Zone 3 Hardy Grasses for Gardens

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Agriculture – Zone 3 Hardy Grasses for Gardens

Grasses have a wide variety of functions in the garden. Whether it’s a sea of ornamental foliage or a thick green lawn, grasses are adaptable, easy to grow, and can generally do well in many types of situations. Nonetheless, for cold climate gardeners for grasses in zone 3, it can be a bit difficult to find the right plants that can perform all year round, and survive even in the coldest of winters. With some good research you should be able to source a good online nursery in Canada for ornamental grasses, plants, and flowering shrubs. This type of sourcing is becoming more popular and economical for the small gardener or the full time landscaper especially if they’re not available or grown locally.

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The choices of Zone 3 grasses are quite limited, and the gardener needs to weigh out the tolerance of the plant to snow weight, cold temperatures, ice, and shorter seasons for growth. Winter hardiness is therefore an important factor in zone 3, where temperatures average at around -40 degrees to -30 degrees Fahrenheit. The plant roots can freeze even though the snow cover usually offers some protection.

The USDA zone 3 stretches in North America along the Canada-US border. In spite of the cold winters, summers have relatively warm to hot temperatures. Some areas average as much as much as 37 inches of precipitation annually, while other parts are quite dry. The growing season typically vary from 2 to 4 months.

In micro climates, whether they are created or naturally occurring, allow the hardy grasses to thrive successfully over winter in zone 3 climate. Other factors play a significant role in making the plants to thrive or fail, including the amount of sunlight, the soil conditions, high temperatures, water levels, etc are equally important. You will therefore be able to grow the marginally hardy plants when these conditions are ideal.

 

Fine Fescues

These are some of the most cold tolerant of the turf grasses. Although they are generally not recommended for high traffic areas, these plants do have moderate tolerance to drought as well as high shade.

Tall Fescues

These coarse, hardy zone 3 grasses are typically tolerant of extreme cold. They tend to form dense, thick lawns, which are generally durable with regular use.

Kentucky Bluegrass

This grass is used across the United States, and is durable for regular use. Nonetheless, it’s not shade tolerant, and tends to form dense, thick lawns.

Blue oat grass

This is a clumping grass, for partial to full sun. It usually has an attractive golden seed-head during the fall seasons. An example is the Karl forester, a feather-reed grass which grows to a 4 to 5 foot tall incredible extravaganza that has an erect bristling seed head and a compact slender form.

The Best Grooming Tools For Dogs

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The Best Grooming Tools For Dogs

While we all love to groom ourselves, sometimes we forget that our pups deserve the same kind of attention. The good news is, there are plenty of grooming tools for dogs that can be used to enhance your dogs quality of life. After all, proper grooming can help our dogs stay healthy. As a result, you will want to invest in the best grooming tools for dogs. Below, we will be going over some of them.

Best Grooming Tools For Dogs:

1. Brush.

One of the first grooming tools that you will want to invest in is a brush. You want to be sure that you are investing in some sort of brush because it is important to keep your dogs hair untangled and allow you to really avoid the over shedding that dogs can go through. With that being said, you want to make sure that you are also investing in the right kind of brush for your dog’s specific hair coat and needs. For instance, a short haired dog without an undercoat is going to have different brushing requirements than one with an undercoat and long hair. Equigroomer Canada has come out with a new grooming tool that is gentle on the dogs skin surface and removes embedded hair from the end, rather than the root.

2. Nail Trimmer.

When it comes to keeping your dog healthy, you also want to be sure that you are properly trimming his or her nails as needed. While nail trimming is certainly not going to be a favorite task for dog owners or dogs themselves, but it is a necessary one. Long nails are not only going to damage your upholstery, but they can actually cause significant pain to your dog as he or she walks if they get long enough. You can either invest in some sort of nail trimmer to complete this task or invest in a Dremel of sorts that you can use to successfully and carefully file down your dogs nails.

3. Ear Cleansers.

Another important tool that you will need to invest in as a dog owner in order to keep your dog as healthy as possible is ear cleansers. You will want to clean your dog’s ears every now and then because it can be a perfect environment for yeast to grow and thrive. Thus, cleaning the ears regularly is essential for optimal ear health.

Overall, you want to be sure that you are making the proper investments in the dog grooming tools that your dog needs to maintain optimal health.

Horse Care – Health and Grooming

Best Horse Care Tips

Grooming

Overall grooming is likely going to be the area you’ll spend the most amount of time with your horse. Tending to shoes, main, tail, and grooming their coat. There’s various horse grooming tools on the market. You’ll need to find a tool that works well for you and you’re comfortable using.

Knowledgeable horse owners know how important proper hoof care is. Most horses should have their hooves trimmed at least every three months. A good farrier will be able to shape and level the feet to reduce cracking and splitting. Some horses need to be shod, especially if they will be ridden often on hard or rocky surfaces. Foals need to be trimmed also and it is important that they learn to stand quietly while the farrier works on them.

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Feed

Some people believe that all a horse requires to remain healthy is to have access to either grass in the summer or hay in winter. There is really much more to horse care than just making sure they have enough to eat; although adequate food is absolutely necessary.

Consideration must be given to the age of the horse – foals and young horses that are growing need feed with enough calories as well as essential nutrients. Adding a feed supplement with vitamins and minerals is important during the growth years.

Horses who have reached their full growth potential often do very well with only good quality grass hay or pasture. Some horses will get too fat if allowed access to abundant grass 24 hours a day, so their turnout time may need to be restricted. Horses that are in training or heavy use are likely to need extra calories in order to maintain a healthy weight. No ribs should be visible on a healthy horse in good condition, although it should be possible to feel the ribs to ensure the horse is not overweight.

Veterinarian

Senior horse have issues that may make it difficult for them to maintain good health. A veterinarian should check their teeth for sharp points that could make eating difficult for them.

If an older horse is thin or losing weight, it may not be eating properly because of pain. The owner should have its teeth checked by a vet who can use a procedure known as “floating” to remove any sharp points or hooks.

Chiropractic

Many horse owners also provide chiropractic care for their horse. They feel that is an important necessity when it comes to equine health and overall well being.

Disease

Horses are susceptible to several serious diseases if they are not vaccinated. Foals over the age of six months should get an initial vaccination and booster for flu, eastern and western encephalitis, tetanus and rabies. An annual booster is required to ensure ongoing protection.

Horses are also at risk from parasitic worms, so they should be wormed on a program using a rotating protocol. Using the same De-worming product over and over can reduce its effectiveness and the horse will become immune to the medication.

I hope you find these equine tips helpful.

Basics of Thoroughbreds – Birthdays and Naming Race Horses

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The Breed

Thoroughbred ancestry will be traced all the way back to the original foundation sires and named after the respective owners:

  •  Darley Arabian – Thomas Darly
  • Godolphin Arabian – Lord Godolphin
  • Byerly Turk – Capt. Robert Byerly

These men imported stallions to England in the 1700’s from the Middle East. This resulted in an initial stage in the development of the Thoroughbred racehorse.

A breed that can carry weight while maintaining a sustained speed for long distances.

There is quite a history dating back to before the US Revolutionary War, thoroughbred racing was introduced into colonial America.
Today’s ‘Jockey Club‘, formed originally in 1894 is the breeding registry for Thoroughbreds in all of North America. They register as many as 23,000 foals each year.

The Jocky Club also journals and maintains the ‘American Stud Book‘. This book was published initially in 1873.

Thoroughbred Birthdays

horse-foalThoroughbreds throughout Northern America and the UK, all celebrate birthdays collectively, January 1st. A newborn is called a foal. Once it’s weaned, usually in the fall, it’s referred to then as a wean-ling. On the first day of the next calendar year, the horse will turn one, regardless of what day it was born. It is then referred to as a ‘Yearling’. The young thoroughbred will be eligible to race after its second birthday.

The male is commonly referred to as a ‘Colt’. They’re not referred to as horses until after they turn 5. Young females are called, ‘fillies’, as well up to their fifth birthday when there then called mares. Parents of a ‘Fillie’ or foal are referred to as the ‘Sire’, and ‘Dam’.

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To avoid duplication in naming the race horses, the Jockey Club governs naming processes of Thoroughbreds. In the US, the process involves the submission of proposed names to the club for approval. Various restrictions govern this naming process. For example, there is a maximum 18 character rule (including spaces and punctuation). In addition, names used for some famous horses, like Secretariat, would not be approved.