Espoma Organics

Established in 1929, Espoma has pioneered the development and use of many natural and organic gardening products. Owned and managed the same family for four generations, Espoma has had one core principle throughout this time:  Develop the finest, most effective natural and organic product line for the home gardener. Espoma products must work in harmony with nature to grow beautiful lawns and gardens, while preserving natural resources. This is most important for making a greener, healthier world for future generations. Please visit the garden department at Burns Feed Store to check out this exciting new product line of organic fertilizers. Espoma and Burns Feed will help you grow that more productive garden and beautiful landscape that you desire!

Controlling Weed Grasses in Home Lawns

Weed Grasses, such as crabgrass, annual bluegrass, johnsongrass, velvet grass, and many other varieties are a significant problem in lawns in the Portland-metro area. Control or suppression of these undesirable grasses is possible with the timely application of the appropriate herbicide.

  There are two general types of weed grasses. They are either an annual variety or a perennial variety. An annual must sprout from seed each year. It sprouts, grows, produces seeds, and then dies at the end of the growing season. Perennial weed grasses sprout from seed initially, but will grow, live from year to year, producing seed each season that they are alive. This type of grass can be treated with a non-selective herbicide like Killzall, or be physically removed by hand with a shovel or another type of tool, to get rid of it. Once the perennial weed grass is removed, the area it was in will need to be reseeded.

  Annual weed grasses can be controlled with the application of pre-emergent herbicides. These products are applied to lawns before the weed seed begins to sprout. An early application, ideally in February or March, is necessary for good control. Pre-emergents  kill the seed as it germinates, preventing the weed grass from ever getting established in the existing lawn.

  Burns Feed Store carries several products with pre-emergents that are labeled for use in home lawns. They are:

  • Hi-Yield Turf, Ornamental, Weed and Grass Stopper, 10 lb. This bag will cover up to 5000 sq. ft. of lawn area. An advantage to using this product is that it can bee applied to both lawns AND flower bed areas. It controls a wide variety of weeds and weed grasses.
  • Bonide Weed Beater Complete, 10 lb. This product will cover up to 5000 sq. ft. of lawn. It is both a pre- and post-emergent herbicide. It prevents weed and weed grass seed from germinating AND can also kill a wide variety of existing broadleaf weeds in the lawn.
  • Bonide Crabgrass Preventer with slow-release nitrogen for lawn, 16 lb. Covers up to 5000 sq. ft. of lawn. This product contains a spring fertilizer in addition to the pre-emergent that controls crabgrass, weeds, and many other weed grasses.
  • Ferti-Lome Crabgrass Preventer plus Lawn Food 20 lb. This item has the same weed preventer as the Hi-Yield product mentioned above with the added benefit of a spring fertilizer being applied along with the pre-emergent.

 

 

Each of the products above should have a follow up application applied 8 weeks after the first treatment. A fall application is necessary in late September or early October to prevent any winter germination of weed grass. Come by Burns Feed Store and pick up a bag or two of any one of the products mentioned, if weed grasses are a persistent problem in your lawn. We can help you choose the right product for your lawn and get those problem weed grasses stopped!

New Brand of Premium Garden Hose Available

The Flexilla brand of premium “SwivelGrip” garden hose, from Legacy Manuf. Co., is available in the Burns Feed Store Garden dept. This hose has a 5/8” diameter and comes in lengths of 10’, 25’, 50’, and 100’. The exclusive “SwivelGrip” action allows the hose to rotate inside the grip, naturally releasing coils, making hose connections easier. Flexilla hose offers extreme all-weather flexibility, is lightweight, easy to handle, provides tight leak free connections, and won’t kink under pressure. Flexilla SwivelGrip hoses come with a limited lifetime warranty.

Gate Maintenance

Gate and System Maintenance

These guidelines are meant to be general in nature and specific needs will vary based on your environment.

Getting Started:

  • Adjust the gate hinges to make sure the gate swings level, plumb and freely throughout the full opening and closing range of motion. Level is horizontal and plumb vertical. Plumb refers to something being straight up and down. The gate post(s) needs to be plumb and hinges need to be aligned vertically. When a gate/post is not plumb it may surge/hesitate in a particular direction of its travel and possibly not function.
  • Clean your gate with a mild cleaner, a rag, a soft brush, and a water hose to remove dirt and dust.
  • Do any rust removal and touch up painting, that you might deem necessary.

The Gate:

Keeping your gates swinging easily and freely is very important so that your gate opener system continues to work correctly. If your ball-bearing/bearing type gate hinges are binding, out of grease, or have become difficult to move, your gate opener system may treat this as an obstruction. If it seems to be associated in some way with the temperature the problem can likely be resolved by lubricating your gate hinges. If the hinges are worn or damaged replace them.

We suggest removing the pin from the front of the operator and working the grease into the gate hinges as much as possible. Use a grease suited for the temperature range in your location. Lithium-based grease tends to work well in many applications. Don’t forget to put the front clevis pin back into the front of the operator when you have finished greasing the hinges.

 

Lubricate The Operator Arm

Using a silicone spray, you can maintain/clean the silver aluminum push-pull tube (with the operator arm extended and the system turned off) , spray a clean cloth with the silicone and wipe the extended push-pull of the operator arm. Cleaning this part of the arm helps remove any dirt and debris that has accumulated over time and can help reduce premature wear and noise on the internal parts of the operator arm.

Check The System Batteries

As a battery ages its ability to work becomes reduced. A good rule of thumb would be to inspect the battery(s) each fall.

  • Clean any corrosion from the battery terminals and connectors. A wire brush the size of a toothbrush is a handy tool for this job. Brush it lightly until any corrosion is removed. Most automotive part stores also have some type of anti-corrosion product that can be added to your system for additional protection.
  • Check all battery and battery harness connections to ensure none of the connections are loose.
  • The batteries can be loaded tested as well
    • Disconnect the charging source. (solar panel or transformer connections)
    • Measure battery voltage.
      • a. If you have two batteries, check them individually.
      • b. If the voltage(s) is above 12 Vdc, proceed with the load test.
      • c. If the voltage(s) is below 12 Vdc, charge the batteries externally before proceeding. At no greater than 2 amps.
    • The load test will only be conducted on one battery at a time. Measure the voltage prior to operation. Activate the unit while continuing to monitor the voltage. The voltage should drop less than .5 volt during the cycle.
    • Repeat for 4 more half cycles (open or close) pausing for approximately 10 seconds in between activations. The voltage should drop less than .5 volt during these movements.
    • If the voltage drops are greater than .5 a volt the battery/batteries should be replaced.

Solar Installations

  • Use glass cleaner: Clean the glass on your solar panel to remove any algae, mold, mildew, or dirt that may have accumulated throughout the year. Keeping your solar panel glass clean helps to maximize the potential charging ability of the panel which is more important during the winter months as the number of hours of unobstructed sunlight hitting the panel decreases. Move/relocate panel if needed.
  • Using the screwdriver provided with your kit, tighten any of the wiring terminal connections that are loose.

E-Z Haul Carts

The perfect balance of an E-Z Haul Cart will get the job done with less effort.

These carts are built to last! They are made with the most durable components to handle big loads, regardless of cart size.

The E-Z Haul Cart is available in three sizes with load ratings from 250 to 600 pounds.

Sizes available at Burns Feed Store are:
5 1/2Cu.Ft. Garden Cart
8Cu.Ft. Utility Cart
11 1/2Cu.Ft. Jumbo Cart

Since 1986, the E-Z Haul cart has been manufactured in the United States, to provide cost effective service for new products and replacement parts. We carry a full line of replacement parts if you need to spruce up your old cart!

E-Z Haul Carts are Affordable, Durable and Versatile!