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PICT0121Is naming our winter storms really necessary? I mean, we’ve gotten by for centuries without attaching a name to a significant amount of snowfall, so why for the past year has the media been giving them names? Are winter storm names designed to keep people informed or are they a convenient ploy by the media to up their ratings? Maybe a bit of both?

Who Decides What to Name Winter Storms?

The Weather Channel, with the help of a high school Latin class out of Montana, has compiled a list of names to be attached alphabetically to what the channel refers to as “noteworthy winter storms.”  For a peak at these names and what they stand for, visit weather.com and wait for winter to deposit one of these named storms near you.

Why are Winter Storms Named?

The Weather Channel cites safety as one of the reasons for naming winter storms. Much like hurricanes, a winter storm with a name attached to it garners a lot more attention. They are also easier to follow from one region to the next and seem to get people talking on social media a plus for the station and other media outlets.

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We might be changing the look and feel of our blog here at Beaulieu Industries, but our commitment to providing useful and up-to-date home improvement/construction information remains the same. As we break in 2014, we’re striving to let you get to know us better by opening up a little and letting you see what our family owned and operated business is all about.

While you get to know us better, you’ll also be able to browse topics that will help you enhance your own home from lawn and garden care, drainage issues, driveway dilemmas and much, much more. We look forward to seeing you in the new year.

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Unusual_plant_containers,_Bromyard_-_geograph.org.uk_-_807127Not everyone is fortunate enough to have plenty of room to grow their favorite plants. To combat this problem and save space in the garden, use containers. Many edibles, plants that are pretty to look at and dwarf shrubs and trees can be grown in containers. The key to successfully using this space saving gardening technique is all about choosing the right plants, soil and positions.

Choose a Container According to Size and Style

When choosing containers to save on space in the garden, always think ahead. How large will the plants be at full maturity? Will they need to be repotted as they grow? Choose containers that are the right size to allow roots to spread and don’t be afraid to get creative with different colors and textures.

Choose the Right Plants to Save Space

Who says all edibles and shrubs need to be grown in the ground? Many herbs and vegetables thrive in containers such as tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots. Choose small, compact varieties and provide them with the right support. When it comes to trees and shrubs, go with “mini” or dwarf varieties.

Use Nutrient-Rich Loam

A majority of plants that can be grown in containers love neutral soil. Loam is a great way to start plants off to a healthy life because it contains nutritious organic matter. Keep in mind that some plants, such as carrots, prefer a more sandy soil, so choose a soil according to the plant’s needs.

Place Containers in the Right Position

Containers can go anywhere as long as they’re put in a position with the right amount of sunlight. Place containers on the patio, stairs, along walkways and even in the garden for a pop of texture and color. Container plants also make great centerpieces and can be brought from outdoors, in.

Beaulieu Industries 2013 Topsoil Price List
Loam for Sale in Maine

Image: Pauline Eccles

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In what was supposed to be a day of athletes putting their bodies to the test, the city of Boston and the many great people supporting the Boston Marathon were themselves put to the test, both physically and emotionally. We would like to extend our sympathy and support to the great city of Boston and join others around New England and the world in saying, “stand strong Boston – you will recover.”

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Happy Holidays!

The Beaulieu Industries blog is taking the week off. We wish you and your family a happy or merry whatever it is that you celebrate. See you in the new year!

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With all the crazy weather Maine and the rest of New England has had over the past couple of weeks, thinking about stocking up on supplies for winter has surfaced in our minds here at Beaulieu Industries. A few weeks ago we had an earthquake and this week it’s a hurricane. Next we’ll be experiencing freezing temperatures and Nor’ Easters. Here are a few must-have outdoor winter supplies every homeowner should have before the snow starts to fly.

Winter Supplies Must Haves

Shovel: If you live in the north, you’re going to need a sturdy shovel for winter. If you already have one, put it in an easy to access place like the basement or garage. If you’re in the market for a new one, choose one that’s suitable for the job such as a flat shovel for scraping the stairs and a large scoop for shoveling the walk and driveway.

Salt or Sand: Stock up on bags of de-icers like salt or sand once they become available. Some towns supply a limited amount of sand to townspeople so check with your local public works department to see if you can get some for free. If you’re in a pinch and can’t find de-icer, try using cat litter – it provides great traction.

Scrapers: Make sure you have a descent scraper in the trunk before the first snow or winter rainstorm leaves a layer of ice on the car. There’s a variety of scrapers on the market from small hand-helds to scrapers with extended handles.

Roof Scraper: Depending on the amount of snow your region gets and whether or not it piles up on the roof, you may need a scraper to remove it. Removing snow from the roof prevents leaks and cave-ins.

Buying your outdoor winter supplies is only the first step in preparing for winter here in the north. Make sure your supplies are at the ready when you need them and not snowed in somewhere like in the garden shed. After stocking up on supplies, winterize the rest of your home by putting a stop to drafts and having your septic pumped.

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Image: Daniel Tibi/Public Domain

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We’ll be back next week with new posts. This blogger is happily on vacation.

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