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Preparing Your Lawn, Garden, Or Farm For New Sod

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preparing Your Lawn, Garden, Or Farm For New Sod

Lush green grass can make any home or property look beautiful. Laying down new sod will help promote even growth. Before you decide to install new sod for your outdoor living or farming space, there are a few things you should do to ensure that your new grass grows in a healthy and consistent way. Here are some things you can do to prepare your property for new sod so it will last and grow. Prep Steps Before the sod can be installed, you’ll need to remove all excess debris out of the area. This includes large rocks, branches, and of course, any bigger items like outdoor furniture or farming equipment. Make sure the section where the sod is to be laid will be completely cleared so you can till the ground. After everything is moved out of the way, it’s recommended that you rough till the ground to a depth of two inches. This helps create a better soil consistency for the new grass to dig its roots into. Check the grade or slope of the area to make sure it’s graded correctly. Add Topsoil Once you’ve tilled the ground, add a layer of good quality topsoil. The topsoil will help the new sod develop a strong root structure. The depth of your soil should be anywhere from four to six inches deep and should contain loamy sand, silt, clay or other soil types suited for your area. When in doubt, consult with your local gardening store professional who can help test the soil type found on your property. They can also check the soil’s pH level so you can be sure that your soil is at an optimum level. If the pH is too high, add sulfur or gypsum to the soil. If it’s too low, lime should be added to correct the pH levels. Create An Ideal Environment If you want your new sod to look luscious and healthy, add a starter fertilizer to your topsoil. This fertilizer should be high in phosphorous for the best results. Work the fertilizer deeply into your topsoil, going about three or four inches down. Once you’ve tilled and added topsoil and fertilizer, you’ll need to check the grading again to make sure it’s at the correct slope. You may need to re-grade some spots to ensure everything is even. Finally, use a roller to go over your soil for an even compaction and then water it lightly. Doing all of these things will help to ensure that your new sod has the perfect conditions to establish strong roots and produce beautiful, lush grass all year round.  Click here to learn more about this...

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4 Signs That Your Grain Pump Might Need A New Motor

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Having automatic grain handling equipment can be extremely handy when it comes to feeding your livestock and keeping your animals healthy while lightening the workload for yourself. Unfortunately, just as with anything, grain handling equipment does need repair every now and then. For example, your grain pump’s electric motor will need to be replaced every now and then. These are a few signs to look out for to determine if your grain pump motor may need to be replaced. 1. It Provides Uneven Performance If your grain pump has been offering uneven performance, such as if it has been starting and stopping at irregular times or if it does not always start or stop on its own, then the motor may be to blame. Along with checking other aspects of your system, such as the pipeline, you should also consider having the electric motor checked. 2. It’s Loud Your grain pump should be relatively quiet when it turns off and on and when it is running. If you notice a loud noise when the system automatically starts and stops, or if you hear a constant whirring or humming noise, even when the system is not distributing feed, then the motor could be in need of repair or replacement. For example, these electric motors will sometimes continue to run, even when there is not food being distributed. This can cause the motor to “burn out” from excessive wear and tear. 3. It Gets Hot to the Touch When possible, disconnect power from your grain pump so that you can carefully place your hand on top of the pump and motor. If the motor feels extremely hot, even when the system has not distributed feed in a while, then the motor could be running even when it’s not working. This can lead to the motor burning up from excessive work and from overheating. 4. It’s Distributing More Feed Than it Should Your grain pump should only distribute the amount of feed that you set for it to distribute. If the electric motor in your grain pump is working in overtime, however, then it could push more feed out of your pipelines than it is supposed to. Not only can this be an indication of an electric motor problem, but it can also be the cause of excessive and expensive feed waste. Keeping your grain pump’s motor in good condition is important for the overall health of your system. Luckily, looking for these signs can make it easy for you to check and fix your motor through a pump repair company if...

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