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post #2221 of 2631
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post

It isn't even consistently warm enough to fertilize yet. Our snow just dissipated in the last week or so. I hate MN for more than just the weather, but the weather sure sucks here.

We got an inch of snow 2 weeks ago here near Chicago but it's been melted for the most part since mid March. Winter was insane for this native Texan.

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Originally Posted by Ataturk View Post

Spring fertilizer is a bad idea in most places -- or at least it is around here. But things might be different where you are. I have no idea.

Around here the grass goes dormant during the winter and wakes up slowly at the same time the winter weeds are peaking. Fertilizer now would just feed the weeds. It also encourages fungus which can be a problem in the spring and fall. The brown spot got me pretty good last fall, so yesterday I sprayed my yard with a fungicide (or at least the parts of it that got the fungus last year). Got half a dozen bottles for $2 each in a lucky find in the clearance section of a tractor supply store.

BTW even with an electric sprayer the granule-based fungicide is preferable. Spraying a whole lawn sucks.

Probably a Cool Season vs Warm Season grass situation. Here in upper Midwest (NW Indiana) it's the right time to do this, you're in the Southern US right? I have a tow behind spreader that I tow behind my tractor. It's super easy doing our lawn. It's harder to blow/sweep the stray granules off the driveway and street than to actually lay it down.
post #2222 of 2631
I've used bucket with water to catch and kill mice. They never learn to avoid it and it is easy to reset and clean up. Put enough water so they can drown but cannot jump out. One metal hanger from dry-cleaners or round wooden stick laid across the bucket with empty toilet paper-roll in the middle. Put a dab of peanut butter on the top of paper roll and mice will fall into bucket.
post #2223 of 2631
someone just built a better mousetrap
post #2224 of 2631
I once left out a bucket about a quarter full of boiled linseed oil in an outbuilding (I was halfway through applying it to a floor). Next morning there were about half a dozen drowned mice in it. Evidently the were attracted to the smell.
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Originally Posted by Medwed View Post

I've used bucket with water to catch and kill mice. They never learn to avoid it and it is easy to reset and clean up. Put enough water so they can drown but cannot jump out. One metal hanger from dry-cleaners or round wooden stick laid across the bucket with empty toilet paper-roll in the middle. Put a dab of peanut butter on the top of paper roll and mice will fall into bucket.

Oh wow, I need to try this tonight!

 

So the bucket you used is something low enough for them to jump onto, but the water level is high enough for them to float and not get momentum to jump back out?

 

 

So I'm thinking a household cleaning bucket, and about 5 inches of water?

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Originally Posted by Snoogz View Post

Oh wow, I need to try this tonight!

So the bucket you used is something low enough for them to jump onto, but the water level is high enough for them to float and not get momentum to jump back out?


So I'm thinking a household cleaning bucket, and about 5 inches of water?

Not quite, make a ramp for mice to walk right up to the edge of the bucket (cardboard or plank of wood), mice will travel across the bucket to the toilet paper-roll to get the taste of peanut butter the roll will turn and drop the mice into the water. Next.
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Look at the poor mouse! You people sicken me
post #2228 of 2631
Mice are cute but not when you start finding shit everywhere. Yesterday I found chewed up paper on the shoulder of a St Andrews suit in my attic. It's war.
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Look at the poor mouse! You people sicken me

We are the force of evolution that stands between mouse and a better mouse. The mice civilization will thank us.
post #2230 of 2631
I can't even squash bugs without regret.
post #2231 of 2631
There just isn't much to mice. Rats on the other hand are very social and intelligent animals. If you want something to feel bad about, millions of them are killed every day.
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If I could simply order their deaths I would do better with it.
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Originally Posted by Ataturk View Post

There just isn't much to mice. Rats on the other hand are very social and intelligent animals. If you want something to feel bad about, millions of them are killed every day.

Distant family of mine had a very efficient but cruel way to rid their farms of rats.

Regarding the linseed oil: the same works with beer. Multifunctional mana from heaven.
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We refinished our floors on the ground level. The color was supposed to remain the same. The stairs are the original color:



Not even close. The company, which had received good references, acknowledged the mistake and will fix it. However, I am now thinking about just doing the rest of the house with this color. The rest of the house was going to need refinishing eventually, but it's just a huge pain to move everything out for a couple of days. Any thoughts on the mistake color vs. the original? I know it's hard to tell with just this one picture. I was never a huge fan of the original darker reddish color. It's Brazilian cherry, if anybody was wondering.

It's a small home, so the lighter color helps open up the space. You can see the wall color is a light gray. I have a lot of dark wood furniture. No pictures with the furniture since it was all moved out for the refinish.
post #2235 of 2631
If you like it, go with it. I personally like the darker wood a little bit better: I have always liked that cherry color.
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