Reel Lawn MowersWritten by Andrew Caxton
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Reel Lawn Mowers Maintenance
You can keep your reel mower working well just by doing a proper maintenance. You might get a reel mower working a lifetime following a pre-storage maintenance process every time you use it. One typical mistake of gardeners is to store a mower just after job is done, without taking care of blades or engine. Both, lawn mower blades and engine are most important parts of a lawn mower. While reel models donít have any engine, blades become leader part for a proper performance. The cutting blades need to be well sharpened. Most people use blades until they donít cut at all, and then go to shop to replace for new ones. There is another option to save money on that. Why not to sharpen blades yourself? It might be a great idea for those who want to learn art of gardening. Just as a brief explanation to know main idea on how to sharpen mower blades, you could find a comfortable place to work and prepare to sharpen a lawn mower blade.
Once you are ready you can start using a fine flat file or a flat sharpening stone to remove any burrs from blade and cutter bar. Then you must apply grinding paste to blades' cutting edges. Wait until paste is ready, should be not more than 10 minutes. Then remove excess grinding paste and test and adjust mower. This is minimal process for sharpening blades at home. You can also find more information via Internet or just asking your local gardening provider. But remember to keep your reel mower as good as possible, it is probably master key piece for a great looking garden.
A. Caxton is a successful freelance author who writes regularly for lawn mower and garden tractor. A gardening website that carries articles on automatic and reel lawn mowers, lawn tractors.
Gardening for KidsWritten by Judy Williams
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Do you know very young children? Introduce them to Hairy Harry! Take one of those pairless socks every household has and sew on some eyes and other facial features. Put some lawn seed in sock end and fill with garden soil, potting mix or compost. Fill sock until face is filled out and tie a knot in sock, making sure mix inside is packed tightly. Water sock regularly, or prop it on top of a container with water. The loose end of sock will act as a wick to draw up moisture. Place in a sunny position. In a couple of days, Harry will have a full head of green hair! In a couple of weeks, he will be ready for a hair cut or styling makeover! Children love eating things fresh from a garden. For convenience, you might want to plant close to kitchen where children can harvest items under your watchful eye. So consider doing quick growing plants in containers. Cress, radishes and lettuce will be ready quickest in 6-8 weeks. Next in line are dwarf beans, cucumber, cabbage, tomatoes and onion which will be ready in 8-12 weeks. Most others, including popular carrots and potatoes will need 16-20 weeks to mature. You could be harvesting from this little garden for months!
Encourage your children to nurture their little garden, which ever project you choose. It's a great way to teach them practical skills and fill them forever with wonder of nature.
Judy Williams (www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com) aspires to become a fulltime earth mother goddess. This site acts as a primer for all vegetable gardening aspects covering topics like how to build a garden, nurture seedlings, container gardening and composting.