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4 Essentials Needed to Grow a Strong & Healthy Garden


Growing a garden can be such a healthy and fun hobby for your family. Aside from all of the nutritious produce you can grow, spending time outside can actually help relieve stress and keep you active. Of course, keeping that garden healthy can also provide a source of pride and satisfaction. So before you get started, make sure you have these gardening essentials:
Healthy Ground
A well-chosen plot is the foundation of any healthy garden.
Smart Watering
Plants need the right amount of water, at the right times of day, in order to start and stay healthy.
  • Watering your garden in the morning is usually the best bet for healthy plants.
  • Watering in the evening can sometimes be best.
  • Avoiding overwatering is also crucial if you want to preserve the quality of your produce.
  • Investing in an irrigation system with flow-control valves can make watering easier
Gardening Tools
An irrigation system can make watering your garden effortless, but the right tools and equipment can make caring for that garden easier.
Seeds & Plants
Selecting the right plants for your region, garden size and level of commitment is one of the best ways to ensure that your new garden is a success.
Keeping a garden healthy may seem complicated but it really doesn't have to be. Just grab this guide, pick up a few essentials and get to work on your new garden!
By Guest Blogger Carrie Spencer

How to Replace a Dingo Track

Servicing the Tracks

Check the tracks for excessive wear and clean them periodically. If the tracks are worn, replace them.
Cleaning the Tracks
1. With a bucket on the loader arms, lower the
bucket to the ground so that the front of the traction unit lifts off of the ground a few inches.
2. Stop the engine, and remove the key.
3. Using a water hose or pressure washer, remove
dirt from each track system.
IMPORTANT: Ensure that you fully clean the road wheels, the tension wheel, and the drive sprocket (Fig. 29). The road wheels should rotate freely when clean.

Replacing the Tracks
When the tracks are badly worn, replace them.
1. Lower the loader arms, stop the engine, and remove the key.
2. Lift/support the side of the unit to be worked on so that the track is three to four inches (7.6 to 10 cm.) off of the ground.
3. Remove the locking bolt and nut (Fig. 30).
4. Using a 1/2 in. drive socket, release the drive tension by turning the tensioning screw clockwise (Fig. 30 and 31).
5. Push the tension wheel toward the rear of the unit to move the fork tube against the frame (Fig. 31). (If it does not touch the frame, continue turning the tensioning screw until it does.)
6. Begin removing the track at the top of the tension wheel, peeling it off of the wheel while rotating the track forwards.
7. When the track is off of the tension wheel, remove it from the drive sprocket and road wheels (Fig. 31).
8. Beginning at the drive sprocket, coil the new track around the sprocket, ensuring that the lugs on the track fit between the spacers on the sprocket (Fig. 31).
9. Push the track under and between the road wheels (Fig. 31).
10. Starting at the bottom of the tension wheel, install the track around the wheel by rotating the track rearward while pushing the lugs into the wheel.
11. Turn the tensioning screw counter-clockwise until the distance between the tension nut and the back of the fork tube (Fig. 32) is 2 3/4 in. (7 cm.).
12. Align the closest notch in the tension screw to the locking bolt hole and secure the screw with the locking bolt and nut.
13. Lower the traction unit to the ground.
14. Repeat steps 2 through 13 to replace the other track

The Step-by-Step Guide to Selling a House with Kids

Selling Your house with kids
After welcoming your newest bundle of joy, it’s quickly becoming apparent that your house isn’t big enough for everyone. However, before you can upsize to a more comfortable home, you need to sell your house. If this is your first time selling with kids in the house, be forewarned: Staging, cleaning, and moving is harder with children than without. Not only do you have to navigate around nap schedules, but you also have to keep kid clutter under control so buyers don’t walk into a messy house. This guide will walk you through everything you need to do to get your house ready to sell — and keep it that way.

Repair

You don’t want an inexpensive fix like a dripping faucet or dead tree to scare interested buyers away. DIY minor repairs to save money or hire them out to save time. If a repair costs more than $500, check with your agent before spending the cash.

Address cosmetic issues as well. Your child’s brightly painted bedroom might not be a “problem” to you, but buyers won’t view it the same way. Repaint to colors with broad appeal, replace carpeting that’s showing its age, and refinish wood flooring to restore its luster.

Declutter

Decluttering makes your home feel spacious and ensures buyers see your home, not your stuff. Start by getting rid of things you don’t plan to move. If you handle this task early, you can sell your items and put the money toward moving expenses. Clothing, books, and music are the most popular items in the secondhand economy — which, according to Gumtree, is a multi-billion-dollar sub-industry around the world — but you can sell anything in good condition.

Pack items you’re keeping but don’t need over the coming weeks. This includes excess furniture, dishes, linens, tools, recreational equipment, and children’s toys. Don’t exclude baby gear, which can clutter up a house. If you have playpens, bassinets, and jumpers in the living area, choose one or two favorites (ideally ones that fold up for storage) and pack the rest.

Deep Clean

Now that your home is clutter-free, cleaning is easy. First, clean carpets, drapes, and upholstery to eliminate odors, then prevent new messes by restricting drinking and eating to the kitchen and keeping pets off furniture. If that’s not an option, use slipcovers and lightweight rugs to protect furniture and flooring and remove them before showings.

You should also clean inside cabinets and under appliances, wash windows, scrub baseboards and crown molding, and clean all the other neglected areas of your home. If you need help, use this handy checklist so you don’t miss anything important.

Stage

Staging makes your home look larger, brighter, and clearly defines the purpose of each room. Start by reducing the amount of furniture in each room, pulling large items away from walls, and rearranging to facilitate traffic flow. You still need to live in your house while it’s on the market, so use staging tricks to keep everyday items accessible yet out of sight. A lidded storage basket is great for stashing diapers and wipes, while a storage ottoman or wooden chest offers a quick place to hide toys when buyers are on the way.

Maintain

After all your hard work, your home looks perfect. But how will you maintain it over the coming weeks? The most important thing is preventing big messes like juice spills on the carpet or your toddler’s artwork on the falls. Set rules and use baby gates to control where little ones go.

You also need cleaning routines so your house is never more than 15 minutes from show-ready. Do dishes, laundry, and tidying up daily, sweep and vacuum several times per week, and schedule time on weekends for bigger chores.

When your realtor does call about a last-minute showing, you’ll have just a few more tasks before you can leave the house. Stow away playpens and bassinets, turn on lights and open the curtains, check for off-putting odors coming from the trash or fridge, and give surfaces a quick wipe before buyers arrive.

There will be moments during the selling process where you wonder if all the hard work is worth it — and it is! When everything is done and you’re settled into a home that’s right for your family, you’ll be grateful you made the decision to move and stuck it out through closing day.

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Pressure Washer Tune-up

Pressure washing the patio, grill, and lawn care equipment can be one of the more rewarding spring projects. It’s the top homeowner chore that marks Old Man Winter’s exit and leaves you with a clean area to enjoy the outdoors again. Before starting your weekend of washing – make sure your pressure washer is up to the task. 


Before starting maintenance or equipment repair, disconnect the battery and/or spark plug. Always wear protective safety clothing.


Inspect air filter, fuel filter, oil level and condition, spark plug, and replace if necessary. Fuel should be changed if it has been sitting for longer than a month.

Check the water system from the garden hose washer to the high pressure nozzle. Clear debris from filters and screens as well as anything in the chemical/soap tank. Replace any washers that look worn as well.

Start the pressure washer by following the steps in your owner’s manual. Look for leaks in any of the connections like the hose, wand, or pump. If it's time to replace the hose or wand, you can find them here. If you don’t have pressurized water or notice drop in performance, there is a good chance you need a new pump

Unfortunately you can’t pick up a pump at a local hardware store – but you can order online. The Homelite (Part Number 308653045) is one of the most common replacement pumps around. For under $70 you can replace the part and continue to get years of use out of the machine.

If this is your first season with a pressure washer, a word of caution: cleaning siding, windows, and the exterior of the house can do more harm than good. Vinyl siding, paint, and screens are no match for a 3000 psi hose! Do your research and don’t rule out calling a professional. 

The key to success with any equipment is proactive maintenance. Making sure your pressure washer is in good working order before you need it, avoids aggravation and ensures a successful weekend washing project!

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