Hills and holes: Not part of your landscaping design?

Written by L. J. Bruton

Do pests 'gopher' your lawn? Chances are, if you have a lawn, you riskrepparttar chance of having pests, such asrepparttar 113406 gopher and his cousinrepparttar 113407 mole. And, perhaps even those pesky six-legged creatures- ants and other insects- call your grass patches home. Why are these animals and insects attracted to your lawn? And, what can you do to stop them from burrowing and nesting? Those answers and more will follow in this article.

Most household lawns are not large enough to attract so many pests that a serious problem will result, but nonetheless, they can be a nuisance and cause some minor damage to your grassy nook. Insects are not very easy to spot, as some are so small they are naked torepparttar 113408 eye, however, they can be identified by dead, brown patches of grass. Telltale signs of moles and gophers are a little more obvious- dirt hills onrepparttar 113409 top of your lawn, and beneath them, tunnels and holes. Once you identify that you have pests, you then need to deciderepparttar 113410 best way for you to take care ofrepparttar 113411 problem.

The first option is to call an expert. Use your local directory or a referral from someone you know that had a similar problem. But if you are like most people today, you may want to do it yourself. And, if you are a DIYer,repparttar 113412 first thing you need to do is size up your situation, and what you are up against. Let's look at insects first.

When dealing with insects,repparttar 113413 first thing you must realize is that not all insects are bad guys. Sure, we probably would swat at them all, but in reality, some insects can actually act as exterminators against others. Other insects can actually help control your thatch level. There are two types of insects when it comes torepparttar 113414 ones who invade your lawn: above and below ground insects. Above ground insects usually feed on your grass, and can be seen fairly easy. Some examples of these can be chinch bugs, green bugs and armyworms.

The below ground insects are just that, they feed on your lawn throughrepparttar 113415 root system, which means they arerepparttar 113416 most destructive ofrepparttar 113417 two. They are alsorepparttar 113418 most difficult to identify since they are not easily seen. These can include grubs, beetle larvae and billbugs. There are literally thousands of species of insects, far too many to list here. You could borrow a book on insects from your local library, or check out some entomology websites to learn more about what roles and functions they have. After all, you don't want to kill off any allies!

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.

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