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Moody's Nursery & Garden Center
(207) 284-7233
82 Ferry Rd
Saco, ME
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Annuals, Builders / Contractors, Bulbs, Chemicals, Conifers / Evergreens, Crop Protection, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Groundcovers, Horticulture Companies, Mulch, Organic Gardening, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plants, Potting Soil, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Soil & Amendments, Trees

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Estabrook's Color Spot
(207) 396-5301
571 US Route 1
Scarborough, ME
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Annuals, Cactus / Succulent, Conifers / Evergreens, Groundcovers, Herbs, Ornamental Grasses, Perennials, Plants, Roses, Seed, Shrubs, Trees, Vegetables, Vines, Wildflower Seed

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Broadway Gardens Greenhouse
(207) 772-0415
1640 Broadway
South Portland, ME
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Annuals, Builders / Contractors, Bulbs, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Greenhouse Growers, Groundcovers, Horticulture Companies, Mulch, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plants, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees, Vines

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Ossipee Trail Gardens
(207) 839-2885
333 Ossipee Trail
Gorham, ME
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Annuals, Bulbs, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Groundcovers, Horticulture Companies, Irrigation Supplies, Mulch, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plants, Portable Irrigation Systems, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees

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Estabrook's Color Spot
(207) 985-3772
97 York Street
Kennebunk, ME
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Annuals, Conifers / Evergreens, Groundcovers, Herbs, Ornamental Grasses, Perennials, Plants, Roses, Shrubs, Trees, Vegetables, Vines

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Pierson Nurseries
(207) 282-7235
291 Waterhouse Rd
Dayton, ME
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Annuals, Bulbs, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Groundcovers, Horticulture Companies, Mulch, Perennials, Plants, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees

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Focal Point Gardens LLC
(207) 282-7700
1049 Alfred Road
Arundel, ME
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Annuals, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Groundcovers, Landscape Architects, Landscaping Services, Perennials, Plants, Seed, Shrubs, Trees, Wildflower Seed

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Fern Cottage Gardens
(207) 985-2995
423 Mousam Road
Kennebunk, ME
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Annuals, Cactus / Succulent, Perennials, Plants, Shrubs

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Mapes Garden Center
(207) 985-3772
97 York St
Kennebunk, ME
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Skillin's Greenhouses
(800) 244-3860
89 Foreside Road
Falmouth, ME
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Annuals, Aquatics, Arrangement Accessories, Bird Baths, Bird Feeders, Boots / Clogs, Bulbs, Christmas Trees, Christmas Trees - Cut, Clothing, Compost, Composting, Composting Supplies, Conifers / Evergreens, Containers - Decorative, Crop Protection, Cut Flowers, Cutting Tools, Display Structures, Educational Books & Tapes, Environmental Controls, Equipment - New, Erosion & Sediment Control Supplies, Ferns, Fertilizers, Fiber Containers, Florist, Flower Seed, Flowers - Fresh, Flowers, Foliage &…

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You've Got to Do the Dirt

You've Got to Do the Dirt
Sun 01/18/09 05:36:16 pm
by George Porter

George PorterIn the last five years the installation business has changed drastically.   It is no longer just hard work and good intentions, it is a science.   The truth is it always was but it was not as critical as it is today.   Homes today weigh two or three times as much as they did twenty years ago and it is necessary that you "do the science" if you want them to "be all they can be".

 

The easiest science is the load bearing capacity of soil. (When you are talking about science you should call the dirt soil, it makes you seem smarter)   Some kinds of soil have a good perk rate for septic systems and some kinds don't.   Certain soils can grow good tomatoes and other kinds can't.   Not all dirt is the same and one of the many differences is load bearing capacity.   This is a measure of how much weight the soil can hold per square foot before it collapses and lets the weight sink into the ground.

 

"Before Science" is also known as "BS".   Back then you would simply drive your truck on the lot and see what happened.   If your truck got stuck then you knew the ground was soft and you had to put more blocks under the home than usual so it would not settle out of level too fast.   With any luck it might stay fairly level for the whole warranty period, if not then the deal would be that you would re-level the home one time only for free, this is BS.

 

changeCan you name another building industry that says such things? In writing no less!    If you contracted for a new skyscraper would you be happy with such a contract?   You don't want to have to re-level skyscrapers, or high schools, or bridges.   Can you imagine how much trouble that would be?   Actually you would never have the problem because no buyer would ever accept such a contract.   The builders plan to get it right the first time and never have to go back and waste their money and time messing with it.   They use science and have done so for thousands of years, it is time for us to do the same thing and it is easy.

 

Step one is to stop thinking in terms of BS and decide that it is a new world and you are going to be part of it.  

 

penetrometerStep two is to get a Pocket Penetrometer.   Nearly every factory manual mentions one and how to use it and without it you have no idea of the load bearing capacity of the soil.   The device could not be easier to use, just follow the directions that come with it and stick it in the dirt.   When you read the scale on the side of the instrument it will tell you the load bearing capacity of the soil.   All this takes about five to ten seconds and can not be called too much trouble; it's a lot easier than re-leveling a home.  

 

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