July 11, 2016 |
While hybrid and fully electric cars have become a harder sell in today's cheap gas environment, there's no denying the enormous appeal of a battery-powered lawn mower. Operation is stupid proof, takes no liquids, and rarely requires servicing. Just charge up the high-capacity, 40-volt lithium ion battery pack for two hours and slide it into the dedicated mower slot (goes in only one way). Simultaneously press and pull the start button and power-up bar. Now you're good to mow a quarter-acre before needing a battery swap-out.
November 19, 2015 |
Over the last 20 years, floods have taken a lot from Deb McGlade: Several cars, a lawn mower, "all the mementos the kids made when they were little. I pretty much have no wedding pictures. " But it wasn't until 2011, when Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee smashed into the region, that she realized the rushing watery menace pervaded much of Cheltenham Township. "I had no idea that other neighborhoods were flooding as drastically as Brookdale," she said. "That was an eye-opener for me. " That horrific year persuaded McGlade and many others that the township needed to take a comprehensive look at its watershed and find places to ease the pressure.
October 31, 2015 |
Rake the leaves, shred them, and spread them over any naked soil in the garden. Shredded leaves are fantastic for both composting and mulching, and are much easier to manage than the huge piles of whole leaves that fill our lives and bags this time of year. I even go out and collect all the neighbors' leaf bags, spread them out on my patio or sidewalk, and run them over a few times with the lawn mower. Spread over flower and vegetable beds, and this low-cost mulch blocks light and keeps weed seeds from sprouting, holds moisture in the soil, softens heavy rains, and insulates perennial roots from heaving out of the ground as it freezes and thaws.
October 14, 2015 |
A Burlington County man who was fatally burned Sunday when his lawn mower burst into flames was a retired firefighter who had served in the job for decades, and had tried to share his experience with younger firefighters. Roger Lippincott, 79, taught classes at Burlington County's fire academy, and occasionally stopped by the Springfield Township Fire Company even after he retired, Springfield Township Mayor Denis McDaniel said. "Some guys just disappear when they retire; he didn't," McDaniel said.
August 16, 2015 |
STRATHMERE, N.J. - When you're a motel concierge in tiny Strathmere, your options are, shall we say, a bit limited. Then again, you're probably the only concierge in town. That was the lot of Ray Barr, so-called concierge with a cult following at the quirky old-school Strathmere Motel, where the sign on the office door nearly always says "Manager Temporarily Out. " That was certainly true of Barr, 61. He was rarely actually in the office - nobody was - though usually you could find him just around the side, sitting at the patio table sucking on a cigar and drinking a beer or whatever else a guest had put beside him. He was also known as the chief "connoisseur.
May 8, 2015
YOU AND I walk through the woods and we see trees and bushes and thorny things. Tess Hooper, a young environmental educator at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, in Upper Roxborough, sees the makings of a fine beer. "This is a staghorn sumac," she said, nodding toward the kind of tree I've seen sprout dozens of times on vacant lots. "It bears these red cones that are like fruit. You could make beer with them. " Hmm . . . I must've missed that merit badge in Boy Scouts.
April 22, 2014 |
THE PACKER-Combo-Mower - It cuts! It mulches! It edges! It whacks! - was born in the dead of winter, when Bruce Packer, 78, was booted out of the house he'd rented for 18 years across Borbeck Avenue from his Rhawnhurst neighbor, Dennis Gesker, 73, who took him in. Packer had dreamed up a lawn mower on steroids that did everything but kill crabgrass and swat mosquitoes. He told Gesker about it. "I've worked on mowers all my life, finding them in the trash, fixing them up, selling them at flea markets," said Packer, who has been a meat cutter for 60 years.
February 21, 2014
HERE in the Upper Midwest, we do battle with Old Man Winter using a two-stage, gas-powered snowblower in every garage. May not need a lawn mower or a leaf blower or air conditioning, but darn sure need a snowblower. It's the first day above 32 degrees here since November, with 8 inches of snow on the ground. We have salt trucks, snowplows, the water company for frozen pipes, so it is not just the power company. Lots of blankets and the fireplace when the power goes out. We ice-fish and play pond hockey, too. We do not listen much to Punxsutawney Phil.
May 31, 2013 |
Sow more seeds directly into the garden. Once you've finished putting all the transplants into the ground, fill the bare spots by direct seeding. There's still plenty of time to plant more carrots, beans, lettuce, beets, and Swiss chard. Just be sure to give lettuce some shade. By starting zinnia seeds anytime from now until the end of June, you'll reduce the chances of powdery mildew developing, a disease that often disfigures these annual flowers. Adjust your lawn mower. Consider cutting your grass a bit higher than normal.
April 13, 2013 |
With the coming of spring, thoughts turn to yard sales - those events in which one set of Americans buys the stuff another set no longer wants for more or less than the retail price. Other than some buying tips - make sure you have enough room to store your new acquisitions, and confirm that your spouse is on board with it - I have nothing to say about hosting. So I'll defer to the folks at First Alert, who appear to know how to do this correctly. Time it right. Many neighborhoods schedule an annual date for all homes and neighbors to participate and will promote the date on your behalf.