When you need some help

I’m proud to say we have only needed to enlist professional assistance with a single endeavor.  Absolutely everything else we have done in the yard has been by us! But when it came to removing around a dozen trees that were right next to the house (and our freshly installed solar system) I didn’t trust […]

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Wood Chips

We do our best to use everything we take out of the yard.  When a downed tree is straight, without disease, it is saved for making lumber.  The “bad” or leftover bits that are larger than 4.5 inches is turned into firewood.  And the remaining branches and/or canopy is turned into wood chips. Instead of […]

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Sprucing up the yard

My parents came up for a few days to assist some landscaping design for the spring.  Coincidentally the local Gardener’s Supply had a 50-70% off sale and we decided to get waaaaaay ahead of spring.  However, spring may have gotten a lot busier, but we now have some centerpiece plants to plan around.  Both Jess […]

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A tale of two Stihls

I’m from Virginia Beach where loyalties to local manufacturers run deep.  In the Hampton Roads area we build warfare vessels (you know….the US Navy), we used to build Ford F150s, and we make Stihls.  When it came time to invest in a chainsaw this Virginia Beach boy only had 1 option. What saws? My first […]

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History of our land

The best things about Vermont is how small and friendly the population is.  Sure, the mountains, lakes, and seasons play a big part, but I really like the people.  Over the past year, we’ve had a lot of work done to the house and almost every crew contains one person who sheds more light on the […]

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The power of a box blade

If you have a gravel driveway re-leveling it is going to be a need at some point.  Yes, you can call someone but if you have a tractor or ATV-like machine why not do it yourself?  This is precisely what led me to the box blade discovery.  But it does so much more than just […]

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