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Tips to Help Birds Survive the Winter

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Tips to Help Birds Survive the Winter Winters in the Chesapeake region are unpredictable for certain. Heavy wind and rain, sleet and snow, coupled with fluctuating temperatures create challenging outdoor living conditions, especially for non-migratory birds. While birds are very well equipped to survive on their own, studies have shown that birds with access to bird feeders and birdhouses survive at a higher rate. Additionally, ornithologists have suggested that amateur bird-watching and feeding is a beneficial hobby for humans as well. Here are some tips to help birds survive the winter. Ensure Seed is Accessible and Dry If the food in the feeder becomes soggy and wet, it will sprout or even become moldy. This could make birds sick. Choose hopper and tube feeders to protect seed from wet weather. Make sure you sweep snow off of platform feeders. You can even clear a space on the ground and scatter

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The Importance of Fall Lawn Care

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The Importance of Fall Lawn Care The early fall brings beautiful weather. With the cooler days and lower humidity, it is the ideal time to get outside. Why not take advantage and spend some of that time preparing your lawn for next spring? With a little bit of effort, you will ensure your yard will weather through winter only to recover beautifully in the spring. You may think your yard needs less attention in the fall, but during this time of year, grasses are busily storing energy moisture and nutrients in preparation for the colder months ahead. These fall lawn care tips show how easy it can be to maintain your lush green lawn no matter what “Ole Man Winter” throws at it. Keep Mowing Grass continues to grow up until the first hard frost. If you let it get too high, it could mat and become vulnerable to fungi,

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11 Ways to Prepare Your Perfect Summertime Backyard

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11 Ways to Prepare Your Perfect Summertime Backyard Sneade’s Ace Home Center is the place for all of your summer fun needs. The outdoor entertaining season is upon us. Every summer, folks head out into the backyard for a variety of fun reasons. Well, we’ve got some inventive ways to dress up your backyard. The best news? They work on just about any budget. With a little creativity, you could have the best backyard on the block this summer. Here are 11 ways to prepare your perfect summertime backyard. Now, let’s get ready for the best season yet! 1. Kiddie Pool Fun Kiddie pools are not just for the kiddos! You can use these little wading pools in a variety of ways. Fill it with sand for an inexpensive sandbox. Throw in your favorite beverages and ice for a fun way to serve chilled drinks. Keep your cold foods cold

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How to Treat Common Lawn Pests

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Keep the Bugs Away This Season When your lawn is thick and green, it’s nothing short of a masterpiece. It can be the most inviting aspect of your home and serves as a welcome beacon to guests. However, when your grass is riddled with brown patches due to a pest invasion, it’s enough to make any homeowner cringe. Do you find yourself looking at your turf and wondering what is ravaging your yard? How can you treat common lawn pests? It’s easier than you think, once you know the cause. The Culprits Grubs Probably the most damage causing of all the pests, Grubs are the larvae of a wide variety of beetles, including the Japanese beetle. Throughout the summer and early fall, these critters will chomp away below the soil surface at the turf roots. Chinch Bugs Present in virtually the entire country, Chinch Bugs are sap-sucking insects. They feed

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Get Grilling at Sneade’s Ace

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Looking to upgrade your backyard cooking set up this summer? Or, are you interested in experimenting with alternate outdoor cooking methods? With so many grill choices out there it can be tough choosing which is best and why. Well, Sneade’s Ace Home Center wants to share a little about the best grills and cooking methods. Here is some helpful info to help you decide for yourself! Gas Grills Folks love the spontaneity of cooking on propane gas grills. They are ready for cooking basically at the push of a button. Whether the kids are hungry for burgers and dogs, or friends drop by for an impromptu gathering, you’ve got it covered! Plus, there is no end to the healthful cooking benefits that gas grills offer. According to Weber Grills, a proven leader in this field, “Grilling is more than what sears on the grate. It’s the experiences lived, memories created, and

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The Yeti Hopper Two

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The absolute standard in soft-sided coolers, The Hopper Two focuses on usability and updates based on feedback and field testing the original Yeti Hopper. Well thought out updates make the Yeti Hopper Two stand out among competing brands. Big Enhancements Include; Reshaped Body:  The Yeti Hopper Two has a new ergonomic tapered top.  This makes long hauls much more comfortable as this cooler fits much better under the arm. New Design: With the reshape of the cooler’s body, Yeti thoughtfully re-positioned the opening and zipper of the Hopper Two.  This allows for a much larger opening, allowing easier access to the contents. ColdCell Insulation: This state of the art insulation continues to keep Yeti’s promise of “ice for days”. DryHide Shell: This material is made for the wild.  Extremely durable, waterproof, and WILL NOT LEAK. Additional Features Include; Hydrolok Zipper: State-of-the-art design, combined with toughness. Perfect fit for Yeti’s waterproof, leak-proof

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The New Weber Genesis II

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Introducing the Weber Genesis II® and Genesis II LX® Grills The Weber Genesis II has arrived.  This will be the biggest upgrade to the line since the late 1980’s.  The new Genesis II will come in 4 sizes and 2 classes, regular and LX. You will be able to choose from 2, 3, 4 or 6 burners with each grill wider than the next.  In this 2017 model Weber brings back the open cabinet design which was previously discontinued in 2003. The LX version does pack a few more features including enclosed cabinet doors, a side burner stainless steel rod cooking grates, an electric LP tank meter, front mounted hook, a handle light and stainless steel flavorizer bars Your first impression will be WOW!  When you open the lid you get a feeling of a more spacious cooking area.  The lid design is also more streamlined and lesser in height giving the

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