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Adams Apple Orchard & Farm Market
(802) 879-5226
1168 Old Stage Road
Williston, VT
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Annuals, Cactus / Succulent, Perennials, Plants, Shrubs

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Claussen's Florist & Greenhouse
(802) 878-2361
187 Main St
Colchester, VT

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Swanson Farm & Nursery
(802) 849-2525
1054 Main St.
Fairfax, VT
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Groundcovers, Perennials, Plants, Shrubs, Trees

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Green Mountaineers Tree Service Of Vermont
(802) 893-0242
125 White St Unit 2
South Burlington, VT
Left Bank Home & Garden
(802) 862-1001
127 Bank St
Burlington, VT
Four Seasons Garden Center
(802) 658-2433
472 Marshall Avenue
Williston, VT
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Annuals, Aquatics, Arrangement Accessories, Artisan Crafts, Baskets & Wicker Containers, Bird Baths, Bird Houses / Nest Boxes, Bonsai, Bulbs, Cactus / Succulent, Carts/Dollies, Cedar Mulch, Ceramic, Terra Cotta & Stone Containers, Chemicals, Cocoa-shell Mulch, Collectables & Figurines, Colored Mulch, Compost, Compost Tea, Composting, Composting Supplies, Conifers / Evergreens, Consulting Services, Container Plants, Containers, Containers - Decorative, Crop Protection, Decorative Planters & Ur…

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Horsford Gardens & Nursery
(802) 425-2811
2111 Greenbush Road
Charlotte, VT
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Annuals, Compost, Composting, Conifers / Evergreens, Erosion & Sediment Control Supplies, Ferns, Fertilizers, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Grass Seed, Groundcovers, Hand Tools, Herbs, Landscape Supplies, Mulch, Native Plant Nurseries, Nurseries - Wholesale, Ornamental Grasses, Perennials, Pine Bark Mulch, Plants, Pruners, Roses, Saws, Seed, Shrubs, Trees, Trees, Wreaths & Decorations, Vegetables, Vines, Wreaths

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Rulf's Orchard
(518) 643-8636
531 Bear Swamp Road
Peru, NY
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Annuals, Bulbs, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Horticulture Companies, Mulch, Perennials, Plants, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees

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Dutch Gardens
(802) 660-3500
144 Intervale Rd
Burlington, VT
Brownell & Assoc Inc
(802) 860-1265
418 Pine St
Burlington, VT
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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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