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Swimming Pool Tips For Child Safety

swimming-pool-safety-tips-for-your-child-5-638It is basic common sense that we should never leave children near a swimming pool unattended. Water attracts children and they can fall in in a second. If you are at a pool and have to leave, even just for a minute, take your kids with you.

Take a tip from public pools and have various pieces of life saving equipment at hand. These should be things like life belts and shepherd’s hooks. These can save the lives of both a child and a non swimmer who has got into difficulty.

It’s also a good idea to have a phone at the poolside, so of there is an emergency you can raise help quickly.

You should always have a fence around the pool with a lockable gate. This will stop both kids and animals from getting to the water.

This fence can be any design but must be at least 6 feet tall and have a padlock on the gate. Keep the key with you at all times so you know nobody can sneak in.

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Purchase Used Farm Equipment

harvesterIf you are looking to purchase gently used farm equipment for sale, there are many places you can look. Let’s take a look at some of the best places to search for second-hand machinery.

First, you should always use what you know about your local area. While using your local knowledge may seem more like a thing of the past since the invention of modern search engines, it still doesn’t hurt to keep in touch with other farmers in the area. Forming friendships and business relationships is a great way to let your local farming community know what you are looking for. When a piece of equipment becomes available, farmers in the local community are likely to contact you. It is important to remember that searching for items this way can sometimes take a while, as these pieces of equipment may not be readily available. Also, you are unlikely to have warranties with these products.

Another option for purchasing farm equipment for sale is through dealers. This is a reliable means of purchasing what you need, especially when you purchase

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Lawnmower Types – Pros and Cons

aLooking for a lawnmower, but puzzled by what seems like an infinite variety of lawnmower types?

Well, here are a few pointers to help you understand and eventually select the one that’s right for you.

Push – scissor action

These are those great usually steel mowers that you push along.

In terms of technology, they would have been familiar to our ancestors a century ago. As you push the mower along, a rotating blade turns along a rotating horizontal axis. It then simply cuts the grass in a scissor-type action.


Close control cutting. Many perfectionists swear by these mowers and say you can’t get a better finish.


They’re usually quite heavy and require a bit of muscle and lung power to get them around. Perhaps not practical for large areas unless you can afford ‘staff’ to do it for you!

They can also be difficult to turn easily and get a close-to-an-edge cut.

Petrol engine ‘driven’ scissor actions

These were some of the first driven

Organic Gardening Tips

Are you interested in creating your own organic vegetable garden? Here are some green gardening tips that will lead you in the right direction:

10 Organic Gardening Tips

1. Test your soil:

If you are looking to have a successful outcome with an organic vegetable garden, you should first test your soil with a do-it-yourself home testing kit before you plant anything. These testing kits can be found at local garden centers and on the Internet at garden speciality stores. The kits use a number scale, 0 to 14, that helps you determine the acidity or alkalinity (also known as pH) levels of your soil. For most vegetables, an ideal number is about 6.5. If the results are too acidic (towards the low end of the scale) or too alkaline (towards the high end of the scale), your plants will not be able reap the benefits of the soil’s nutrients. Once you know the results of your soil, you will be able to adjust the soil accordingly by balancing these levels with the nutrients it is lacking.

2. Make plans ahead of time and decide where and how you will grow your garden:

Gardening Tips For Teens

Here are some good gardening tips to follow if you are a beginner and/or a teenage gardener. I am not the most knowledgeable gardener yet, but these are very important whatever method of gardening you use.

1. Weed Control

Weed control is extremely important. You must keep the weeds out, or you will have very little to no produce. When the weeds have control, water can’t get to the plants, and the poor plants cannot get enough sun. The weeds eventually take over even the roots of the plants and seedlings. As you can see, if you do a little hoeing every day, the weeds are under your control. If you do not, a week will pass by and there have you a hundred good-sized weeds. This can be extremely discouraging, because I have been utterly discouraged as well. But this comes at the top of our list of Gardening Tips, because it is definitely most important.

2. Animal/Pest Control

Animal and pest control is very important. My main adversary to my gardening plans are deer and beetle worms. It gets so frustrating when you prepare the ground, turn it, hoe it, even it

Gardening Tips

Gardeners can select from a large variety of lettuces that are easy to grow, highly productive in limited space, and virtually pest and disease free. Lettuce is definitely one of the more “care-free” crops. Lettuce is a great way to start gardening; it is what I started out with actually. There are a few key principles though that should always be kept in mind.


For maximum lettuce production, it’s wise to select a site where the soil drains well, yet retains some moisture. The soil should also be rich in nitrogen and potassium, The best way to accomplish this is to work in plenty of organic matter (compost, rotted manure, or leaf mold) that will loosen and enrich the soil.

Most lettuce varieties mature in 45 to 55 days, allowing many gardeners to plant two or even three crops. But looseleaf and butterhead leaves can be harvested at just about any time in their development. Heading varieties take longer to mature. Romaine takes 75 to 85 days and crisphead 70 to 100 days.

By choosing the right varieties and with these lettuce gardening tips, it’s possible to have lettuce in your garden

Swimming Pool Tips to Finding and Keeping

When buying the chemicals for your pool look at buying them in bulk, as there can often be a substantial saving over buying in smaller quantities.

Buy the best swimming pool cover you can. One that has great insulating properties can pay for itself many times over in the heat savings it brings. Also without a pool cover you are not only losing heat but you will also be spending more time cleaning the pool of leaves and insects.

Establish a pool maintenance schedule even before your pool is up and running, this will ensure that your water remains crystal clear at all times. There are certain tasks that you will need to do daily, if not you could pull back that pool cover one weekend to find it covered in algae. This could result in days of work to get your pool water clear again, or worst case the expense of draining your swimming pool and having to re-fill it. Not only will this take several days but it will add a lot on to your water bill.

Think in advance as to when you will be using your pool, if you use it

Swimming Pool Tips

An above ground pool in your backyard can provide you and your loved ones with endless fun and sun during the warm months of the year. They are much less expensive than in-ground pools, and are much more easily and quickly installed. You can have an above ground pool up and running in no time, and start enjoying the pool water almost immediately. However, it’s important to maintain the pool structure and the water in order to reap all the benefits of the pool for many years. Here are some above ground swimming pool tips to keep your pool and its water in top shape all summer long.

Pump and Filter Care

The pump and filter are extremely important for maintaining your above ground pool and the water in it. The filter is there to catch any debris and dirt, and the pump helps to push the water through the filter. In addition, the pump keeps the pool water circulating, which helps to minimize the build-up of bacteria and algae in the pool water. Having the pump and filter working for at least 8 to 12 hours a day is ideal for pool water maintenance.

Gardening Tips for Beginners

Essential Gardening Tips

Gardening Tip #1: Build on a Good Foundation.

First, you must check the nitrogen and carbon levels in your soil. You want to start with a good foundation to your spring gardening season, and these tips will help. If you have very bad soil, I highly advise that you start with a square foot garden. You can either build a wood box or buy plastic ones from gardeners, which is what I did. You can then add fresh top soil from the store and add mulched and composted leaves. This is the best way to start.

Gardening Tip #2: Ensure Good Drainage.

When you have the square foot garden set up, you must ensure that the drainage is good, otherwise your plants will not survive and your gardening career will be miserable. Be positive that you provide just as much water as the plant needs, and you will know this amount through your gardening experience.

Gardening Tip #3: Provide Lots of Sunlight.

All plant life is totally dependent on the sun. without enough sunlight, the garden will never be strong and probably never sprout. This is absolutely crucial. However,

Tips For Pool Owners

Swimming pools are a fun and relaxing place to spend hot summer days, so you want to be sure that your pool is ready for you when you want to use it. Following some easy and basic swimming pool tips will ensure you have a clean, safe beautiful pool to enjoy all season.

Swimming Pool Tip #1:

Investing in a good pool cover is one of the best things you can do to keep environmental contaminants from entering the water. Dirt and debris can harbor harmful bacteria, so a pool cover is a great preventative tool. You might also want to consider buying a solar cover for your pool. They are a little more expensive upfront, but they can save you money in the long run by keeping your water warm and reducing your energy costs.

Pool Tip #2:

Invest in good quality chemicals. Your pool’s water balance is a delicate ratio that must be maintained. Having good quality chemicals will give you peace of mind that your water clean and safe.

Swimming Pool Tip #3:

Test your pool’s chemical levels at least every second day, every day if it’s in heavy

Tips For Purchasing The Right Lawn Mower

If you have a lawn in your house but its care isn’t protected by rental or home agreement then chances are quite higher that sometime in your life you’ll feel the need of a lawn mower. They’re machines with one or two revolving blades for cutting down the grass of your lawn in such a way that it becomes of even height. However, with so many options available in the market purchasing one can be confusing sometimes. If you go out for purchasing a lawn mower without proper knowledge you’ll find yourselves baffled by the large number of options that are available. In this article, I’m going to make the entire process easier for you by breaking it down into tips:

1. Determine the type of mower that you want to purchase: There are several types of lawn mowers available in the market. For example:

  • Push mowers
  • Robotic mowers
  • Self-propelled mowers
  • Riding mowers
  • Lawn tractors etc.

Which one you choose will depend on the type of lawn that you have. If you’ve a small lawn then a push mower will be fine for it. If you like to try gadgets in every bit of your life then a robotic

Different Types of Lawn Mowers

Around 187 years ago Edwin Beard Budding invented first lawn mower for cutting the grass on extensive gardens and sports grounds. Since then a lot of discovery and research has been done on this tool and today there are several types of lawn mowers available that you can choose for different types of jobs. In such a situation choosing the right one becomes confusing. But don’t worry, because I’m here for helping you out.

Basically all of the mowers available in market can be divided into four categories:

    1. Reel mowers: These are one of the first and most basic ones. These are also known as cylindrical mowers and these include blades situated on a revolving cylinder and a stationary bar for propping up the grass. When that stationary bar props up the grass, the blades located on cylindrical reel cut it down. These can be used perfectly for cutting shorter heights of grass in comparison to longer and rotary designs. The area cleaned by these mowers looks even and cleaner. The grasses left are also fine.

    1. Rotary mowers: As the name suggests, these mowers can be used for doing the job that can’t

Compost Bins Improve Garden

Compost is created as bacteria starts the process of decomposition by breaking down organic waste matter. You can buy a compost bin with a base which works perfectly well in backyards. First deed to do when starting out is to find a place in your garden for your compost bin. Next thing to do to get your compost started is put large twigs in the bin. In a few climates watering the pile may be essential. By using solid sidewalls on our compost bins leaking is prevented. Spread the material in a thick layer (3-4 inches) on the soil surface from so it will slowly mix in.

Grass should be added in thin layers so that they do not compact. Simply place the mixture inside the bin and check to see if the water and mixture is equally distributed. Be sure the screen fits tightly against the can so there are no openings larger than 1/4 inch. Worms are kept in a bin with shredded paper or other biodegradable bedding. Just be sure you do not remove too many worms when you harvest the compost. And whenever you follow these instructions, your worms will have a long

Tips for That Perfect Lawn

Nothing can get normally placid gardeners hotter under the collar and more prone to start casting aspersions on each other’s abilities than the subject of how to go about mowing that lawn.

Let’s make absolutely clear here that what follows is a matter of personal opinion based on experience over many years. There’s an excellent chance that you will find many notable and excellent articles with recommendations that flatly contradict some of what’s said below.

In the end, you may need to simply weigh things up, form your own opinion and then decide whether or not to try some of them out for yourself!

1. Don’t over-mow. There is no real firm definition of how frequently you should mow your grass for the best effect and healthiest outcome. It’s a lot to do with personal preferences, the time of year and the state of your lawn.

Even so, try not to get your mower out on the grass every five minutes, as that will inevitably compact the soil and put stress onto the roots.

2. Buy or use a mower that is of commensurate size for your lawn area. Trying to make do

Trends in Lawn Mower Market

Gasoline operated lawn mowers have been so popular for the last seventy years that until recently, it was hard to imagine that any other type of lawn mower could have a significant market share. Things have begun to change in the last few years. Nowadays, people look at things other than engine size when they shop for lawn mowers. This article is an attempt to review these latest trends in the lawn mower market.

The most significant change in the preferences of customers in the lawn care market is a growing demand for electric-powered products. In general, electric units are quieter that the conventional gas units and they never produce any smoke. In addition, they are more reliable than equipment that run on a gas engine because they do not suffer the several issues associated with gas motors such as failure to start, leaking and clogged pipes. With a decent amperage and attentive use, an electric mower should let you keep a mid-size lawn in shape. The only major disadvantage of electric units is the extension cord, which will get under your feet and slow you down if you are not careful.

Battery lawn mowers offer

Finding Outdoor Power Equipment

If you work outside a good deal and have a need for outdoor power equipment, like chainsaws, clippers, edgers, mowers, and tractors, you need to be able to find a dependable distributor who you can trust when you need new equipment, replacement parts, or repairs to your existing equipment.

Most places have a few choices when it comes to outdoor power equipment distributors, but it can sometimes be difficult to find the right distributor for you and your needs. For example, if you prefer to work with STIHL or John Deere equipment, you’ll need to find distributors for those brands. How can you do this without running all over town?

Go to the Source

First of all, if you have a preferred brand, go online to that brand’s website. Somewhere in the navigation of the front page, there should be a “Distributor Locator”, “Dealer Locator”, or “Find a Distributor” button. When you click on that button, you’ll either be directed to enter your zip code or city, or you’ll be taken directly to a list of all of the distributors for that brand.

If you’re set on purchasing and working with that brand because

Your Seasonal Guide to Lawn Mower Sales

Before you can properly tend to your yard, you need to have the right equipment. During the spring and summer months, finding local lawn mower sales sound reasonable. You can find holiday deals on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. However, if you want to buy the right equipment without spending a lot of money, then you should shop during the fall and winter to get the best deals.

Finding Summer Deals

During the spring and summer months, yard care equipment is in high demand. Everyone is trimming their grass during these seasons. It makes sense for home improvement stores to keep the items in stock and ready to buy during these months.

Because it is the peak season for purchase, it means the prices will be a little higher. Retailers know you need the equipment in order to maintain your yard properly. While they are not going to price tools so high that no one will purchase then, even lawn mower sales will have higher prices during the peak seasons.

You can still find a few holiday offers in the summer, though. These will usually offer decent deals if you need the

Lawn Mower Service

Reasons you should complete your lawn mower service

The maintenance on lawn mowers, especially push mowers is very simple. The average home DIY type person can easily handle their own lawn mower service. With a few simple tools, and a little bit of elbow grease, you to can handle the upkeep on your mower. The first place to look would be your owner’s manual. If you don’t have one, you should contact the manufacturer of your mower. This will list all the service intervals of various items on your mower.

There are many reasons to maintain your mower.

Longevity – You wouldn’t drive your car without changing the oil would you? Then why would you neglect your lawn mower? When you keep up on the maintenance on your lawn mower, you lower the overall cost of ownership. Your mower will last you many years if properly taken care of.

Quality – When your mower is completely serviced, it will perform at its peak. This means engine running in top shape, and also your blade(s) are sharp and balanced. The end result is a mower that will start reliably, cut clean, and always be ready when you are.

Common Tasks during a lawn mower service

Basic maintenance

There Are Many Misconceptions Surrounding Composting

Composting your kitchen food scraps and waste as well as grass trimmings is better for the environment as there is less going to the land fill. Although compost is not soil, it does act as a fertilizer by enriching the soil so you can grow hardy and healthy plants.

Before you start to compost there are a number of choices you should make. First you need to decide on what type of compost bin to use. Then you need to decide what you will put in the compost bin and the location of your bin.

Composting Helps the Environment

Composting most certainly helps the environment as well as your flower and vegetable gardens. In fact compost can eliminate the amount of waste you throw out and as well it can enrich soil for your plants to grow healthy and strong.

Composting can benefit your garden and the planet (when done on a large scale) in many ways. A lot of people may shy away from composting because of some common myths or misconceptions. Listed below are some of the most common untruths followed by the real information.

Composting is creating new dirt. Actually

Make the Best Use of a Leaf Blower

If you have a front or backyard that quickly fills up with fallen leaves, a high-quality leaf blower is the most effective tool to remove the unwanted lawn debris. But, before investing in a leaf blower, it can benefit to have an understanding of the different types of blowers and the most effective strategies to clear the leaves. Here are some of the most important things to consider when using this piece of gardening equipment:

Backpack vs. Handheld

The leaf blower is split into two types: backpack or handheld models. Both can provide similar performance and runs on a 2 or 4 stroke engine. The backpack units are appreciated for being easier to use because it is not necessary to constantly hold the weight of the tool in the hands. But, there are many handheld units that provide a dual function and can act as both a blower and vacuum. Plus, the latest models are a lot cleaner and quieter than early model’s from the 1990s.


The most effective strategy to use the leaf blower is to create several large piles in the garden and then transfer to a bag by hand. The