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Posted by in News, Specials on Feb 17, 2015 .
As winter near's it's end, a number of lawn cutters, landscapers and contractors are starting to look ahead for the upcoming season.   Alpine is excited to announce that we will once again be holding our annual Open House and Product Showcase on Thursday March 26, 2015 from 10AM-2PM.
 
We invite local landscapers to come in and take advantage of our exclusive red-tag promotions, giveaways, games and food.  Click here to contact us about attending this exclusive event.
 
 

The History of our Open House

In 1995, Alpine was the first to hold an Open House/Customer...

Posted by in News, Maintenance on Feb 11, 2015 .
 
For outdoor power equipment owners, there’s nothing more frustrating than a snowthrower that won’t start during that first snow storm, or the lawnmower that refuses to fire up for the first cut of the season. Oftentimes, issues with hard-starting engines stem from bad fuel and the frigid cold.
 
The solution to many of these maintenance woes is actually quite simple: Use an effective fuel treatment at every fill-up and Like your car and shoes, be sure to remove the excess before it freezes. First, run the auger out of snow for several seconds to shake off what you can. Then shut it off. You can use a windshield...
 
Winter months are a good time to plan your spring landscape projects. You can reflect on the improvements you would like to make, what worked well last year and what not so well. At times the planning process itself can seem daunting, so we hope to provide a few ideas to help make your planning a little easier.
  
First, review the lighting characteristics of your yard spaces. Classify exposure to daily direct sunlight as full sun (over 6 hours), partial sun (4-6 hours), partial shade (2-4 hours) and full shade (less than 2 hours).
 
 
Also, do these areas get evening sun, midday sun or morning sun?...

Posted by in News, Home Improvement on Jan 09, 2015 .
 
Every year, there are over 35,000 chainsaw-related injuries across North America. That means a lot of chainsaw-wielding homeowners are making haphazard cuts straight across the trunk, probably without reading the tree's natural lean. We regularly deal with Toronto's most prominant arborists and when using a chainsaw, big or small, it is important to prepare yourself and your unit.
 
The first order of business is getting effective safety gear. A hard hat and face shield, some Kevlar chaps and durable gloves are always strongly recommended.  Be sure all safety gear fits comfortably and safely.
 

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 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,...
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