Here it is the middle of October already. Where has the year gone? Yes, it is time to start shutting down your irrigation system. In the Kansas City area it is truly needed to get all the water out of the pipes in your system. We are scheduling winterizations now. You really never know now days on when mother nature is going to switch to below freezing temps. Please don't be the person that wait till the last minute. Call our office now and get your winterization scheduled.
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Monday, September 3, 2012 is Labor Day, in the U.S. The holiday will be celebrated by families around the country with picnics, barbecues, road trips, and sports events. It is the last blast of the summer vacation season. Labor Day now is a federal holiday and most Government offices, schools, and, businesses are closed. Here are 10 Labor Day Facts.
1. Labor Day in Canada began in 1872 in Toronto but quickly made its way south to the U.S. Originally it began as a significant demonstration demanding rights for workers.
2. The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union. The Labor Day parade of about 10,000 workers took unpaid leave and marched from City Hall past Union Square uptown to 42nd street, and ended in Wendel’s Elm Park at 92nd Street and 9th Avenue for a concert, speeches, and a picnic.
3. Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday in 1887.
4. On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
5. What are we celebrating? The contributions and achievements of the 155 million men and women who are in the U.S. workforce.
6. In the late 1800s the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks to eke out a basic living. Children as young as 5-6 years old worked in factories and mines.
7. The year in which the 8-hour day was firmly established was 1916 with the passage of the Adamson Act. This was the first federal law regulating hours of workers in private companies.
8. Traditionally people did not wear white or seersucker clothes after Labor Day as it unofficially marked the end of summer.
9. The football season starts on or around Labor Day and many teams play their first game of the year during Labor Day weekend.
10. Labor Day is viewed as the unofficial last day of vacation before the start of the new school year (and mourned by students all over). Stated differently, it is the Back-to-School kickoff (cheered by parents all over!).
So take some time during this last summer hurrah to relax, enjoy the family, and enjoy the end of summer!
– Steve Odland
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Every gardener, and even people that do not consider themselves gardeners, have a garage full of tools. These tools will range from the neatly organized to those strung about.
Whether you are orderly or haphazard with tool storage, there are a few practices that will help prolong their life. Tools are an expensive investment and extending their life is of great value while the few minutes it takes to clean and repair them will delay costly replacements.
The most important step to cleaning the tools for winter is to remove the dirt that adheres to the metal surfaces. Wash heavy soil from the surface or use an old wire brush to knock off the soil.
Once cleaned, the metal surface can be lightly oiled to prevent rusting and breakdown of the blade or point. The easiest way to prevent rusting is to lightly coat the surface with oil such as the easy-to-use spray like WD-40 or another oil.
Before oiling, sharpening the blades or points is also a good idea. This is a practice that can be done at home with a file or many hardware stores offer a sharpening service for a small fee. Often we neglect the importance of a sharp point or blade on a hoe or shovel. The sharp edge makes the job easier and more efficient. Doing this in the fall while it is fresh in your mind gets it done before the spring rush.
In addition to cleaning the metal surfaces, the wooden handles of the tools should be cleaned and prepared. Handles that are broken or split should be replaced, as they are an accident waiting to happen.
Handles that have become rough over the season can be sanded and sealed. Once sanded smooth, wipe them down with wood oil. In some cases, they can also be painted. Some gardeners paint the handles of shovels, rakes, and hoes with a bright color so they are easy to see lying around in the garden.
Storage of these hand tools over the winter should be in a dry location. For most, that means in the garage that is piled high with all types of stuff. There are several inexpensive racks that can be purchased. These are handy for either the pile-it-higher-and-deeper personalities or the neat-as-a-pin types.