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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I care for my grill?

    Whether your grill is charcoal or gas, performing regular cleaning and maintenance will lengthen its life and keep it operating in top form. These tips can help:

    • Clean drip trays to prevent flareback.
    • If turning the grill on high doesn't burn off drippings and other debris on the smart bars, clean them with mild, warm soapy water.
    • Clean the outside. Not only will it look better, but grease and salt can damage painted surfaces. Avoid using a harsh cleaner; mild soapy water will do just fine.
    • Discard your charcoal grill's ashes -- after they're cooled, of course.
    • If you keep the grill outside, protect it with a water-resistant cover after each use.
    • If you haven't cleaned your grill in a while, the job may take a little more work, but these ideas can make the task easier:
    • Combine one part water and one part distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle and heavily spray the inside of the grill. Close the lid and let the mixture work for at least an hour, softening the burned particles and making them easier to remove.
    • Clean the grate with an oven cleaner, following manufacturer's instructions. This is the only part of the grill where it's okay to use oven cleaner; the harsh chemicals can damage other surfaces on your grill.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

     

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What kind of birdseed should I buy to attract a specific kind of bird?

    Additional links:

    How can I create a bird friendly habitat?

    What bird feeder should I select?

    Birdfeeding.org

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • How can I create a bird friendly habitat?

    Locate Feeders at Different Levels

    Juncos and sparrows usually feed on the ground, while finches and cardinals feed in shrubs, and chickadees, titmice and woodpeckers feed in the trees.

    Use Suet to Attract Insect Eating Birds

    Suet attracts birds such as woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches and titmice.

    Offer a Variety of Seed in Different Feeders

    A variety of seeds will attract the greatest variety of birds. To avoid waste, offer different seeds in different feeders. Black oil sunflower seed appeals to the greatest number of birds.

    See chart for tips on using a specific food to attract a specific bird.

    Provide a Source of Fresh Water

    Birds need to drink and bathe, so provide fresh water on a daily basis.

    Locate Bird Feeders Next to Native Plants

    Native plants provide potential nesting sites and a source of natural food, while providing cover in inclement weather.

    Clean Feeders

    Empty and clean your feeder twice per year with dish detergent and then rinse with a 10% non-chlorine bleach solution. Rinse well and dry in the sun. In the early spring, rake up spilled grain and sunflower hulls.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • How do I transplant flowers?

    First, dig a hole a little larger than the plant's rootball. Put your hand over the rootball and turn the container over. Now, you can gently pull off the container with your other hand. Set the rootball in the hole, cover with loose soil, press down firmly and water thoroughly.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • How can I use my grill as a smoker?

    Your versatile grill can be used as a smoker by changing up your grilling routine just a bit.

    Gas Grill

    Before you turn the grill on, remove the left and center cooking grates and place a 9x13 disposable aluminum pan filled with wood chips (that you’ve soaked for 30 minutes and drained) directly on the flavor bars or lava rocks in the far left corner.

    Place a couple smaller disposable pans with a little water beneath the center grate to catch drippings and keep the meat from drying out.

    Replace the cooking grates, close the lid and preheat all burners on high for 15-20 minutes, which gets the chips smoking and smoldering.

    Turn off the middle burner and place the meat on that cooking grate. Never place the meat directly over the wood chips, or your food will taste like ashes.

    Charcoal Grill

    Remove the cooking grate and place an aluminum pan containing water in the center of the grill’s charcoal grate. As with the gas grill, this pan will catch drippings and add moisture.

    Place about 25 charcoal briquettes on each side of the pan and light them. When the coals are covered with gray ash, place a little handful of wood chips that have been soaked in water for 30 minutes on each pile of charcoal.

    Place the meat over the drip pan and put the lid on quickly. Open the air vents just slightly to keep as much smoke as possible inside the grill.

    Smoking takes longer than grilling, of course. Baby back ribs may cook anywhere from 90 minutes to two hours and chicken may require one to two hours. But you’ll quickly find that the wait was definitely worth it.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What is an annual?

    These plants last one season and die out.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Information in this document has been furnished by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and associated contributors. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy and safety. Neither NRHA, any contributor nor the retailer can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Give Your Home a Facelift by Enhancing Your Front Entrance

    If you long to give your home that sought-after "curb appeal," consider starting with your front entrance. Your front entrance is so important when making that "first impression," because it's really the 'face' of your home. So try following these 10 easy improvements to help give your home a facelift.

    1. Repair the Walkway:

    Patch cracks and replace loose bricks and pavers. Rent a power washer or purchase a chemical treatment to clean up embedded stains in concrete, stone or asphalt.

    2. Illuminate the Path:

    Lighting helps ensure guests arrive safely and also acts as a theft deterrent. Clean light fixtures and replace burnt-out bulbs with energy-saving CFL bulbs, replace outdated fixtures and add landscape lighting to brighten walkways and shrubbery.

    3. Use Foliage and Shrubbery:

    Strategically-placed plants can conceal any unattractive aspects of your house or surroundings. Place large pots or hanging baskets around the stoop or porch. Bushes or hedges hide air conditioning units or propane tanks, and flower beds and window boxes will stylize a stark facade.

    4. Prune and Mulch:

    Prune dead branches, trim back overgrown shrubbery or remove obstructive plantings. Spread mulch or bark around trees, shrubs and flowers for a weed-free, well-kept look.

    5. Decorate Your Door:

    Restore the luster of your door by polishing the hinges and knobs. Paint or stain the door with a color that stands out, yet complements, the trim and siding. Hang a pretty wreath to finish the look. If your front door is weak or unattractive, invest in a replacement door or storm door for security and energy efficiency.

    6. Focus on Windows:

    Fix broken windows and torn screens and paint sashes, trim and shutters in a neutral color. Add window treatments and keep the glass crystal clear.

    7. Accessorize:

    Choose a few lawn and garden ornaments. Match a decorative handle, door knocker or kickplate with shiny new house numbers and a mailbox.

    8. Feature Furniture:

    Spray a fresh coat of paint on furniture and replace the cushions. Fill an empty spot on the porch or stoop with a quaint bench or porch swing.

    9. Keep it Clean:

    Sweep the sidewalk and stoop, clear away cobwebs, tighten wobbly railings and repaint posts and supports.

    10. The Finishing Touch:

    Put out a clean, new welcome mat and make sure the doorbell works because you're sure to attract more visitors now!

    By following these 10 simple steps, your front entrance will be beautiful, well-maintained, and most of all, welcoming.

    Credit:  Lou Manfredini's Tips From the Tool Box, Ace Hardware

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Try These Rubs at Your Next Cookout

    Robust rubs can make all the difference in the taste of the meat that comes off your grill. These rubs, courtesy of Weber, known for their grills, are sure to generate some hearty appetites.

    Chicken and Seafood Rub

    4 tsp. granulated onion
    4 tsp. granulated garlic
    1 Tbsp. kosher salt
    2 tsp. prepared chili powder
    2 tsp. ground black pepper

    Mike's Award-Winning Rub

    1Tbsp. coarsely ground black pepper
    4 tsp. coarse kosher salt
    1 tsp. dried oregano
    1 tsp. dried thyme
    1tsp. paprika
    1 tsp. minced garlic

    Pork Rub

    2 tsp. pure chili powder
    2 tsp. ground black pepper
    2 tsp. kosher salt
    2 tsp. ground cumin
    2 tsp. dried oregano
    1 tsp. granulated garlic

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What plants attract butterflies?

    Butterflies searching for nectar are attracted to:

    • Red, yellow, orange, pink or purple blossoms
    • Flat-topped or clustered flowers
    • Short flower tubes

    Short flower tubes allow the butterflies to reach the nectar with their proboscis. Nectar-producing plants should be grown in open, sunny areas, as adults of most species rarely feed on plants in the shade.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Wasps have built a nest on our patio. How can I get rid of them?

    There are sprays that have a range of 20' so that you can stand far away and still be effective. Some sprays leave a foam so that returning pests will also be killed.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Use Your Grill for Much More Than Meat

    There's nothing like a good steak off the grill, but your versatile grill can cook up so much more. Vegetables, fruit, even pizza -- all of these can be prepared on either a charcoal or gas grill.

    Grilling vegetables such as zucchini, asparagus, mushrooms and peppers can be done several ways: Coat with a little oil, toss onto a hot grill, turn a couple times, season to your taste and cook until tender; place them on a kebab skewer and grill until tender; place a skillet or pan on the grill and saute in butter or olive oil; or, for vegetables too small to place directly on the grill surface, slice them uniformly so they cook evenly, wrap them in foil with a bit of butter or olive oil and seasoning and place on the grill.

    Fruits cooked on the grill may surprise you with their delicious taste.

    Cut apples, pears and similar fruits in half and seed and core them. Slice them if you prefer smaller pieces. Leave the peels on, because it helps them keep their shape.

    Place the fruit in a bowl and add just enough cold water to cover it, along with 1 tsp. of lemon juice to keep the fruit from discoloring, and let it soak for 30 minutes. This hydrates the fruit so it stays juicy on the grill.

    When you're ready to grill, lightly brush the fruit with melted butter to keep the pieces from sticking and place them on a clean grate over medium heat and cook until they're soft.

    Make a homemade pizza by starting with a pre-made crust and apply your choice of sauce, such as tomato, pesto or plain olive oil. Then, pile on the sliced toppings and pre-cooked meat.

    Place the pizza onto the grill and close the lid until the cheese is melted and slightly brown.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What bird feeder should I select?

    Additional links:

    How can I create a bird friendly habitat?

    Birdfeeding.org

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What is a perennial?

    These flowers will survive winter and return the next summer. If you plant perennials, you will not have to replant them next year unless you want to move them to a new location.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Is there any advantage of a metal leaf rake over a plastic leaf rake?

    A metal rake usually has more spring and is better suited for large areas. It is easier to clean around flowerbeds, shrubs and bushes and does not rake up essential thatch in a lawn.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Enhance outdoor spaces with solar lights

    Outdoor lighting - whether it's soft and subtle or colorful and dramatic - adds beauty and safety to a variety of lawn and garden features. And solar lights make it easier than ever to illuminate even the most out-of-the way areas.

    Because there's no need for electrical wiring, solar lights can be placed anywhere they're needed to light a walkway, define a driveway, show off a fountain, accent plants and trees or brighten a patio, pool or grill area. Possible uses are limited only by a homeowner's imagination.

    Solar lights can set a mood that evokes elegance and sophistication or comfort and relaxation. They're also not limited to providing just white light. Some models come in different hues, providing splashes of color for holiday or party outdoor decorating.

    Advantages of using solar lighting include the versatility of styles, the ability to be installed almost anywhere and the ease of maintenance. Just clean the solar panels when necessary to ensure they stay charged. Solar lights also are safe because they don't generate heat or require wiring. Plus, there's no need to set timers or remember to turn on a switch since solar lights come on automatically. Some types also come equipped with a switch to allow you to go dark if you want.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Fire Pits Enliven Backyard Parties

    Maybe it's toasted marshmallows you crave or a place to warm your hands on a chilly night. Or perhaps you want to create a central gathering place for guests. Whatever your desire, a backyard fire pit adds a special touch to your outdoor entertaining.

    Fire pits can be useful year round. They extend your outdoor entertaining season by giving friends a cozy place to visit in cool weather. Even in warmer months, a fire pit can ward off a nighttime chill.

    Fire pits come in a variety of styles including freestanding fire bowls and bowls mounted in the center of low tables that are convenient for guests to sit around. Another style, the chimenea, is an upright fireplace that stands on legs and has a chimney on top. Wood is inserted through a door on the front.

    Backyard fireplaces come in wood-burning as well as gas models. You can choose from elegant metal and stone versions or the more rustic clay chimeneas.

    Smaller fireplaces have the advantage of portability, meaning you can have a party for a handful of guests on a patio or move the celebration to a larger, open area of the yard and still offer the pleasant atmosphere of a fireplace.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

     

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • How do I design my landscape?

    • Make a list of desired features -- a pond, fountain, walkway, fence, rose garden, etc.
    • Inside your home, look out the window at the view and think about what you'd like to see from that vantage point. Are there views from inside your home that you find attractive or otherwise want to preserve? Consider ways that this view can be enhanced by your landscape design. Take advantage of all natural or attractive architectural features to add beauty to the view from inside your home.
    • Make a rough sketch of your home and surrounding property. Include existing hardscape like retaining walls, patios etc.
    • Determine walkways and desired shape (curved, angled, or straight) as well as width and length and building materials to be used.
    • Plan for most of your plantings to be far enough from the house to be viewed from inside.
    • A flower bed several feet from the kitchen window can provide a plethora of colorful wildlife for your entertainment while you cook and clean.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Playing It Safe - Seasonal Safety Guide

    Fruitcake isn't the only holiday health hazard lurking in your home. Here's a seasonal survival guide.

    As the holidays near, we scramble to buy last-minute gifts, decorate the house, and plan parties and get-togethers. In the rush, however, many of us abandon our sense of safety. Who among us, for instance, hasn't stood on their tip-toes on top of a rickety ladder to hang lights? Or strung strand after strand together until we've overloaded an outlet, which can start a fire?

    This season, let's help everyone be a little safer around the home. Let's start with ladders; which pose the greatest risk of all, especially as we hang lights and decorations inside and out. Last year, there were an estimated 171,000 ladder-related accidents in the U.S., according to the American Ladder Institute, which is an astounding number. We're not always careful with them, to say the least, and think nothing of using old relics that have been handed down to us from our parents, broken rungs and all. It's time to put this foolishness to an end:

    • Position extension ladders correctly. For stability, an extension ladder has to be planted with its feet one-quarter of its extended length away from the house. This is not tricky to calculate. If you've got a 12-foot ladder, it has to be positioned 3 feet from the house.
    • Don't carry a ladder upright as you move it. This is a maneuver best saved for the clowns at the circus. You could easily lose control of it in this position, crashing furniture inside, and smashing windows, gutters and even power lines outside. Instead, lower it and carry it parallel to the ground.
    • Make sure the ladder is positioned on a level surface. Don't try to use rocks or bricks to prop up one side of it; those will surely pop out as you're climbing up.

    OK, so now you won't end up as a Ladder Institute statistic, but don't celebrate with the eggnog just yet. We've still got the lighting issue to address. The key here is not to overload an electrical outlet, especially if you have only a single outdoor outlet that you use to power a dozen strings of lights and a few spotlights. Attempt this, and the result will be more like the Fourth of July than Christmas, as sparks and smoke fill the night sky. To do things right:

    • Follow the instructions on the strands of lights. These will tell you how many can be connected together and plugged into a single outlet. This is typically only two or three, not 10 or 12.
    • Make sure outdoor lights are plugged into a GFCI receptacle. That's the one with the reset button in the center for safety. If you don't have one outdoors, have the outlet replaced or purchase a 'plug in' adapter. This cord system is about 2 feet long and will protect against electrocution if there's a short circuit.

    One other thing: Be careful with lit candles. Don't put them near combustibles, such as that evergreen spray in the center of the dining room table. And remember to blow them out when the party's over. A trick my wife and I use to remember this is to set the timer on the stove to go off just around the time when we think the party will have ended. This reminds us to extinguish the candles before we go to bed.

    Credit: Lou Manfredini's Tips From the Tool Box, Ace Hardware

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Do you have anything that can clear an outside area of flying insects?

    There are electric insect foggers and, for smaller areas, there are outdoor foggers that come in an aerosol can.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • From the Garden to the Table

    There's nothing like creating a meal made with fresh, healthy vegetables from your own garden. These recipes are kept simple to showcase the freshness of your garden’s bounty.

    Grilled Corn

    Ingredients:
    6 ears corn
    6 Tbsp. butter, softened
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Directions:
    1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.
    2. Peel back corn husks and remove silk. Place 1Tbsp. butter, salt, and pepper on each piece of corn. Close husks.
    3. Wrap each ear of corn with aluminum foil. Place on the grill and cook about 30 minutes, turning occasionally until corn is tender.

    Add a little zing to your buttered corn by making herb butter with herbs from your garden:

    Herb Butter
    Blend 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine and 1 tsp. each of chopped fresh basil, thyme and parsley. You can substitute these for your favorite herbs.

    Dill Cucumber Slices

    Ingredients:
    2 medium cucumbers, peeled and sliced
    1 medium onion, sliced
    1/3 cup white vinegar
    1 Tbs. sugar
    1 tsp. salt
    1/2 tsp. chopped dill

    Directions:
    1. Combine cucumbers and onion in a bowl.
    2. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over cucumbers.
    3. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

    Fresh Cabbage Salad

    Ingredients:
    1/4 cup white wine vinegar
    1/2 cup olive oil
    1 tsp. Dijon mustard
    1 tsp. sugar
    1 tsp. salt
    Pepper to taste
    2 cups finely shredded cabbage
    1/2 cup julienne carrots
    1/2 cup julienne peppers
    1/2 cup finely slivered red onion
    1 small bunch chives, cut into 2-inch lengths

    Directions:
    1. Whisk together vinegar, oil, Dijon mustard, sugar, salt and pepper. Set aside.
    2. In another bowl, toss together the cabbage, carrots, peppers, onions and chives.
    3. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad and toss to coat.

    Glazed Baby Carrots

    Ingredients:
    2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
    1/4 cup light brown sugar
    2 Tbsp. mustard
    1/4 tsp. salt
    3 cups sliced or baby carrots, cooked and drained.

    Directions:
    1. Melt margarine in pan.
    2. Stir in sugar, mustard and salt.
    3. Add carrots.
    4. Heat and stir until carrots are glazed.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • How do I attract hummingbirds?

    • Plan your garden so it contains several varieties of nectar-bearing flowering plants or trees that are attractive to hummingbirds.
    • Hang hummingbird feeders in several locations around your property.
    • Fill each feeder with a mixture of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water.
    • Clean feeders often and thoroughly.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • How close should bulbs be planted together?

    Planting flower bulbs in clustersGroups of bulbs make a much nicer showing in your garden. To create greater color impact, plant clusters of same-color flowers together in blocks or 'bouquets.'

    When you plant, bulbs should never touch each other, but you have a lot of flexibility.

    Smaller bulbs, like crocus, snowdrops, dwarf Irises, scilla, anemones and lilies of the valley, can be planted fairly close together, 1' to 2' apart will create a nice cluster. Don't plant them more than 4' apart or they start to lose their impact.  

    Larger bulbs, like tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, should have approximately 3' to 5' separating them. But this rule was meant to be broken. If you wish to create a bolder splash of color, you can plant them even closer, to the point where your bulbs are almost (but not quite) touching.

    Click to find out more about when should I plant flower bulbs and how deep should I plant them.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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