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Lawns -- Our carefully-researched, year-round lawn-care guide for all climates and conditions, plus a special section on ground covers. Here's a brief overview of the material we will cover:
8. Lawn Diseases
9. Insects and Their Control
10. Maintenance Tips
11. Your Year-Round Guide for Lawn Care
12. Ground Covers: A Natural Carpet for Your Enjoyment
13. Planting Your Ground Cover
14. How to Take Care of Your Ground Cover
15. Propagating Your Own Ground-Cover Plants
16. Selecting Ground Covers for Your Landscape
17. Frequently Asked Questions/Answers about Ground Covers
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How to Repair Small Gas Engines:
This guide describes how to repair all small gasoline engines—two- and four-cycle, air- and water-cooled, single and multi-cylinder. These engines are found on lawnmowers, small tractors, pumps, generators, chain saws, snowmobiles, and motorcycles. Outboards are discussed in detail, as are utility engines used aboard ship. One section deals with rotary snowmobile and lawnmower engines. Another goes into detail on transmissions, including belt-driven types. Another section is devoted to troubleshooting — the most critical art for the mechanic. Except for the first section, which is a quick overview of small engine technology, and the last section, which is about business practices, the guide is organized by job. Material is presented in the order that the mechanic needs it. For example, ignition systems are discussed before fuel systems, and fuel systems before engine overhaul. Studies show that nine out of ten small engine failures involve the ignition system. Fuel systems are the next most likely culprit; piston, rod, and bearing failure is the least likely. In other words, you do not have to read all the guide before you understand enough to fix most small engines.
The repair procedures are a combination of factory-approved techniques and the result of experience. Sometimes experience and factory techniques conflict: when this happens I say so in the text and let the reader make his own decision in the matter.
Sheds — Building Tips for the Foundation:
Scenario: You're designing a shed and are wondering if the foundation is over-/under built ?
You're looking at building the shed to these dimensions: 12' wide by 16' deep. You would like to use 2 x 6 treated lumber ( running 12' wide ) spaced at 16' o/c. with 5/8 flooring. The shed is going to be used for storage ( two ATV's, garden tractor, etc, etc )
Should the 12' span be braced in the middle or will it be able to hold the weight ?
Possible Solutions and Advice:
You will need at least 2x8 to span 12 feet for a live load of 40 pounds per square foot and a dead load of 10 psf. A 2x6 is good for 9 feet 9 inches. You will need the larger lumber or bracing.
Your shed is over 120 sq. ft. -- check with your local bldg. dept. about needing a permit for it. If you need the permit, pull it! Don't go shooting yourself in the foot to save $100.
If you're looking to put a 10'x10' Duramax vinyl shed , this may help:
Buy FOUR pieces of 10' x 4" x 4" pressure treated lumber, make a square out of them and nail them together. Sit the wooden square on the flat dirt ground. Next, build the shed on top of this square. Once the shed is all built, then go and dump gravel inside of the wooden square frame 4" high and this will be the floor of the shed. This way you don't have to worry about building a plywood floor and making sure to add enough beams to support the weight of an ATV, etc. All of the stuff inside the shed will just sit directly on top of the gravel which is sitting on top of dirt. Plus the nice thing about gravel is you don't have to worry about a wooden floor ever rotting, you don't have to worry about if you spill something inside the shed or have a gas leak from a atv, tractor, etc, because any liquid will just seep through the gravel and into the ground. Plus doing it this way would be very inexpensive, quick and easy for the most part.
You will approx. need roughly 1.3 cubic yards of gravel for the base.
The cost of 4 pieces of wood, and the gravel, seems to be the cheapest foundation you can get.
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Gardening and Lawn-care How-To
Building A Composter
Composting is a great way to turn waste into nutrients. You don't have to spend lots of money on a rotary composter. Here is a quick and inexpensive way to start composting.
This compost bin was constructed using medium gauge galvanized wire fencing. It holds roughly 1 cubic yard of material, which is about the minimum volume needed for efficient composting
What you need:
* Medium gauge galvanized wire fencing
Unroll the fencing on the ground, and measure an 11 length. It may be
necessary to weight down the fencing to keep it from rolling up again.
Use heavy-duty wire cutters to cut the fencing to the proper size.
Establishing the Ideal Vegetable Garden
Step 1 Choose an area in which will receive 5-7 hours of sunlight per day
Step 2 Remove grass, weeds debris from the proposed site. This should be done by good old fashion blood, sweat and tears (digging, raking and hoeing). It is a good idea to uses a systemic grass and weed killer such as Round-Up before cultivating. This will take a few weeks to kill all the vegetation but it does do a good job without contaminating the soil.
Step 3 Work the soil to a depth of 10-12" using a shovel or roto-tiller
Step 4 Now its time to improve the soil condition. We recommend using a 2 part mix of of which 1 part consisting of an equal combination of Peat Moss, Perlite, Vermiculite and the other part being the existing soil.
Step 5 Wet the soil for 3 days prior to planting to allow the conditioning to take affect. Do not skip this step
Step 6: Now its time to plant. We recommend staggering planting times. This will allow you to harvest crops over a longer period of time.
Step 7 Fertilize every two weeks with a good water-soluble fertilizer
Step 8 It is a good idea to add lime in the fall at the rate of 6- 8 lbs. per 100 sq. ft. To rejuvenate the soil.
Fall is the most beneficial time to aerate your lawn.
Aeration benefits your lawn in several ways. First, it allows oxygen, water, and nutrients to penetrate further into the soil, encouraging deeper root growth. Second, it reduces soil compaction. Both of these effects will contribute to a healthier and more vigorous lawn. A power aerator is the fastest and most efficient way to aerate your lawn. Slightly overlap each pass until the entire lawn has been aerated.
After you finish aerating your lawn, any cores left lying on the grass should be removed. The most effective way to do this is with old fashioned hard work and a rake. Another idea is to drag a piece of chain-link fencing around your lawn behind a mower or by hand. The fencing will break up the cores into very small pieces. Another approach is to simply set the blade on your mower a little lower than normal, then mow over the cores.
Immediately seed and fertilize your lawn. Cover any bare spots with your favorite "compost" and re-seed. Thoroughly water your lawn for seven days. Continue to water your lawn until temperature are consistently below 40 degrees
Best Time To Plant Vegetables
Most gardeners cant't wait to start planting so they can enjoy the taste of fresh vegetables. However, these plants actually have specific planting times that should be followed. Last spring frost dates are important to home gardeners in order to plan when to set out frost-sensitive annuals, vegetables and even tropical container plants.
Some vegetables are frost tolerant and can be planted as soon as the ground can be worked. Others are slightly less cold hardy and should be placed in the ground 2-4 weeks before the average last frost date which is a specified date calculated for an area after which frost is unlikely to occur. Frost sensitive plants such as melons, peppers, and tomatoes should be planted after the last frost date. Check with the extension service in your area for this information.
Unfortunately, cold weather may still occur after the crop has been planted, and some type of protection will be needed to shelter sensitive plants. To retain heat cover frost sensitive plants just before sundown using nonmetallic containers or old lightweight blankets or row covers. Container plants are easy to deal with, just move them to a garage or other protected areas.
* Very Cold Tolerant Plants -- Plant as soon as ground can be worked
Annuals Add Rich Color To Your Landscape
Have you ever looked at a neighbor's yard in total envy, because their garden beds exploded into a rainbow of red, orange, blue, yellow and purple, while yours had all the color of a black and white photo? If that's the case, then the real question is, Why?
Creating that palette of color is easy, easier than one might imagine.
All it takes is some time, know-how and a few well-placed annual plants.
Here are some suggestions for adding instant color to the yard.
Annuals are flowers that experience their entire life cycle in one growing season. Essentially, they grow, blossom and die, allowing the homeowner to create a new and varied garden every year. Some of the most popular annuals include zinnias, marigolds, inpatients and rose periwinkles. Zinnias come in a wide variety of colors. Marigolds are known for their bright, gold appearance. Rose periwinkles bloom in a white hue with a flush of pink. Make sure you select the plants that will work with your local weather conditions -- heat, drought, frost, etc.
Preparing the Planting Site
The next step is to select a planting site. Bear in mind that most annuals thrive best with full exposure to the sun's rays. Now it's time to prepare the soil. The goal is to have soil that is well-drained, full of nutrients and free of weeds. Compacted soil makes it hard for plant roots to spread out, while sandy soil doesn't allow enough water to be absorbed. Using a rake, hoe or tiller, turn the soil over several times. Mixing in organic nutrients will prepare and loosen compacted soil while binding sandy soil. Make sure that all weeds are removed from the bed. This can be accomplished by hand or with an herbicide. Once that's done, apply fertilizer according to the directions on the package.
Some gardeners appreciate the challenge of growing annuals from seed, but the most ideal approach is to utilize transplants. Why? For one reason, it's easier to envision how the bed will ultimately look when using transplants. Secondly, seeds take time to grow, but transplants appeal to the instant gratification lover in all of us. In advance of actually putting plants into the ground, draw a picture of the bed as you intend it to look. Use the drawing as a planting guide, almost as a map. "Zinnias go here. Some marigolds go here and there, and way over there..."
When shopping for transplants, seek those with rich green leaves and tight, compact growth. Don't worry about a transplant's height. It will grow as tall as it's supposed to. Also, don't give in to the temptation to buy annuals that are already flowering. They're the quickest to suffer transplant shock, and because they're already blooming, may not last as long. Plants without buds are the way to go, as they'll be less vulnerable to transplant shock and will grow quickly once in the soil.
Keeping Weeds at Bay
Once annuals are in the ground, one of the greatest threats they can face is an onslaught of weeds. A homeowner who hasn't dealt with this problem before it starts could find himself with ravaged plants and hours spent unnecessarily trying to rectify the situation. All it takes to enjoy a summer of weed-free gardening is a good weed preventer and few extra minutes spent right after the annuals have been planted. A product such as Preen will effectively deter weed growth. Preen comes in an easy-to-use, refillable canister that allows granules to be poured -- much like salt from a shaker.
Simply sprinkle Preen evenly around the bed, then gently water the area. Follow the package instructions for maximum effectiveness. A single application will last for three months, at which time Preen can be applied again. Those homeowners who want to make the task of caring for annuals even easier may want to use Preen 'n Green. Preen 'n Green prevents weed growth while providing vital nutrients
It's easy to turn your yard into a work of art. Just think of the garden bed as a canvas and annuals as a selection of colorful paints, and go to it.
Question about Long-Lasting Outdoor Insecticide:
Is there a long-lasting insecticide (repels and kills) that can be used against a broad range of pests (ants primarily)? That is, one which will make it through rain and sun for some weeks. Most seem only to last a week of so. Are the chemicals that Orkin and other firms use long-lasting? If yes, what they are using?
Residual insecticides typically have to be reapplied after rain because rain washes them off surfaces. They are usually effective for several days. Sunlight, heat, and rain tend to render them ineffective. The insecticide used by the pros have longer residual effectiveness. They spray once a month.
Question about Mulch:
The local nursery has oak mulch cheaper than any other type, but they
recommend cedar for insect control. They also said it does not matter
much, since they recommend changing out mulch every year. Not practical
It's not a good idea to use any sort of wood mulch in contact with the soil and the house at the same time. It's like an engraved invitation to termites. Even the cypress & cedar mulches can be susceptible to termite infestation. You'd be better off using one of the shredded rubber mulches or some sort of stone over a weed barrier. Out in the rest of the yard, it shouldn't matter much, although some find that cypress mulch lasts a lot longer. Pine straw might be a good choice for out in the yard. Also try using cotton seed hull mulch, which works great for some folks.
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