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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, April 19, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE MCHALU 11 Herald At Home HOME OF THE WEEK Want to be fenced in Weathered wood means new life for old barns Christian Science Monitor Weathered old barn tim- bers have now reached "anti- que" status They are in de- mand (along with every- thing else that wasn't born yesterday) to glorify today's interiors. Most often used as wall panelling for living rooms, family rooms, kitchens and sometimes bathrooms, they also, occasionally, turn up in furniture construction. Shops, motels, and hotels long have utilized the charms of real barn wood; do-it-yourselfers use barn wood to frame pic- tures, and as background for various decorative arti- facts Since many old barns have become obsolete in today's farming technology; they have fallen into disrepair and dereliction. When this happens, farmers sometimes advertise them as available to anyone who will come and knock them down and carry them away. Often people interrested in such wood will simply go scavenging through rural areas, looking for old barns they can dismantle, with the sanction of the own- ers. There also are several barn- wood brokers, who make a business of finding top- quality timbers and selling them through their own re- sources. Glenn Martz, who runs "Yesteryear's Barn Board of is such a broker. It was just three years ago that Mr. Martz, a young How to win battle with weeds A weed is really a misplaced plant some are beautiful and others are ugly. But regardless of their looks you don't want them in your lawn. You see, weeds come from many places and it seems as if when you get one spot cleared, more weeds appear. Why? Well, the wind blows the weed seed and drops it on your lawn. It starts to grow and there you are. Children, dogs and cats are also guilty because they romp on other lawns with weeds and then bring the seeds to your lawn. So get rid of them. An easy way? An application of a commercial controller will control the broad leaved weeds, and these are the only ones you are going to see in the spring Apply it only when weeds appear and are actively growing. It has no residual effect and works only on the weed it is applied to by feeding it to death. Boise, Idaho, architect, with a degree from the Massa- chusetts Institute of Tech- nology, decided to seek out and sell some of the naturally weathered barn lumber from the high mountain country of the Pacific Northwest. To- day, his barnwood sideline has become so time con- suming that architecture is taking a back seat in his ex- perience, particularly since he runs his business as an old-fashioned, one-man opera- tion. His first field trip was to southeast Idaho's oldest set- tlements, where most of the 40-to-80-year-old barns trace back to the early Mormons who settled the area. Here he found some valuable lichen- covered lumber, and since then, he has scouted out barns in several surrounding states within a 400-mile radius of Boise. As he seeks qual- ity, he accepts less than one per cent of the barns avail- able to him. "The farmers I do business Mr. Martz explains, "are second-generation fam- ilies living on their fathers' places. Many of the barns have outlived their useful- ness. They leak badly and can jeopardize hay storage." It is during this period of time when the lumber no longer serves its function for the farmer that Mr. Martz finds it most desir- able the natural he points out, "the lumber would rot. Instead, we can help it live, in a recycled way, in some new interior for another 50 years The barn board that Mr. Martz offers through Deco- rator's Walk showrooms in Chicago, Boston, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, At- lanta, and through Gerald Hargett, Inc., in Dallas, comes in rich browns, ochres, and silver. There are also boards that are silver in color, with or without lichen. Retail price for these weath- ered boards averages about per board foot. This barn-wood entrepren- eur also helps farmers put their barns back into re- pair. He and his crew often replace broken rafters, pull barns back into shape, and reinforce them if neces- sary. "I keep an attitude of help- ing the farmers put their buildings back into shape rather than ripping off the wood for Mr. Martz explains. "This works to the farmers benefit, yet gives the old lumber a second life." Most of the barn wood in which he deals is Douglas fir, although it is known in his area asd "red pine." He oversees its cutting, wrap- ping, and shipping to buyers around the U.S. BALCONY ROOM LIVING ROOM 21' Design H23-532 Sq. Ft. Compact on the outside but roomy on the inside, the chalet illustrated can be used as a family recreation headquarters for all seasons. Or it can be a quiet weekend retreat. The rustic living-room soars the full height of the building and is flooded with natural light from a large wall window rising the same height. Heat is provided by a contemporary steel fireplace. But a design for complete year-round enjoyment could include a perimeter foundation wall and an alternate furnace or elctric heating arrangement. Such a foundation would also provide storage space. Included in the design is a Large deck area with entrances from both sides of Ithe house. Besides the large living room, the main floor contains a kitchen, full bath, one bedroom and ample storage space. Upstairs is a second bedroom, two-piece bathroom and a balcony room overlooking the living room. The latter can be used as a third bedroom with suitable draperies or a folding wall. Whether fences really make good neighbors depends on a lot of things including you, your neighbors and the kind of fence you put up. While no newspaper article can advise you about the first two it can list a few pointers about the last A fence can do many things but it should not exist for itself. Don't build a fence just because you figure it's the thing to do. Consider what you want it to do. A fence can keep people and animals in or out. It can provide privacy by serving as a screen. It can protect the property although anyone determined enough can get over the usual fence found around a home. There are many materials from which to choose. You can use brick, stone, aluminum, fiberglass, plastic sheets, plywood, boards, rails you name it. For looks and easy construction as well as economy, wood continues to rank high. You can buy the material and create the whole thing. Or you can buy a fence in premade sections. When using wood, be certain to treat it to prevent rotting. This should be done at any point that touches or enters the ground. Treat the wood, especially the posts, with wood preservative. Dipping and soaking is the best method of application. Use 4 by 4 or larger lumber for the posts. Get them long enough so that a third of the length can go underground. This should be 2Vz feet, at least. A post-hole digger is the tool you need for fast and easy work. Most hardware stores will rent you one. Set your posts no farther apart than 8 feet. Closer is better. Rails will be stronger if supported at three points the ends and center. Set posts deeper in sandy soil than in clay. Pour some gravel in the base of the hole for drainage. Set the post in the hole (which should be as close to the width of the post as possible) and tamp the earth firmly around it. If the soil is loose, use concrete. Pour a little at the bottom, then fill most of the hole with rocks and then pour more concrete. Don't measure the distance from the ground when setting posts because the ground may be irregular. Use a level. If you want your fence to follow contours, then let the rails do it. Set the posts the same depth and measure from the top of the posts to get the position of the rails. Screws are better for fastening than nails. Paint all hardware. Use aluminum paint as a sealer to keep rust from bleeding through. Then apply the finish paint. One thing to do before you do anything about the fence itself buying material, digging holes or anything. Check local zoning ordinances. These will tell you how high a fence you may have, where you can put it, whether you can put one up. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) DI6POSTHOLESWITH POST-HOLE DIGGER, USE LEVEL AS YOU SET POSTS POUR GRAVEL IN BASE OF HOLE FOR DRAINAGE ADD TOP RAIL, THEN USE IT AS GUIDE FOR LIMING UP OTHER RAILS PLANT THEM NOW- ENJOY THEM LATER TREES 'SHRUBS The Largest Stock In Southern Alberta NEW SPRING ARRIVALS SHADE TREES GrMn ind Elm up to 10 ft. JUNIPERS a good selection RASPBERRY AND CURRANT BUSHES ORNAMENTAL AND ._ fi_ FLOWERING SHRUBS 1.09 See our Spring Selection of LAWN ORNAMENTS DONKEY CARTS BIRD BATHS LACOMBE NURSERIES LTD. Coildale S Elit of on No. 3 Highway Cloted Sunday! 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They are easily started indoors for beautiful blooms outdoors in the summer. The color range is so vast that you're'sure to find just what you want. If you are buying tubers from your local garden shop or department store, pick out the good and plump ones because the wrinkled tubers are dehydrated. Nice firm bulbs ensure garden beauty. Many gardeners like to start them in a fish flat containing sand and peat moss, however, you can start them in five inch pots and let them grow until aJl danger of frost has passed before you set them in the garden in their own pots. and begin the annual spring clean-up Wait, at least, until some of the moisture has dried up on the grass, otherwise by tramping on it, compaction could take place, resulting in insufficient air getting to the root system. The first step is to rake away any accumulation of dead leaves or debris such as sticks, papers or stones. In humid climates when lawn clippings are left on, these have a tendency to rot down more quickly and are a source of humus. However, in our more or less dry atmosphere, it is better not to overload a lawn with grass clippings, because if the thatch becomes too heavy, fertilizers may not reach deep enough to the roots, nor pesticides tc the insects. Even rain or water from the hose could take longer to penetrate thoroughly. I like the bamboo or aluminum type of rake as they are easy to use and do not pull out the turf. If you have a considerable area of lawn there are now special outfits that remove built up thatch with power machines. Or, if you prefer to do this job yourself, you can probably rent one. Sometimes you may have to aerate the lawn. You can also rent equipment for this job, but it may also be done with an ordinary garden fork, pushing it down into the ground at least to a depth of 4 inches, doing this every 6 inches. Another way to give your lawn a "spring and one I use frequently, is just as soon as you are able to get onto the grass without doing damage, after raking up the debris, get out your mower and give an early cutting by removing the top Vz to inch of dead or brown turf. Dandelions start to appear fairly early in the season, so you can get rid of them and fertilize all in one easy operation by using Weed Feed. Now is a good time also to start thinking about cleaning up the borders. A certain amount of work is done in the fall, but at this time of the year, one is never impressed with the appearance of the herbaceous border, looking rather untidy with the remains of last years growth. When the ground becomes dry enough to walk on without getting yourself all muddy, if you devote a few hours a day to the job of cleaning up, it will soon be done. Start by cutting off all dead growth such as stems, leaves, etc Cultivate lightly around the plants and apply a light application of fertilizer (well- rotted manure if available or or a complete chemical one, working and watering well into the soil. If plants have to be separated, this is a good time to do some of them. Those perennials that bloom in summer and fall are transplanted in the spring, while spring flowering plants are split up in the late summer or early fall. When carrying out this chore, try and leave as much earth and roots on as possible to help cut down on the shock of transplanting. Any unwanted specimens should also be taken out at this time before too much new growth starts as there is less disturbance to other surrounding plants. Mr. F. I would like to grow some tomatoes in pots in my back yard. It gets sun nearly all day. Is there a special kind to grow. I know there is one called Cherry but is there not something that is a little larger. Ans. 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