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29 Nov 2015

Using Natural Stone

Ever think of adding natural stone to your landscape, whether a walkway, patio, firepit or retaining wall. The use of natural stone will add character to any landscape, below is a natural stone walkway we put in on this property.

This project consisted of removing the old walkway, which went to an old entry off to the left and creating a new walkway to the new entryway. As we made the cut for the walkway, removing all roots, rocks and other barriers, we tamped the existing base and added a fabric barrier prior to putting in the new base. We then added a layer of stone dust, laid out our stones, setting and leveling them as we went and then swept in stone dust into the joints to form a locking joint.

Tips:

Be sure to compact the materials

Apply a fabric material between base materials (original base and main base.)

Do a dry run with your stone layout

Be sure to wet the project each time after sweeping the stone dust into the joints.

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11 Nov 2015

Fall Lawn Mower Maintenance

mower maintenaceWe all know that if we take care of our lawn care equipment, that it will do a number of things. One, it will not only extend the life of our equipment, but it will also preform better as well.

Here in Norway Maine fall is a great time to get your mower and gas powered hand tools ready for the winter months ahead and in this blog post we will go over prepping your mower for the winter season, so that it will be ready to go next spring.

Clean and Lubricate

First, you will want to clean off your lawn mower by using compressed air or you can use a blower (be sure to wear eye and hearing protection) to remove any debris from in and around the frame, tires, seat, engine area and deck area both top and bottom. Water can be used, but would recommend using air in order to prevent any rusting or getting any water into electrical components.

Once your mower is all cleaned up, be sure to go over your mower and lubricate/ grease all fittings. Also, a great time to remove the belts and turn the bearing and listen for any grinding or sharp noises, while checking to see it the bearings are tight.

If your not sure where any fittings are located, check your owners manual.

Change the Oil

Be sure to change your engines oil and filter prior to putting your lawn mower away for the winter. This eliminates any contaminates in the old oil to remain in the engine over the winter. Once the oil and filter have been changed, be sure to run the engine for about five minutes to allow the new oil to flow thru the system.

Air Filter

Check, blow out and or replace the air filter if needed. Most often this isn’t checked or cleaned and debris will build up in the filter housing, making a nice nesting area for mice.

Fuel Maintenance

Drain and run out any remaining fuel. If you won’t be draining your fuel tank this fall, be sure to add a fuel stabilizer and run the engine to get the fuel stabilizer circulated thru the system.

Mower Blades

Be sure to remove and inspect the mower blades for nicks or any damage and check the spindles while the blades are off for any play. Also, take the time to sharpen and balance the mower blades while the mower blades are off.

Belt Inspection

Now that your lawn mower is all clean and blown down, check and replace any belts with any fraying, cuts or other damage.

Battery Storage

If you will be storing your lawn mower outside be sure to remove your battery and store it in an area that is generally around 50-70 degrees. If you will be storing your mower inside, be sure to disconnect the battery cables.

Storing your mower

If you will be storing your mower outside this winter, be sure to cover it with a tarp to prevent any rain, snow or ice from getting into your mower. Moisture can cause many issues from rust to corrosion.

Again, if your storing you mower inside, be sure it is clean to prevent any mice from nesting in any old debris left on your mower.

As listed above, these tips will help to extend the life of your lawn care equipment and its performance for years to come. If you aren’t able to do these things, be sure to take your mower to your local dealer for service.

09 Nov 2015

Fall Cleanups

Fall cleanups are part of our lawn care services and are in full swing here in Norway Maine and we are working to complete as many as we can before the snow flies.

Do you do fall cleanups, garden cleanups, fertilize or aerate your lawn before the winter months? Removing the leaves from your lawn, along with cutting back any perennials and removing any debris can prove to be beneficial to both your lawn and garden, keeping the potential of disease and fungus from developing. Fall is also a great time to aerate any compacted areas in your lawn, over seed your lawn as well as making any soil amendments that are needed.