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The Sewing Dictionary
A dictionary of sewing terms to help you along your sewing journey.

A

Applique – Sewing a piece of fabric atop another after folding under a small bit of the fabric to create a clean edge. When done by machine, many use a satin stitch (tight zig zag) or a buttonhole stitch if your machine has the capability. By hand, blind stitching and hand buttonhole stitches are often used.

B

Backstitch – Used at the beginning and end of a machine sewn seam to anchor the seam in place; it involves a couple of extra stitches back and forth.
Ballpoint needle – Ballpoint needles are designed to penetrate knit fabrics without nicking or damaging the fabric.
Bar tack – A group of closely sewn stitches (back and forth from side to side a la zig zag) that is used to tack a belt loop or similar item in place. This is not a basting stitch and should be repeated several times on the machine to make a very short run of satin stitching.
Baste/basting – Temporary stitching used to hold a sewing project in place and is removed when the permanent sewing is done.
Batting – Fiberfill, cotton, wool, or other material that is flattened and usually on a roll and purchased in precut lengths or by the yard. Uses of batting range from filling for placemats or vests to quilts.
Bias – Runs diagonally to the straight grain of the fabric. This is the stretchiest part on the fabric.
Bias tape – Strips of fabric cut on the bias, often turned under and pressed, and used for bindings, facings, or other application where there is a need for stretch or to accommodate curves.
Binding – (blanket, quilt, etc.) Encasing the raw edges of a blanket or quilt with another piece of fabric. Binding also refers to the fabric that is folded and used for the encasing of the raw edges.
Blanket stitch – Used to neaten the edge of a buttonhole, blanket, vest edge, or other seam line. A blanket stitch can be done by hand or machine.
Blind hem stitch – Sewing stitch that is not meant to be seen on the right side of the fabric, usually accomplished by picking up one thread of the fabric at a time rather than going through the full fabric or several threads before completing a hand stitch or machine stitch. Many sewing machines come with a blind hem attachment and the manual is the best guide for how to use it and produce virtually invisible hems.
Bobbin – The piece of your sewing machine that holds the bottom thread (the bobbin thread) and is placed in the bobbin case. It generally is under the area the needle penetrates and it loops with the needle thread to form a locked stitch.
Bodice – The part of a pattern or garment which runs from shoulder to waist.
Bolt – A large roll of fabric which can be on a tubular roll or a rectangular form. Fabric is usually folded right sides together lengthwise on a bolt.
Buckram – Strong, heavy woven fabric used for stiffening baseball cap brims and some drapery applications.
Butting – Bringing two edges together so they touch but do not overlap.
Buttonhole – A bound slit in the fabric to allow the passage of a button for closure. Buttonholes are mostly made by machine these days, but many people do still prefer to make them by hand, using a special buttonhole stitch.

C

Casing – Fabric envelope of sorts for encasing elastic, a drawstring, or similar material, usually along a waistline, cuff, hem. Elastic waist slacks have a casing into which the elastic is woven. Sweat pants have a turned up casing into through which elastic is encased (if there are not ribbed cuffs).
Clip (curve) – Methods vary from person to person, but to clip a curve keep in mind that an outside curve (shaped like an upside down U) needs to be clipped to within a breath of the seam line. An inside curve (shaped like a right side up U) can be either clipped or you can cut very small notches (V shape) out of the curve itself in order to have it lay flat and not make bunches when the project or garment is done. If you use a serger to finish your seams, clipping is not an issue.
Cording – A twisted or woven “rope” or “string” that is used primarily in piping and to act as a drawstring in a jacket hood, waistband, or as stabilizer for frog closures. Cording is covered with bias strips of fabric when used for most decorative applications (such as edging a pillow). Other decorative effects can be achieved by zig-zagging over cording on a fabric for a raised design.
Covered button – A button covered with coordinating or same fabric as the garment for which it is being made. Kits are available for this effect or creative and careful application of fabric, fabric glue and shank buttons can be used.
Cutting line On a pattern – The outermost dark line is the line upon which you cut. Traditions vary; some people cut through the center of this line, others cut just to the outside of this line.

D

Dart – A V shaped, tapered adjustment to a pattern to allow for more fullness in the bust area or less fullness in other areas (waist)
Duct Tape Double (DTD) – A body form made out of primarily duct tape and other materials that conforms exactly to one’s body because the tape is wound around the body and then removed as a whole.

E

Ease – A way of sewing a length of fabric into a bit of a smaller space without resulting in gathers or puckers.
Edgestitch – A stitch done a scant 1/8″ from the folded or seamed edge.
Embellish – Adding special stitching, appliques, charms, or other decorations to your sewing project.
Entredeux – French word meaning “between two”. Often it’s a piece of lightweight fabric joined to another piece of lightweight fabric with a delicate bit of lace. Another method is to join two ribbons with a piece of lace.

F

Facing – Fabric sewn on the raw edge of a garment piece that is turned under and serves as a finish for the edge as well.
Fat quarter – Prior a quilting term, but often used for wearable art, vests, smaller garments, a fat quarter is 1/4 yard of fabric, about 18″ x 22″ as opposed to a regular 1/4 yard, which is 9″ x 45″. Fat quarters allow quick and colorful stash building.
Feed dog – The “teeth” under the plate on the sewing machine that move fabric as it is sewn.
Finish (an edge) – Turn under 1/4″ and stitch, serge the edge, or other method of finishing the edge so it doesn’t ravel or cause a bulky problem.
Flat felled seam – A seam created by sewing fabric wrong sides together, trimming one of the seam allowances close to the seam, then turning the other seam allowance under and stitching it over the prior trimmed seam allowance. This is often used for reinforcing seams on pajamas or to reduce bulk in a seam.
Fold line – Many pattern pieces are placed on the fold of a piece of fabric. This is the actual fold of the fabric off the bolt or a fold of your own creation; the goal is to have a pattern piece that is cut out without a center seam.
Fusible (webbing, interfacing, etc.) – Has the characteristic of being able to be ironed on, usually permanently, with or without reinforcement by stitching, due to a heat-activated “glue” on one side.

G

Gather – Gathering allows for making a long piece of fabric to fit with a shorter piece of fabric and also is a method of easing a seam to allow insertion of sleeves and other rounded pattern pieces. When making an apron, there is a waistband that is the size of the person’s waist, plus some extra for tying the apron around the body. The apron itself usually is gathered, fluffy, almost pleated and has more fabric that flows from the waistband. The apron seam was gathered and then sewn to the waistline. To gather the seam, two parallel lines are sewn on the right side of the fabric, a scant 1/4″ apart. Long tails of thread are left for gathering. The bobbin threads (on the wrong side of the fabric) are held on either end of the seam and gently tugged, gathering the fabric evenly on the threads. Do not scrimp and only sew one thread of long length stitches; you will need both.
Grading (seams) – Trimming raw edges in graduate widths to reduce bulk. The narrowest seam edge should be closest to the body, as a general rule.
Grain – Direction of the fabric that runs parallel to the selvage (a stretchier grain is found running perpendicular to the selvage). Commercial patterns have an arrow on them <-----> indicating direction of the grain to assist in laying out the pattern pieces correctly.

H

Hem – Fabric that it turned up on the lower edge of a garment or sleeve to provide a finished edge. Often extra fabric is left in the hem with children’s clothing to allow for growth (especially skirts and slacks).
Hong Kong finish – Enclosing a seam with bias binding.
Hook & eye closure – A type of closure that employs a small hook on one side and a loop made of fabric or metal on the other. The hook and eye is used at the upper back of many dresses and often on lingerie.

I

Inseam Seam – inside the leg of pants that runs from the crotch to the hem.
Interfacing – Fabric used between layers of fabric to provide stabilization and form. Usually used in collars, cuffs, plackets, some waistbands and pockets, and facings.
Iron – An iron is a tool that is used to straighten or press fabric. The iron can be used with or without steam. It is a very important tool for the sewing room.
Ironing – Ironing is done by moving the iron back and forth over fabric. Ironing is generally not utilized when sewing. See “press”.

J

Jean jumper – A small piece of plastic made to ease sewing seams on denim by holding the presser foot up ever so slightly. Allows the presser foot to “jump” the seam as if it was level with the rest of the denim. Works well with all thick fabrics.

K

L

Lining – Used to finish the inside of a garment, to hide the seam construction, to allow for ease of putting a garment on or taking it off, and to provide decorative effect. A lining is cut of the same pattern pieces as the garment and often is made of “slippery” fabrics. It provides a minimal amount of warmth and usually extends the life of a garment. Linings should be washable if the garment is washable and should be pre-washed.

M

Machine embroidery – Decorative stitching created by using a regular sewing machine (zig zag, satin stitch, etc.) or a sewing machine specifically designed for machine embroidery. Combination machines are available as well.
Miter – Mitering a corner makes a smooth, tidy finish to a 90-degree corner, neatly squaring the corners while creating a diagonal seam from the point of the corner to the inside edge. Mitering is used for quilts corners, craft projects, some vests and jackets, and sometimes on collars.
Muslin – A generally inexpensive woven fabric used to make crafts, back quilts, or to make draft or trial garments.

N

Nap – Nap is the “fuzzy” part of a fabric that is usually directional in nature. Corduroy and velvet are good examples of fabric which has a nap or a pile. If smoothed with the hand in one direction, nap is typically shiny in one direction and not shiny in the other. When cutting out a pattern, care should be taken to keep fabric pieces going in the same direction nap-wise unless one is intentionally mixing naps and piles to produce a different kind of look. See “pile”.
Needle – Sewing machine needles come in a variety of sizes and types – ball point and sharps are the two major categories. Ball point is used for knits and regular sharp needles are used for non-stretch fabrics. There are also all purpose needles, but it is recommended that you use ball point or regular rather than all purpose. There are wing needles, wedge needles, needles of varying sizes and shapes, as well as twin needles for some fancier stitching.
Notch – Usually, the notch is shown on a pattern with a dark diamond. They are commonly cut outward and should be matched on seams when joining for sewing.
Notion – A term used for any item used for sewing other than the fabric and the machine.

O

Overlock – An overcast stitch to prevent raveling of fabric. There are sewing machines made to do overlock stitching. See “serger”.
Overcasting or overstiching – Stitching done over a seam to prevent raveling. This can be done by hand or machine.

P

Pattern weights – Weights used on paper patterns instead of pinning a pattern to the fabric.
Pile – See “nap”.
Pinking shears – Shears with a V shape along the cutting edge used to cut fabric and have it remain essentially ravel-free.
Pins – Pins are used for temporary basting of fabric. They are used to hold patterns in place while cutting and to hold fabrics together while stitching (it is not recommended to machine sew over pins as they have been known to break your sewing machine needle, jam the machine, or cause other problems). Often, large safety pins are used to baste quilt layers before the final quilting. Care should be taken to use a pin that will not leave a large hole and to not leave pins in fabric too long; they could cause stains or rust where they touch the fabric.
Pintuck- Narrow sewn rows of fabric that give a decorative raised look to a garment. Some bloused are made with pin tucking on the bodice for a more tailored look.
Piping – A cord covered with fabric, often used for decorative edging on garments or projects.
Pivot – To leave the needle in fabric, raise the presser foot and turn the fabric at a 45 degree angle. Then lower the presser foot and start sewing. Used to sew square seams.
Placket – A V-shaped opening at the end of a sleeve that is finished with a bias strip before the cuff is attached.
Pleat – A fold in fabric that is either inverted or folded outward, is not sewn except on the top edge (as in a skirt or slacks waistband), and provides decorative or functional fullness.
Press – Using an iron in a press/pick up/move/press/… pattern. Pressing is not moving back and forth on fabric with the iron. Pressing is done “as you go” while creating a garment.
Presser foot – The part of the sewing machine that holds the fabric in place as it is being sewn and fed through by the feed dogs. Specialty feet such as zig zag, buttonhole, cording, blind hem, and others are often included with a sewing machine upon purchase and are best learned by consulting the sewing machine manual.
Prick stitch – You use prick stitching on fabrics such as velvet where everything shows. Take a small backstitch sewn on the right side of the fabric and do the remaining backstitching on the wrong side.

Q

R

Raw (edge) – The edge of fabric that is not stitched or finished.
Right side – The right side of the fabric is the design side. There are instances of fabric with no right or wrong side visible, and the determination and appropriate markings are then made by the person doing the pattern cutting and sewing.
Rotary cutter – Early versions of the rotary cutter looked like pizza cutters. Today, the handles are often ergonomically designed and padded. The blade, though, remains a rounded razor, sometimes with pinked edging or other designs. These are great for cutting layers of fabric into straight strips. Many people are using them for curved lines and pattern cutting for garments as well.
Running stitch – A simple stitch made by running the thread over and under the fabric. This stitch is often used for basting or as the basis (marking) for another more decorative stitch.

S

Satin stitch – A very tight zig zag stitch that is available on most sewing machines. If it is not automatically available, the stitch length can be set to almost 0 to achieve a satin stitch with a plain zig zag machine.
Seam – The result when two pieces of fabric are sewn together along a line.
Seam allowance – The fabric between the edge of the fabric and the line of stitching, about 5/8″ for most patterns. (Craft patterns often allow 1/4″ seam allowance.)
Selvedge, selvage – Often marked with information from the manufacturer (color code, identifying data, etc.), this is the edge of the fabric which generally does not fray due to manufacturer’s finish. In most cases, this edge should not be included when you cut your fabric, as it may cause puckering of your seam later. on.
Separating zipper – A zipper that comes completely apart when unzipped. There is a special tab at the bottom of a separating zipper for bringing it together and starting the zip.
Serger – A type of sewing machine that stitches the seam, encases the seam with thread, and cuts off excess fabric at the same time. These are used for construction of garments with knit fabrics mostly, or to finish seams of any fabric.
Shank button – A button with space left between the button and fabric. A shank button is one made with a shank. Other buttons can be “shanked” by wrapping thread under the button to create a shank.
Sizing – Fabric finish that provides crispness without stiffness; a light starch finish.
Snips – Very small cutting tool resembling scissors used to snip threads. Usually used with hand sewing or portable projects.
Spool – The holder of thread. There are wooden spools, plastic spools, cardboard tube spools, and cone spools, as well as others.
Stash – Collection of fabric.
Stay stitch – A line of stitching just inside the intended permanent stitching line (seam line) on curved edges that stabilizes and keeps the curve from distorting. The direction of the stay stitching is shown on the pattern. If not, it generally goes from shoulder to center on necklines. There are other indications for stay stitching, but this is one of the more common.
Stitch in the ditch – Stitching in the ditch is used as a method of under stitching and also as a form of simple machine quilting for craft projects. It is a method of stitching close to a seam allowance or in the seam itself in order to hold it down.
Stitch length – In general, regular sewing is about 11-12 stitches per inch, basting/gathering/bunching/sleeve easing is about 6 stitches per inch (plus or minus 1 or 2 stitches for some applications). There are rare occasions when stitches need to exceed 12 per inch, but they are few.
Straight stitch – Stitching made with single forward stitches. This is the regular stitch that most sewing machines make and may or may not require a special presser foot.

T

Tack – A temporary stitch to hold pieces together, usually removed after final stitching. Tacking is also known as a term for starting off a seam with a few stitches back and forth for stabilizing.
Tailor’s tack – A tailor’s tack is essentially two threads in a needle, drawn through fabric layer/s and then snipped, leaving tails of thread on top and on the bottom of the fabric as a marking for later use. They can be used to mark pattern pieces for darts, buttonholes, etc. Go straight through all layers of pattern and fabric before snipping any threads. Leave a long enough tail of thread that you can find it later. Use a contrasting thread that stands out so you can see it later.
Tension- Tension is one of the least understood concepts of sewing machines. It refers to the pressure being placed on your needle and bobbin thread by your machine. There are two types of tension on your sewing machine – the thread and bobbin tensions. It is best to read your sewing machine manual for specifics. Rarely does one need to adjust bobbin tension. Your sewing machine manual will show you the appropriate settings and offer you examples of what the threads should look like on the right and wrong sides of your stitching.
Thread- A complementary or like thread is chosen for garment or project construction on a machine. The bobbin should be wound of the same type of thread or the exact same thread whenever possible, to prevent knotting, bunching, etc. The first step for most sewing machine trouble shooting is to change the thread and needle. When hand sewing with one thread, cut the end of the thread that is nearest to the spool before tying a knot in the same end. This will prevent raveling and knotting.
Top stitch – A sometimes decorative, sometimes functional stitch that is usually 1/4″ from the edge of a seam. For instance, once a vest is turned or a facing to a jacket is turned and pressed, one may stitch 1/4″ from the edge on the top of the garment to provide a bit of stabilization. This can be done in same or contrasting thread, depending on the decorative effect one wishes to achieve.
Tracing paper – A type of paper made especially to be used with a tracing wheel. It has an ink-type substance on one side for marking fabric with the wheel.
Tracing wheel A tracing wheel is used with tracing paper. The paper is placed upon the fabric with the “ink” side down, the pattern markings that need to be transferred placed upon the paper, and then the markings are traced with the wheel. The wheel itself looks a bit like a pizza cutter with spikes. Care needs to be taken not to press too hard and cut the pattern, tracing paper, or the fabric. Tracing ink from the tracing paper does not always wash out and this needs to be taken into consideration as well.
Trim – Trim is any decorative item, ribbon, lace that is put on a garment or craft item that is being sewn. Trim is also used to define the act of trimming excess seam allowances or fabric with scissors.
Tuck – See pin tuck. A method of sewing fabric together resulting in a raised seam, often seen in heirloom sewing, the bodice of a woman’s blouse or a man’s formal shirt.

U

Underlining – Lining used to add body to a garment.
Understitching – Keeps a facing or lining from rolling onto the right side of a garment. After pressing the seam allowance and facing away from the garment, stitch through both a scant 1/8″ from the seam. Some people grade the seam allowance and facing/lining prior to stitching to eliminate bulk.
Universal needle – A slightly rounded tip to use for woven or knit fabrics.

V

View – Most patterns show different variations on the pattern package. Each variation is called a “view”.

W

Warp – Threads running the length of a woven fabric, sometimes known as the lengthwise grain (little to no stretch) (see weft and grain)
Wearable art – Decorative, usually quilted, clothing made to be unique, beautiful, and functional.
Weft – Threads running at right angles to the length of a woven fabric, sometimes known as the cross grain (very little to some stretch) (see warp and grain)
Welt – A method of covering the raw edges of a pocket or other opening, can be single or double welt.
Wing needle – Needle with wide, wing shaped, flared sides used to create holes in tightly woven fabrics, such as creating entredeux. Available as single or doubles.
Wrong side – The wrong side of the fabric is the side upon which there is no design. There are instances of fabric with no wrong side visible, and the determination and appropriate markings are then made by the person doing the pattern cutting and sewing.

X, Y, Z

Zig zag – A stitch that goes one way (zig) and then the other (zag) and provides a nice finish to a seam to prevent raveling, can be a decorative addition to any garment, and can allow for give with knits. A very short to nonexistent stitch length with zig zag stitching is the same as a satin stitch.

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How to Clean and Maintain the Range Hood in Your Kitchen
When you’re in your kitchen and you’re in the process of cleaning it, how much time do you devote to your range? Although it tends to be an appliance that not a lot of us give thought to, the truth of the matter is that it’s essential when it comes to keeping our kitchens healthy. That’s because the internal fan that is attached to it helps to capture all of the grease and residue that’s in the air as we’re cooking our meals. If we don’t clean it on a regular basis, it can be a breeding ground for bacteria and even the source of a potential fire hazard. This is why it’s so important that you do all that you can in order to clean and maintain your range hood.

If you’d like some tips on how to do that, we’ve enclosed five of them below:

Clean the vent hood. When it comes to your vent hood, take out the grease filter that is inside of the range and let it soak in a degreaser solution for about an hour. Then take it out and wash it in some soapy warm water (dishwashing liquid should be fine). Also take special note that if your range hood happens to use charcoal filters, when you’re in the process of cleaning it, you should change those as well.

Clean the filters. If you wait too long, there’s a pretty good chance that an oily residue is going to collect on your filters. The reason why this is cause for concern is that if the filters are not clean, the residue could actually end up dropping into your food. So make sure that you take the time to clean those out too.

Clean the inside and outside surfaces. Just about all of us have seen a range hood that seems to have layers of residue on them; almost to the point where it appears impossible to remove. You can avoid this from happening by cleaning the inside and outside surfaces of your range hood no less than twice per month. In most cases, you can put some degreaser on a damp cloth to remove any grime, grease or debris that you see. But if you come across some really stubborn areas, mix one part baking soda with one part water. That should make those spots as good as new. Word of caution: keep the degreaser and baking soda solution away from your light fixtures; it could damage them.

Empty your reservoir. If you were to ask a company like Range Hoods Inc. about what you should do in order to maintain your range hood, something that they would probably tell you to do is look to see if you have reservoir (if you do, it would be located close to the backsplash in your kitchen). It’s something that also helps to catch the oil. If you happen to notice that it is filled with oil, it’s important that you empty it just as soon as possible.

Consider using a natural degreaser. Are you someone who would prefer to use as little chemicals as possible while cleaning your range hood? If so, consider making your own degreaser. All you need to do is combine two cups of warm water, two tablespoons of baking soda, two teaspoons of castile soap and 20 drops of your favorite essential oil. It’s cheap, it’s effective and it will have your range hood sparkling clean in no time!

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We have been professionally cleaning commercial carpet for many years. Commercial carpet cleaning is usually done evenings, weekends or through the night or whenever the property is empty of staff or visitors. We are able to fit in with you and complete the work whenever suits you best.

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Choosing The Right Type Of Carpet Cleaning

BY EXPERT CLEANING SERVICES

Do a quick online search for carpet cleaning and you’ll find a variety of different methods. The two most common are hot water extraction — mostly known as steam cleaning — and hot carbonation, often referred to as dry chemical techniques.
So how do you decide which method is best? To start, check the paperwork that came with your carpet, with the carpet manufacturer itself or with a reputable carpet cleaning company. With most carpet manufacturers the most widely accepted cleaning method is hot water extraction.
The use of truck-mounted equipment that injects water heated between 180 and 250 degrees Fahrenheit into the carpet under pressure and then rinses out a pretreated solution referred commonly as steam cleaning, helps removes embedded soiling , bacteria, dust mites and some odors. The most common drawback is a longer dry time. Done well though, the carpet should dry in just 4-6 hours, but if inferior equipment is used for steam cleaning, dry times can take more than a day — resulting in a over wetting and possibly a mildew smell — as well as the soap can be left behind, attracting more dirt.
Using technically advanced cleaning products has greatly reduced the likelihood of re-soiling that for years has been so prevalent with inferior products that left a great amount of residue behind that attracted soiling. The recent use of non residue cleaning technology has now allowed carpet to be cleaned residue free, leaving the carpet in it’s natural state as when it was new.
“The big, big difference with the advanced cleaning solution is it crystallizes as it dries, while encapsulating any remaining soiling that may have been left behind. It’s pet and family friendly and there’s no risk of leaving any type of soap residue in your carpet, which will attract dirt. If the technician used inferior products, leaving soap in the carpeting, you can tell when a customer has that happen to them. It seems like, within a week or two, the carpet seems dirtier than before they had it cleaned.”
Though most carpet types can withstand both methods, always follow the cleaning recommendations of your carpet manufacturer to ensure you don’t void the carpet’s warranty.
Some companies charge by the room, others by the foot. However a company charges, you should know what the fee will be before the technicians begin the work. Ask for a written quote if it’s not offered to you upfront. Look for a company with a good history and that carries workers compensation and liability insurance and has an affiliation with an industry trade association, like the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) or The Carpet and Rug Institute.
The most common complaint, according to the BBB or Angie’s List reports, is companies that offer a discount and then try to up-sell for additional services once they get in the door.
Customers should understand what their bill is before any work is done, “I invite customers to do as much research as they can on carpet cleaning because there are huge differences in carpet cleaning companies. It’s not just about price.” The old adage, “you get what you pay for”, truly applies. Choose your cleaning company wisely, not by their price alone.

We’ve been providing cleaning services for over 60 years. Our services include carpet, blinds, and tile cleaning. Call us for your cleaning needs.

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It’s that time of year again. The time when people tend to spend as much time outside as they do in (if not more). This means that the patio furniture on the front porch and back deck has to be impeccably clean and presentable.
If you have some patio furniture and you’d like a few ideas on how you can keep it clean during the spring and summer seasons, we have five tips that will keep your pieces looking great during the sunshine, rain and everything in between.

Plastic furniture. If your patio furniture happens to be made of classic, the main thing to keep in mind is while it may be durable, without cleaning it on a weekly basis, it can start to look a bit dingy. Usually, all you need to do is get a bucket of warm soap and water, wash the pieces down with a sponge and then rinse them off with a hose. However, if your furniture happens to be white, it’s a good idea to add a bit of bleach or hydrogen peroxide and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes before the final rinse.

Aluminum furniture. This kind of furniture can handle soap and water too. The only other thing that we suggest is that once the furniture is dry, apply a thin coat of high quality car wax in order to protect it until it’s time for you to wash it again.

Wooden furniture. Although the general concept for cleaning plastic furniture is the same for wood, one thing that we do advise is that you wear some rubber gloves (to protect your hands from possible splinters) and that you go with a kind of soap that’s specifically made to clean wood like perhaps Murphy’s Oil Soap. A denture brush is pretty effective for hard to reach crevices. Also, make sure that after you rinse the furniture that you use a soft rag to dry the furniture off.

Wicker furniture. Wicker is one of the most beautiful kinds of patio furniture, but if you try and clean it with soap and water, it can prove to be pretty frustrating. Our suggestion is that you put a small attachment on your vacuum cleaner and then vacuum the furniture to get the dirt and twigs off of it. You can then follow that up with wiping the pieces down with a damp cloth.

Upholstery, glass tabletops and patio umbrellas. When it comes to your patio furniture’s “accessories”, we have a few suggestions. For your cushions and pillows, if they are made of vinyl rather than fabric, mix a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent and Borax into a quart of warm water and put the cushions into the solution for 5-10 minutes before rinsing them off and letting them air dry. For glass tabletops, you can use regular window cleaner although if some candle wax has hardened on them, you can loosen it up by blowing warm air from your blow dryer on it for a couple of minutes and then applying some rubbing alcohol to remove any residue. For patio umbrellas, if you’ve noticed any mildew, to remove it mix 1\4 cup of bleach to a gallon of water and then wipe it down with a rag. That should do the trick.

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Making Your House Sparkle
Living in a clean and organized house is essential in having a good quality of life. Although small children and pets can make home cleaning into a continuous all-day chore, there are some tips and shortcuts you can take in order to keep your house looking great. You never know when someone is going to unexpectedly drop by the house. By making your house look clean and clutter free most of the time, you won’t have to worry about guests dropping by and you can invite them into a clean house.

When you have children, it seems impossible to keep all of the toys and clutter picked up around the house. Just when you get everything put away, they pull out their toys again and you’re back where you started. Here are some tips that can keep your house looking nice, even when you have kids and pets living with you. Getting your children involved in the cleaning process will not only give you a few extra helping hands, but also teaches your kids the value of home cleaning. Teach your children that when they get something out, they need to put it away after they are done playing with it. Have each child be responsible for cleaning their own room. Keeping their room clean will give them a sense of responsibility and accomplishment when they are able to play in a nice, clean room. Everyone wants to raise their children in a clean environment. Because home cleaning will ensure that your house will be free from bacteria and germs, your kids may actually be healthier.

Gathering your cleaning supplies before you begin home cleaning will save you time from having to search for your cleaners while trying to clean. Having a cleaning bucket full of your supplies is a good idea, making it easy to grab and go. A good way to set the mood and get yourself motivated to clean is to put on your favorite mix of high energy music and turn it up loud. Get out some tasty snacks to munch on and wear some comfortable clothes. Now you’re ready to clean. Sorting your clutter and picking up scattered items around the house is a great place to start when cleaning your home. Throw away any garbage you might have and put everything back into its place. Don’t overwhelm yourself with the entire house. Take it easy and just work on one room at a time.

Having a cleaning routine will help to make your home cleaning be quicker and more efficient. Start in the same room each time and develop a cleaning pattern. Starting from the top of the room and working down is a great strategy. Begin with dusting your ceiling fan and work your way down the walls. Next you can dust and clean your furniture, fireplace mantels, countertops and windows. Last but not least, vacuuming, mopping and waxing the floor adds the finishing touch to your clean home.

It’s a wonderful feeling when you have a fresh and clean house. After you’ve worked hard and cleaned your entire home, treat yourself to something special like a hot bubble bath. Relax and enjoy the rest of your day. Another cleaning day is right around the corner.

If you prefer to hire a maid service to keep your home sparkling clean, check out our maid service reviews.

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How to Find a Maid that’s a Good Fit
Hiring a maid is a decision that shouldn’t be taken too lightly. This person will be given full access to your home and you want to be sure you’re working with someone you feel you can trust. Some services will even clean your home while you’re away, so you’ll be handing over your keys and alarm code to a new person. Before you make your choice, there are many important factors to consider.

How Does the Maid Service Operate?
Different maid services can operate very differently, so you’ll want to find a company that fits your personal needs. Some companies will send a team of three or four people with a set routine who will quickly and efficiently handle the housecleaning. Other services will send a single maid to assist with your housecleaning. This type of arrangement is often more flexible with following your routine rather than their own. You will also find different scheduling choices with various companies. If you need services at a very specific time, this is an important factor to consider when you’re comparing maids.

Do You Have Special Family Members?
If you’re home while your maid is cleaning, she may become like a part of your family during the time that she’s there. You want someone who feels comfortable with your family. If you have pets, it’s important that you find a maid who is comfortable with animals and certainly not allergic. Some maids may be more comfortable with children or the elderly as well. Language is an important factor for clear communication, so you should select someone that you and your family can communicate with well.

What Are Your Cleaning Requirements?
Consider your expectations carefully before hiring a maid so you can make sure you’re all on the same page. Some clients need only a light cleaning service, while others expect a deep cleaning. Make a list of what you expect on each visit and don’t take any services for granted. Do you want the windows cleaned, dishes done, laundry washed, porches swept and plants watered? You can’t expect your maid to perform all these tasks unless you’re very clear about what you need. You should also ask whether the service will pick up and organize your belongings, or if this needs to be done prior to each visit.

How Did You Hear About the Maid Service?
Reliability and trustworthiness are a priority when you’re hiring the services of a maid. If you’ve simply selected a company from the phone book, you may want to ask for references to see how other clients feel about the company. Online research will help you learn more about the reputation of the company as well. When you read user reviews online, keep in mind that dissatisfied customers are more likely to take the time to post a complaint than happy customers are to sit down and rave. A single poor review could be the result of one unfortunate incidence in an otherwise reputable company.

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House Cleaning Tips for Busy People

Nothing can make you feel better than a nice maintained home that sees everything in its place and is free of cutter, but in today’s fast paced world cleaning your home may be the last thing on your mind as you are simply too busy. More and more people are just letting the homestead slip to the sloppy and unorganized side or are hiring a maid service to do the job for them, but if you don’t want to do either there is hope for you to clean your home no matter how busy you get.

Here are some helpful tips that will have even the busiest person find time for a little spring – or anytime – cleaning:

• Make it fun: No one likes to clean but you can make the task just a bit more on the fun side. Get an egg timer and set it for five or ten minutes. You take on one room and have someone else in your family take on another. At the end of the time see which room looks the neatest. You will have a little fun and you will get tidied up just a bit.
• Don’t drop and go: Many times when people return from a long day at the office they walk in their house, flip off their shoes, let their coat drop, etc. This is what is known as ‘drop and go.’ When you drop and go you are not only cluttering up your home but you are in fact increasing the workload on yourself when you do find the time to clean as you will now have to pick everything up and organize more than you would have had too if you simply put things in their place as you went. While drop and go is a bad habit, you can work to reverse it into a good habit and make sure those shoes, jackets, and other things from you busy work day end up where they belong and not all over the floor of your home.
• Combine relaxing and cleaning: What do most people want to do when they get home from a long day of work? Relax and watch some television right? Well you can utilize what we all hate about television, namely commercials, to help you get your house cleaned. The average commercial break is about two and a half minutes long and sometime can be more. Have your cleaning weapons of choice ready when your favorite program is about to start and when the commercials hit, you hit the house cleaning. You will be surprised at just how much you can get done during commercials. While you won’t get the entire house cleaned it is not out of the realm of possibilities to knock out a quick vacuuming, some light dusting, and even a wiping down of the kitchen counters.

The bottom line is that everyone could use more time to get house cleaning done, but few will get it and will have to make it instead. By squeezing in cleaning here and there when you can your home will look less like a pig pen and more like the cozy haven that you want after a tiresome day of working.

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How to Find a Reputable Cleaning Service
It is true that our homes can get quite dirty – so do our office spaces and any other indoor area that we occupy. It seems that everywhere we go and spend time we create a mess. Most of us don’t even have the time to pick up after ourselves, let alone spend a good couple of hours cleaning. In this case it can be critical to hire a cleaning service. However, hiring a reputable cleaning service can be difficult, especially if you don’t know where to start. Here are some ways you can find a reputable cleaning service.

For one, ask your friends and family. In fact, ask your friend with the most kids, because chances are they have gone through all the cleaning services in town. Asking your immediate and closest contacts is a great place to start looking for a reputable cleaning service, because you can trust their opinion more than anyone else’s. Moreover, they can give you personal accounts of how thorough they were. It can be very easy to hire a cleaning service and then realize they forgot to clean half your house. In most cases, you want to have more favorable reviews than negative, because you want to know that a particular cleaning service did a stellar job before you actually hire them to clean your home or office.

Next, you could contact a cleaning service agency. This can be a great way to hire a reputable cleaning service, because agencies usually have very stringent hiring practices and they do background checks. The only downside to hiring a cleaning service from an agency is that they are typically more expensive. Also, there are lot of cleaning agencies to choose from and because they are all listed online, you might be spending a lot of time looking through websites and reading reviews. If the particular cleaning service had online reputation management services performed on their online image it might be hard to find negative remarks, but if you dig hard enough you should be able to find something.

Another way to find a reputable cleaning service is to look online. There are a number of job seeking sites where house cleaners will post their services and rates. The only downside of this is that some of these services might be a scam, which can be devastating if you become a victim. They might steal your money by asking for a deposit or their services are just a front to case your home so that can rob you when you aren’t home. In this instance, it is important to perform a background check to make sure that they don’t have any criminal records or pending lawsuits. You could also ask for references, but most importantly you should meet them in person.

Lastly, when you are looking for a reputable cleaning service you want to make sure that you have a number of references or even complete a background check. You don’t want to bring strangers into your home and then realize that something valuable is missing after they’re gone. If the cleaning service is good and does a thorough job you might hire them again and again.

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Learn the Pros and Cons of a Maid Service
In today’s fast paced world, we can often struggle to find time for ourselves to relax as we struggle to cope with life’s everyday demands. It is for this reason that many are turning to the use of maid services in order to free up their spare time and keep their homes spic and span. Within your local area there are many maid services which can be found by researching on the web or by simply browsing through your local directory. However, before you agree to sign any agreement with a maid service, it is important that you are aware of the pros and cons of using a maid service to ensure that this is the correct route for you.

Maid Service Pros:

It’s easy to see why so many homeowners pay for the services of a cleaner as they are able to continue with their everyday tasks knowing that their chores have been taken care of. In the event you have children to look after, it can be extremely exhausting running around after them, trying to clear up the destruction they often cause within the home without having to worry about the stacks of laundry you need to do also. By employing a professional maid, you will be provided with peace of mind that no matter how stressful your day at work may have been or any errands you may need to complete before you are able to venture home; you will know that when you enter your home, it will be clean, tidy and mess free. This in effect can also help the daily running of your family as you will find you have more free time on your hands. Tidying up after a family can be a long and lengthy job which can often seem never ending. By employing a maid service to do this for you, cleaning your home is one job you will not have to worry about, meaning you have much more time on your hands to spend with your family. If you opt to have weekly, bi-weekly or even bi-monthly cleans, your home will also benefit from frequent maintenance meaning you will have to complete very little cleaning yourself.

Maid Service Cons:

Having your very own maid can be a very indulgent thing to invest in as it helps to eliminate the stress which can be caused from too much housework. However, as with any type of service, there are a few cons which you must take into consideration before agreeing to use a service. When making your agreement, you must be specific with the company and/or specified maid about which rooms you wish to be cleaned and any areas of the home that the maid is not permitted to go into. If you are looking for a thorough clean, be sure to tell the maid that she is allowed to move the furniture, etc as many maids will refrain from moving personal items unless permitted as to not upset a client. You should also not expect to be provided with the level of service one would see in a hotel-unless this level of cleaning has been strictly advertised and promised. Often, a client will become disheartened to find that their home has not be cleaned to the level they initially expected but remember, a maid will be given a set time in which to have your home completed within. Beware that some companies may provide you with a different maid each time which although they all do the same job in regards to cleaning, some clients may prefer to build a relationship with a specific maid so that they feel safer having a stranger in the home. Where possible, request to keep the same cleaner which will not only help provide a sense of relief, but as your relationship grows, it will make it easier for you to amend your requirements and have these put into plan.

In regards to the costs of using a maid service, this will depend on the level of service you require, the amount of rooms, etc you need the maid to attend to and the company in which you choose to use. However, whether you believe using a maid service will be beneficial to you or not, is primarily up to you although with the use of a maid service, you are guaranteed to have a clean and tidy home which allows you to get on with more important tasks, such as spending time with your family.

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1.What areas do you cover?
We operate within the city and surrounding areas.

2.What kind of services do you provide?
We conduct professional carpet steam and dry cleaning; upholstery leather, steam and dry cleaning; inside and outside window cleaning; natural stone, tile and concrete floor polishing. We perform regular domestic and office cleaning, as well as one off spring cleaning and end of tenancy cleaning.

3.What is the minimum of hours for your services?
It depends on the type of the service, as different cleaning operations have different duration. We require a minimum of two hours for regular domestic and office cleaning service, a minimum of four hours for one off cleaning with your cleaning materials and a minimum of six hours for one off cleaning with our cleaning materials. The prices for end of tenancy cleaning service are fixed.

4.Are your cleaners insured?
Yes, all of our cleaners are thoroughly background checked and fully insured.

5.Can I meet my cleaner before the first clean?
We can arrange you a pre-clean meeting with your cleaner to consider whether you feel comfortable with them.

6.Will my cleaner be covered for holiday or sickness?
We always provide a replacement in case of holiday or sickness with the same standard of the service.

7.Should I be present during the cleaning?
It’s completely up to you. You could stay and supervise the cleaning, or leave the technicians work and have your time. Our cleaners could leave the key on a safe place or to an authorized person.

8.Do I have to supply the cleaning materials?
We will appreciate if you provide the basic supplies for the regular cleanings, such as a vacuum cleaner, detergents, cloths, bucket and mop. On your request we could provide everything at a small charge. For our special cleanings, such as carpet, upholstery or window cleaning, we bring the necessary equipment and detergents with us.

9.Can I change my cleaner if I am not satisfied?
Of course. Keep us informed about everything that happens during the cleaning sessions and if you have any complains, we will send you another cleaner immediately.

10.Do you have insurance cover?
We hold Public and Employers Liability Insurance, as well as Accident and Health Policy.

11.Can you give me a price over the phone?
Yes, you can discuss your property specifics and cleaning needs with our office assistants and they will provide you with a precise quotation.

12.Do you conduct cleanings during the weekend?
We work 7 days a week with no extra charge for the weekend days.

13.How can I pay for the service?
You have the opportunity to pay cash, by check or via bank transfer.

14.What carpet cleaning method do you use?
We apply steam or dry carpet cleaning, depending of the type of the fabric.

15.Is it possible the cleaning to take more than one day?
For larger amount of work we usually send a team of cleaners to finish the job within the same day. If you prefer, we could split the work and perform it for two or more days.

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If you are looking for an exclusive Texas hunting lease than you need to consider Tajos Hunts on the El Sauz Ranch. Tajos Hunt’s hunting lease is on 50,000 acres of the Nopales division of the El Sauz Ranch which is five miles from Port Mansfield Texas. You’ll find a large and diverse population of game including:

Whitetail Buck – Whitetail deer are popular game on the Tajos Hunts lease and the deer herds have been managed for sport hunting since 1986.
Nilgai Antelope – the most successful exotic in South Texas, Nilgai are native to India and were initially brought to the United States as zoo animals during the early 1920s and the El Sauz Ranch is home to a large free ranging herd. As the largest Indian antelope, adult males weigh over 600 pounds yet exhibit great endurance and can maintain speeds of 30 miles per hour when fleeing danger. They offer very challenging spot and stalk hunting opportunities.
Feral Hogs – Feral pigs in Texas are descended from introductions of European wild hogs for sporting purposes and from escaped domestic swine that have established feral populations.
Javelina – Early Spanish explorers called these small, pig like mammals “Javelina” which was derived from javelin because of their sharp, nearly straight canines. They top out at about 60 pounds and are classified as game animals and are available for year-round hunting excursions.
Feathered game – turkey, duck, geese, dove, and quail are plentiful on the 50,000 acres of the Tajos Hunting Lease. The acreage can produce large numbers of quail when conditions are right, but good populations of quail happen in poor rainfall years due to the varied habitat that covers the ranch. With the large areas of wetlands the ranch encompass, duck hunting is always good and easy to reach
Hunting Lease Memberships

Tajos Hunts is an very exclusive Texas hunting lease which is limited to 35 members. Each member can bring up to three guests on each visit with no limit on the number of visits to the hunting lease. Memberships are available on an individual or corporate basis. The annual membership is $21,000 and includes:

· staff provided lunch and dinner for members and guests – breakfast food is available on a self serve base

overnight lodging in the unique Nopales Lodge
full use of dog kennels
two covered parking bays which offer hunting vehicles and equipment protection from the elements
indoor game-processing facility with a walk-in cooler making game cleaning and storage quick and convenient
a secure and climate-controlled firearm storage and cleaning facility.
200 yard rifle range providing a safe environment for shooting sports, target practice, and sighting-in
swimming pool and deck chairs for relaxing
· fire pit and patio area which is perfect for a cold drink and spinning some tales

Hunting

Each member can enjoy a very diverse hunting experience with the liberal game limits and year round access on this very large Texas hunting lease. The lease year starts April 1st and allows year round access by members on the 50,000 acres for hunting, fishing, bird watching, photography, enjoying the outdoors, or relaxing around the pool. The annual limits of game and fish per member and their guests per year include:

1 trophy whitetail buck
2 management whitetail buck
2 bull nilgai
4 cow nilgai
10 feral hogs
2 javelina
1 spring turkey
daily limits of ducks, geese, dove, and quail for each member and guest as set by State and Federal Law
daily fish limits are set by State law
Each member provides his own hunting vehicle and is free to roam and hunt all of the 50,000 acres as they desire. One blind and one feeder is allowed per member. Most members take advantage of the large size and hunt safari style from a vehicle rather than a blind. If a member requires a turn key approach, a vehicle and guide can be provided at additional cost.

Nilgai and hogs offer year round hunting opportunities. The Nilgai can reach almost 700 pounds and are excellent eating and a very good trophy animal. Nilgai, as well as deer, are managed to provide quality animals as well as numerous hunting opportunities. The fall season starts in September with early Teal and dove season. Dove and quail are usually in good numbers even during a poor rainfall year.

Fishing

The same wetlands that provide superior duck hunting allow members and their guests to fish for redfish and freshwater catfish by driving right up to the water. Or if you prefer, Port Mansfield is just five minutes from the Lodge and gives you access to Laguna Madre and the Gulf of Mexico for some of the best fishing in Texas. By boat, the Gulf Of Mexico is only nine miles away and once through the Port Mansfield Pass you’ll be able to go after the big ones like: Sailfish, Marlin, Tarpon, Ling, Mackerel and Snapper. Laguna Madre is a unique shallow water bay ecosystem that is home to redfish, speckled trout, flounder and a variety of other game fish year round Take your catch back to the ranch and have a fresh fish fry and get ready for another day of excellent hunting and fishing.

Lodging

Member accommodations are in the Nopales Lodge which once served the United States Navy as a missile-tracking station. After extensive remodeling of the original building and several additions the former missile-tracking station now provides elegant accommodations with private cabanas and an inviting swimming pool and patio area. The lodge has 24 bedrooms and 23 bathrooms and a commercial grade kitchen. Nopales Lodge is located within the boundaries of the ranch and just a half mile from Highway 186, is easily accessed year-round and during any weather conditions via a paved entrance.

Nearby

Nopales Lodge is conveniently located to the Port Mansfield 3500 foot runway or Valley International Airport in Harlingen is less than 30 minutes from the ranch. The Ranch is less than an hours drive from Mexico and the beaches and activities at South Padre Island.

Summary

Tajos Hunts is a unique Texas hunting membership because of it’s location, size, and facilities. It will appeal to both an individual for his own enjoyment or for a corporation who wishes to reward employees or entertain clients with excellent hunting and fishing trips. Since membership is limited to 35 members, you need to act quickly.
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When to keep and when to kill the prickly pear

Like most things in life, the prickly pear cactus has it pros and its cons. For anyone who has ever had a brush with prickly pear glochids, those tiny, barbed spines that can inflict a world of hurt, it might be difficult to envision particular positives at that moment. But fans of the slightly tart, almost citrus flavor of nopalitos, made from the tender young pads of the cactus, are happy to extol the prickly pear’s culinary virtues. The brilliant magenta fruit of the prickly pear – the tuna – can also be eaten raw (once denuded of its spines and peeled) or used to make sweet jellies or syrups. In his accounts of experiences in the area now known as Texas, Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca noted the prickly pear as a staple of the native peoples’ diet. During times of drought, the prickly pear has long served as an emergency source of food for livestock. Ranchers have often initiated controlled burns or used “pear burners” to rid the cactus of its painful spines, making it easier for cattle to eat.
But while a plate of fajitas con nopalitos washed down with a prickly pear margarita is all fine and tasty, what about prickly pear and wildlife?
In moderation, prickly pear is an excellent plant for whitetail deer, javelina, and other wildlife. As a bonus non-nutritional benefit, bobwhite quail and small mammals utilize the cactus for screening and protective cover. It can also serve as a protective “nurse plant” for more desirable woody and herbaceous plants. Like many other native plants, it has its wildlife-beneficial features, as long as it is limited on a property. It also occupies an aesthetic place on the Texas landscape, particularly during the spring when its delicate pink buds blossom to showy yellow flowers. However, when landowners have too much of a good thing and prickly pear density and abundance suppress native grass, forb, and shrub diversity, then it needs to be controlled. In addition to crowding out other native plants, over-abundant prickly pear can also limit some wildlife management practices such as mowing and discing due to concerns about spreading the prickly pear.
Unlike other cacti which tend to grow slowly, the fast growing prickly pear can spread at a sometimes alarming rate. This tends to happen in pastures that have been subjected to long-term overgrazing. Once prickly pear gets established in dense stands, the only way to reduce its dominance is to kill it. Options for doing so include digging out the plants (roots included) by hand or with equipment, which is labor intensive, and the plants must be gathered to prevent creating new plants from loose pads. Prescribed fire followed by immediate grazing can reduce its dominance and has other benefits, but the most practical, long-term solution for problem prickly pear is to have it professionally treated with a herbicide.
It takes a strong herbicide to take down prickly pear and, if not carefully applied, it can kill other desirable plants. Herbicides that control prickly pear are almost all controlled use herbicides, which means you must have a license to buy and use them.
Because many landowners do not have a controlled use license for prickly pear herbicide, or the experience to assess the value of leaving some prickly pear for wildlife, Plateau offers prickly pear removal as one of its many Wildlife Management services. Plateau takes the time to thoroughly treat each plant individually to get the best possible kill without wasting expensive herbicide, and to make sure that only the target plants are treated.
The best time to treat prickly pear is when the invasion is still limited to small, but abundant, plants. Select plants should be retained for the positive benefits they provide, including cover and food. While prickly pear control can be done year round, the best seasons to do so, if a herbicide is used, are spring to early summer, and then in the fall, as post-treatment rainfall is important to move the herbicide into the soil. But, as we all know, Mother Nature doesn’t always follow the calendar, so ideal windows can shift from year to year. Summer applications can also be very effective if soil moisture levels are adequate and rainfall is expected.
Because successful herbicide application takes planning, landowners in need of prickly pear control – or those in need of an assessment of their prickly pear situation – should contact professionals like Plateau prior to the ideal treatment seasons so a treatment plan is at the ready when the time is right.

Early summer is also the only good time to do foliar herbicide applications for mesquite. Half-cutting mesquite is best done during the spring/early summer period as well.

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#11 Protect Yourself From Bugs

The spring woods are full of several of God’s creatures, and some consider turkey hunters a good meal. In the Deep South, the creeks and sloughs are guarded by alligators and snakes. Nevertheless, to be honest, the real deep wood’s villains are the insects.

Gnats, chiggers, mosquitoes, biting flies and ticks are annoying and some can carry diseases. For this reason, hunters that rely on a spray repellant should make sure that the product has an adequate amount of DEET. Use caution however when using DEET as the concentration strengths vary, and some of the DEET is absorbed through the skin.

A better choice is to use a ThermaCell – a butane charged repellant that works remarkably.

Another choice for repelling insects is to wear a bug suit. These tightly meshed outfits serve as a thin “body armor” to protect you from bites.

Either way you choose, be prepared and know that insects can spoil your trip if you allow them to.

#12 Stay Out of Sight

When setting up in the pre-dawn hour on a roosted tom keep in mind that if you can see the turkeys then the turkeys can see you. A turkey’s vision is actually keener than that of a human.

I usually try to slip to within 100 yards of the turkeys I plan to hunt, and use natural vegetation to hide my movements as I approach my setup location.
Do not try to get any closer than the landscape will allow because you risk spooking the turkeys in the opposite direction.

#13 Stay Away from Obstacles

When setting up, keep in mind that turkeys normally do not like to cross natural barriers – like fences or creeks. Often hunters believe a turkey that was previously fired up and gobbling at will lost interest when he stops gobbling, but many times he has just run into an obstacle.

Knowing the terrain you are hunting can pay big dividends, by helping you avoid natural “hang ups.”

#14 Know Non-Verbal Turkey Talk

When closing the deal on a gobbler just out of gun range rely on non-vocal sounds that turkeys make when feeding; the easiest of which is to scratch in the leaves to simulate feeding turkeys.

Another non-vocal method of attracting turkeys in the morning is with the use of a wing to imitate turkeys scraping their wings in the tree. A wing can also accurately mimic a turkey flying down from the roost.

Exercise caution when using or carrying a turkey wing into the woods.

#15 Use Caution Gobbling

Though a gobble call may work sometimes, generally it will spook more subordinate gobblers than it will lure. Use extreme caution if you choose to use this call, as it will attract other hunters.

Gobble calls can be excellent locator calls, and at times can attract dominant gobblers, but they can pose a danger as they sound exactly like the birds you are hunting.

#16 Use Decoys, But With Care

In states where allowed, decoys add a realistic touch to a turkey calling setup. With the realism found in today’s models, care should be used when using decoys.

I have found that placing a jake decoy directly behind a hen decoy produces a very effective arrangement. I also like to use a jake with two or three hen decoys to imitate a flock of birds.

Keep in mind that when using a jake decoy that most approaching longbeards will move around to the front of the decoy, in an effort to challenge the “juvenile” head on.

Remember decoys can fool other hunters also. Always have a clear view well past shotgun range to reduce your risk of being shot.

#17 Know Your Woods

Being a good woodsman will win out over being a good caller any day. I have hunted with nationally known calling champions that relied solely on their calling prowess, and many times went home empty handed.

Knowing the woods where you hunt instantly helps put the odds in your favor. Knowing where turkeys like to feed, loaf, and strut enables you to strategically move and stay one step ahead of your quarry.

Turkeys are hard to stalk, but with a knowledge of the land enables you to circle around ahead of where they want to be, and in the process place yourself in a position for a possible shot.

Remember also that you cannot call a turkey to a place where a turkey does not want to be.

#18 Shoot Humanely

Hunters using shotguns for spring turkeys should aim for the area where the feathers meet the caruncles on the neck. A turkey must be hit in either the neck or head to anchor and humanely harvest. Shots to the body only serve to cripple a turkey and many times the birds are never recovered but die a slow lingering death

Archers faced with a side profile of a turkey should aim at the wing butts. A sharp broadhead is recommended as these heavy bones shield the vitals (heart and lungs) which are approximately the size of a baseball. When faced with a head-on shot, an archer can aim for the upper chest area near the beard and impale the vitals. An archer should aim for the middle to upper spine on a turkey facing away.

In short, any shot taken at a turkey must be a shot to kill and not merely wound.

#19 Use Blinds

When hunting with a novice hunter it is a good idea to employ a blind. Several manufacturers make blinds in all shapes and sizes. Using a blind enables most movement to be safely hidden from the keen eyes of an approaching turkey.
I like to use a pole blind, which is lightweight and easy to set up. It also gives me the freedom to have complete use of my hands while operating calls when turkeys are just out of range.

Last season I hunted out of a tent blind and was amazed at the results. I was able to completely stand up and stretch my legs while remaining hidden from my quarry.

The only detriment to using a blind is the lack of mobility. However, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.

#20 Use a Turkey Vest

The turkey vest is one of the most critical aspects of apparel I wear when turkey hunting. I carry virtually everything but the proverbial kitchen-sink in mine. In it, I have an assortment of turkey calls ranging from box calls to several types of friction calls. This variety of calls enables me to make a wide range of turkey talk from mellow to raspy yelps and from faint to high pitch cutts. I also carry extra head nets and gloves for hunting companions who inevitably forget theirs.

I use the back of my vest to tote decoys and hopefully my long-bearded gobbler. My vest has a place to carry a water bottle as well as a flashlight. Best of all my turkey vest has a snap out seat that cushions my backside from the hard thorny and sometimes damp ground, which enables me to sit still longer.

WORDS OF WISDOM

As hunting legend Ronnie “Cuz” Strickland once said, “Any long beard is a good turkey.”

Taking a long beard under fair chase conditions is a tough proposition at best. The quest to take a mature tom can come extremely easy at times, and then cause you to go stir crazy other times.

Simply put, there are no absolutes in turkey hunting. Turkeys will defy logic at times, but most of the time they follow their daily routines.

Thanks to the efforts of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the wild turkey numbers 5.6 million birds in North America. Turkeys flourish in 49 of the 50 states, and in Canada and Mexico.

Our turkey hunting heritage is a legacy that we must pass on to those who come after us. We are most privileged to hunt the majestic game bird.
I hope this article whet your appetite for a spring turkey hunt, and I hope it culminates in a savory turkey dinner.

Be sure to identify your target, hunt safe, and introduce a new hunter to our great outdoors!

By Mike Lambeth

Moultrie Feeders
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Weekly migratory bird hunting reports are posted from early September through early February.

North Zone Dove: Rain showers in North Texas hurt the flight a bit last week, but locals are not complaining since the region has been without rain for some time. Good flights of mourners resumed their pattern over soybeans and corn after the rain. Abilene saw half-limits to near-limits of mourning doves. Better shoots were had in the afternoon. No cool fronts are in the forecasts for the next week, especially with high pressure dominating the region. Prospects are fair to good.

Central Zone Dove: High winds and water last week put a damper on dove hunting. Uvalde, San Saba, Waco, Sabinal, Del Rio and Hondo were steady for mourning doves and whitewings. Expect hunting to improve around San Antonio as the area dries. Whitewings are good around Columbus and Sealy. Brenham hunters have enjoyed good shoots as well. Scorching temperatures have done nothing to prompt a new influx of birds. Hankamer and Devers has enjoyed good afternoon shoots. Prospects are fair to good.

South Zone Dove: The season opens Sept. 17, and corn, milo and wild sunflowers have held the largest concentrations of birds around Lytle, Uvalde, Del Rio and the Rio Grande Valley. Conditions are wet in the Valley so afternoon water shoots should not be as profitable as in dry years. Doves have been pressured in Central Zone fields around Uvalde and Del Rio are staging just over the zone boundary in corn, milo and sunflowers. A wet summer hurt sunflower production around El Campo, however, strong concentrations remain in the township and around Danevang. Prospects are good.

Teal Season: Opening day of teal season on the coast was steady on the coastal prairies, though many insisted best flights occurred later in the morning. Sunday was much slower as birds seem to disappear in historically steady locales. Many hens were harvested, giving rise to the notion that the first wave of adult drakes continued south. Good hunts were posted in Wharton County rice fields and leveed ponds. Eagle Lake and Garwood hunters reported good shoots. Collegeport hunters shot limits. Playa lakes in the Panhandle gave up good shoots. Water supplies there are in good shape from summer rains. Along the coast, biologist Matt Nelson said Mad Island WMA near Bay City averaged around three birds per man for the weekend. Justin Hurst WMA near Freeport saw slower results with just over a bird per man. The Guadalupe Delta WMA near Port Lavaca is closed due to flooding. Prospects are good.

2010-09-15

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