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Small Engine Mowers Are Forced to Go Green

In early September 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed new regulations that will cause small engine makers like Briggs and Stratton to rethink how they make and market their engines. The design of new laws that seek to reduce small engine emissions by 35% is to ensure a smaller carbon footprint and save Americans money, but it will cost them initially. This is justified by the promise of a savings of 190 million gallons of gasoline each year once all small engines are converted to emission-busting standards in 2011. As with almost any advancement in lowing lawn mower emissions the consumer will see an increase in cost with the new systems. While we may think of this change in relation to lawn mowers we can't forget gas powered weed trimmers, hedgers and recreational watercraft. The truth is marine equipment that relies on small engines will have to meet the new requirements by 2010. They will also be required to reduce marine motor emissions by 70%. Most analysts are agreed that any sma...

 


Interested in Organic Gardening? Consider These 10 Tips

Imagine providing your family with food that you know is healthy, because you grew it yourself without the help of chemicals. With organic gardening this is possible. Organic gardening involves using natural pest control and fertilizers to grow flowers, vegetables, and fruits, rather than commercially produced and environmentally hazardous pesticides and fertilizers. If you are interested in organic gardening, consider these ten tips.Tip 1 - Use Natural Pest ControlYour garden is going to have pests. Once you have identified them, research natural controllers you could add to the garden. These natural controllers could be other insects, such as ladybugs to control an aphid population, or plants, such as garlic to prevent armyworms or apple maggots.Tip 2 - Rotate Plants RegularlyRotating your plant sites will keep them healthy and also help control some pest populations. When you rotate your plants, the soil has a chance to recoup. Each plant takes different nutrients from the soil, and some even return nutrie...

 


How to Hire a Landscaper: Tips for Hiring a Landscaping Contractor

Hiring a professional, licensed landscaper is the safest method for hiring landscapers. Taking time to hire a reputable landscaping contractor can ensure that you get professional, high-quality work for a fair price. The type of landscaping contractor you hire will depend upon the type of services you need. Types of Landscaping Contractors1. General Landscapers - They provide routine landscaping maintenance, including mowing, fall and spring yard clean up and light gardening. Some general landscapers provide irrigation system services. 2. Landscape Architect - They develop plans for landscape design projects which are then given to a general landscaper. Landscape architects are commonly used for new home or building construction. 3. Design/Build Landscape Contractor - They are professionals who can both design and create your landscape.4. Landscape Designers - They provide ideas for gardens and landscapes and determine planting plans. Landscape designer usually work with landscapes that are already in place a...

 




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