Benefits of Long Leaf Pine Needles in your landscaping: It offers the ideal level of level of acidity for your plants to take in optimum soil nutrients It doesn’t float and clean away and breaks down more gradually, so it doesn’t require to be reapplied as frequently as other mulches It is much easier to deal with and lighter per cubic foot than other mulches: one large bale can cover as much location as 30 cubic feet of many mulches the cost per square foot is competitive with other mulches It breathes much better, does not compact, and allows for better water seepage It is easy to use: just unroll the bales and scatter by hand It doesn’t attract termites It adds natural product and nutrients to soil and decreases weeds The uniform color and great texture of pine straw draws out the color, contrast, and texture of your landscape You can utilize it for erosion control where yard won’t grow to hold soil, even on hillsides and courses

 Frequently Asked Questions

What Bedding Do You Prefer?
 What Bedding Do You Prefer For Your Horses? I Am Thinking About Straw Because I Have Easy Access To It. What Are The Ups And Downs Of Using Straw As Bedding? Thanks In Advance!

Personally, I HATE straw. Its hard to clean with saving any bedding (basically have to strip the stall). All the horses of mine that have been in straw try to eat it which is dangerous! It can cause them to choke. So, you may see it as cost efficent now…but not when your having to strip the stall or pay for vet bills.

 As for how many bales, it depends on the size of the bales, a few should do…..but I still wouldnt use straw unless it was all I had left.

 My project pony that i’m training right now has to stay in the stall at night, and she poops and pees like noones business, from 10pm til 8am she stays in the stall and fills a big wheelbarrow by herself. She also scatters and hides her droppings and urinates in random spots (just where ever she happens to be standing I guess). I’ve tried all sorts of bedding.
 -Pellets:One of my favorite is made by southern states, and is a pelleted bedding that you dampen and it expands, pretty cool. It is also pretty dust free and very fine so very easy to clean and highly absorbant. The downfall is that it is $6 something a bag and it takes around 6 bags + to start a stall, plus adding to it once a week (you toss the undamped pellets where they go to the bathroom).
 -Shavings: Pine shavings are what I tend to fall on when I don’t have enough money or time to go get something better. They are fluffy, I go through 1 bag maybe once a week when I have the stall strictly shavings. They are decently absorbant and make a nice soft bedding for your horse. Where I am its only $4.7ish a bag
 -Sawdust: This is by far what I think is the best. It is small so that it filters out when cleaning very easy (takes less time to clean), it is absorbant, and it is cheap where I am, only $15 a truck load. The only downfall, is old sawdust gets dusty, we have it in the barn aisle and just hose it down when it gets bad or bring in a new load and cover it up.
 -Something New: Now, my pony is a messy girl with her stall, and it was getting to the point where i was taking out a 1/4th of the stall everyday, which is ridiculous (this was with shavings btw). I was also going thru lime because of all the pee spots that smelled so bad. So, what I currently have and love is a combination of shavings (soon to be sawdust) and kitty litter. I buy the cheap wal-mart cat litter, around 6 bags covers the whole stall very nice (10x12), although I have just been putting in 4 bags and using the other 2 as extra, It is super absorbant, so when she urinates, it doesnt spread like it would have to with other bedding, it stops any bad odors, It is easy to clean, and it is CHEAP, $2.54 for a 25lb bag. Every week and a 1/2–2weeks I go in and strip out all the wet litter that might have been missed and then add 2 or so bags plus new shavings/sawdust. I add extra to the spots i know she is prone to go the most in. I would not just do straight cat litter, mine is under 3 bags of shavings plus old sawdust.
 There are of course conserns with disposal, so it depends on the litter and how your suppose to get rid of it.

 Best of luck!

Rabbits! Please Help Me!
 Hi Every One! Im Getting A 9 And A Half Week Old Dutch Next Week And Im Not Totaly Sure What To Do With It.Could You Please Give Website And Toys And Pics And Names And Basically Everything You Know About Them. Thanks In Advance!

ok i’ll tell you the same thing i told another person……

 1. CAGE: cage has to be big, a solid floor is fine and not too difficult to clean. Many cages meant for rabbits are still made with wire floors over pull out pans, designed to make cleaning easier. Wire floors are uncomfortable to a rabbit and can cause sores on their hocks!If you get a wire cage make sure the bottom is covered with a piece of wood, or grass or sisal mats (grass mats are are nice to have in solid floored cages too, to vary the surface and provide traction).

 The door to the cage should be about large enough to get a litter pan (and rabbit) through easily. A side door is probably best, as a top-opening cage makes getting the rabbit in and out a little harder. The opening should have smooth edges, or plastic guard strips over the edges of the wires.

 2.BEDDING: cedar and pine shavings should be avoided due to concerns over the aromatic oils they release. Use hardwood shavings such as aspen. Straw or hay is a good bedding material for rabbits.

 3. CARING FOR: they need a great deal of interaction with their owners and/or other rabbits to be happy. Daily playtime and exercise outside of their cage is necessary. Rabbits like to be near people, but they often would rather not be held.

 4.FOOD: Rabbit pellets alone are not a sufficient diet — they need lots of good quality hay and a variety of fresh vegetables.
 (lettuce,carrots,etc.) When buying pellets from your local store, be sure to buy fresh pellets. Rabbit pellets should be stored in the refrigerator, and any food that will not be used within 2 months should be frozen for later use.

 5. OTHER: Rabbit pee can have a awful smell, so change their litter box(cage) frequently (spaying and neutering can help reduce the smell. In addition their pee is high in calcium so it will leave a chalky residue when it dries that can be hard to clean up (vinegar works pretty good for this).

 6. CLEANING THE CAGE: Remove any uneaten fresh foods (greens, veggies etc.) from the cage daily ( mornings and nights are the best).

 Remove hay from the floor of the cage — if you don’t use a hay rack, at least remove any hay that is wet or nasty.

 Wash out the food bowls, and wash and refill the water bottle.

 7. CLEANING CAGE WEEKLY: Remove all accessories from the cage.

 Remove all bedding from the cage.

 Wipe down the cage well with hot water (use vinegar to remove any pee spots). If you have a smaller cage, you may want to take it apart and rinse it with hot water (e.g in the tub or with a hose).

 Wash feeding dishes, the water bottle, hay rack and litter box with hot water.

 Clean any toys or furnishings that have become soiled.

 **It is a good idea to periodically disinfect your cage, but any disinfectant needs to be rinsed really well and isn’t a good option for wood cages (which can soak up the chemicals) or cages that aren’t easily moved to a place where they can be hosed off. A bleach solution (one part bleach to ten parts water) can be used to disinfect the cage, but make sure to rinse extremely well. **

 8. WATER: Rabbits should have water made available to them at all times, especially during the summer months. A hanging drops-style water dispenser is a great solution for keeping water from spilling and keeping it free of contaminants. The water dispenser should be refilled with fresh water every two days and should be cleaned and rinsed every time it is refilled.

 9.NAILS: Rabbit nails should be trimmed every two weeks. To trim your rabbit’s nails, use cat clippers and cut the sharp ends off of the nails. Be careful not to cut too deeply or it will bleed. Rabbits should never be declawed ( rabbits need their nails for climbing, walking and escaping predators.)

 10.CLEANING EARS: Rabbit ears should be checked daily for wax clogs or mites and cleaned every two weeks. Any black discharge or soreness in the ear could indicate mites or other infections that require the attention of a vet. To clean your rabbit’s ears, use a soft cotton-tipped swab to clean all the visible areas of the ear ** NEVER** insert the swab into the ear canal or in anywhere that you cannot see. Gently rub the swab to remove any wax or dirt that may have collected in the ear.

 11.BATHING:Rabbits are normally not bathed. Because bathing can cause extreme stress and because rabbits do not dry out quickly, bathing can cause rabbits to experience stress, chills and may induce shock. If your rabbit is diagnosed with fleas, check with your vet on the best way to treat the fleas. If your rabbit is ever completely soaked with water, dry the rabbit as best you can with a towel and immediately move them to a warm, dry location (in the sun)

 Anything else just ask!
 Good Luck with your rabbit!! =)

Plans On How Make A Manual Pine Straw Baler?

go to the website below. It is a pdf file so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it. At the bottom of the document is where you’ll find how to make one

How To Re-Invent Our German Club?
 So My High School’S German Club Has Never Really Been The Most Popular Nor Successful Club My School Has Ever Seen. It Was Mainly Due To The Past Officers, And Their Lack Of Organization And Reliability. Well, This Year I’M The President, And I’M Trying To Revamp Deutsch Klub! I Have A Few Ideas: Oktoberfest, Going To A Very Authentic Bier Stube, Going To A Local Fondue Place (It’S Swiss, And They Speak German There!), Taking Some Trips To Chicago For The Xmas German Market, And Many More. So If Anyone Out There Has Any Expericance In German Club, Or Any Club For That Matter, Or If You’Re Just A Creative Person, Please Let Me Know If You Have Any Ideas For Different Activities Or Fundraisers We Could Do To Put Our School’S German Club Back On Our Map! Thanks For Your Help!

You could do your own Christmas market with authentic home-made German Christmas biscuits (and Lebkuchen)
 also tree decorations like straw stars or gilded walnuts and pine cones.http://www.floristik-geschenke-bastel-sh...
 Other things you can buy at a German Christmas market are home-made jams and preserves, herb-flavoured oils and vinegars, woolen scarfs, mittens/gloves and hats. If you start now, you’ll have plenty of time till Christmas
 Maybe a Christmas play in German, to charge a small entrance fee if that’s alright with the people of other faiths. Here’s a collection of texts for different age groups:

Cardboard Animal (Horse) Bedding?
 Does Anyone Know Where (Corrugated) Cardboard Horse Bedding Is Sold In The New York Area?

why would you want to use cardboard? Is it at least pelleted like newspaper/pine..if not then stay away from it ..seems like a big mess.


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