Porcupine Real Estate

Posted by Mark Warden on 1/12/2017

New Hampshire is home to some fascinating wildlife, from the common deer to lesser-known fisher cats. Itís a good idea to know what indigenous animals there are in New Hampshire, whether you live in a rural area and get frequent animal visitors to your yard, or live in a city and are going on a hike.†

Moose - The moose is common to North America - most of them are found in Alaska and Canada, however there are some in New Hampshire. The Eastern Moose, indigenous to the Eastern United States, is, on average, six feet six inches tall, and are over five hundred pounds. Moose generally arenít aggressive creatures, and are slow-moving unless provoked. Beware while driving, though - moose can cause accidents while crossing the road. †

Fisher Cats - Fisher cats are a more unusual New Hampshire animal. Theyíre usually small, and generally harmless - they donít attack humans unless cornered. If you hear a sound like a baby screaming while in nature, donít worry - itís likely not an abandoned baby - itís probably just a fisher cat.

Porcupines - The symbol of the Free State Project, porcupines are found in New Hampshire.. Their sharp pointy quills tend to get caught in humans and other animals, but other than that, they are harmless. They weigh somewhere between twelve and thirty-five pounds, and are slow-moving.

Black Bears - Black bears are also native to New Hampshire. While thinking a black bear could be living in your backyard is a scary thought, they try to avoid confrontation with humans as much as possible. Grizzly bears, on the other hand (which are not native to NH), do attack humans. Black bears are not very territorial, and the mother bears arenít as protective over their cubs as grizzly bears are.

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Posted by Mark Warden on 1/9/2017

Especially during winter, having the right tires is very important in New Hampshire. If you live or travel on a road not frequently plowed or a dirt road, tires that wonít slip is a must. There are plenty of options for winter tires, from studded to chained to winter to all season:

- Studded tires have actual metal studs embedded in the tires. They dig into ice, providing traction and limiting sliding. Studded are very useful on icy roads, and are especially useful around coastal areas where ice more frequently forms (although ice forms everywhere in New Hampshire). However, these tires cannot be used year-round, as during the seasons with an absence of ice, the tire digs into the pavement.

- Adding chains on tires helps dig into the ice, similar to the studded tires. However, with chains, you have to put them on and take them off, making it a bit of a hassle. Chains are usually cheaper than studs, however, and although a pain, you will save some money. There are two types of chains - classic and express chains. The classic involves driving over the chain, while the express involves using a hoop-style system.

- All-season tires are really just that. They can be used in all seasons, making them not exceptional in winter. While they are good, the rubber is not as thick as snow tires, making for less traction. However, if youíd prefer not to change your tires before and after winter, this may be an option worth considering.

- Winter tires are better in ice and snow than all-season tires are. The tread is usually wider, allowing the tire to manage snow under the tire. They also are able to withstand lower temperatures than all-season. Snow tires have a quieter ride than studs, a bonus for those who have comfort as a top priority.

In short, studs and winter tires are great in ice but require changing back to regular tires after winter, chains are great at stopping a slide but are inconvenient, and all season tires are satisfactory in winter conditions.

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Posted by Mark Warden on 12/27/2016

Many Granite Staters travel down to Boston each day as part of their daily commute, for a daytrip, or for a weekend getaway. Below are some options for planning your trip:

  • Driving: Driving down to Boston from southern NH could take upwards of an hour depending on traffic

  • Bus: The Boston Express bus can be an efficient way to get from Nashua, Manchester, Tyngsboro, Salem, and Londonderry to Boston for, on average, around $13 a trip. Concord Coach Lines also has options from many bus stations around New Hampshire down to either the Boston airport or a bus stop in Boston, but the earliest these buses arrive in Boston is 10:35, making it better for a daytrip or getaway than a daily commute. If youíre in Portsmouth or Dover, C&J Bus Lines can get you to Boston. From Hanover, Lebanon, New London, youíll want to use Dartmouth Coach.

  • Trains: Trains are also an option when commuting down to Boston. Amtrak has a monthly commuter pass that allows unlimited trips on their Downeaster down to Boston from Dover, Durham, and Exeter. If you can make the drive down to Newburyport, Lawrence, Haverhill, Lowell and other points in northern Massachusetts, you might find the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority a good option to get you into Boston.

Many options exist for commuting down to Boston, and it may take some trial and error to figure out which method of transport works best for your situation.

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Posted by Mark Warden on 12/7/2016

If you want to live off-the-grid, or just would like some fresh vegetables, itís important to know what types of crop grow well in New Hampshire, the best plants for starting to garden, and when the growing season is for the crops you do plant.

Most of New Hampshireís soil is rocky and acidic, so before you start planting veggies you may want to bring a soil sample to a lab to see how acidic it is; if itís too acidic, you may need to add in some dolomitic limestone. Tomatoes benefit the most from acidic soil, and tend to grow well in it, along with cabbage, broccoli, and brussel sprouts. Berries also require more acidic soil, so it is useful to plant these away from other vegetables or fruits that require dolomitic limestone.

New Hampshireís climate is such that it is possible to grow almost any crop. Leafy greens and root crops should be planted in March to April, while warm-season crops (peppers, corn, beans, tomatoes) should be planted mid May to prevent frost damage. It is useful to buy almost all of these plants from a greenhouse or nursery before planting them, as the New Hampshire growing season is so short (around 4 months) and might result in an early frost killing your seedlings.

If youíre interested in getting started in growing your own food but arenít ready to commit to cucumbers or tomatoes, herbs can be a great start. Chives, oregano, and thyme are easy to grow, and will come back year after year.

Gardening can be a great way to get organic food, or live off-the-grid. Even if you donít start with a full crop of vegetables and fruits, it is rewarding to cut your own spices from a plant on your windowsill. Gardening is for everyone, no matter the skill level.

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Posted by Mark Warden on 11/18/2016

Two of the most common driveway types in New Hampshire are gravel & asphalt. What's the difference?†

- Lifespan - Asphalt will last long over twelve years, while gravel will last about ten years if maintained well.†

- Maintenance - Asphalt requires maintenance, and it is recommended that a seal coating be applied every two years to ensure that cracks get covered up. Gravel, on the other hand, will have to be replenished yearly in some areas where potholes and ruts may have formed.†

- Weather -†Asphalt fares better in winter than gravel does; snow removal disturbs the rocks on gravel driveways, and the only sure way to remove snow without disturbing the rocks is to use salt or sand. Asphalt, on the other hand, can withstand a wide variety of temperatures. Gravel tends to move around more during rain and snow, while asphalt does not. †

- Aesthetic - If you want to make sure your driveway matches your landscaping, gravel might be the way to go for you. There is a wide variety of color and style options for gravel, while there is a limited selection of colors for asphalt.

While you may not be able to select the type of driveway material your home has, preparing yourself by learning the pros & cons and maintenance required is a good idea.

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