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All About Riding Lawn Mowers
Published On: January 18, 2016
In a few months your grass will turn green and start to grow rapidly when the warmer weather and rain arrives. Regular grass mowing will be necessary. If you have a large yard to mow, you may be considering a riding mower. Below are some helpful facts that might help in your decision. Benefits of Riding Lawn Mowers Using a riding mower is much faster than mowing with a push mower. If your health prevents you from using a push mower, a riding mower allows you to maintain your yard without hiring an outside professional.  Riding lawn mowers can also work with attachments such as snowplows ...

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Winter Lawn Care
Published On: January 14, 2016
You probably don’t think about your lawn very much during the winter and you probably put the lawn mower away.   However, there are a few actions you can take during the winter that can ensure a beautiful, lush yard once spring rolls around again. Keep it Clean When going outside becomes less frequent, it is easy for items to be left on the lawn during the long, cold winter.   Stray logs, toys, and even lawn furniture can be accidentally overlooked when the temperatures start to drop and the snow beings to fall. Large or heavy objects left on the grass during cold weather and snow ...

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You love your pets, but you probably don’t love the fur, odors and messes they leave around the house.   But it is possible to have pets without having your home look or smell like them as long as you take care to groom and clean up after them regularly and effectively. Control the fur When you have a pet, fur inevitably ends up everywhere, but you can help control the fur with a few simple actions. There are pet vacuums available that can get rid of fur easily. Pet vacuums contain turbo tools and an attached portable device for stairs and cars. Blocking off access to certain rooms, e ...

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Agriculture climatologists live for the moments when weather data reveals a trend or pattern that’s useful for farmers. There are many types of weather cycles and millions of data points to ponder, but the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a good place to start. La Niña For now, ENSO is in the warming phase (El Niño) and climatologists are trying to find out if or when it will revert back to the cooling phase (La Niña) and for how long and strong. Near-normal conditions can be expected across the Midwest if La Niña does not develop this summer.   Drier weather usually occurs ...

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Treating and Preventing Canine Obesity
Published On: October 28, 2015
Around 25% of dogs in the United States are overweight. Canine obesity is the most common nutritional disease today for dogs. Just like humans, scary health issues are associated with weight gain. Keeping your dog at a healthy weight can help reduce the risks of diabetes, heart disease, orthopedic problems, and possibly even cancer. To check if your dog is at a healthy weight, stand over him and check for a waist, which is a visible indentation behind his ribs. All dogs should have a waist, regardless of breed. Feel for your dog’s ribs. You should be able to locate them through a layer of ...

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Simple Horseback Riding Tips
Published On: July 16, 2015
Considered by many to be one of the most exhilarating experiences of all, horseback riding can be fun, intriguing and always enjoyable. However, it is well worth knowing a few simple horseback-riding tips as a way to stay safe and make the most out of any riding session. For example, experts always recommend knowing when to get off of a horse. One of the best ways to avoid an accident is to make the wise decision to get off a horse and then regroup. Horses trip and riders get thrown off all the time. Good Judgment In short, always trust your instincts and get off of a horse if you feel t ...

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Family Center Farm & Home is proud to carry Martin Saddlery, the highest quality saddles found on the market today. Martin's talented and passionate craftsmen focus their undivided attention to the fine details every rider is looking for. Each saddle is hand-crafted, individually assembled, specialized by discipline and built to provide a better fit for the horse and rider's needs. Martin is dedicated to giving a superior fit, function and value in a saddle. Consult with our knowledgeable staff to choose the perfect Martin Saddle today!

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Family Center Farm & Home is a proud retailer of STIHL trimmers, “Your Best Line of Defense Against Grass, Weeds and Brush”. http://www.stihlusa.com/ There is nothing more frustrating than unreliable lawn equipment so for those of you that appreciate a well-groomed landscape and want quality equipment, STIHL is your brand. They come in a wide variety of handle variations with features including interchangeable cutting heads, fuel-efficient engines, anti-vibration technology and durability. For our environmentally conscious consumers, we offer electric and lithium-ion battery powered tr ...

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Family Center Farm & Home, your one-stop farm and ranch supply store, is excited to bring you “Chick Days”! Come early for the best selection, no minimums and no pre-orders necessary. Our Harrisonville location in the Mill Walk Mall at 2601 Cantrell Road will be hosting this fun event on April 18th or visit our Paola store at 808 Baptiste Drive on May 2nd. Both events are from 10am-1pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Cowboy Boots Are A Stylish Investment
Published On: March 16, 2015
Western style boots were originally made for protection when herding cattle and riding horses but with the rise in popularity of western radio shows and movies in the 1920's, cowboy boots started being seen as a fashion item as well. Today there are thousands of different styles, colors, materials, piping and stitching to choose from in both traditional and fashionable boots. When you are shopping for a new pair of boots, there are several things to consider. It is a good idea to try them on for proper fit so if you are shopping online, be sure to check your store's return policy. If you ar ...

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