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Not exactly a lawn question, but didn't think it deserves its own thread.
I'm trying to be better about conserving the water we collect -- I've got one spot picked out for a rain barrel. But does anyone have a good solution for collecting the water that the air conditioner releases? The drain is fairly near the ground, so I'm a bit limited in what I can collect it in.
Need to buy a new lawnmower. Suggestions appreciated.
I'm not in the position to buy a riding mower, so that's out of the questions.
Gas-powered is preferred.
I don't have one, but depending on your budget, I believe the best push (self propelled) lawn mower out there is a Honda. Get one with the composite deck. Eventually I will purchase one, once my current mower dies.
With the composite deck, you can flip the mower over and use your hose to clean out all the grass without risk of rusting. It also has a great mulching blade; cuts grass much more finer than a standard mulching blade.
If budget is an issue go with a Torro. Stay away from Craftsman if you can.
This post was edited by terpfan1 2 years ago
I find the mowers with oversized rear wheels are the easiest to push if you don't go the self propelled route.
Bought a Honda HRX217VKA (with the Nexite deck and variable drive) this spring. I think it's the best mower I've ever had. Starts first pull every time. Mows, shreds and mulches really well - I bag often for compost bins, but it has variable mulch/bag settings, too.
This mower cuts grass 8-10" long with ease, dry or wet. That's also impressive to me. Seems efficient on fuel, too.
A little heavy but self propelled so not a big deal.
Two things I've observed is it takes a little getting used to the thumb drive speed control levers and the variable mulch/bag works well until you get close to completely mulching - the mechanism works using a sliding door to close the chute to the bag, and if the opening is not very wide it will clog on even moderate length grass. If you plan on either completely mulching or completely bagging, you will have no problems.
FWIW, I also have a Honda Harmony mini-tiller that I've owned for six to eight years. No significant maintenance ever done. Has started on the first pull every time but one, and started on the second pull that time. Amazing compared to what I have been used to over the years.
Definitely get a mulching mower- it's better for your lawn and you don't have to bag the grass.
If you are getting a self-propelled mower get a rear-wheel drive one. Front-wheel drive ones don't handle as well.
Also, test out a floor model to see if the the lever you press and hold to make the lawnmower move and release to cut off the engine is comfortable. My dad's lawn mower is variable-speed (goes faster the more you pull back on the lever). It's incredible uncomfortable to press and hold the thing for an hour. My lawn mower is one speed but it's more comfortable. The top speed on my dad's mower is the speed mine operates at all the time. Variable-speed lawn mowers are for old people, so they can go at their own pace.
In addition to everything mentioned I would recommend a key start. brand doesn't matter much, it is all about the engine.
Anyone have any good tips on getting rid of Japanese Beetles? There were a ton of them going to town on my basil and pepper plants yesterday. I killed as many as I could but I'm sure they will be back. I don't really want to use chemicals but I will if I have to. Do those traps actually work?
The traps definitely work - to attract more beetles. Give some traps to your neighbors down the street and let them attract the beetles. To answer your question, I am not sure what you can use on basil and peppers. Neem oil generally works well as an insecticide - it is an extract from the neem tree (from India). You can buy neem oil in the organic section at Lowes and garden centers. The problem you have with basil is that we eat the leaves and I am not sure if neem would affect the taste.
Looking for a good "consultant" to help me mainly choose periniels for the areas around our new pool. The landscaping job that the contractor did is rather commercial in my mind, and I want to redo most of the beds. He used lots of lukens, and many of them are not making it so they will have to be replaced anyway and Im thinking of using weeping repandens yews and boxwoods instead. He also basically used the same 3 pereiniels everywhere. Any recommendations?
Sorry Congo, the wife does this stuff and the lawn/garden is my jurisdiction so I'm not much help. I am however fascinated by the lemon tree concept. Do you guys bring it indoors in the winter?
As for bkmalik's request for suggestions I've got a few. Lettuce is easy and incredibly handy. Something new for me this year is potatoes. Again incredibly handy, you need it right now go and get it. I put mine in late and so far have only gotten a few but in a few weeks I'll have all I need. Green peppers are the easiest thing in the world to grow. Asparagus, not so much. In other words I can kick the shit out of all the stuff that costs .89/lb at the store but can't get the 3.99 stuff to work.
I assume this is a wasp nest? Any idea what is inside? Should I have it removed?
That is a hornet nest and yes you should get rid of it!
In the past I've taken one of those jet stream cans of wasp spray, saturated the nest then waited a couple of days for them all to die/go away. I then washed away the nest with the high pressure nozzle attachment on my water hose.
Never been stung by one, but I hear they are worse than regular wasps and bees so be careful!
No no, it's a Peruvian pinata. It's a little known fact that those crazy Peruvians make their pinatas in earth tones, gray and adobe mostly. You need to gather all the neighborhood kids and start wacking it with a stick. Trust me on this.
I'm pretty sure it's the nest of your state bird. Look inside to see if there are any hatchlings.
I got a load of horse manure from a friend this spring. Not sure if that's the reason or not but my garden is kicking some serious ass this year.
So how is everyone's garden doing in this heat? There was less bolting than expected...
Is it too late once the grubs have eaten your lawn? Should I just tear up and start from scratch?
Anyone know what the things are that are pooping up now, they look like penises, they're tan w/ a black or redish tip and they come out straight up and then go limp?
When you go to any farmers market, they always say that they don't use pesticides unless necessary. So, odds are you are getting pesticides on your food, right? They say that you are eating more organically, but perhaps not really.
My vegetable garden is under attack from squirrels. Any advice on keeping those suckers away from my heirloom tomatoes?
wrist rockets are good too.
I have no idea. I don't know where you live, but my house in Nova has a crazy number of squirrels this year.
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