Greenworks G-Max 20 Inch Twin Force Lawn Mower

Mowing season is in full swing here in Tennessee! It's that time of year when lawn and garden enthusiasts venture back into their grassy backyards to begin the weekly ritual of giving the lawn a perfect trim. There are lots of options to consider when thinking about that perfect lawn. One of those questions you may be wondering about is what kind of lawnmower would be best for your lawn? Today I'm going to share with you what I learned about testing the Greenworks G-Max 20 Inch Twin Force Lawn Mower. (Disclaimer: Greenworks sent me this mower to test and trial so that I could share my thoughts with you.) I was a huge fan of the chainsaw Greenworks sent me last year and was very excited to test out one of their mowers. Greenworks G-Max 20 Inch Twin Force Lawn Mower The Greenworks G-Max mower is a battery powered…

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7 Years of Garden Blogging and A Giveaway from Troy-Bilt!

This week marks seven years since I began this blog, Growing The Home Garden. It's amazing to see how many changes have taken place in the garden and in my life since that late October day. When I started this blog our backyard was vacant of trees, plants, and anything resembling a garden. It's grown and so has our family. When I began blogging our oldest daughter was 2 and the next one was due to be born that Thanksgiving. Now there are four kids running around the garden, 3 girls and 1 boy. Everyday is an adventure! My little garden blog grew from barely anyone reading it (or even knowing it existed) into one that now gets a couple thousand visitors a day. My experiences in plant propagation, vegetable gardening, and assorted other garden projects have given me opportunities to work with great companies like Lowe's, Troy-Bilt, and several…

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Tips for Creating an Organic Lawn

Today lots of people are becoming more conscious of how their activities can change the environment.  One of the things you often hear about is getting rid of the lawn.  I'm not one of those people who advocates getting rid of the lawn but rather being more responsible for lawn care.  Here are a few ways to do that! First mow efficiently and responsibly.  If you don't use an area for the lawn consider allowing it to become wildflower areas or plant a garden there, or just mow it a little less often.  You don't have to mow every part of your yard every week. When you mow the lawn cut the grass on the high side.  Mowing high has several advantages that start with the roots.  Taller grass grows deeper roots.  Deeper roots are better able to find water beneath the soil which means a better tolerance to drought.…

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Tips for an Eco-Friendly Lawn

Frost on the lawn This weekend brought forth a significant event, the first mowing of 2012.  It's a momentous event that means the active growing season is moving ever closer!  I know many of you probably don't enjoy mowing the lawn like I do.  It's probably a little crazy, I'll admit it, but when I'm out there mowing I get to see all the garden, come up with ideas for the garden, and I even get a little time to myself!  As a stay-at-home dad of three kids time to myself is in short supply. Overseeding the Lawn! While I enjoy mowing the lawn I'm not all that crazy about lawn care.  In fact, aside from overseeding once a year I do little else to keep my grass growing.  I don't fertilize the lawn with any chemical fertilizers nor do I use any sort of insect control.  My lawn has…

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Over the Weekend: Fall Garden Preparation!

This weekend I tackled two major garden tasks that were all about preparing the garden for fall. Task one was planting a few seeds in the vegetable garden. That task was fairly quick and easy to do in my circular raised bed. The other beds are mess still with summer vegetables going everywhere. I need to get out to the vegetable garden and cut back everything to a much more controlled state but haven't had the time to get to it yet. Cleaning out the vegetable garden is one of those garden chores I dread for two reasons. One because it really is a chore and two because I hate to cut back anything that might have flowers or fruit still attached.  It needs done but I don't want to lose out on those tomatoes that haven't come yet! In the end I'll wind up taking a more moderate approach…

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Rambling on Lawn Grass

When sowing grass seed timing is everything. The right grass planted at the right time works wonders for a lawn, but the reverse can be true as well. Here in Tennessee we live in an a rather ambiguous area for growing grasses. The cool season grasses do great - that is until it gets hot and they turn all brown. The warm season grass like Bermuda do great too - only they turn brown in the cool fall temperatures and pretty much stay a lovely, drab carpet of brown until things warm up again. So here in Tennessee we just have to accept the fact that lawn grasses are limited and we have to work around that. Each fall I take a few steps to ensure a nice lawn in the spring. OK really I take one step I - overseed. I would like to say I do everything I'm…

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I Have to Admit it, I Really Do Like My Lawn…

I have to admit it, I really do like my lawn. The "in" thing right now is eliminating lawns by replacing them with gardens. That's great idea that I fully support but it just isn't feasible when you have a large yard. The other option is letting areas become meadows which I think is pretty cool too (and for one section of my yard I'm working on a wildflower path garden) but the vast majority of our yard will be grass for some time. Certainly there are advantages to eliminating lawn areas but I believe you can keep a lawn in good shape and still be environmentally friendly. Those who support eliminating lawns tell us that fertilizers poison our waters, the increased pollution from mower emissions threatens the environment, and lawns can be water hogs which reduces available water in areas where water is in short supply. The lawn eliminators…

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Careening: The Tale of a Runaway Lawnmower

Well you just know it had to happen. Another gardening season and another lawnmower incident. At least this time it didn't involve flames! And I have to admit I am very thankful to have a nandina! How does a nandina fit in with the story? Let me recount the tale for you as I experienced it. It was a beautiful spring evening sandwiched in between a week of rain and a forecast of storms to come. It was the only opportunity to mow a lawn that was growing high enough to hide small children and animals. I set out after dinner with the small trim mower along with every neighbor within eyesight for neighborhood mowing day. (That is an unofficial holiday that occurs immediately after multiple days of rain and just before more rain) If you remember last year's incident involved my little trim mower. The high grass gave me…

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The Return of the Flaming Mower

It's been a long time.  Last year, or last mowing season, I had the misfortune of blowing up my mower.  Well I nearly blew up my mower. It was close, very close.  While mowing one fine spring day last May the blades ran over a nylon cord and got caught.  I did what any responsible power tool user does in this situation, I pulled the spark plug and removed the nylon cord from underneath the mower deck. Mission accomplished!  I turned the mower back on it's wheels and pulled the cord then ...smoke...fire..."how do I get to a phone to call the fire department?"...panic...hose...water... prayer....whew! Gas leaked out of the vent holes of the gas cap and I didn't put the spark plug back in place.  This caused an arc that must have rivaled one of Zeus's lightning bolts, OK not really but the electrical arc caused the fumes to…

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The Lawnmower Covenant

You may not now this but there is a divine influence on the gardening world.  It is said that: When a gardener properly takes care of his lawn, allowing it to grow high, only cutting a third at a time, and takes care not to poison the earth with unnecessary fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides that a sign will be given to bless the gardener's future efforts.  Yes that rainbow stopped in my backyard right after I mowed.  Pretty neat, right? I'd better go find that pot o' gold!

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