Category Archives: Lawn Care

Hose Reel

Have you ever had a broken Hose Reel and just thrown it away?

There are many different things that you can still use this for even though it will not work for a hose.

Suncast Hideaway Hose Reel 100' Capacity PHH100

 

Do you have Electric Fence that you take down and no longer have spool to put it on?

Dare White Electric Fence Wire Heavy Duty 11/2" x 656' Polytape 2576

Old Hose Reels are perfect for rolling up electric fence wire or rope.  Without a reel or spool you have to deal with the hassle of the wire or rope getting wadded up and tangled. You can hook the wire or rope to the hose reel and just reel it up without having to worry about a huge tangled mess.

 

Please check out our website at http://www.ruralking.com/ to purchase these items.

 

 

 

 

Beginners Guide to Composting

earth

In honor of Earth Day I was interested in finding an inexpensive way to do my part in conserving our Earth! I am coming to the finish line on purchasing my first home and I would like to start a small garden. I thought starting a compost pile would be beneficial for the Earth and myself. Turns out this will be easier than I thought and in the long run can save some money as well!

What you will need to get started:

-Sealed bucket or container (for in the house)

-Spade or pitch fork (depends on the size you want your pile to be)

-Plastic garbage can

-bungee cords

-3 bricks/stones

-Power drill

-shovel (depends on what compost you use)

What you will need to do:

I found 2 great ways to do this 1 was a hole dug in the ground and 1 was with the plastic garbage can. For me personally I feel the garbage can would work best for me.

-You will want to drill holes into the garbage can. Drill holes on the bottom, sides, and lid to allow water and drainage.

-You will use the bungee cords to hold the lid onto the garbage can to keep animals out and provide a good seal. These will go in a crisscross pattern on the top of the lid.

-Now it can be placed on top of the bricks/stones you have set aside. This will allow air to come through and moisture to drain.

-You will use you spade/pitch fork for mixing everything together.

-To start the pile you will want to layer the bottom with plant material and then scoop a hefty amount of garden soil on top. From here on out you can continue to add to you pile with the small container you have in your house. You can add to the container inside your home until it is full then bring it out to the pile at that time. Doing this will keep you from running out to the pile every time you have a little something from cooking. 

garbage can holes

What can be composted:

-Leaves

-Newspaper, paper towels, and non-glossy cardboard

-Grass

-Flowers/plants

-Fruits and veggies

-Coffee grounds and filter

 

Do NOT compost:

-Meats

-Dairy Products

-Processed foods

-Plastic

-Man made substances

-Metals

I hope this will encourage you to do a little something to preserve our Earth for the future generation!

I found this information on 2 sites and they were both really helpful and interesting!!

http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/?s=compost

http://www.fullmeasureofhappiness.com/2011/07/10/diy-make-your-own-compost-bin/

DIY Natural Herbicidal Soap

I am always looking for a cheaper more natural way to keep up my home. I was surprised by this concoction and knew I had to try it! The weeds around my home had no chance against this natural weed killer.

What you will need:

-Dish Soap

-Vinegar

-Salt

-Spray Bottle or Hand Sprayer

What to do:

-Gather all or your ingredients needed.

-You will mix all ingredients together in your spray bottle or hand sprayer. It will be all equal parts so you can mix up however much you will need as long as it is equal parts.

-Now go spray away those pesky weeds!!!

**Be cautious as this will actually kill any weed/plant is comes in contact with so be sure to watch out for the plants you would like to keep. **

I hope you will find this as easy and helpful as I did. Check out your local Rural King or if you do not have one close check us out online at www.ruralking.com!

For further information/instructions the direct link to this herbicidal soap is: http://www.bobvila.com/weeding/45747-9-natural-ways-to-kill-weeds/slideshows#!8

Mixing Gas for 2 Cycle Engines

If you are like a lot of people living in the suburbs or on a farm or lifestyle block, you probably have several 2 cycle engines such as a weed eater, chainsaw, blower, etc. Most of these engines take different mixtures 1/50, 1/32 etc. All the instructions tell how to mix one gallon, however, you usually only need a tank or two at a time, and a gallon will go bad before it is used up. Nobody needs several gallons of bad gas mixed at different ratios; the solution is to mix a tank at a time.

1

Always stabilize your gas before you start. It will keep the gas fresh for longer periods of time and protect your engines from gumming up. One example is STA-BIL, however, there are many others available.

 

Sta-Bil Concentrated Fuel Stabilizer 32 oz. 22214

SKU: 090180383

2

Use a measuring device for small amounts, 2oz- 1oz- 1/2 oz and 1/4 oz. There are many available.  You will also need small mixing containers, 12 gallon (1.9 L) and quart measuring cups will take care of most of your needs.

Norpro, 2 Cup Plastic Measuring Cup 3036

SKU: 006232160

3

If your engine calls for a 1/32 mixture that is 1 oz of oil to 32 oz of gas, or 1/2oz of oil to 16oz of gas, or 1/4 oz oil to 8 oz. gas, mix only what you need at the time.

4

Find a piece of cardboard or plywood and list all your equipment on it.Include the ratios that they require, and the recipe for a tank of gas. Put this on the garage wall; this will keep you from looking up the manual each time you use it.

The thing we love to do when it is warm out!

It is that time of season when we start watching the snow melt and seeing our grass grow!

Here at Rural King we have all sorts of mowers from push mowers, to them heavy duty riders!

lowest mower

  • Manual recoil start
  • Side discharge
  • 7″ front/rear wheels
  • Three position wheel height adjusters
  • 1 year limited warranty
  • EPA only

 

highest mower

  • Engine manufacturer: Kohler
  • Engine Type: Courage V-Twin OHV
  • Power: 24 hp
  • Air Filter type: Standard OEM
  • Electrical System: 12V, 16 amp alt.
  • Fuel tank volume : 3 gallon

Drive system

  • Electric Start
  • EZT Transmission
  • Dual foam padded steering levers
  • Electric Blade Engagement
  • Speed forward, min-max: 0-6 mph
  • Speed reverse, min-max: 0-3.5 mph

Equipment

  • Cutting width: 54 inch
  • Cutting height, min-max: 1.5 – 4.5 inch
  • Anti-scalp wheels: 1
  • Nose roller
  • Deck construction type: Stamped
  • Blades: 3
  • Blade length: 18.5 inch
  • Blade-tip speed: 16600 fpm
  • Seat type: Standard
  • Hour meter: Digital

Dimensions

  • Tyre dimensions, front: 11 x 4-5
  • Tyre dimensions, rear: 18 x 9.5-8
  • Weight: 640 lbs
  • Base machine, width (chute up): 60 inch
  • Base machine, width (chute down): 68 inch
  • Base machine, length: 72 inch

Productivity

  • Productivity: 2.7 acres/hr

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