The Lawnmower Blog

Posted by in News, Home Improvement on Apr 09, 2015 .
Proper tools can churn up soil in a short amount of time to make landscaping projects that much easier.
The right tools for the job can be the difference between an interminable landscaping project and one that goes smoothly and efficiently. Aspiring landscapers probably have a few shovels and rakes hanging in their garages and sheds for basic landscaping work. But while such tools are effective for certain projects, when it comes to churning soil for garden beds or digging holes for outdoor structures, additional tools come in handy. It may be well worth a trip to a nearby home center to purchase or rent one of...

Posted by in News on Apr 07, 2015 .
Are you taking your mower for granted? Expect it to start on the first pull of the season? Better think about giving it a try before you really need it some pretty March or April weekend.
Mowers have come a long way. Modern lawnmowers are far from the cantankerous, cumbersome, smokey and noisy. Today’s gas engines are lighter, quieter, more powerful, and more durable.  But if any of them fail to crank, good luck finding a small-engine repair shop that will give you fast service this time of year.
Commercial and regular customers are often put in front of the line for spring tuning or repairs....

Posted by in News, Maintenance on Apr 07, 2015 .
After a winter of shoveling, roof-raking, and other back-breaking chores, another task awaits—ridding the yard of winter's debris. A common part of the job is taking a chain saw to fallen tree branches but that can be frustrating if your chain saw isn't ready for the cleanup. Here’s what to do:
Fire it up. Since a chain saw is a handheld machine with a small engine, degraded gas left over the winter can keep it from starting. If you added fuel stabilizer to the gas before you put it away for the season, it might start right up. (The 2-cycle oil you mix with your gas should have built-in stabilizer.) Otherwise,...

Posted by in News, Maintenance on Apr 07, 2015 .
With the first sight of grass and rising temperatures, spring is finally just around the corner. 
Before we know it we will be getting our lawn mowers out of the shed! Are you ready for it? The better question may be, is your mower ready?
Speaking from past experience, many of us put our mower away in the fall and have not seen it since. Also from past experience, one can get frustrated when the grass needs cut and the mower does not start.
The best way to avoid this is to make sure your mower is cleaned and properly maintained. Whether you are a do-it-yourself type of person or prefer the help of...

Posted by in News, Home Improvement on Mar 10, 2015 .
Spring fever hits everyone as we finally begin to see some relief from a long, bitterly cold, snow-filled winter.
However, despite all the delightful spring days, March can sometimes decide it hasn’t had enough of winter and surprises us with a cold spell just when we think it is safe to plant vegetables for our main-season gardens.
Go ahead and plant those tomatoes outside, but keep a protective covering nearby in case of a cold spell. You can use fabric row cover or a cloche. A cloche is a bell-shaped glass covering that you place over your plants to hold in the warmth of the sun and protect against...

Posted by in on Mar 10, 2015 .
With many cedars are flopped over and some suffocated by the thick ice and heavy snow that ravaged them over the winter.
The results of the coldest winter weather in living memory are often visible on your neighbourhood landscapes.  As the weather starts to finally  improve with warmer temperatures and more sunlight, now is a great time to assess your shrubs and begin to plan their rejuvenation.
Reinvigorate shrubs with early spring pruning. Most shrubs look best when you thin out one-third of the oldest, woodiest stems, cutting them back right to the base of the plant. You’ll get fresh new growth,...

Posted by in on Mar 09, 2015 .
With the spring thaw finally starting to loosen winter’s grip on the Greater Toronto Area, some municipalities are keeping their eyes open for flood warning signs. The City of Toronto strongly advises local residents to monitor all storm drains, water ways and hydrants. Controlling Water flow has become an important part of winter maintance.
The borough’s public works crews are continuously working and advising local residents to make sure manholes, storm drains and heattroughs are clear. “The goal is to prevent accumulation of water. So, in the streets, we’re trying to clear as much as we can to make sure...
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