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September 2016

How to Start a Compost Pile

Creating your own compost pile is a great way to add nutrients and helpful microorganisms to your soil, save money, and recycle waste. Composting is a great way to substitute fertilizer use, which is good not only for the environment but also for your wallet. September and October are the perfect months to start your compost pile; leaves are falling, garden vegetables are dying, and the holidays are about to provide us with more kitchen waste than we know what to do with. If correctly composted, you can use this material in the spring to fertilize your lawn and garden.

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How to Pick a Chainsaw

Winter’s coming up fast! For those of you in the Northern US, that might mean it’s time to start stacking your firewood. Is this your first time chopping wood for the winter? Are you planning on using an ax or manual saw? You might want to consider buying a chainsaw. We know purchasing your first chainsaw is an intimidating task. There are different kinds and each has a variety of sizes and styles. Here’s some tips you should read if you’re considering buying a chainsaw.

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Duck Hunting for Beginners

Duck/waterfowl, season is coming up! If this is your first season, you’ll want to get prepared soon as possible. Since the dates vary depending on your state, check out this website to find your state’s season. Just like with any hunting sport, having more practice and knowledge will make you a better hunter. Three things you should know before you hit up your hunting spot: guns, clothing, and technique.

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Fall Lawn Care for Southern States

We already posted an article about preparing lawns in Northern climates for fall, but that doesn’t really help out folks in Southern states like Arizona and Nevada. Lawns in states like Idaho and northern Utah consist mainly of Kentucky bluegrass, perennial rye grass, etc. while Nevada and Arizona mainly use Bermuda grass. Northern grasses handle cooler temperatures well while Southern states have lawns designed to withstand the heat. If you live in Arizona or Nevada or have a Bermuda grass lawn, here’s what you should be doing in September and October to get ready for fall.

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Father Son Outing #CALculture Style

Check Out Our Latest #CALculture Video!

Our latest #CALculture video comes straight from the heart of some of the men-folk here at CAL Ranch Stores.   Many of us have fond memories of camping with our dads and spending time outdoors fishing, cooking out and have fun with dad.  So with that in mind, please take a look at our latest #CALculture video entitled “Father-Son Outing #CALculture Style.”

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Preparing Your Lawn for Fall

For Northern States

The key to having a healthy, green summer lawn is to start prepping it in the fall. There are several things you should do as the summer winds down to prepare your soil and grass for winter. Caring for your lawn properly in the cooler autumn months can prevent weed growth and help you achieve a lush, green lawn the following spring.

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New Idaho Gun Concealment Law

As of July 1, 2016, residents of Idaho 21 and older are able to carry a concealed gun inside city limits without a permit. Before the ruling residents had to pass a series of tests to carry a hand gun. Idaho is just one of eight states to not enforce permits. Even without requiring a permit, not everyone can legally carry a gun.

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Camping Out #CALCulture Style

Camping season’s not over yet — the nights might be getting a little cooler, but that just means less bugs to bother you! We love camping and everything that goes with it — the tents, the sleeping bags, sitting by a fire in a camp chair, a cool Frostop root beer in the cup holder, maybe even a fishing pole in your hand or the morning’s catch firing up on the grill. We love camping just as much as we love…well…C-A-L Ranch! And you can see why in our new video, Camping Out #CALCulture Style.

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Raising Backyard Goats

Goats can provide milk and meat for the whole family. You can also use their fur to spin your own yarn or sell the fibers to companies who would do the same. You can also leash-train your goat so you can take them along on hikes and use them as pack animals. Raising goats can also help teach kids responsibility. There’s plenty of benefits to raising your own goats, whether you do it for their milk, meat, or weed-removing abilities. Here’s some topics to think about if you’re considering goat raising.

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