Thursday, April 25th, 2013 at 12:05 pm
As the grass greens up the lawn owners who want an eco-friendly yard should focus more on mowing – and less on fertilizing.
“The first step to minimize the environmental impact of your home lawn is to raise the mower’s blade to a height of 3 to 4 inches – usually the highest setting on your mower – and leave the grass clippings on the lawn,” says Marty Petrovic, a turf specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University.
Taller grass competes better with weeds, and sinks roots deeper into the soil to better withstand mid-summer heat and drought, explains Petrovic. The result: A thicker turf with fewer weeds and less watering. He also suggests keeping your mower’s blades sharp for a clean cut that reduces stress on the grass. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 at 1:15 pm
There are some extremely important tasks that need to be addressed this gardening season.Start some flowers and other garden plants from seeds weeks before it’s warm enough to transplant them outside. Plants started from seed generally cost far less than you end up paying at the garden store. The timing of planting is really crucial and you must determine when to start plants indoors . Seed packets of those plants which are commonly started indoors usually contain special instructions for when and how to do it.
You can repurpose many would-be throwaway items — including cardboard boxes, toilet paper tubes, newspaper, egg cartons and even half-eggshells — to serve as miniature, biodegradable seedling pots. Some of the most common plants started from seeds indoors include tomatoes, peppers, melons, squash, eggplant and a wide variety of flowers and herbs. If you’re short on sunny window space consider building a simple cold frame in your yard as a place to start seeds up to six weeks before planting season. You can find designs online of how to build cold frames out of inexpensive materials like bales of hay, scrap lumber, plastic sheeting and old windows. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 at 10:14 pm
It is time to gather up all the gardening tools and get them ready for winter.
Shovels should be wiped down to get all the dirt off the metal parts. Leftover dirt will cause rusting. A light coating of oil, or an application of a silicone spray, will finish the job.The same goes for any other long-handle tools. Pruners and loping shears should have the metal parts cleaned too. Sap builds up on the blades, making it harder for the tools to make a clean cut. Remove the sap with rubbing alcohol and then apply oil or silicone spray.
Remember that the gas-powered tools need cleaning this time. Dried grass under the deck of the lawn mower will trap moisture, causing the deck to rust.Blades should be sharpened and coated with oil. The oil should be changed. Then, apply silicone spray to the metal parts.But do not forget to refer the owner’s manual on how to disconnect the spark plug wire. If the wire is left connected and you turn the blade, the mower could start with disastrous results to fingers and hands that may be under the mower. Read the rest of this entry
Friday, October 7th, 2011 at 11:00 pm
Buying Garden Tools and Equipment
With a little serious efforts in the Fall you’ll likely find the best deals of the year on all types of gardening tools, equipment and other supplies – with the possible exception of snow blowers, chain saws, and snow shovels.
This time of the year is perfect for hunting for used lawn mowers, weed trimmers, and other lawn and garden equipment, since many people dump their used equipment at thrift stores, flea markets and yard sales at the end of the season. Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 at 12:40 am
Lawn grasses pass through different growth cycles related to seasonal day length, temperatures and moisture fluctuations. Our lawns consist of cool-season grasses that grow best under cool spring and fall temperatures when we usually have adequate moisture.
As summer heats up and moisture becomes more limited, these cool-season grasses go through a stress period. Many of the plants that make up a lawn will die over the summer season,resulting in a natural thinning of the lawn. These will be replaced with new daughter plants during the fall growing season and lawns will increase in density. Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 at 1:06 pm
The essential gardening tools include digging forks for digging out all the root crops , hand clippers (scissors) and harvesting knives for cutting all the greens.Japanese knives and putty knives for weeding are also very useful community gardening tools. Hand trowels for transplanting; big salad spinners for drying greens; pitch forks and shovels for making compost and lots of love, patience and acceptance around the weather that mother nature sends our way are some of the really essential community gardening tools and elements.Even if you are taking care of a small garden in your backyard, there are a few essential gardening tools that you still need to have:
- A shovel to dig holes, move piles of debris, place compost in the right place, get leaves into the wheelbarrow and turn soil. It is an indispensable tool for beginning and season gardeners alike! Read the rest of this entry
Sunday, May 8th, 2011 at 10:08 pm
Lawnmowers are very useful machines and as it happens with every mechanical and electrical device, these also need proper attention and maintenance.the lawnmowers could have trouble starting or to make unsettling noises and behave erratically.
Here are some initial warning signals to determine if your lawn mower demands complete rofessional attention:
On an average a lawn mower with a starter cord should not take more than 10 pulls to start. If it takes more to get the engine to fire, then the mower should be serviced. Continuously yanking the cord in order to get the engine to start will not only lead to extreme frustration, but it could also cause the starter cord to break.
Sputtering engines indicate that the mower’s engine is not receiving the correct blend of air and fuel. This could be a result of a dirty air filter and carburetor. To help prevent this, regularly brush off the exterior of the machine to keep it clean, and also clean the mower’s air filter every three to five uses. Read the rest of this entry