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Get Green Grass & Lively Mulch This Spring!

The Grass is greener - Bare Ground

It’s spring, and while baby daffodils are poking through the thawing ground, and leaves are beginning to bud, the grass and mulch are looking a little drab. This is the time of year where color starts to appear everywhere…what about our landscaping??? It’s so expensive to maintain fresh mulch…or is it?

Did you know that you can color your grass and mulch???

Yes. You. Can.

Mulch and Grass colorant by Just Scentsational by Bare Ground is a super concentrated, environmentally friendly, fast drying colorant that can be applied to faded mulch and dried out grass to return its vibrant color!

Magnificent Mulch

Mulch is a staple in most landscapes, and its beauty and freshness comes at a cost. Available in red, black, and brown colors, the colorant can help reduce yearly landscaping costs by refreshing the appearance of any type of mulch and pine straw. Just spray directly on site and enjoy the look of fresh mulch – without the smell or work of spreading it right off the truck!

Green Grass

This water based, durable, safe and easy to use turf dye will turn your dormant grass back to a lush green color immediately! No more waiting for June! Used often on golf courses and other athletic fields, the grass colorant is perfect for helping trouble spots on your lawn fit in while you add seed and strengthen the area. The colorant will not flake, but rather come off as grass becomes healthy, grows, and is mowed normally.

Both colorants are the perfect speedy solution to sprucing up your property for special events, or just to enhance your already beautiful landscaping!

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Help Me Grow: The Benefits of Fish Fertilizer

Help me grow

Do you have a hard time getting things to grow? Are you like our friend here, who just can’t seem to succeed growing fruits, vegetables, and the like? Fear not…there’s hope, even for Maura.

If you’re worried about chemicals in your soil, and therefore your food, you should watch.

If you can’t figure out which fertilizer in the store is the “right” one to get, you should watch.

If you just can’t seem to get anything to grow to save your life, you should definitely watch!

Fish Fertilizer

Who knew there was so much to learn about fertilizer, including the fact that it can be made from fish? Yes, FISH! The Native Americans actually used fish, the whole fish, when growing food because of the impact the nutrients had on the soil. Today, our Trident’s Pride line of fish fertilizer is made from sustainable, locally grown, clean and consumable rainbow trout that is ground up to naturally break down into amino acids. These aminos acids are what help plants absorb and retain nutrients more efficiently, and also increase the amount of other vitamins and minerals beneficial to growth.

Why Fish?

If you’re like us, you try to steer away from using chemicals in your daily life whenever possible. Especially when it comes to the food you’re going to eventually eat! Using chemicals in our fertilizers has numerous side effects and unintended consequences, including hardened soil, decreased soil fertility, and soil, air, and water pollution to name a few. And who really wants to ingest extra chemicals???

What is NPK?

You’ve decided that fish fertilizer is the way to go, and you’re now standing in the fertilizer aisle, totally confused by all the letters and numbers in front of you. I mean, you really just want to grow something. How hard can it be?

This NPK you are seeing is actually a really helpful ratio. This represents the micro-nutrients Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium used by plants. Basically, the higher the number, the higher the concentration. This number will help you determine how much you need to use based on the amount of soil, and the kind of plant you’re growing. Nitrogen helps the growth of leaves, Phosphorus helps root growth and flower and fruit development, and Potassium helps the plant’s overall function. All pretty important for success!

Great! So, how do I use it?

Fish fertilizer can be used in liquid or granular form – depending on what you need! It’s easy, and most importantly, it doesn’t make your veggies taste like fish!

There’s a lot to know about growing…

Still have questions about fish fertilizer? Let us know in the comments!

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Winning in a Winter Wonderland: Liquid or Granular Ice Melt

Winning in a winter wonderland_ Liquid or Granular

Welcome to the second post in our “Winning in a Winter Wonderland!” blog series! Bare Ground knows its important to understand the various ways to beat ice and snow – what products to use, when to use them, how to apply them, and so on. With all this information at your fingertips on granular ice melt and liquid ice melt, winter will have nothing on you!

In the first post of the series, we talked about MagPlus, Bare Ground’s liquid magnesium chloride ice melt. It’s a USDA BioPreferred product, and one of our favorites – especially for households with pets! However, you may notice that when you’re out in the stores, one of the most common forms of ice melt is actually granular. So…how do you know which one you should be using? Should you be using both?

There are clear benefits to both liquid and granular ice melt. Both will effectively remove ice, but the best choice for you really depends on your needs and goals. Let’s take a look at the top 5 benefits of both forms of ice melt.

Granular Ice Melt

  1. Melts through thick ice
  2. Stays active and the granules last longer
  3. Dilutes less when the snow and ice start to melt, therefore staying more effective
  4. Easy to apply – just toss and spread
  5. Use it to melt isolated residual patches after a storm

Mag Plus Liquid Ice Melt

  1. More environmentally friendly and USDA BioPreferred
  2. Lighter in weight and easy to apply
  3. Can be used before, during, and/or after a storm
  4. Less corrosive and safer for plants, pets, and all surfaces
  5. Has a residual non-stick effect and can reduce the accumulation of snow by up to 2″

When it comes down to making your decision about which form of ice melt to use at your home or business, there are four main factors to consider. Before making your purchase and combating the snow and ice, take stock of location, duration, protection, and application.

Location
Take inventory of where ice accumulates on your property. Does it occur in concentrated areas, or is it more wide spread? Are they more thick patches or thin sheets of ice?

Duration
How long is the weather or cold snap forecasted to last? If it’s a long storm, dilution and application will be important.

Protection
What is important to protect? Do you have new brick hardscaping or gorgeous plants and shrubs to protect? Do you have furry family members with sensitive paws? If so, Bare Ground’s MagPlus Liquid Ice Melt is the better choice for you.

Application
Who will be applying the ice melt? Does the weight or method of application make a difference?

Looking at the benefits of each kind, and taking the four factors into consideration, you will be well equipped to make the best ice melt decision for your property, protecting all of the lives and landscaping you hold dear!

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Winning In a Winter Wonderland: The Many Uses of MagPlus Liquid Ice Melt

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Winter has begun across much of the United States, and as we try to clear our driveways and walkways of the beautiful yet dangerous snow and ice, there are often questions of what product to use, when to use it, how to apply it, and so on. Wouldn’t it be nice to wave a magic wand and have it just disappear??

Well… you can. But more on that later. Today we’re kicking off a multi-part series on how to beat ice and snow called “Winning in a Winter Wonderland!” We’re starting by talking about the Bare Ground’s MagPlus liquid ice melt and how it’s not just for after the storm!

A USDA BioPreferred product, MagPlus is environmentally friendly Magnesium Chloride blended with a corn-based corrosion inhibitor that is safe on all surfaces and around pets and plants, making it a popular choice for families with pets and beautiful landscapes. As a liquid ice melt, it is water soluble, and keeps melt water in a liquid state longer than granular ice melt products. In addition to its extremely effective and gentle nature compared with other products, MagPlus is also a multi-use liquid ice melt.

In the hours before a snow or ice storm begins, MagPlus can be applied to a bare surface which creates a non-stick surface. The application of the mist makes for an easier removal of ice and snow, and helps maintain safer grounds and walkways. This particular use of MagPlus is awesome in areas that remain extremely cold for long periods of time.

Once the storm begins, MagPlus can be used at any time to reduce the accumulation of the event by up to as much as 3”. The impact with this application depends on the level of humidity present in the snowfall and the ambient outdoor temperature. For example, increased water content in heavier snow can inhibit the reduction effect of MagPlus, where the coldest snowfall temperatures with very low water content in the snow will see greater reduction in accumulation. Regardless of the snow’s moisture level, if the snow storm overpowers the reduction effect, the application of MagPlus maintains it’s non-stick qualities for easier removal!

Once it has stopped snowing or depositing ice, Bare Ground MagPlus can be applied to remaining patches of snow and ice. This causes the patches to melt – even at low temperatures.

With its multi-stage use, effectiveness, and less harmful qualities, Bare Ground’s MagPlus is the clear choice for homeowners and businesses looking to protect their property, pets, and landscape when clearing snow and ice!

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Ticks: What You Need to Know

Ticks_ What You Need to Know

It’s that time of year again where ticks start to come out in full force. We’re happy that spring is FINALLY here, but the sudden onset of bites and buzzing is still a drag. We’ve been hearing for a month or so now that THIS is they year they’re going to be really, really bad.

There are some staggering statistics out there, and none of us wants to be part of those numbers, but what do we have to know to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe from tick-borne diseases?

First, let’s look at some numbers.
The majority of tick-borne illness cases come from 14 states, one of which is our home state of Massachusetts. 87,000 people EACH YEAR are diagnosed with Lyme Disease here in the Bay State. Yuck.

While both ticks and mosquitoes can irritate us and make us sick, the number of tick-related cases are much higher.

So how do we guard against these pests?
Prevention and persistence are key.

When you’re going hiking or working outside, especially in long grass, wear long pants, and tuck them into your socks. Not a great fashion statement unless you’re reliving the 80s, but effective for keeping ticks off your ankles and out of your pants. Long sleeve shirts are also important as these pests like to drop from trees, too.

Use some sort of repellent.
At Bare Ground, we believe in effective, more natural and environmentally friendly options to keep ticks, and tick carrying animals, away from your home and your garden. Predator Urines and garlic are just two methods, but really, just protect yourself.
Repellents can be applied, or even come built into clothing geared for the outdoors. Choose what’s best for you and whatever it is that you’re enjoying outside.

There are products that you can use around your home and in your garden to keep ticks, and tick carrying animals, away.  Say that we prefer a less chemical, more natural approach like garlic to repel ticks or predator scents to keep tick carrying animals away.

After you’ve been outside, always do a tick check. In fact, do one daily, especially on children. Check in places where they can hide – neck, hairline, groin, knees and elbows, and places where your clothes are tight.

And shower after being outdoors. If you shower soon enough after exposure, ticks will wash right off before they really latch on to you. Feel your skin for any bumps that don’t belong. These guys are tiny, so sometimes your eyes will miss them!

What IF you miss one?

It happens. They’re really small and they hide.

Know what to look for: fever, chills, headache, muscle aches. These 4 happen with all tick-borne illnesses. Sometimes these are also accompanied by a rash.

Whatever you do, stay vigilant this season. The ticks are here, but if you are armed with all you need to know, they won’t have any impact on your summer fun!

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Asphalt Repair: Yes, You Can DIY!

Winter is almost over and the snow is starting to melt away and we’re all looking forward to a warm spring. Have you noticed how your driveway looks after about three months of winter? Is it time for some asphalt repair?

Here are some of the problems that can arise if you have a blacktop asphalt driveway or walkway:

  • Potholes – When pieces of asphalt break off from the driveway, creating a hole. They can vary in size. This is often the result of unmaintained alligator cracks that are worsened by the winter ice.
  • Alligator and spiderweb cracks – These are small cracks that connect to resemble the scaly back of an alligator or the loops of a spider web.
  • Sinkholes and bird baths – Areas of asphalt that have sunk into the ground. This occurs when the foundation is not properly constructed. The base may be washed away after a while and when the asphalt is warmed by the sun’s heat it will form into the missing base. Smaller sink holes are called bird baths and are typically 1-2 inches deep.

To have your driveway resurfaced by a professional, can cost anywhere from $3000 to $6000. Do you really have to resurface your entire driveway to fix some cracks and potholes? No! There is a much simpler and affordable way to fix parts of your driveway that need some minor repairs.

If you only have some few cracks to fill, the BareGround One Shot Premium Asphalt Crack Filler (and Sealer) will get the job done very easily in one simple step. This ready to use filler is also a waterproof sealant which can repair and patch cracks up to 1-inch wide. This One Shot product fills and seals at the same time reducing effort, saving time AND money.

For driveways with potholes, the BareGround One Shot Asphalt Water Based Pot Hole Repair will permanently fix in a jiffy. This unique product is specially formulated to cure and harden immediately with water to form a durable asphalt pothole repair. It is also eco-friendly, VOC free and solvent-free. Besides driveways, this compound can also be used in roads or parking lots. Pour the One Shot water based pothole repair mix into the hole and add water to create a solid and long lasting fix.

Repairing your driveway shouldn’t be time consuming and costly. Simple DIY asphalt repair projects will keep your wallet happy and you will have more time for fun outdoor activities!

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Clean Up Winter Before Spring!

Spring Sidewalk

When cold temperatures linger and snow keeps coming, it can feel like winter is never going to end. As we trundle our way through the last chills of winter, we all look forward to warm, spring months where flowers start to bloom again and grasses become greener. We may even get a taste of spring as a tease before winter is really over. But, before we make our way to local nurseries to pick out some perennials or start planning our veggie gardens, there’s some post-winter cleaning to do.

After every snowfall and every ice storm you likely used a deicing product to treat your driveway and walkways. Did you know that salt and liquid deicers can leave behind efflorescence?

“Efflorescence” might sound pretty (the word means “to flower out” in French), but the reality is something much less attractive. Efflorescence is the white, powdery deposit you see coating stones, bricks and concrete. This happens when soluble salts rise to the surface of porous materials and gets left behind after water evaporates. While these coatings aren’t hazardous, they can quickly become an eyesore. What is the best way to get rid of these stubborn and unsightly stains?

BareGround’s One Shot Efflorescence Remover is our fast-acting, water-based cleaner scientifically designed to remove efflorescence from concrete and masonry. By attacking sodium chloride deposits directly, our solution makes cleaning a breeze. Best of all, a treatment of One Shot Efflorescence Remover also helps prevents efflorescence stains from recurring.

After you take care of your spring cleaning at ground level, don’t forget to clean places you don’t see as easily, like the solar panel on your roof.  While the ice and snow may melt away on its own, there will always be dirt and grime left behind which will diminish solar panel efficiency and effectiveness.  In order to maximize the impact of your solar investment, it’s essential to keep panels clean throughout the year

Our One Shot Solar Panel Cleaner washes away dirt and reduces surface tension to prevent further buildup. Specially formulated to protect and improve the efficiency of solar glass, our cleaner is:  

  • Ammonia free
  • Streak free
  • Non smearing
  • Quick drying
  • No odor or VOC’s
  • Environmentally and User friendly

Plan ahead now and soon you too can say hello to warm weather by saying goodbye to all the wintry weather mess.

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How To Stay Warm in Winter Weather

Cold weather is back again, so it’s time to take out the winter gear to stay warm and safe.

It’s easy enough to remember the basics like hats and gloves. But, did you know that there are many other ways to stay warm and toasty all winter long?

Here are great ways on how to keep yourself, your pets, and your home warm and safe during our long winter months.

 

Your Body

  • Wear three layers! First, wear an under-layer, such as a thermal shirt and leggings. Then your usual clothing acts as the middle layer. Finally, the outer layer should be a waterproof jacket (see below). This will help you stay warm without wearing bulky sweaters!
  • Waterproof outer layers are important. It’s no fun getting wet in the snow when all you want to do is enjoy the outdoor activities. A waterproof jacket will help you stay dry and therefore warm!
  • Accessorize! Keeping your head, neck and fingers warm will protect you from frostbite and other skin damage from cold temperatures. If you on’t want to wear a ski mask, you can always pull your scarf up to cover your nose and mouth.
  • Nobody wants to walk around in cold, soggy socks and boots. Keep your toes warm and dry by doubling up on your socks and wearing insulated, waterproof boots.
  • Use hand and feet warmers. These toasty packets add extra heat just by holding them in your hands, placing them in your pockets, or attaching them to your socks.
  • When in doubt, have a beverage! When the temperature outside is freezing and you’re stuck inside, stay warm by having a nice cup of tea, cocoa, or any other hot beverage of your choice! Just limit alcohol, as it can lower your body temperature!

 

Your Pets

For those of us that are pet parents, keeping our pets safe from the cold is our number one priority! 

  • Just like humans, dogs and cats are also prone to frostbite and hypothermia. Limit the time of outdoor play in extreme cold temperatures.
  • When going for walks or playing outdoors with your dog, protect their paws by putting dog boots on them. The boots will keep their paws warm and protect them from snow, ice, and even de-icing salt on the sidewalk. To see pet-friendly ice melt options, see here!
  • Put a jacket on your dog to help keep them warm, and dry, too!
  • If your dog prefers to go outside with no protective gear, then be sure to dry their paws and their body with a towel when they come back inside!          

 

Your Technology & Auto

Cellphones

  • When it is extremely cold the battery tends to drain faster than normal. Other components of a cellphone such as the LCD screen is sensitive to the cold, too. According to Apple, the lowest, optimal temperature iPhones can operate is 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Just by keeping your phone in your pocket, you can help it stay warm with your body heat. A phone case will also help it from getting too cold.
  • If the phone does shut down, give it some time to warm back up. Restarting the phone immediately will cause more damage to the battery and shorten its lifespan.
  • Always remember to keep your cellphone with you and never leave them in a place where it can get too cold- like your parked car!

 

 Warming up your car

It is always nice to step into a car that is already warm when it’s time to head out. But, how long should we be warming up our cars?  

  •  Idling for more than five minutes is a waste of fuel and environmentally unfriendly.
  • Older cars with carburetors did need more time to warm up and get going. But modern, fuel-injected cars do not need more than 1 to 2 minutes to get the oil and engine to warm up and be ready to go!

 

 Your Home 

Keeping your home warm and functioning properly is also important during cold, winter months especially when there are many days with temperatures dropping down to below zero. Here are some ways to help you keep your home warm and cozy:

  • Use a draft stopper at the base of the doors that lead to the outside. This will keep the cold air our while retaining heat inside your home.
  • If you’re into DIY projects, you can make your own by using a pool noodle: First, cut the pool noodle in half lengthwise then put the pieces in a pillowcase or other fabric of your choice. Secure the noodle and covering with a safety pin. Slide it under a door and this should stop the draft.
  • Insulate your windows with an indoor window insulator kit from your local hardware store. This clear shrink film attaches to the indoor window frame.
  • Another option to prevent window draft is using insulated curtains which are thicker, lined fabrics designed to keep the cold air out and the warm air inside.
  • Although it’s not your first thought, ceiling fans can help us stay warm too! Switch the fan to rotate clockwise in the low speed setting. Naturally, warm air rises. The fan pushes warm air back down towards the floor to help keep your room cozy.
  • According to the US Department of Energy, the ideal thermostat setting is at 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and around 66 degrees Fahrenheit at night. With a programmable thermostat, you can set your hear to come on at a pre-set schedule. This will keep your home at a comfortable temperature when you’re home but lower when you’re asleep and away.

 And most importantly…

Protect Your Pipes!

 As the temperature plummets to below zero the most common concern everyone has is their pipes freezing.

 Here are some simple ways to prevent the pipes from freezing and avoid potential damages from bursting pipes:

  • Trickle warm water from a faucet that is on the outside wall.
  • Set your thermostat at constant temperature during the day and at night.
  • Keep your cabinet doors open to help the pipes remain at room temperature.          

Whatever you do, stay safe during the cold weather!

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What's So Great About Liquid Fish?

Liquid Fish Fertilizer

Fish has been used by Native Americans as a natural source of plant nutrients for hundreds of years. The organic matter that the fish fertilizer provides breaks down and releases nutrients into the soil for plant strength and vitality, and also enhances the naturally occurring micro organisms in your soil.  This means that you don’t have to use synthetic or chemical fertilizers that are the main source of groundwater pollution, AND the fish fertilizer is safe for people and pets.

Trident’s Pride liquid fish soil enhancer by Bare Ground is a concentrated high energy soil nutrient broth that creates a superb foundation for building the best lawns, crops and gardens. We use 100% including the enzymes (this is not a scraps-only formula).

In addition to the liquid fish soil enhancer, Trident’s Pride also comes in granular form for added soil aeration, making it easy to incorporate this natural fertilizer into your planting process from the very start!

  • Helps ALL plants, flowers, grasses, trees, shrubs, and crops better assimilate soil nutrients
  • Creates beneficial microbe explosion in the soil with complex array of nutrients and minerals
  • Enviro-considerate by reducing the need to use fertilizers…the #1 ground pollutant
  • Increases Antioxidants in the soil
  • Increases soil’s energy and sugar content
  • Increases growth and production by building a healthier soil
  • Increases organic matter and earthworm population
  • Increases soil microbe production
  • Increases the Cation Exchange (electrolyzed exchange of positive soil ions)
  • Perfect for Organic gardening
  • Great for all indoor and outdoor plants

 

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Garlic: The Natural Pest Repellent

Garlic is a welcome smell in many kitchens. A little olive oil, a little garlic…dinner is on its way!

But… Did you know that garlic is also a very powerful (and natural) insect and garden pest repellent?

This delightful little bulb contains an amino acid that, when broken down by crushing, chopping, or blending, changes to allicin. This substance is the goodness you smell when you’re cooking, and it does more than just make our mouths water.

Allicin is absorbed by plants, causing a natural reaction – repelling mosquitoes and other garden insects like ticks, fleas, white flies, aphids, ants, etc., and animal pests like rabbits, deer, and field mice. The good thing about plants, however, is that while garlic’s repellent qualities last for a few weeks, their new-found garlic breath is no longer recognizable to humans within a few minutes of application!  In other words, while the insects and pests that would like to feast on your plants will taste it for weeks and stay away, it will be unrecognizable to humans in their garden vegetables.

Garlic is an all natural repellent, and is gentle enough to use on even the most sensitive trees,  and shrubs, and garden plants  to keep your gardens and your lawns mosquito free. And who doesn’t love safe, all natural outdoor remedies that keep our properties beautiful year round?!?

Excited about spring, but dreading the pests that come along with the new season? Learn more about natural solutions from Just Scentsational by Bare Ground that will help make the outdoors this spring and summer more Bareable!