Yard and Garden

 

FALL

Gathering leaves: After a storm, try picking up the leaf debris with your own homemade leaf pokers!

Splitting wood: Skip the ax! Harness the power and majesty of a hydraulic cylinder. Be sure to follow these safety tips.

 

CRITTERS

Moles: Are maddening moles tearing up your yard? Let them choke on chewing gum, run from repellent, find a famine, get a noose around their necks or skedaddle to the neighbor's newly installed lawn. Get rid of moles once and for all.

Woodchucks: Woodchucks love to devour the greens in your yard and garden. Here's how to recognize a woodchuck.

 

GARDEN

Strawberries: If you hull them on the vine like the pros, you'll save lots of time in the kitchen -- especially if you plan to make jam or freeze them for smoothies. Learn this technique.

 

GRILLING

Charcoal chimney starter, Part 1: Start your charcoal for outdoor cooking quickly -- even in the dead of winter -- with this charcoal chimney starter.

Charcoal chimney starter, Part 2: Here's how it works and how to use it.

The outdoor grill isn't just for meat. Learn how to do your canning on your outdoor grill and save on your electric bill.

Fix your grill's igniter. If the igniter or electronic ignition on your grill isn't working, chances are you do NOT need a new igniter or a new grill. Here's a simple fix that's frequently not mentioned in the owner's manual.

Protect your grill from rust. Tired of discarding your rusty outdoor gas grills after only a couple of years? Guard against rust and protect your investment with this simple procedure.

 

LAWNMOWERS

Winter mowing: Mow the lawn in January? In Michigan? No kidding! You'll have to see it to believe it!

Lawnmower tuneup: Give your lawnmower a complete tuneup. You'll save yourself money and help keep your lawn and mower healthy!

  • Part 1: Make sure your lawnmower blade stays sharp. A dull blade will tear the grass and leave it exposed to disease.
  • Part 2: If your lawnmower has a four-cycle engine, you'll need to change the oil regularly. If you don't, you could end up changing your lawnmower regularly!
  • Part 3: Changing the air filter will help keep your mower operating at peak efficiency. It's good for the engine and good for the environment.
  • Part 4: Don't forget to lubricate your mower's moving parts. It's a simple but often overlooked task.
  • Part 5: Change the spark plug on your lawnmower in seconds using a spark plug socket wrench and a spark plug gap gauge.

 

UNDERGROUND SPRINKLING SYSTEMS

Winterizing your sprinkling system: If you have a self-draining underground sprinkling system, get it ready for winter -- easily -- yourself. (This video is NOT for underground sprinkling systems that must be "blown out" with compressed air. Consult your owner's manual for the type of system you have and for complete instructions.)

 

WINTER

Snowblower: Change the oil in your snowblower (4-cycle engines). It's less complicated than it looks, but you may need to use a little ingenuity.

Splitting wood: Skip the ax! Harness the power and majesty of a hydraulic cylinder. Be sure to follow these safety tips.

Leaf blower: Remove snow from your walkway with a leaf blower? It will work -- after a fashion.