Guide to basic Lawn Mower Maintenance

Written by Keith Kingston

Trying to start your lawn mower after a long winter can be very frustrating. Performing a few routine maintenance tasks before you store your lawn mower forrepparttar winter can save you time inrepparttar 113405 spring, prolongrepparttar 113406 life of your lawn mower, and save you money overrepparttar 113407 long run. Even if you have already put your lawn mower into storage forrepparttar 113408 winter, a few simple maintenance tasks performed before starting your lawn mower inrepparttar 113409 spring can be very beneficial.

Wash and dry your lawn mower afterrepparttar 113410 mowing season is over. A power blower can be very helpful in removing grass and debris fromrepparttar 113411 underside of your lawn mower and other hard to reach areas. If your lawn mower engine is air-cooled, use a stick or wooden dowel to remove any residue fromrepparttar 113412 cooling fins. If you have a lawn mower with a water-cooled engine, checkrepparttar 113413 coolant level and fillrepparttar 113414 reservoir if needed. Cleanrepparttar 113415 radiator cooling fins with a strong jet of water. You should also drainrepparttar 113416 fuel tank and replacerepparttar 113417 fuel filter. The air filter housing should be cleaned andrepparttar 113418 air filter replaced.

Remember to checkrepparttar 113419 spark plug(s) for corrosion and wear. Don't attempt to cleanrepparttar 113420 spark plug if it is showing some wear. It is cheap and easy to replacerepparttar 113421 spark plug. Be sure to remove any debris before removingrepparttar 113422 spark plug and by using a bit of anti-seize compound when you replacerepparttar 113423 old spark plug, you will ensure easier removal next year. Clean and lubricaterepparttar 113424 throttle linkages andrepparttar 113425 choke, and apply grease torepparttar 113426 mower deck and allrepparttar 113427 fittings. This will be easier if you removerepparttar 113428 mower deck and you can sharpenrepparttar 113429 blades whilerepparttar 113430 mower deck is off. Sharpeningrepparttar 113431 blades after each mowing season will give you a better cut next year and save yourepparttar 113432 trouble of having to sharpen them inrepparttar 113433 spring.

Plan Before You Plant

Written by Jean Fritz

It’s winter, and as you gaze out your picture window, all you see is a 50 square foot patch of bare dirt. After a foray throughrepparttar top 10 plant catalogues armed with a major credit card and your vivid imagination, that space is crowded with shrubs, bedding plants, bulbs and foliage, all competing for light, water and nutrients. You’ve created a plant riot.

Planning is vital to creating a noteworthy garden, and winter isrepparttar 113404 best time to sit down with pencil, paper and reference books. A good garden plan can save time, money and heartache.


Where is your future garden located? Is it visible torepparttar 113405 entire neighborhood, or to your eyes only? Does it receive full sun, or is it shaded part ofrepparttar 113406 day? What isrepparttar 113407 soil type? All of these factors need to be considered during your planning phase, and will help you screen out your plant choices.


Your site may also help determinerepparttar 113408 garden’s purpose. I have two beds within 5 feet of my kitchen door, so they are dedicated to herbs and salad fixings (I can come home from work, pick dinner, go inside and eat.) If your garden is surrounded by a privacy fence, you could consider installing a wildflower plot, or a garden designed with birds and butterflies in mind. These garden styles tend to be unruly, so cloaking them from potentially offended neighbors or homeowners’ association spies is a good idea.

Deciding on a particular theme or purpose forrepparttar 113409 garden plot further narrows your plant choices.


If you are a harried homeowner with less than 2 hours a week for yard work, installing an annual bed or vegetable garden is not for you. The time you are willing to devote to maintenance is important in choosing plants;repparttar 113410 less you want to work,repparttar 113411 more you’ll want to stick with tried, true and dependable plants such as daylilies, hosta, iris, and groundcovers such as ivy or dead nettle.

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