Guide to basic Lawn Mower Maintenance

Written by Keith Kingston

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Cleanrepparttar battery terminals and replace your old lawn mower battery if necessary. You can help prevent corrosion ofrepparttar 113405 terminals if you apply grease torepparttar 113406 posts atrepparttar 113407 end of each mowing season. Changerepparttar 113408 oil inrepparttar 113409 engine crankcase and replacerepparttar 113410 oil filter. You should also drainrepparttar 113411 gas from your lawn mower before storing it forrepparttar 113412 winter. Duringrepparttar 113413 long summer mowing season, remember to wash your lawn mower and remove any debris afterrepparttar 113414 mower has cooled. Keeping your lawn mower clean will add years to its life and make routine maintenance tasks a lot easier.

Lawn mowing is a job most of us face each and every year. A lawn mower that runs great and is well maintained will make this job more enjoyable and easier all summer long. A yearly check up for your lawn mower isrepparttar 113415 perfect way to prolong its life and keep it running like new, and your lawn will look great when you mow with a machine that is in top working condition. Your lawn mower will perform atrepparttar 113416 highest level possible if you remember to perform these simple maintenance tasks each and every year. Duringrepparttar 113417 summer months periodically checkrepparttar 113418 oil andrepparttar 113419 condition ofrepparttar 113420 air and fuel filters. You will save money and your lawn mower will work great for years to come.

Keith Kingston is a professional web publisher, offering information on lawn mowers and lawn mower parts. You can visit his website at

Plan Before You Plant

Written by Jean Fritz

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If, onrepparttar other hand, you relish “fussing,” annuals, vegetables, fruit trees or fruiting shrubs (such as raspberries, blackberries or currants), and tea and shrub roses can be added to your landscape. These plants all require routine maintenance including trimming, pruning, weeding, deadheading, and regular pest control.


A plant’s final size – height and width – are also important factors in choosing plant material. Plant size should be in proportion torepparttar 113404 size ofrepparttar 113405 bed andrepparttar 113406 size of any buildings or fixtures. If you’ve ever seen foundation plants that have overshadowedrepparttar 113407 home they were supposed to compliment, you’ll know what I mean. Those overgrown arborvitae eventually have to be cut down and dug out, which is backbreaking labor, or expensive if you have to hire a Bobcat. Better to plant withrepparttar 113408 end result in mind.

Bloom time is your final consideration. You may choose to create a mixture of shrubs, bulbs, perennials and annuals in your bed, which will produce a long period of blooming as each group flowers successively. You may decide that one splash of color, followed by a pleasing palate of green, is more to your liking. Knowing when a plant shows its best side (and what it looks like afterward) can help you choose whether that plant belongs in your yard, or if you’ll maliciously suggest it to your crabbiest neighbor.

Takerepparttar 113409 time to plan before you plant, and you’ll be rewarded with seasons of color, fragrance, and garden health.

The author operates a small market farm in east-central Indiana. Her ezine, Leaflets, covers a host of gardening and cooking topics. Subscriptions are free via the KittyVista website (

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