Tips for maintaining your Snowblower

Written by Keith Kingston

If you don't want to be standing out inrepparttar cold arguing with a snowblower that doesn't want to run, then dorepparttar 148240 annual maintenance beforerepparttar 148241 snow starts flying. Regular maintenance will give you years of hassle free use, and less attitude from your blower. Don't forgetrepparttar 148242 safety aspect, because without proper maintenance your snowblower could become a hazard.

Each fall before winter arrives, you should check all bolts, belts, and moving parts, to ensure they are not frayed, loose, or worn. Belts are best checked by removing and checking for cracks. Replace any worn parts, and tighten any loose bolts.

Turn your snowblower on its side and checkrepparttar 148243 scraper bar. This isrepparttar 148244 bar that rubs againstrepparttar 148245 ground and scrapesrepparttar 148246 snow off. This item wears, so check to see if it need replacement. If you neglect to replacerepparttar 148247 bar when it is worn, it will lead to damage onrepparttar 148248 snowblower's housing, and that's will hurt your pocket book. In fact, if your snowblower gets a lot of use through outrepparttar 148249 season, check it regularly.

Checkrepparttar 148250 rubber paddles andrepparttar 148251 rubber onrepparttar 148252 auger. If your finger fits betweenrepparttar 148253 rubber andrepparttar 148254 housing it's time to replacerepparttar 148255 rubber. A new rubber will help your snowblower operate at its optimum performance levels.

Check tires for wear and proper inflation. Adjust as needed. If you have tire chains for your snowblower, have them handy or put them on in advance. There's nothing worse than searching inrepparttar 148256 freezing cold, while trying to remember where you putrepparttar 148257 chains.

A Tea-Lover's Soul Weed

Written by Jenny Harker

We gardeners spend hours yanking weeds out of our precious flowerbeds. To be honest, I enjoy weeding. I find it relaxing. I suspect quite a few of my fellow gardeners would agree.

Recently I discovered an annoying weed I haven't been able to defeat is in truth a sheer delight. I speak ofrepparttar humble Pineapple Weed.

Matricaria matricioides! A big name for a weed found in waste areas. But its scientific name is actually touching once defined.

'Matricaria' stems fromrepparttar 148176 Latin matrix meaning 'mother' while 'caria' is Latin for 'dear'. This gives us 'mother dear'.

This name refers torepparttar 148177 medicinal use of pineapple weed for easingrepparttar 148178 pain ofrepparttar 148179 menstrual cycle, as well as for treating colic in babies.

Pineapple weed can sootherepparttar 148180 pain of being a woman, a mother, or a baby (which helps Mom even more).

This plant's green fern-like foliage and oval greenish yellow flowers often cause people to mistake it for its close relativerepparttar 148181 chamomile plant. Pineapple weed looks like chamomile while in bud, only this weed's homely flowers never producerepparttar 148182 flashy white petals of its famous cousin.

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This native annual of Western America makes its stubborn presence known from May to November. It grows in cracks in sidewalks, parking lots, in any plot of dry earth trampled by we humans. The pineapple weed has spread clear acrossrepparttar 148183 Atlantic to Europe.

I discoveredrepparttar 148184 hidden charm of this weed while pulling a group out ofrepparttar 148185 ground. The crushed leaves actually give offrepparttar 148186 fruity scent of pineapple.

Intrigued, I did some research. I learned this weed is not only edible, withrepparttar 148187 same soothing qualities as chamomile, but was also a big hit withrepparttar 148188 Native Americans way back when.

Native Americans traded goods for pineapple weed. The plant was used as a perfume as well as a big repellant. Dried plants were sprinkled onto meat to keep off flies.

But what caught my attention while researching isrepparttar 148189 fact this weed is often brewed as a tea.

Being a devout tea-drinker this delighted me. I already make tea from my peppermint plants. Why not put this pesky weed to good use?

After rinsing three dusty plants inrepparttar 148190 sink I brewed a pot of pineapple weed tea by pouring freshly boiled water into a tea strainer holding flower heads fromrepparttar 148191 plants (the leaves can also be used but they add a bitter note torepparttar 148192 brew). I allowedrepparttar 148193 tea to steep for three minutes before removingrepparttar 148194 strainer fromrepparttar 148195 pot.

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