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Winter Care for Fountains, Birdbaths, Planters and Statuary

Cast Stone Cast Stone, or concrete, is a porous absorbent material. Unfortunately that makes it especially vulnerable to freeze/thaw cycles. The highest risk pieces are cast stone fountains and birdbaths because they are meant to hold large amounts of water, so when the water freezes and expands the pieces may develop cracks. Sometimes they are large noticeable cracks, but most commonly they are hairline cracks that won’t be seen but will weaken the piece and shorten its lifetime. To avoid this from happening you must ensure that none of the pieces are holding water before the first frost comes. That means either draining water fountains [...]

By | 2012-09-14T13:04:18+00:00 September 14th, 2012|DIY tips, Fountains and Statuary, Winter Tips|0 Comments

Getting Rid of Artillery Fungus

Here is what the spores look like on the vinyl siding:   Here is a photo of what the actual fungus that produces the black spores: The artillery fungus, or shotgun fungus, is a wood-decay fungus that likes to live on moist landscape mulch. The worst thing about this fungus is that it shoots spores up to 20 feet, which often land on siding, cars and anything else that surrounds the mulch. It seems to have become a serious problem this year for many homeowners here in Western Massachusetts. This year we've had a lot of customers come in with this problem and ask for [...]

By | 2013-10-03T10:54:59+00:00 May 25th, 2012|DIY tips, Mulch|0 Comments