Need to make a long layout line? Rather than marking two distant end points and trying to find a long enough straight edge to connect them, use your combination square. Simply adjust the square so that the rule’s end lines up with your layout line. Then hold a pencil at the rule’s end and slide the square and pencil together down to connect the end points.
Ever find yourself unsure of how much water to spray on your lawn? Steady watering is extremely important to helping new plants to take root and flourish. Give your plants about an inch of water a day when there has not been rain within the last 24 hours. Make sure it is at a pace that the soil can absorb it all with creating runoff. An easy way to do this is to place a cup on the lawn where the sprinkler is running and when the cup fills an inch deep, it’s time to turn off the sprinkler!
Doesn’t it seem like just when you get the lawn mower back in the shed, it’s time to turn around and do it again!?! While you may be tempted to cut the grass shorter, mowing your lawn too short can actually damage the grass and even encourage weeds to grow! To keep the grass healthy, do not cut off more than a third of the grass blade at a time. Sorry, no short cuts here!
Filing your blades to a sharpened edge can make shoveling and hoeing an easier task to muscle.