Archive for August, 2011


Yardlover.com has tons of ways for you to save money while still providing a market of high-quality items right at your fingertips.  Because we have so many awesome ways for you to save the most money possible, we want to help you find them all. Sometimes an item costs more than you want to spend, heck I feel that way all the time when I go shopping, but that’s when you have to make yourself a smart shopper.

I, unfortunately, am a terrible smart shopper.  For example, the other day I went to Target and I bought a pair of shorts.  I liked them so much that I went back and bought some more.  Last night as I was sifting through my collection of coupons that I had cut out, I found a coupon for $3 off shorts at Target!  Imagine my feelings of horror and stupidity at myself, especially since I had actually taken the time to print the coupon off the internet!

Luckily for you, you do not have to suffer from what I like to call Stupid Smart Shopper Disorder (SSSD).  If you pay attention to the following information and eternally keep it stowed away in the back of your mind, you have real potential to become a Super Smart Shopper (SSS).  Please note the following information for your own benefit:

  • Sign up for our email newsletter.  We send out 10%-20% discount coupons all the time on certain items or categories of products
  • Like us on Facebook.  We have special offers and discounts for our Facebook fans only.
  • Keep an eye out for products that are featuring free shipping.  Not every item does, but a lot do, it just may take some work to find them.  Click on the Free Shipping page tab on this blog to see some of those products.
  • Notice that a lot of our products are already on sale and you can tell that by seeing the original price crossed out and a sale price in bold next to it.
  • Look for us on your favorite coupon websites because we might just be there!

As the one spending the money, it is up to you to find ways to save that money, and hopefully I’ve helped you by showing you all those wonderful ways to save money.  Be smart, save your money, and I know you will go far in life.

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  • Keep a careful eye on your plants.  During the heat of the late summer months, plants can really become dehydrated.  Make sure they are getting plenty of water.
  • Check for diseases as well and if you see a sign of insects, rot or other diseases, try some insecticide or disease control.  It would even be a good idea to give your plants a shot of Miracle Gro to give them an extra boost of energy and fertilizer.
  • Maintain your water garden by adding oxygenating plants that keep the water fresh and healthy with a balanced pH.  Some plants you may want to add include water lilies, hyacinths and lotus.  Adding a water treatment would also help keep the water clear as well as help your fish heal from wounds and keep them stress-free.

My recommended products to check out:

Miracle-Gro All Purpose Fertilizer

Bayer Advanced Natria Multi- Insect Control RTS Quart

Stress Coat 16 oz.

Daconil Fungicide 32 oz. RTU

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Hiking is a popular outdoor activity with organizations and facilities all over the world.  Why is it so popular?  Well, it’s fun, entertaining, great exercise and can be done by anyone anywhere.  Hiking is one of those “sports” if you call it a sport, that you don’t have to be a pro at to be good at.  Anybody can walk on trails and it can be a leisurely past-time or a hard-core rigorous activity.  Whatever your method of going about it, you want to make sure you have the proper equipment to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable hike.

Of course you want to make sure to take plenty of water with you no matter the difficulty or length of your hike.  If you are taking a particularly long hike you might want to bring along some granola bars for extra protein to keep you going.  Bring a light jacket as it can get cold in the mountains.  Bug spray, sun screen and a small first aid kit are also a plus if you know your hike will take all day and has some challenging places.  The thing to remember is that anything can happen in the wild and when it comes to your safety you can never be too careful.

One thing you might not realize is so important when it comes to hiking is having a supportive walking stick.  I bet most times when you’ve gone on a hike you’ve hunted around to find the perfect walking stick and you don’t even realize how much you do it.  There is a reason for that, just like there’s a reason why wilderness stores sell hiking sticks manufactured for serious hikers and then those serious hikers buy them: they make it easier.

Having a walking stick is so useful for hiking because they help you get a better grip, support you, give you leverage, etc. etc.  Brazos Walking Sticks have a rubber stopper on the end to maximize the support and help it will provide.  One common mistake made with selecting a walking stick however, is determining which height is best for you.  For your convenience I am providing a sizing chart so you can establish the correct height of the walking stick that you need:

–          41”- children and small adults

–          48”- over 5’4”

–          55”- between 5’4” and 5’11”

–          58”- over 5’11”

Check out our vast collection of walking sticks to find the one you love the best!

Notice the walking stick on this trail marker

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In case you have ever wondered about Ironite Liquid Lawn and Garden Spray but were too afraid to voice your concerns, here is someone who may inspire you as well as get you the answer you need:

“I would like to know how long this product has to dry after spraying so that the dogs can be on the lawn?”

The answer you’ve all been waiting for:

Wait 1-2 hours for it to dry before allowing pets to go on lawn.  What you want to avoid is having the animal walk on the wet spray, it get on the animal’s fur and later the animal licks the fur and is effected by the spray.  While the drying times depend on the temperature and humidity outside a 1-2 hour wait is best. 

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A recent customer email reads:

“Is the maltodrextrin in your mixes gluten free?  It appears most maltrodextrin is gluten free except in some cases when they are made outside the U.S.”

The answer:

Yes.  All of our pickling, tomato, fruit, salsa and chili mixes are 100% Gluten Free.  It’s that simple.

Check out all our mixes right here, Mrs. Wages Pickling and Canning Mixes, and watch our video to learn more:

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An epic tale full of adventure, history, and wealth

As told by Very Cool Stuff

“In today’s gardens, you will often notice beautiful orbs of shiny iridescence.  They are often set on top of a pedestal, standing among the flowers and plants.  Since the 13th century, gazing globes have been an eye catching feature of gardens.  They also have become a signature accent for the spiritual gardener.

The first records of gazing globes show that they were hand made by Italian artisans who crafted them out of mouth-blown glass.  Many kings in Europe chose to have these beautiful orbs in their gardens, and believed that they held magical, mystical powers.  They were thought to have brought prosperity and good luck to any who owned one.

It was thought that the globe could ward off bad things like disease, evil spirits, attackers, and even ghosts.  They were thought to keep the witches away from one’s home.  If the gazing globe was placed near the door of the house, the witch would see her own reflection and be scared away.

As time progressed, the gazing globes served other purposes.  They gained the nickname “butler ball,” because the servants would use the globes as a mirror in order to see guests approaching.  They were also used to see whether or not guests needed help, without having to stare at them directly while they ate their meals.

In other legend, people believed that gazing globes would attract fairies and various other mystical, magical spirits.  These beautiful globes became a standard fixture in Victorian gardens, and are still popular today.  They add beauty and an almost mystical wonder to outdoor garden areas.  Gazing globes can come in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles.  Stainless steel gazing globes are versatile and weatherproof, to provide long lasting beauty and enjoyment.

The gazing globe trend found its way to America around the early 20th century.  Soon everyone had at least one of these lovely ornaments in their gardens.  They became a status symbol, signifying wealth and success.  Today, these beautiful orbs are a common sight in gardens all over the world.

While times and thoughts have changed, gazing globes are still a beautiful piece of art that add life and personality to any garden.  The stainless steel globe inside can be munted on a pedestal or stake, hung from a hanger, float in a water garden or simply placed on a table or on the ground.  It will surely become an important and lovely feature to enjoy for many years to come.”

Check out our gazing balls

Don’t forget a gazing ball stand to show it off!

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One of our more popular items is the classic Deck Rail Planter.  It fits over your 2×4 or 2×6 size railing on your deck, you plant your flowers in it, it works and looks great.  Easy-peasy.

Unfortunately some people do not have the luxury of wide wooden (or plastic) railings on their deck/patio.  Some people have metal railings are made up of thin posts and top railings, making the act of putting a classic Deck Rail Planter on virtually impossible.  Because having a planter on a deck railing creates a look of completeness, the inability to have a deck rail planter can be frustrating and painful to those who are forced to go through that experience.

Luckily, the problem has been solved.  A new and innovated product so highly compatible with non-traditional railings provides a sense of satisfaction and love of one’s outdoor space for those who were previously unable to enjoy the look that their home offered from the outside.

This wonderful product that has been changing lives all across America: Corsica Flower Bridge Planter.  This product is so extremely cutting-edge because it has two adjustable stabilizers that will adjust to fit the exact size railing you have.  Never before has that been done in all of history.

Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

This planter is specially designed for narrow railings, balcony railings, chain link fencing, and any vertical divider up to 2.5″ wide.

It features

  • Set of two planters comes in same color option
  • Choose from 8 color options
  • Two growing compartments
  • Two stabilizers secure the planter
  • 1.5″ deep water reservoir
  • Overflow holes for water drainage
  • Durable resin for outdoor use


  • 10.5″ high
  • 11.5″ in diameter
  • 14.5 oz weight
  • 1.9 gallon capacity

This planter makes the completion of your outdoor space one of the easiest and most successful parts of your decorating.

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