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HDA Voted Chapin Supplier of the Year for 2022!

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How to Treat Weeds in Artificial Grass and Pavers

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How to Treat Weeds in Artificial Grass and Pavers

Weeds are a bane for any type of lawn, with their ability to overtake the planned landscaping a true nightmare for homeowners. Unfortunately for those homeowners choosing artificial grass or other types of pavers for landscaping, going artificial does not completely eliminate a weed infestation. While weeds may not grow as readily in artificial landscaping as they do in natural gardens, they are remarkably adaptable and tend to find a way to infiltrate no matter what type of landscaping method you choose. To help you curb weed growth, keep reading for 4 pro tips on how to treat weeds in...

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Everything You Need to Know To Prepare For a Harsh Winter by Stephanie Rogers

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Everything You Need to Know To Prepare For a Harsh Winter by Stephanie Rogers

With autumn officially here, the first big snowstorm of the season is capable of arriving at a moment’s notice. As such, there is no better way to spend your dwindling days of beautiful weather than to prepare your home for the impending winter. From weatherproofing surfaces to checking the quality of your building envelope, there are a number of steps that can protect your home from the elements. Keep reading to discover several pro tips for preparing your home for a harsh winter.   Have the Necessary Tools Readily Available The best preparation any homeowner can make to survive winter...

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Top 3 Summer Insects to Control

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Top 3 Summer Insects to Control

Other than being creepy, crawling, icky and scary what do you know about insects?   What might seem like a page from a Stephen King novel, the Smithsonian Institute’s Department of Entomology’s, Terry Erwin, discovered there are some 10 quintillion (that’s with 19 zeros) individual insects alive on the earth. But don’t get worried because there’s only 91,000 species in the U.S. (butterflies number in at 750 species but they’re so cute I’m not sure we should count them). Okay, back to reality there are 300 pounds of insects for every pound of human so easy on those Big Macs. Some...

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How to Know When to use Organic, Natural or Chemicals In and Around the House

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How to Know When to use Organic, Natural or Chemicals In and Around the House

  When I was a kid during Saturday lawn chores you’d hear my dad yell “Get me the Chlordane,” or “Someone didn’t put the “Paraquat away,” and “Go to the hardware store and buy some sodium methyldithiocarbamate (actually he said Vapam).” These are either hardcore insect sprays, weed killers and soil fumigants that have been taken off the market for years. And, let’s not forget the neighbors used to lend this stuff to each other over the fence while eating a sandwich. Today it’s a different story. Insecticides, herbicides, rodenticides, molluscicides and all the “cides” are ever changing in this...

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