Thursday, April 9, 2015

Winter Burn:


            You might be noticing a lot of brown leaves and needles on your shrubs; some more on one side than the other. What you are witnessing is Winter Burn.

            Not sure why they choose the word “burn”; maybe it was easier to comprehend than “Winter Transpiration”.

            What has happened, and is happening at the moment, is the plant’s stems and branches are asking for water, but the roots are still frozen. If you need a visual aid put a straw in a glass of water and put both in the freezer for a couple hours; take them out and try and suck out the water.

           Unfortunately, there is very little you can do now; the late fall was your window of opportunity. You can try trickling water at the base of the plant in hopes of thawing some of the ground around the roots, but it will not bring color back into what has already turned brown. But, I would not prune out the brown stuff just yet; some of the border line leaves might come back; some of the stems might sprout new leaves. So I would wait until around June; if it’s going to happen it will be by then, after that you can prune out the dead.
 

            This coming fall give all your evergreens a good long drink before you put the hoses away, it will help them during times like this.

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Resurrection Sunday!!


What an amazing Savior we have!

He had the power to cancel the whole thing, or at the very least greatly diminish His pain and suffering.

* Just a couple of comments to Pilot’s questions would have had Him released; Pilot was already desperately looking for a reason to let Him go. Herod just needed to see a little miracle.

* He could have greatly reduced the pain and agony inflicted by the Roman scourges and mockers by removing the demonic influence that had taken them over at that moment; He had done so for others so many times in the past, two thousand were sent into pigs just a few months ago.

* He could have endowed Himself with the same strength He gave Samson when he carried the city gates on his shoulders to the top of a hill; but He choose to stumble and fall under the weight of our cross.

* He could have taken the wine mixed with gall to deaden the pain; or at the very least changed it into something that tasted better; He had done that with water at a wedding just three years prior.

*He could have stopped His terrible bleeding with a word; just a touch of His robe stopped a life time of bleeding just a week ago.

*The ground could have opened up and swallowed those standing around the cross jeering and mocking like in the days of Cora, Dathan and Abirum; but He let it happen  a ways away only to let some who had died, resurrect and pave the way for a great revival fifty three days from then.

* He could have asked the Father to speak to the crowd and say to them the same thing He said when He was baptized. He could have summoned the same host of angels to give His death the same glorious end as they did in announcing His glorious birth.

* Like the song says; “He could have called ten thousand angles to destroy the world and set Him free; but He died alone for you and me”.

Blessings to you on this glorious Easter Sunday; a day that speaks “Well done my Son, Arise!”

 

            The Niemeyer’s

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Check the Sump Pump


            It is going to be as warm as they “so matter-a-factly” said last week, and this raised a warning in my mind to check the sump pump.

            Without fail, when you need it the most, that’s when it decides to give up the ghost; and to make matters worse lots of them expire during times of great demand, making them like hen’s teeth to find in the store.

            So, go down and test it; pull up on the trip switch and listen to it run. If you hear a nice hum and water is rushing up the pipe great! If it sounds like there’s a lot of grinding going on you might want to scamper down to the hardware store and pick up a new one before they’re all gone.

            If you really want to be safe, and your sump crock is big enough, you might want to consider two pumps.

            Your back up pump should be the long rod style. You can set the float ball at any height up and down this rod. Let’s say your main pump turns on when the water reaches six inches, you can then set the float ball on the long rod pump to come on if the water reaches 8 inches; so in case of the first pump’s failure the back pump will engage.

            Hopefully, the snow melt will be slow and the rain fall light. But whatever happens your sump pump will get a workout. Let’s make sure it doesn’t decide to exit this vale-of-tears when it’s needed most.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Up On The Roof Top

            With the first of many inches, the snow out there is a reminder of what’s is still to come. In years past we’ve had some significant accumulations; who knows what this year will bring, so far we are looking at some depth, and roof snow can pose a threat to the shrubbery below.  

            Three possible things loom from above:

                        -A drift can develop, hanging precariously over the eve, directly above your prize                            Azalea. A January thaw can cause this to give way with some crushing weight.

                        -You can get a little over-eager with the snow rake; carving out chunks that are too                            big and therefore doing damage to your Azalea.

                        -And you yourself, up on a ladder, doing the “orphan-maker over-reach”, using the
                          Azalea to break your fall.

            With any method you employ, be careful. We have it in our minds that snow is fluffy and light; but 100,000 of them stuck together while being dragged to the end of your roof for a free-fall has the promise of Sir Isaac Newton that a goodly amount of weight is heading your way. The Newt guy will also assure you that the little spindly Azalea bush is not going to be enough to cushion your fall from yon-dizzy heights.

            Carve out little slices; or set up a couple 4x8 sheets of 3/4” plywood hinged together to deflect it away from your bush if the situation is too weighty. We don’t need you numbered among casualties this year.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ice On The Deck


            Even though Christmas and New Year's activities are over many of us still have folks over from time to time, and many of us have elevated decks or porches to our entry door. Temperatures above 32 degrees pose no threat to life and limb. But when the mercury dips below 32 you have a potential ice rink, or at the very least a slip and slide.

            Who knows what will be falling this winter; maybe rain, maybe be snow, just as long as it isn’t Grandma.

            Being the thoughtful host you look out the window before your guests begin to leave; you notice the sidewalks and driveway look safe. The concern you had for your elderly guests melts away with the ice you didn’t see. Five minutes later and you’ve got a pile of Grandmas at the bottom of your deck steps. What happened? It looked safe out there.

            The walkways and driveway you observed through the window are situations that were affected by the ground temperature; the ground has not begun to freeze yet, and this keeps the ice from forming. Your elevated deck on the other hand does not benefit from this ground warmth, it’s surrounded by the fridge air. Not only are the top of the deck boards frozen but underneath as well. The long and short of it is, if the air is freezing, your deck is too.

            So have some salt at the ready for your guests; it’s a real bummer to enter the New Year in a cast.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Don't Dump The Tree


            If the birds to your “fly-n-dine” are less than populated, the Christmas tree you plan on setting out by the curb may just be the ticket in luring in more winged patrons.

            Birds are a nervous bunch, you never see them with their faces buried in the seeds, or just concentrating on the meal in front of them. No, they are always looking around, and quite nervously I might add. If there’s no cover to duck into at a moment’s notice they might not grace your eatery.

           This is where the “served its purpose” Christmas tree comes in. Just prop it up 10 to 15 feet from your feeder. This will give your customers a place to run to if they sense danger.


            When spring comes, then you can set it out by the curb.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Time To Plant The Potted Christmas Tree

            For those of you with potted real Christmas trees, you might want to move them out into the garage today. You might also want to bring the two buckets of dirt in where it’s warm. The days are getting colder and the ground will be freezing deeper and deeper into the ground.
 





             Let the tree sit out in the garage for about a week before planting it somewhere in the yard.

             If you didn’t dig the hole yet (this would be where the two buckets of dirt came from, from the hole you were supposed to dig when the weather was nice), now would be the time to do this; hopefully a pickaxe won’t be necessary.

            After a week, plant the tree and back fill it with the warmed up soil, watering it in as you backfill.

           If you have some bark, or can scrap some off a nearby bed, spread this underneath the tree to insulate it throughout the winter’s quick freezes and thaws.
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