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Creating A Fun, Safe Garden For Your Children

As the mum of five young children, I know how important it is to have access to a safe outdoor space for your children to play. Being cooped up in the house all day isn't good for the kids or the parents, but you also can't let young kids play in a space that's hazardous. When we bought our new family home, there was a lot of work to do in the garden to make it childproof, and we also wanted to make it a fun place for the kids to play. We erected a new fence, fitted a combination lock on the garden gate, had poisonous plants removed, cordoned off the pool and created a play area complete with swings, a slide and outdoor games. I started this blog to share my DIY gardening tips, and I hope you find it interesting and useful.



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Maintenance Tips for Your Lawn Mowers

by Darlene Jenkins

A lot of people perform routine maintenance on their belongings. You might change the filters on your furnace before winter sets in, or you could sweep the chimney to make sure that the fireplace works properly before lighting it up. What do you think would happen if you never changed the oil on your car? Maintenance helps everything last longer and run more efficiently. This also applies to lawn mowers, but many people neglect routine mower maintenance. Here are three simple maintenance steps that you could follow in order to make your mower last longer and work more effectively.

Oil Changes

At the beginning of the mowing season, generally the beginning of spring, start your maintenance on the lawn mower. The first thing that you should do involves changing your lawn mower's oil. Even if you consider it an unnecessary task, simply do it. During the mowing season, debris, grass, as well as other impurities will gather in the oil of the mower and damage its engine. Consult the owners manual that came with your machine for the proper instructions on how to change the oil.

Clean or Replace the Spark Plug

The spark plug is essential when it comes to the well-being of your lawn mower. Without this, your lawn mower simply won't turn on. On most mowers, the plug is located on the front or the sides of the mower, making it easy to reach.

Once you've located the plug, disconnect the wire and carefully inspect it. Remove the spark plug by turning it counter clockwise. Does it look rusty or corroded? If so, you can't restore it and you need to buy a new one.  If the plug doesn't look damaged, you can simply clean it and put it back. Even so, a lot of people prefer to start each mowing season with a new spark plug.

Clean or Replace the Air Filter

The replacing operation depends on the type of filter that you have. If your mower has an accordion-style filter, you can simply remove the cover of the filter and blow the dust with an air hose or a can of compressed air to clean it out. If, after blowing them with compressed air, the filters still look dirty or clogged, you should seek to have them replaced.

If your filter is made out of foam, you must use a combination of soap and water to clean it. Once done, simply let it dry and reattach it to the mower.

For more information on how to care for your lawn mower, contact a professional business, like Cox Mowers.