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Last year around the holidays, Many Torontonians were crippled by a massive ice storm with power outages that left many families with a less than happy holiday surprise. Torontonians were expecting a traditional "White Christmas"  with snow, burt few were expecting the bitter cold and forged ice that took left thousands powerless for the holidays.
 
One of the best ways to be prepared for future power outages in nasty weather (which includes heavy ice and snow) is to have a generator available for usage when the lights go out. It is especially important for this in the winter, even if to just be able to heat your...

Posted by in News on Dec 22, 2014 .

Get your equipment for preparing snow and ice and maintain the outside of your home – from blowers to throwers to shovels, salt and salters.

• For large projects like driveways and parking lots, Snow blowers like the Ariens, Toro and Honda two stage units will help tackle the task. Keep your blowers at the front of your garage in colder months to avoid extra prep work in heavy snow fall.

• For detailed surfaces and smaller driveways and walkways, enlist the help of a Single Stage Snowthrower, which features lightweight frames, powerful engines and easy handling. Toro, Honda and Ariens single stage units will clear...

Posted by in News, Maintenance on Dec 17, 2014 .
  • If you already own a blower and gas is left in it from last season, siphon out as much as possible, then add gas to which you’ve added a fuel stabilizer that’s designed to handle the ethanol in gas. At the end of this season, if you prefer to leave the gas in, top it off with more stabilized gas—though it’s best to run it dry.
  • Take out the spark plug. If it’s only a year or so old, clean its electrode and screw it back in. If you don’t remember when you last replaced it, do so now; plugs today come properly...

Posted by in on Dec 17, 2014 .
 
Your garden might be the furthest thing from your mind in winter, but it’s the perfect time to think about it. Without foliage, a garden’s structure (or lack thereof) is visible. When you’re not worrying about watering, planting and weeding, you can focus on the components and overall design.
 
Like your home’s interior, gardens are spaces created to suit the tastes and needs of you and your loved ones. If your garden does not do that, it’s time for a change.
 
Take a long look: The first step is to grab a pad of paper and get ready to embark on some garden soul-searching. Over the coming weeks,...

Posted by in Home Improvement, Maintenance on Dec 17, 2014 .
 
December usually finds most gardeners rushing from store to store for last minute Christmas gift shopping for a garden journal for that special gardening friend or dashing around the house cleaning and getting ready for visitors, that special seasonal family dinner, and preparing the nativity scene so it can be displayed on the front lawn along with your holiday lighting display. Forget about gardening chores, especially winter gardening.
 
Fortunately for all of us, December gardening “to-do” lists are more of a “don’t do” list of winter gardening activities. 
 
A few things you do need to keep an...

Posted by in News, Maintenance on Oct 16, 2014 .
 
Finger injuries, including amputations, accounted for about half of the more than 4,000 estimated emergency-room visits related to snow blowers reported annually. Back and shoulder strain were also common. Here’s how to protect against these and other injuries.
 
•Never wear loose pants, jackets, or scarves, which can get tangled in a snow blower’s moving parts and pull you in with them.
 
•Wear earplugs or other hearing protection, especially with a gas-powered model, which typically runs above the 85 decibels at which hearing damage can occur.
 
 
•Before the snow gets too deep,...

Posted by in News, Maintenance on Oct 15, 2014 .
 
Many of the garden tools and power equipment that we use during the growing season sit idle during the winter.
By taking a little time and do some preventive maintenance on them so that your equipment will be ready for next spring.
 
Begin by winterizing your lawn mower, leaf blower, weed trimmer and other gas powered.
 
Drain the gas or let the engine run until it is empty. If you don’t drain the gas, at least add some fuel stabilizer to the tank.
Drain the oil if it hasn’t been changed in a while and remove the oil filter and either clean or replace it.
 
 
Check all nuts and...
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