State College

Preparing for Autumn: 7 Companies to Reach Out to in State College

Winter is coming, we are all prepared for that since the Farmer’s Almanac tells us that it will be the worst winter of all time. However, with talk of the hottest summer and the fiercest winter, fall kind of gets left behind. Still, fall is a fantastic season that is filled with so many amazing things: football, pumpkin, apple, leaves, sweaters, scarves, and decent television. Still, with back to school and yard work, we don’t often get to enjoy our autumns the way we want to. However, if you put some trust in some local companies, you might actually have the time and opportunity to build yourself a great season. 1. Gary Thull Pools We recently had a post about getting a pool installed in your yard. While having a pool is truly one of the best luxuries, closing it can be a bit of a pain. Just like Gary Thull Pools installs absolutely gorgeous pools, they also winterize them for you. Winterizing can be a bit of a struggle for many people. You have to know what chemicals to use, what steps to take, how to pull over the cover, and even what to do throughout the winter. If you’ve never closed a pool before or it never seems to work out for you, you might want to consider getting some professional help. Call them soon, because every day you stall allows more leaves to get into the pool. If you do know how to close your pool, you’ll be able to find a wide selection of choices for which chemicals to buy to complete the job as...