Somewhere in the back of your vault is a memory of being a kid in the dog days of summer, playing in the backyard and being so thirsty you’d even drink Crystal Pepsi if it was offered to you. So like most tykes your age, you walked up to the hose connected to your house, turned on the faucet and guzzled some water. That is until some evil genius of an older sibling snuck behind you and pinched the hose off, causing the water to suddenly disappear. And, like clockwork, as you peered into the nozzle wondering where the blessed hydration went, the aforementioned evil genius would unleash the hose, delivering a built-up burst of water up into your sinuses. Ah, that’s the good stuff! Well, sort of. You see most hoses made then, and some hoses made now, contain lead. And lead + drinking water really aren’t a great health combination. For your own family, we’ve found a lead-free hose – ripe for drinking from – that comes with a lot of other perks too.
Planting trees has always been a bane on my existence. I have a hard enough time remembering to feed my kid and he cries when he’s hungry. The needs of a tree are so much harder to discern. However, necessity and the fact that I got tired of throwing money in the ground have caused me to be a better arbornoer harbinger arbitrator, uh, tree-grower-person. I have planted eight trees in my life with only three surviving the year, and these are things that typically grow on their own. Although that kind of success rate would land me the three spot on the Twins, or really any team this year, in the planting world I think they’d call it genocide, or maybe “arboricide.” Luckily, the guys at This Old House have an excellent article outlining eight really simple steps, with great pointers to avoid leafy green carnage. Read More