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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How to Perform Necessary Safety Techniques on Your Air Compressor

industrial air compressor safety
If you have an Air Compressor or are contemplating getting one, you will want to pay special attention to this article. While there are a few techniques to safety where an air compressor is concerned, there is one that is critical. You should perform all the safety points I'll expose in this article.

But if you don't do any of them, the one I talk about that is critical you had better perform on a regular basis. I'll expose to you why now. Read on....

Yes an air compressor is a valuable tool for the homeowner as well as the professional. It has many good uses and multitudes of tools that can be used with it. On the same hand it can be a very deadly tool if you don't pay attention to the safety rules.

This article will be written around my review of the Makita MAC700 model compressor, but the same techniques apply to all air compressors as well. Whether they be electric powered or gas the same applies. When you think about it, the air compressor compresses air at a high PSI or pounds per square inch.

For example where the Makita MAC700 is concerned it can compress air into its canister or tank at a maximum of 130 PSI. What this amounts to is a very powerful explosive. If you don't perform the necessary safety techniques on your air compressor over a period of years you will have a dangerous problem on your hands.

More dangerous to your health and your loved ones as time goes by. Do not neglect these! If you or someone is standing by one of these air compressors and it were to blowup it could very easily kill you or at the very least inflict great bodily injury. Now, with these warnings laid down, lets see how to protect against this from ever happening.

unuderstanding your air compressor
These safety techniques are really self explanatory. I won't expound to much on each one, however the one I mentioned about being critical I will talk more about it.

Unsafe Operations and Safe Procedures Techniques
  • Make sure your very familiar with the operation of your air compressor by reading the manual that comes with it.
  • Make sure that all electrical wiring is not frayed or damaged. If so, have an electrician do the repairs to the wiring.
  • Never operate the air compressor outside when it is raining or in a wet environment.
  • Never inhale the air from a compressor. The air may contain carbon monoxide or other harmful vapors and particles from the tank.
  • Do not point the nozzle and spray air at other people or animals or yourself. If there are particles in the tank or lines it could cause bodily injury.
  • Never exceed the pressure rating of inflatables such as tires, basketballs, footballs, etc.
  • Do not operate the air compressor under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Always operate the compressor in a well ventilated area.

    safety and use of air compressors
  • Always unplug the compressor and release the air pressure before doing any maintenance or repairs.
  • Never operate the compressor with guards or covers which are damaged or removed.
  • Never touch hot components during or immediately after operation of the compressor.
These are important safety points to pay attention to. Can you think of others? There are more.

Of All, This One You Pay Attention To

Now to the most critical safety technique of all of them in my opinion. As mentioned earlier you should become familiar with your air compressor's operations. Know all of its parts and critical points about it.

It is no secret that air carries moisture. We refer to it as humidity. There is always a level of condensation in the air. Never will you listen to your weather channel and hear that the humidity is at zero. Some days it may be lower than others. Some higher. Point is, its always there.

This humidity or moisture gets into your air compressor as it runs or does it's "cut-out pressure" cycle. Cut out pressure is what is known as "when the tank is building pressure." As this takes place the air is forced into the tank until the maximum pressure is reached. Then the motor automatically shuts off by a safety switch.

Because of the humidity in the air, its a safe bet that the condensation gets into the air tank. Over time the water or moisture in the tank can cause the inside of the tank to begin to rust. This rust will in turn thin out or weaken the sides of the tank over time.

air compressor safety schedule
When this happens each time you force air back into the compressor you weaken the metal of the tank. Neglect this for a long time and you have an explosive danger on your hands. Fortunately, the manufacturer builds into the tank a release valve just for this purpose.

It is critical that you periodically open this valve to allow the water or moisture to drain out of the tank. When I say periodically I mean you should release the moisture at least once a month. Or after every use would be better.

The Conclusion

Along with releasing the condensation in the tank, you will want to keep an eye on the safety shutoff switch to the motor. Also if your compressor uses oil after every 300 hours of operation be sure to change it. Or once a year would be sufficient.

When operating power equipment, safety first should always be our priority number one. These safety techniques or safety topics I provide so that you will experience many years of safe and reliable service from your air compressor. God-forbid that anything I've described in this article about air compressors should ever happen to you or your family or anybody for that matter.

Therein lies the benefit of this article to you. It's safety first here at this website in all the products I review. If you own or are looking to purchase one of these valuable tools, I'd suggest you print this article off and hang it in your garage or wherever you have your compressor and refer to it always. It will help remind you!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

See the Various Air Compressor Types Before Purchase

Air Compressors are in use today in every facet of industry, occupation, and all kinds of home uses. Some of the uses for air compressors that we don't pay much attention to include in the...
  • Automobile Industry
  • Refrigeration Industry
  • And Jet Airplanes
vane air compressorIn the auto industry compressors of course are used in the air conditioning systems. Even in your home air conditioning system there is a compressor that makes it operate to cool your home down. By use of compressing the coolant which cools the air as its pushed into and through the vents in your home.

In the refrigeration industry air compressors are used the similar way to compress the coolant. Which in turn allows your food to be kept at temperatures around 40 degrees. And your frozen foods at or below 32 degrees freezing.

In jet engines of the Air Travel industry, air compressors are used to compress the air that comes into the jet turbine and then its mixed with fuel and burned at high temperatures to produce the thrust needed to keep the airplane afloat. And we like the sound of that, especially if we're flying in it! Thats one sound you never get tired of hearing when your flying in a jet.

In this article I want to explore the various air compressor types. This will help you in your determination of what type of air compressor to purchase if your looking at them to buy one for your home or work.

centrifugal flow jet engine compressor
There are two types of air compressors that are used in all of the afore mentioned industries as well as home, and all other industries. Of the two types we will talk about just a few of them. So as, not to make this article to long and drawn out. As there are many compressors.

Air Compressors have been around for about 100 years now. And their uses have exploded. The 2 operating types of compressors are...
  • Positive Displacement Compressors
  • Negative Displacement Compressors
The Positive Displacement Ones

The positive displacement compressors fall in three categories. They are..
  • Rotary Screw
  • Vane
  • And Reciprocating
These types of air compressors are found in small and medium sized industries as well as home used ones.

rotary screw air compressor cutaway
Rotary Screw Compressors: These compressors work commonly by two rotors which are meshed together. They trap air and compress it along the rotors. They are manufactured in both lubricated and oil-free types. They have an advantage over reciprocating air compressors in that they can be operated continuously at full load.

Reciprocating Compressors: These are used in a continuous start and stop mode. Rotary Screw compressors are usually quieter and the air produced is dryer. But it may not be the best choice.

Reciprocating air compressors are smaller as far as horsepower. Driven by an electric motor. And are most often used to feed building systems with air. This is the same type air compressor that I reviewed here on the site.(Makita MAC700) You can read the review here for it.

axial flow air compressorVane Compressors: These are less efficient than reciprocating compressors and also are smaller than the rotary screw compressors. They are usually used where floor space is at a minimum.

The Negative Displacement Compressors

The negative displacement compressors fall into 2 categories. They are...
  • Centrifugal Flow
  • And Axial
Centrifugal Compressors: These compressors have fewer parts that rub together than their reciprocating brothers. Resulting in less maintenance, but giving higher airflow, as well as being more energy efficient. But they need several stages to reach the higher compression ratios and thats a drawback to them.

The best uses for these compressors are ones that require high volume with little pressure increase. These are industry air compressors that are used in oil production and jet aircraft powered by gas turbine engines.

Axial Compressors: These have turning foils powered by a turbine that work together to both guide and increase pressure of airflow. These are another type compressor for the jet engine industry.

The Wrap Up

makita MAC700 reciprocating air compressor
Those are some of the various air compressor types. All air compressors in use today fall into one of these 2 types, positive or negative displacement. Depending on your need this article should help you to make an informed decision when you decide to purchase one for your endeavor or projects.

Air Compressors whether they be the smallest ones to the largest ones all have many varied uses for us. This is an invaluable tool. Never a wasted investment, everyone should own an air compressor.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Simple Effective Artwork Create Striking Art

automobile airbrushing
There are myriads of types of art. Art work such as wall art, painting, crocheting, and the list continues on it seems forever. Did you know you can use your air compressor to create art? Sure ya can! I'll talk to you about it in this article.

Who's Who in Art

Who could we say the greatest artist in the world is today? There are many who we could say, are great artists in the world today. I think the answer to who is the greatest would ultimately have to be God.

All you have to do is just look around at the world you live in. It's pretty obvious. Nobody can top Him. In fact all that man can do is recreate what God has already done. But, in terms of human artists who could we say is the greatest?

It would be hard to say who is the greatest because of the diversity. The diversity of the different types of art that has been created. Some names that come to mind are..
  • Picasso - co-creator of the style of painting called Cubism
  • Leonardo da Vinci - The Mona Lisa
  • Michaelangelo - who painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling
  • Claude Monet - a leading figure in Impressionism
airbrush tigerYou May Be Next

To capture a few. These artists went on to change the way we view the world in lots of respects. But how about you? Do you have a little bit of artist in you? Perhaps you have great art ability. Maybe with drawing or canvas painting or watercolor painting.

Maybe your really good at creating posters, or your a really great tattoo artist. There is no lack in the human ability to create art.

Try Your Hand

As mentioned earlier, I want to show you a rather simple way to use your air compressor to create art. In fact you can even have your children creating masterpieces with this type of art work.

You have probably already seen and heard of this type of art work. It's called airbrush artwork. This is the same type of airbrush art that you see at the county fairs and flea markets and such. You can create customized t-shirts your kids will love.

airbrush beach scenery

And many other types of work like fabric painting, wall art, and you can even create beautiful pinstripes on your automobile with airbrushing as well as complete paintings on them.

Get The Right Tools

To do airbrushing you need a tool that easily hooks up to your air compressor and will blow a stream of paint anywhere from an eighth of an inch all the way to about 3 inches wide. Depending on the type of tip you have on the tool. That air brush tool is commonly known as an air brush gun.

Some of those are gravity guns and some are whats called siphon guns. The gravity ones have a cup on the top of them that you pour the paint into. The siphon guns have a bottle underneath the airbrush gun. The paint is siphoned by the air pressure.

Either way works very well. This particular way of creating art has made a lot of people a very good living. Airbrushing art is such a beautiful way to paint that it can be sold because of its attractiveness, beauty and popularity.

Multiple Ways and Styles

It can be done on many types of materials to make a truly beautiful work of art. Materials such as...
  • Ceramics
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Stucco
  • And Plastic
airbrush clothingGet Your Family Involved

Just to name a few. With an air compressor and an airbrush tool the whole family can enjoy a new sense of artistry.

If you have an air compressor and have never thought about trying this kind of art work for your self, and would like to try your hand at it, I have found a very good quality airbrush tool set that is complete with all the tools you need to create beautiful works of art.

You can see it here.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Air Compressor Reviews: Read My Review of the Makita MAC700 2.0HP Air Compressor

makita mac700 air compressor
The air compressor is a valuable tool for the homeowner as well any commercial endeavor. Air compressors power many tools from construction to automobile garages to all sorts of inflatable products to name a few. Because the air compressor is so versatile, to not have one makes life seem very primitive.

Here we are at the behest of the fall of the year. Currently just 2 weeks away. In fact where I live we've already had temperatures in the low 50's. Burrr...thats chilly, specially when you just had, a few days earlier, temps in the mid 90's.

One of the nicest tools you can have in your garage when it gets chilly is an air compressor. Why? Because you can get whatever job or project your doing completed a whole lot quicker. And if you don't have a heated garage that means less time out in the cold.

We men like to do projects, whether they be auto restoring, some sort of cabinetry work or woodworking, or whatever it may be we just like to work in the garage. Ok, I'll admit it, we take after Tim the Tool Man. What can I say!

One of the proudest tools a man can have in his garage is an air compressor. Not just any air compressor. But a cool, quality, powerful, quiet air compressor. While looking at this power tool for review, I searched many a brand name portable air compressors.

As usual I looked at many high end brand name one's costing anywhere from a few thousand to many thousands of dollars. But those high end so called, brand name ones will never make it to this review site. Simply because most people can't afford those.

No, we take those name brands, find out what makes them tick, then go and find the same quality in a much more reasonable and affordable arena that everyone can afford. Like the difference between the Cadillac Cimmaron (if you remember those) and the Chevrolet Cavalier.

Same car, same body, same frame, same parts, same quality etc.. Whats the difference? 2 things. Price and Name. Well, homey don't play that, here at Kevin's Professional Product Reviews. My aim is to find you the same, best quality. At a much, much more affordable price.

Saving you the time it takes, to search out all these features to arrive at this conclusion. Up for review now is the, Makita MAC700 Big Bore 2.0 HP Air Compressor.

Now lets dig into it and find out what kind of muscle this things got...

The Makita Big Bore MAC700 Air Compressor won out easily over other air compressors with names like:
  • Ingersoll Rand
  • Kobalt
  • Dewalt
  • Champion
  • and Sanborn
To name few of the more expensive name brands I looked at for comparative models. Now someone might say "did you look at the "pancake compressors""? Yeah, once, but not twice. Their quality is not near as good as what I'm reviewing here. And thats all I have to say about that.

Makita MAC700 Big Bore Description

This Makita MAC700 is powered by a 2.0 HP motor. With a cast iron cylinder, for greater bore and stroke for increased compression. Making for faster recovery times and much less noise. Namely, 20 seconds recovery time and 80 decibels noise.

The noise level of the Makita Big Bore easily meets our requirement of quality attractiveness. All others looked at were 90 decibels and above. Anything over 80 and your getting into earplug or headphones range.

The Technical Jargon

It has a cast iron pump: Engineered with a Big Bore cylinder and piston. This means the small engine has a larger bore enabling it to greater maximum performance. This aids in the faster recovery times as mentioned.

Because of the larger Bore, it also gives it the ability to match up or exceed the other more expensive air compressors in terms of PSI (pounds per square inch) capacity for it's Horse Power. This is attractive in terms of our quality requirements.

Low Noise: This as mentioned before is at 80dB. Meaning at just 1720 RPM the low end of the RPM's, it has greater displacement of power compared to its more expensive matchups. We like this as well.

Low Amp Draw: Ever turn on something that draws a lot of amp's of electricity just to have your breakers blow? Yeah, me to. Sucks! With the Makita MAC700 air compressor you won't have that problem. It only draws 12.4 Amps. Nice.

It's Oil Lubricated: This makes it a cooler running pump. Which in turn, of course minimizes wear. Making the motor last for years and years of trouble free operation. It's another plus. I know, there are those that are non-oil lubricated.

Will it last as long as one that is? I Doubt it. And thats all I have to say about that.

More Bullet Point Features
  • Powerful 2.0 HP 4-Pole motor produces 3.3 CFM at 90 PSI for increased productivity. At 3.3 CFM(Cubic Feet Per Minute) the Makita Air Compressor exceeds or meets most of its competitors. This again is due to the Big Bore cylinder. Nicely meets our requirement for what we're looking for.
  • Roll-bar Handle - For portability and additional protection. Just in case you accidentally knock it over, or drop it for some reason or another. Nice quality engineered idea. Protects our investment.
  • It has a large automotive style air filter for greater efficiency and air intake, which in turn helps it to reach high performance at low RPM's. Sounds like it's almost setup like a drag racing engine. Good stuff!
the consumers choice makita mac700
  • As mentioned a cast iron cylinder which increases pump life. And it's easily removed for easy maintenance. If, it has to be worked on, I like easy. How about you?
  • It has a built in Oil Sight Glass. Makes for fast and easy checking of the oil.
  • Built in lever handle Ball Valve. Which improves upon the standard Petcock design of its competitors for easier maintenance.
  • Also comes with a built in Thermal Overload for increased motor protection. Remember what I said about blowing your breakers? This is why it won't happen. Unless the wiring circuits in your house or business building were not laid out right when it was built. But at 12.4 amps, doubtful it will happen anyway.
I want to take a moment here to explain for those that are just starting to look at air compressors, what recovery time is....Then we'll get back to the specs of this quality air compressor.

What is Recovery Time

Recovery time is the time it takes for the compressor to recharge the holding
tank back to its maximum PSI. Once the compressor reaches its maximum PSI the automatic shutoff valve closes and the motor stops.

Then you have, in the case of the Makita MAC700 Air Compressor, 130 total maximum PSI to work with for whatever tool your running etc.. Once the holding tank decompresses and the pressure gauge reaches 0 PSI, the motor automatically kicks on opening the shutoff valve and refilling the holding tank back to 130PSI.

The beautiful thing with the Air Compressor in review here, is that it reaches this maximum recharge time in only 20 seconds. Thats faster than most of it's expensive competitors of the comparable models. This equates to less work and saving of time. We like this!

Alright Already Let Me Check Out the Nitty Gritty Specs

Here they are, read'em and weep:
  • Motor - 2.0 HP
  • Pump - Oil Lubricated
  • Holding Tank (gal.) - 2.6 "Hot Dog Style"
  • Performance (cfm) 90 PSI @ 3.3 40 PSI @ 3.8
  • Maximum Pressure - (PSI) 130 Same as the more expensive units!
  • AMPS - 12.4
  • Noise Level - (dB) 80
  • Dimensions - (LxWxH) - 18" x 10" x 22" Nice!
  • Net Weight - (lbs.) 52.0
  • Shipping Weight - (lbs.) 60.5
  • Item model number - MAC700
One More Highlight

Notice up there in the specifications you just read, where it says Net Weight. Thats just 52lbs. This is one of the greater points I liked about this air compressor for you. Most air compressors are not light by any means.

At 52lbs this means maximum portability for a portable air compressor. Easily carried with just one hand. This was what caught my attention the most when comparing all the models I did for review. A handy feature for you. Non-backbreaking. Now thats a quality point, wouldn't you say?

Ok So What Comes With It In Shipping
  • Makita MAC700 2.0 HP Air Compressor
  • Oil
  • And 1/4-inch universal quick coupler
  • Also there is a downloadable user manual for it as well. At
How About Does It Have A Warranty

No doubt!
  • Each Makita tool is warranted to be free of defects from workmanship and materials for the period of ONE YEAR from the date of original purchase. Should any trouble develop during the one-year period, return the COMPLETE tool, freight prepaid, to one of Makita’s Factory or Authorized Service Centers
Wait a Minute Dude, Don't Forget The Pro's and Con's

Alright I hear ya, my bad, check'em out...

The Pro's
  • I've had it for about a year now and it is still working great. It fills the tank quickly, it is relatively quiet, it is light enough to carry around, doesn't trip any breakers...I don't think I could move around a bigger, heavier model without hurting myself.
  • It pumps up quickly and is able to keep up with most tools air requirements.
  • I'm a tile contractor and this little Mac700 is awesome for shooting roofing nails through cement backer could keep up with me as fast as i could shoot em down...very quiet,,,runs like a charm,nice and smooth! highly recommended!
The Con's
  • The compressor (my first) fills VERY slowly and the pressure drops after only filling a car tire...maybe im doing something wrong but my construction friends had the same thoughts.
  • After opening the cardboard box that was obviously crushed, I found the plastic motor cover broked and the brass unloading elbow broken-off in the check valve attached to the side of the tank. I called the Makita service center and explained the problem. They said I should sent it back, and agreed to fix it under warranty.
  • The unit is built solid and is rather quiet, but could be quieter as the cooling fin sleeve around the pressure line is always rattling when the unit is running. Now what bothers me the most is the weight. I am a big guy and get annoyed by the weight.
makita girls
These Pro's and Con's are from Amazon. Let me say here that this product has a 4.5 star rating out of 278 reviews at the time of this writing. You can go there to read more. Right here.

So How Much Is This Unit Gonna Set Me Back?

Amazon always has the best deal going. Not just that they have the best prices, or their timely delivery, but the Free Shipping makes it even more attractive for us. Right now you can purchase this awesome Makita Air Compressor for just $194.00 (at the time of this writing).

Where Should I Get Me One?

Oh, no doubt about it - Click here Amazon! And thats all I have to say about that....;)

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

There Are other Fun Uses for Your Leaf Blower!

leaf blower powered bike
A leaf blower is a fairly harmless tool. And there are other fun things that can be done with a leaf blower. In and of its self the leaf blower can't harm you unless you deliberately tried to hurt yourself with it.

For example to deliberately hurt ones self with it, you'd have to...
  • Insert your finger into the fan housing
  • Insert the blower end into ones mouth
These are the only ways that anyone could get hurt with a leaf blower, which I don't condone by the way. It's not advisable to let a child under the age of 10 play with a leaf blower for these reasons.

However at 10 and over there are some fun things you can do with a leaf blower to pass away the time. Kids and adults can enjoy these ideas which we'll get to in a moment.

Get The Most Out Of It

I've written several articles that show you how to get the most out of the leaf blower. As well as help maintain the engine for optimal years of service to the homeowner. Those are easily found here on the site for your enjoyment.

In this writing I wanted to show what I've come up with in terms of fun that you and your family can have with a leaf blower as a past time. Although a leaf blower is not a play toy per se, with a little creativity and imagination you can have some safe fun with them.

These ideas although creative and fun do come with a degree of safety requirement that you should employ as you try these ideas. So with that said, let's get right into it.

Let The Fun Begin

Most of the ideas can be done for little or no money. Just use your imagination and with materials you already have on hand if possible.
  • A Hover Craft
You can make a hover craft that the kids will love and have fun and play for hours. Simply take a piece of 1/4 or 1/2 inch ply wood, either square or round. Make about a 3x3 foot piece.

leaf blower hovercraftDrill a hole the size of the opening of the Leaf Blower pipe to one side of the wood. Install a hook ring near the edge of the wood platform. Take a piece of plastic, like an old shower curtain type plastic and cut it.

Trash bag plastic won't work, it's not strong enough. Cut it to about 4 inches wider than the wood. Lay the wood and center it onto the plastic and staple the extended part up over the wood and then use hundred mile an hour tape (you know what that is "Duct Tape"). Seal the stapled edge with the tape.

To prevent air from escaping. Tie about 100 to 200 foot of rope to the hook ring. Insert the Leaf Blower pipe into the hole you drilled in the middle. The Leaf blower will be standing vertically on the short pipe.

Have the child sitting on the wood platform and hold the Leaf Blower with both hands. Fire up the Blower. At idle speed you should have enough air blowing into the hole to fill up the plastic.

Wallah you have a homemade hover craft. Just pull them along with the rope on the driveway or sidewalk. May possibly work on the grass as well. Although there is a guard covering the fan of the Blower, make sure the kids understand not to hold the Blower at that point.
  • Leaf Blower Powered Skate Board
Its no secret kids love the skateboard. With a little imagination you can give them a self propelled one. This may require a bit wider skateboard than the usual.

There are some boards that are wider than others. You may need to create one. It should be wide enough to secure the Leaf Blower to the middle of the skateboard with the Blower pipe protruding off the board about a foot.

The kids should be able to place their feet to the sides, either one in front of the other as they usually do or so they can kneel on all 4's would be the best for stability. Create a way for them to be able to increase the throttle to make it go faster.

You can use bungee cords to secure the Leaf blower to the Skate board. Be creative with securing it. There you have it, hours of fun with a Blower powered skateboard.

The possibilities are unlimited. Here are some other uses for it without the explanation. Just use your creativity.
  • Leaf Blower powered Bicycle
  • Leaf Blower powered Boat
  • Leaf Blower power on Roller Skates
  • Tease the dog with it....this is fun!
I'm sure you can come up with more than these.

The Wrap Up

turbo power by leaf blower
What a great invention the Leaf Blower is. There are lots of things they can be used for. Their almost like computers. If you can imagine it, you can do it.

If you need a good Blower, you can read about a good one for the money right here on my site by clicking here. Use your Leaf Blower to clean up the yard and to have fun with, all at the same time. The whole family can enjoy them.

But always remember to take safety into consideration when having fun with them or working with them!

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

How Gardeners Can Maximize Their Landscaping this Fall

more landscaping beautyProbably one of the most beautiful things about a home is it's landscaping. Landscaping ideas abound. Theres no shortage of ideas that you can come up with for your landscape.

Once you choose a landscape design and begin to implement it, it literally transforms the look and feel of your home. I'm sure we've all seen those homes that don't have any landscaping at all to speak of. It gives off a dull presentation and depressing feeling to the home.

Yes, the landscape of your home is not only good for its feeling and beauty, but it also helps to increase the resale value of it as well. For example, if you have a home that looks immaculate and modern on the inside, with nothing to give it character on the outside you probably won't sell it as quick.

beautiful landscape flowersBut on the other hand one that has the beautiful landscape and not so good on the inside will probably sell quicker. First impressions will always do better than the second.

Something Different

Today I'm going to show how the home gardener can maximize their landscaping efforts to keep the outside of their home beautiful year round. By an idea that takes very little effort and time if you remember to do it faithfully.

Since the majority of people always work their landscape in the spring time to get it looking good for the summer months and fall months we will begin there in the fall time. But, only this fall we'll make a change from what we normally do.

What is it that we normally do in the fall? Usually most homeowners always have to clear their yards from the fallen leaves from the summer. When they clear those leaves most metropolitan areas require you to bag those up and set them out for the trash pick up.

Where I live at, since it's a rural area, we can do it 3 ways.
  • Burn them
  • Push them to the street side for pick up
  • Or Bag them for pick up
Whichever way you do it your getting rid of them. But this fall theres a better way, more useful way.  Heres my idea for you.

The Better Way

pretty lady landscapingThis fall and every one after that instead of getting rid of the leaves, keep them! Why would I want to do that, you ask? Because those leaves are valuable.

The fallen leaves carry rich nutrients that can be very useful where your landscape or garden is concerned. What we're going to do with them is make a nutrient rich mulch out of them to spread over your landscape to feed it.

Doing this will feed your trees, if you have them in your landscape design, as well as your flowers and your shrubbery. But I'm always raking my leaves out of my landscaping? Oh, just stay with me here and you'll see the benefit.

No problem, just use your rake or if you have one a leaf blower, and get all your leaves in a pile. Now let me say here that most leaf blowers can be used to mulch the leaves and twigs. But thats not the final step of the mulch we're going to make.

After you use your leaf blower or rake to get them into a pile, depending on how much mulch you want. (Go by the size of your yard or landscaping to get an idea of how much you'll need to make.) You'll need to have at least a 5 gallon bucket or even a used 50 gallon barrel will be the best.

The Powerful Mixture

landscaping ideasMake sure it has a lid for it as well. If not make sure you can cover it and seal it. Put in the barrel or container a large plastic bag. Or large plastic trash bag will work. Use your garden hose and set the nozzle to mist. Spray in the container a light mist of water. Just enough to coat the bag with.

Now after you have your pile of leaves, put the dry leaves into the container. Also run your lawn mower and collect some fresh grass clippings.  Put those into the container with the leaves.

Install the lid on the container and seal it. Every 2 to 3 weeks go out and stir the leaves in the container.  You can either do this by hand or simply lay the container on its side and roll it to mix them up. You'll do this throughout the entire fall and winter months.

landscape beautyBy the time the next spring arrives and you decide to begin work on your landscape, you'll have the nutrient richest mixture of leaf mulch you could ever have to spread over your landscaping and garden. It will also make the dirt rich in nutrients for your planting needs.

Lay this leaf mulch down first. Around your plants and flowers that you have planted.  Works for vegetables as well. Then spread your regular favorite colored wood mulch down over top of the mixture. Then just add water and behold the beauty that comes up.

The Wrap Up

See, and you thought there was no use for those old dead leaves. No more need to get rid of them again. At least not all of them. If you have extra that you don't need, you can share some of that leaf mulch mixture with your friends and neighbors. They'll be saying what a great idea you came up with.

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