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December 31, 2009
by stephen

Mowers – 2 stroke vs 4 stroke

Honda 4-Stroke Mower

If you are thinking of buying a mower, be it new or second-hand, there are certain things you must consider before buying. One of the more important decisions is the choice of engine type. Two-stroke engines require the fuel and oil to be mixed together (usually in a ratio of 25:1 or 40:1), and the oil is burnt with the fuel. Four-stroke engines have a separate oil reservoir, so the oil is not burnt or consumed but must be periodically changed. 2-stroke engines can operate upside-down, making them ideal for small hand-held tools like brush cutters. 4-stroke engines must remain level for the oil to properly lubricate the engine. Normally this is not a problem for lawnmowers, but if your yard is on a steep slope, you may be better off with a 2-stroke mower.

Other things you should also consider when buying a mower are expense, hassle, pollution and simplicity. The question isn’t what type of mower is better, the question is what type of mower is better for you.

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December 18, 2009
by stephen

Growing Camellias

Camellia Squircle

Pink Camellia

Camellias are one of the most popular flowering plants. They are small trees that grow between 2 and 20m tall. The beautiful flowers are usually pink, red, or yellow – perfect colours for your garden. Camellias grow approx. 30cm a year, dependant upon their environment. There are over 200 different types of camellias.

Camellias grow best in semi-shaded areas. Some varieties may be able to tolerate some full-sun, but generally should be protected from full sun from the west. Sudden temperature changes and frost should be avoided at all times. If you plant your camellias near a house, fence or tall trees, it will provide the plant with more moderate growing conditions.

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