Heartland Post & Pole https://heartlandpostandpole.com Post & Fencing Contractors in Idaho Thu, 16 May 2019 19:09:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2 https://heartlandpostandpole.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/cropped-favicon-1-32x32.png Heartland Post & Pole https://heartlandpostandpole.com 32 32 Heartland Post & Pole Installs Fencing for Reid Merrill Park in Eagle, ID https://heartlandpostandpole.com/heartland-post-and-pole-fencing-for-reid-merrill-park/ https://heartlandpostandpole.com/heartland-post-and-pole-fencing-for-reid-merrill-park/#respond Fri, 17 May 2019 11:16:46 +0000 https://heartlandpostandpole.com/?p=721 Heartland Post & Pole was honored to be chosen to replace and install all the fencing for Reid W. Merrill Sr. Community Park in Eagle, Idaho.

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Heartland Post & Pole was honored to be chosen to replace and install all the fencing for Reid W. Merrill Sr. Community Park in Eagle, Idaho. The wooden 2-rail pole fencing, commonly used for decorative landscaping, helps maintain the natural feel of the park while creating barriers and boundaries.

“This is such a beautiful park. We wanted to ensure that the installed fencing enhanced the aesthetics of the green spaces and river views,” said Sterling Jaquith, owner of Heartland Post & Pole. “The 2-rail pole fencing added just enough bordering while allowing open views of the park and beyond. We are happy to have contributed to this project and encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the park.”

See photos of Reid Merrill Park and our fencing on Facebook! 

The Reid W. Merrill Sr. Community Park

The Reid Merrill Park consists of nine acres in the heart of the Eagle River development. It features direct access to the Boise River Greenbelt and plays a central role in the Eagle community. Construction on the community park itself was completed in March, 2003.

In addition to the features listed below, events including an annual Baldapalooza concert event to raise funds for Camp Rainbow Gold that hosts children with cancer, and the Eagle Haunted Woods, a Halloween tradition held by the Eagle Fire Department. Every year on Memorial Day, the park hosts a “Flags of Honor” display set up by Nancy Merrill to honor Reid’s service in the army, along with all others who served. In 2018, 600 flags honored veterans and current service members in the tribute that was lit throughout the night.

 

Features of the Reid Merrill Park include:

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Basketball and volleyball courts
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A children’s play area with a splash pad and climbing wall

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Picnic areas

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Foot paths and bike trails

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An open playing field

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Wet and riparian areas

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A pond

History of Reid Merrill Park

During high school is when Reid Merrill began his career, working at his uncle’s poultry farm and hatchery. After graduation, he studied at the University of Idaho, while still working at the farm. In 1942, he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, and returned to the farm to work.

Five years later, the University offered Merrill employment as Poultry Specialist. He knew he wanted to put his experience to work, so in 1953, he purchased 200 baby chicks and a 5-acre tract of land just east of Eagle, ID. He converted a straw-filled barn into one of his first laying houses and began his dream of owning an egg farm. He named it Merrill’s Egg Farm. The farm featured a massive rooster mascot named “Sparky” that stood at the entrance.

In 1989, an electrical fire started in one of the buildings and resulted in a total loss of the farm. Merrill moved the operation to 400 acres he had purchased nearby, and rebuilt. What is now known as Merrill Park was his generous donation to the community that supported both his farm and his family for more than 50 years.

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Learn more about Merrill’s Egg Farm!

At the peak of its production, the operation owned more than 500,000 laying hens. It was the largest poultry producer in the Northwest and supplied eggs to local grocery stores and restaurants. To commemorate its early history, a large rooster statue was installed at the park surrounded by placards displaying the history of Merrill’s Egg Farm. Reid Merrill Park is located at 637 E. Shore Drive, Eagle, Idaho 83616.

Need Decorating Fencing for your Landscaping?

Call Heartland Post & Pole.

When you need beautiful, high-quality fencing like the ones we installed at Reid Merrill Park, turn to Heartland Post & Pole. We provide a complete range of fencing for home, farm and commercial use and guarantee the highest-quality products and the best installation for all of our products, delivered on time and on budget. Explore our fencing products and styles. We’ll help you choose the one that suits your view and your needs. Contact us today for a free estimate.

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Fence Maintenance Tips https://heartlandpostandpole.com/fence-maintenance-tips/ https://heartlandpostandpole.com/fence-maintenance-tips/#respond Thu, 25 Apr 2019 12:48:12 +0000 https://heartlandpostandpole.com/?p=680 The post Fence Maintenance Tips appeared first on Heartland Post & Pole.

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Now that spring is upon us, it’s time to think about the seasonal chores that need to be done to maintain your fence. After all, you don’t want the livestock finding a weak spot in your fence line and escaping to cause damage to property or harm to themselves.

Here are a few fence maintenance and repair tips for a springtime “health” check.

Posts & Poles

Melting snow leaves the ground soggy, which can cause fence posts and poles to become loose in the soil. Ensure that these supports are sturdy and have not shifted. In addition, perform a visual inspection to see if any are leaning. 

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Check for damage along your fence line from snow plows. Hidden beneath the snow, fence posts and poles are hard to see and can be damaged, broken or uprooted during winter months.

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For vinyl fencing, check for splitting and cracking and replace damaged sections.

Rails and Wires

Winter’s storms can wreak havoc on fence rails, with heavy snow and ice accumulation, and fallen trees and limbs. Ensure that rails are secure and have not fallen out of place or been broken. Look for split rails or posts and replace damaged ones with new.

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Check to make sure that fencing wire is secure and without damage or holes. Refasten loose wire and replace damaged sections. Ensure fence wires are properly stretched and taut. Look for rusted areas that could create a weak spot in your wire fencing.

Minor Fence Maintenance Tips

While you’re walking the fence line, check for minor problems like nails that have worked themselves out of place or finishes that need to be touched up. Spring is a good time to provide your yearly washing, sealing, staining or painting for wooden fences. Vinyl fences can be cleaned with warm water and an environmentally-friendly cleaning solution that won’t harm nearby plants and grass.

Related: How to Maintain a Wood Fence 

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Remove dead or dormant vegetation and vines around fences to prevent new growth throughout the warmer months that can add additional weight to your fence. Lop off damaged or overhanging limbs and trim shrubbery to allow space between plants and your fence.

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Look for areas where mold or mildew may have set it. If found, clean those areas, and wash away dirt and grime. This will help extend the life of your fence and help you avoid fence repair later on.

Create a Spring Maintenance Checklist

Create a checklist to make sure you cover all of the spring fence maintenance tips. Note which areas need fence repair or maintenance. This will help you to gather the necessary tools and supplies more efficiently.

Contact Heartland Post & Pole

At Heartland Post & Pole, we provide fence maintenance tips to help you keep your fence secure. If you’d like us to provide fence repair or maintenance for you, we’ll be glad to do so. We can repair or replace broken posts, poles, rails and wire. And don’t forget, we can also provide you with a new fence!

Heartland Post & Pole is more than just a company, we’re part of your community. As a locally-owned business, we care about our neighbors and our team and treat both customers and employees as if they were members of our family. And we take pride in our work. We promise that your fence will look amazing!

Learn more about Heartland Post & Pole through our introductory video! And contact us today for fence repair or maintenance, or a new fence, posts or poles.

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Farm Animal Safety Tips https://heartlandpostandpole.com/farm-animal-safety-tips/ https://heartlandpostandpole.com/farm-animal-safety-tips/#respond Thu, 25 Apr 2019 12:21:30 +0000 https://heartlandpostandpole.com/?p=639 The post Farm Animal Safety Tips appeared first on Heartland Post & Pole.

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Keeping your farm animals from harm is one of the reasons we wanted to talk about farm animal safety tips. Since animals are unpredictable, it is up to you to protect them—and yourself—with proper fencing.

Fencing Safety Tips for Small Farm Animals

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Wire

You’ll want to ensure that the wire hole aperture size is smaller than your animals’ appendages, especially their head and legs. You don’t want your animal to get hung up in the wire and break a leg, or worse, suffocate as it struggles to get loose.

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Fence Height

Farm animal safety tips also include also include fence height. Many animals can escape from a too-short fence. Chickens can fly over a two-rail fence of 36” in height, and even puppies can climb or jump over a two-rail fence.

Fencing Safety Tips for Medium Farm Animals (Goats, Pigs, Sheep)

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Wire

Look at the wire thickness to ensure that it is substantially thick enough to withstand an animal’s weight. At Heartland Post & Pole, we recommend a minimum of a 14-gauge wire for medium-sized farm animals.

If you raise goats, make sure that the fence wire is installed between the wood and the goats, as goats love to chew on wood posts. This way the wire can protect the wood. Electric fencing is popular for goat enclosures.

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Fence Height

If your animals can jump, you’ll want to vary the fence height based on how high they can clear. For sheep, it is important to protect them from predators like coyotes. A recommended fence height is 39 inches.

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Fence Quality

Because medium-sized farm animals have some heft to them, it is important to maintain the quality of your fencing. Their sheer weight could compromise your fence should they lean, rub or jump against it. Check regularly for damaged posts or rails, or holes in wire fencing.

Fencing Safety Tips for Large Farm Animals (Horses and Cattle)

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Wire

Choose a minimum of a 12-gauge wire and a minimum of 2” width for aperture holes in a wire fence.

For horses, avoid barbed wire, especially low-lying barbed wire. Horses can easily get their legs wrapped in the barbed wire and may become lame as a result.

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Fence Height

Since horses are likely to jump a fence rather than go under it, the recommended minimum fence height is five feet, or at eye level to the horse. We recommend a five-foot-tall fence for cattle as well.

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Fence Quality

Verify the structural integrity of your fence to ensure that it is solid enough to withstand a large animal’s weight. If there is a concern, you might want to install a hot wire, also known as an electric fence. Ask us about solar-powered hot wires!

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Be aware of muddy areas in your animal housing areas. Wet soil can cause fence posts to become loose, which can allow large animals to easily push them over. If you discover loose posts, fence off that area for the animals’ safety until the ground dries or posts can be better secured.

General Safety Tips

Farm animal safety tips range beyond animals to those working with them. Here are a few quick guidelines to ensure your own safety.

  • Remain calm when working around farm animals, and avoid sudden movements and loud noises.
  • Wear steel-toed shoes when working with large animals.
  • Livestock can easily become frightened, especially when they feel trapped or become isolated from the herd. They may rush you or inadvertently act in a way that could put you in jeopardy. Protect yourself with planned escape route gates in the fencing that are just large enough to allow you to pass through but not the animal.

Ask Heartland Post & Pole

Heartland Post & Pole does more than just build fences; we care about the people and animals in our community. That’s why we wanted to offer these farm animal safety tips. If you have questions about what type of fence would be best for your animals, ask us.

Mastering the craft of building a fence, we hand-craft each post and pole to work with your particular needs, and ensure that the final result will be a high-quality and attractive enclosure. We guarantee our work with our 7-part Heartland Guarantee.

Whether you already have a fence or need one designed and built, contact us for a free estimate.

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Fence Repair: How to Get a Fence Post Out of the Ground https://heartlandpostandpole.com/how-to-get-fence-post-out-of-ground/ https://heartlandpostandpole.com/how-to-get-fence-post-out-of-ground/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 22:29:45 +0000 https://heartlandpostandpole.com/?p=489 The post Fence Repair: How to Get a Fence Post Out of the Ground appeared first on Heartland Post & Pole.

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A sturdy fence is only as good as its posts. So it stands to reason that if a fence post is damaged, it should be removed or replaced. But that may not be as easy as you think. Let’s look at how to get a fence post out of the ground.

Why a Fence Post Needs Removal

The main reason a fence post needs to be removed or replace is that it has rotted; it is no longer structurally sound. Other reasons why you should get a fence post out of the ground include: it is falling over, it wiggles more than a few inches, it was damaged by snow plows or vehicles, or it has sustained storm damage, as from falling tree limbs.

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What are the Tools You Need?

The basic tools are:

  • Shovel
  • Tamping bar
  • Digging bar
  • Hoe
  • Carpenter’s level
  • Post hole digger (optional)

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you are using big digging equipment to get a fence post out of the ground you must call the DigLine at *811 at least two days prior to digging, and up to 10 days prior. The DigLine is a free service in Idaho that provides a one-call notification to all public utility companies, allowing them to mark their utility lines with paint or stakes prior to any excavation work. Beyond the potential danger of cutting through a gas or electrical line, you may be responsible for legal and financial costs of the damage otherwise. You must also be careful to avoid damaging sprinkler lines along your fence line.

How to Remove a Fence Post in 6 Steps

1. Identify the post to be removed.

Is it rotted, falling over, or does it have some other visible problem?

2. Decide which side of the fence to work on.

3. Dig along the post, but only on one side, to create a hole approximately 12 inches wide towards you, and 6 inches deeper than needed.

4. Use a digging bar to go deeper into the soil, and a hoe to remove the soil from the hole.

5. Lift the loosened fence post out of the ground.

6. To pull the rails out of the post, tilt the post towards you while lifting it up at the same time.

Potential Problems When Removing a Fence Post

Concrete Footing. If the post has a concrete footing, you will need to use the digging bar to break up the concrete. Remove the concrete before attempting to remove the post.
Broken Post. If the post is broken off at or below ground level, and you cannot easily remove the stub, then wrap a small strap around the post stub and pull upwards once it is mostly freed. Most posts break about 6-8 inches below ground.

Related: How to Remove a Wood Fence Post that is Broken Off at Ground Level

Installing a New Fence Post

1. Before putting in a new fence post, clean out any remaining wood, rotted post or concrete from the hole.

2. Insert the new post and tamp the dirt around it at least two different times as you fill in the hole. This will add stability to the new post.

3. Use the carpenter’s level to ensure that the new post is installed plumb vertically.

4. We recommend that you don’t use concrete to create a footer unless the post is being used on the hinge side of a gate. Concrete will trap water around the post and create wood rot.

Let Heartland Post & Pole Do Your Fence Work

Getting a fence post out of the ground is much easier when you contact Heartland Post & Pole to do it for you. We’re specialists in pole and fence installation in the Treasure Valley of Idaho.

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