Lawn Mower Blades

The most crucial aspect to any lawn mowing device is the blade. If the blade does not function then the lawn mower does not function. The lawn mower blade needs to be in tip-top condition for the grass to be cut cleanly. The cleaner the cut, the better the appearance of your lawn but also the healthier your lawn will be. Blunt blades can damage grass by failing to cut cleanly and this makes your lawn prone to disease and also needs more attention to ensure survival.

Difference is sizes

The difference in blade sizes comes down to the size of the lawn mower you choose. The blade of a low output push mower is smaller than the blade of a lawn tractor. The size of blade is determined by the size of the deck of the lawn mower. In smaller push mowers the blades are approximately 20″. In riding mowers you are looking at blades at least twice that size.

How to look after your lawn mower blades

Looking after your lawn mower blades is like looking after a set of kitchen knives. Regular sharpening will maintain their edge. The more you neglect them the more work you need to do to bring them back to life. The longer you leave sharpening the blades the more susceptible to lasting damage the blades are.

Your lawn mower blade needs to be sharpened to maintain optimum cutting. Grab a file to sharpen the blade. Hold the file at a 45 degree angle to the blade and stroke the blade along the length of metal. Start close to you and move the file away from the body. The 45 degree ensure that the bevel (angle) is maintained. The sharpness of this angle dictates the sharpness of the blade. The closer to 45 degrees the cleaner the cut.

Bear in mind that some lawn mower blades may need to be sharpened by the company or by a professional in order to keep their warranty. Always read the manual or check with the manufacturer before attempting to sharpen your blade.

Yard Clean Up & Hauling

Springtime is approaching and the outdoors is beginning to look amazing! The weather is warm, the air smells fresh, and you can start breaking out your spring wardrobe. Now that it’s starting to be nice outside again and the snow melts, you are probably starting to see the real state of your yard. Over the winter, when you may not use your yard too often, your yard may fall into some disrepair. Now that it’s spring, you need to clean up that yard so it can look great for the summer! 

Cleaning up your yard may seem like a daunting task and one you may not be looking forward to with much enthusiasm. If you approach your yard cleaning with the right attitude and plan, however, cleaning up your yard need not be such an overwhelming task. You just need to prioritize and organize your efforts. That way, you will be able to clean thoroughly and efficiently.

You first need to have the proper attire for yard work. Put on your grubby jeans, that worthless concert t-shirt, and those too-big garden gloves, and get ready to get to work. The next thing you need to do after equipping yourself, is to pick up the yard. If you have a family, then your yard will probably be littered with various toys, balls, and miscellaneous pieces of outdoor gear. Pick up everything that shouldn’t be there and then put it away immediately. Cleaning up your yard won’t be successful if you just move junk from one place to another. If you’re not sure about some of the junk in your yard, then you should throw it away, give it away, or find a place for it.

Once the junk is picked up, go around and pick up any large branches or other large, natural items in your yard. You should rake up the leftover leaves from last autumn, pick up the pet waste, and dispose of the fallen tree branches, and anything else that doesn’t belong in your yard. Keep a trash bag with you, so you can easily dispose of branches, trash, and anything else that needs to be disposed of. At this point, your yard should be basically cleaned up, but you should take the extra time to make it look good, and not just picked up. Prune the bushes, edge the grass, mow the lawn. Start watering your lawn so it can look nice and green and healthy, and keep it looking tidy. Trim the branches on the trees so the branches don’t overpower anything else in your yard, and do the mundane yard work necessary to make your yard look clean, tidy, and classy.

Errands-Driving

At an nationwide average drive-time of about 24.3 minutes, Americans now spend more than 100 hours a year commuting to work, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Yes, that’s more than the average two weeks of vacation time (80 hours) taken by many workers during a year.

Shopping Tips

Something seems funny about you today, Gentle Reader. Your palms are sweaty. You appear to be having difficulty breathing. And you’re so jumpy and uneasy.

Wait, wait! I know what’s going on! Have you procrastinated about doing your holiday shopping? Again?

Hoo-boy.

(All of you ultra-organized, non-procrastinating readers out there, bear with me for a few minutes. You just might be able to use the following information to help someone you love!)

Deadline-pushers, stop despairing. These quick tips can help you survive another holiday season and elate your friends and family as well.

1. Do your online shopping TODAY. If it’s important to you that people on your gift list have actual items in their hands by Dec. 25, then today’s the day to start clicking. Many online retailers promise to deliver presents by Christmas Day if you place your order by Dec. 20 using two-day shipping. Some lenient retailers will continue to guarantee on-time delivery if you use overnight shipping by noon Pacific time on Dec. 22. You can quickly check the shipping sections of stores’ Web sites to find out which deadlines you’ll have to hit.

2. Send electronic gift certificates or gift cards. Another option is an online gift certificate that gets sent out via e-mail. Many retailers offer them, and their convenience to you is unparalleled – so long as you feel reasonably comfortable that your recipient won’t mistake your electronic gift for spam. Some retailers allow the certificates to be used only on their Web sites, not in their stores, so make sure the person on the receiving end is comfortable shopping online. You’ll often have until around noon on Dec. 24 to order the e-gift cards and guarantee their timely arrival.

3. Buy tangible, plastic gift cards. Everybody from the drugstore to the electronics store to the coffee shop is offering gift cards these days, so you have plenty of opportunities to look thoughtful by tailoring your gift-card purchases to certain individuals. Just be sure to read the fine print before you buy. Some cards have onerous expiration dates and fees, particularly those bearing the logos of major credit card companies. Fees have become less common with gift cards sold by specific retailers, though. If you’re not comfortable just handing over a card, wrap it inside a mug or put it in the arms of a small stuffed animal.

4. Shop on Dec. 24. Most non-procrastinating types relax on Christmas Eve day – meaning traffic at the malls should be thinner then. Of course, this approach only will work for presents you can give in person locally, not for gifts that need to be mailed.

5. Think food and drinks. Consider “splurges” that your loved ones might not get for themselves – and that also won’t require you to step foot into a crowded mall. Some ideas: nice bottles of booze and liqueur; a case of wine; caviar; prosciutto; gourmet cheeses; fine chocolate; premium olive oils; hard-to-find hot sauces.

6. Order magazine subscriptions. Know someone who loves cooking? Get him or her “Cook’s Illustrated.” Travel? “National Geographic Traveler.” Outdoor and adventure sports? “Outside.” Smart budgeting and money decisions? “Consumer Reports” or “Kiplinger’s Personal Finance” magazine. (You get the idea.) You can buy a current issue of the magazine in question, wrap it up so it looks fancy, and let your loved one know there are 12 more where that came from.

7. Give the gift of yourself. For a gift that’s both personal and easy to execute on a deadline, create “coupons” for services you can provide in the weeks to come. You can give coupons for an amazing multi-course meal, babysitting services, pet-care services, massages, Web site building, car repairs, painting and other handyman services around the home. Just be careful not to over-promise; you’re sure to be remembered for giving a “gift” and failing to deliver on it.

 

8. Opt for practical ideas. You can get large quantities of items your recipients are sure to use, such as art supplies for art lovers, prepaid calling cards for friends who travel a lot, or specialized emergency kits. For someone with chronic car problems, give a flashlight, gas can, jumper cables, flares and a membership to AAA.

9. Donate to charity in someone else’s name. Through the nonprofit Charity Checks, you can order a check in any dollar amount, then let your recipient select a charity from among 800,000 in the United States. Go to http://www.charitychecks.us/ or call toll-free 1-800-854-5601 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-800-854-5601      end_of_the_skype_highlighting. (Once again, if you want your gift to show up by Christmas Day, it’s best to place your order by Dec. 20. You might be able to get away with waiting until Dec. 22 to order, so long as you’re willing to pony up for overnight delivery.)

10. Save on speedy mailing. The Priority Mail service offered by the U.S. Postal Service delivers packages in the United States within two to three days for less money than major delivery companies. The flat rates for packages weighing up to 70 pounds are $4.05 for an envelope and $8.10 for a box. To take advantage of this deal, though, it’s best to head to the post office today so your package will arrive by Saturday, Dec. 23.

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