Category Archives: Lawn Care

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Sustainable Landscaping – Save the Planet and Your Pocketbook

People begin sustainable landscaping for many reasons, and it has many benefits for the environment, regardless of where you live. It also benefits you as a homeowner.

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Let’s talk first about the environmental benefits.

Done properly, sustainable landscaping can help reduce the amount of water usage on your property, balance nature more effectively, and help reduce the amount of waste from your plants and your landscaping. Continue reading

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RK Tractors: Rural King’s Line of Compact and Utility Tractors

RK Tractors have quickly become the talk of the compact and utility tractor community. Rural King proudly released our new line of tractors to select store locations in early 2017. Since then, we have been blazing trails in the world of power equipment. Our tractors have been tested by farmers and homesteaders alike. Read on for more details on our line of outstanding RK Tractors.

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DIY Stump Removal

In the new house my husband and I are moving into next Friday we have at least 1 tree growing too close to the house that we will unfortunately need to cut down. I was searching for a way to remove the stump without using harsh chemicals, and I feel I found a way that will work well for us! With the use of a simple power drill and Epsom salt we can get rid of the stump with very little physical labor at all.

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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.

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

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.

Measuring Cup

Norpro, 2 Cup Plastic Measuring Cup 3036

SKU: 006232160

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.

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.