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Hibernation’s Over: How to Prevent Bears on Your Property

Spring is just around the corner! Like many, you’re probably ready for the thaw, and the chance to get back out enjoying your country lifestyle. You’re not alone. There’s someone else that’s very, very excited for the start of spring: your local, (usually) harmless bears!

That’s right, with spring comes the end of hibernation for the many bears that call British Columbia home. And while bear encounters are relatively rare, and almost all of them end peacefully, it’s important to prepare yourself, your family, and your property for when those bears open their eyes and begin to roam out of the den.

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New ALR Regulations – What You Need to Know

As you may have heard, on February 22, 2019, British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor approved changes to the ALC Act and ALR Regulations, which govern the use of Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) land in British Columbia. For those living on these properties, there are some key changes to the rules that could affect your use and ultimate plans for your property. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what you need to know about the changes.

Why Were These Changes Needed?

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How and Why to KonMari Your Home Before Selling

Though it’s still early in the year, all you TV fans out there know that there is already a frontrunner for the most binge worthy reality TV show of the year: Netflix’s new hit Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

Based on her smash hit books Spark Joy and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, this new series follows storage and organization expert Marie Kondo as she helps families get a grip on their cluttered spaces using her specialized method of organization: KonMari.

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Langley’s Best – Valentine’s Day Edition

We are so lucky to live here in the Fraser Valley for a seemingly infinite number of reasons… but perhaps you haven’t realized that our culinary scene boasts some great options. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, let’s keep it local!

Here are my recommendations to make your Valentine’s Day in Langley as memorable as it is spectacular:

 

How to Build and Maintain a Well on Your Langley Acreage

We’re very fortunate to live in a place and time that allows us to think so little about water. For nearly all of time, mankind has had a driving daily need to think about where, when, and how they were going to get their drinking water. But today, it’s just a matter of turning on the tap!

However, depending on where you live, there might be quite a few things going on behind the scenes that allow for clean, fresh water to be brought through your pipes. This is especially true if you currently live on – or are considering living on – any sizeable acreage. That’s because nearly all homes in rural settings need to create a self- sustaining source of water on their own (i.e. they’re too far out to be hooked into the local city or town’s water supply).

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Home Grown: Implications of (Legally) Growing Cannabis at Home in British Columbia

As you likely heard, on October 17th of 2018, Canada officially made it legal for residents to grow up to four cannabis plants inside their homes.

But before you go buying seeds and grow lights, you should take some time to think through all the implications that come with growing cannabis inside you home, and whether the reward outweighs the risk.

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How to Care for Your Septic System

Acreage living brings many wonderful things with it: fresh air, space to roam, and lots of friendly wildlife. But it also brings something else. Something that’s much less glamorous and rarely discussed: septic systems.

Though the idea of having to care for a septic system may scare some folks away from living their dream life in the country, I am here to tell you that these centuries-old filtration devices are nothing to be scared of. In fact, with a little regular maintenance, septic systems are often one of the most reliable parts of a home!

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