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Look Before You Pump

Posted by RYOBI Outdoor on 01/16/2015 at 8:49 AM in Lawncare

Today, more than ever, it is important to pay attention to the type of gas you put in your small engine outdoor power equipment.

Ethanol is being added to fuel more frequently and in higher doses. Higher ethanol blends tend to be less expensive but they will really cause problems for your tools as time goes on. Would you rather save a little now and pay for it later, or pay a little more to have your tools running for much longer?

4 Facts About Ethanol:

1. Fuel with more than 10% ethanol can corrode metals and rubber that are found in your small engine. This causes the engine to break down quicker.

2. It is actually illegal to use gas with more than 10% ethanol in your small engines!

3. The more Read more

​6 Ways To Recycle Your Real Christmas Tree After The Holidays

Posted by RYOBI Outdoor on 12/23/2014 at 11:51 AM in Lawncare


Don’t just get rid of your real Christmas tree after the holidays - recycle it! Here are a few ideas of how you can use your tree after the presents are unwrapped and the new year has begun:

USE PINE NEEDLES AS MULCH

Pine needles are excellent mold free ground covering and work great for ground covering crops like strawberries.

INSULATE PERENNIALS

Cut off the boughs from your tree and lay them over your perennial beds for extra cover/protection during the winter.

EDGE YOUR GARDEN BEDS

Cut your tree trunk into thin (about 1.5 inches) circles and then in half. Line your garden bed edge with the half circles for a decorative, natural touch.

MULCH IT

Rent a mulcher and recycle your tree into Read more

Say Goodbye to Back-Breaking Raking

Posted by Dad Knows Best on 10/29/2014 at 10:35 AM in Lawncare

No back breaking raking this year!!! Every fall the leaves cover the yard and my porch. This year instead of using a rake and spending hours doing back breaking labor.

I used my RYOBI 40V blower and cleaned up the yard fast!

It took less than 20 minutes and I could see the lawn again.

The porch was cleared in seconds!

I love the RYOBI Blower's variable speed, the air could blow lightly when I needed it and vary up to a very strong air flow to move larger volumes of leaves.

The light weight and curved design of the handle makes it easy work at the touch of your fingers. With the RYOBI 40V I won’t have to use a rake again. I love it!

RYOBI 40V Chainsaw

Posted by Dad Knows Best on 10/13/2014 at 11:27 AM in Lawncare

Amazing Saw!!! After trimming the trees in my yard, we had tree limbs that needed to be cut into fire wood.

This RYOBI 40V saw is light weight and has incredible power.

It cut through wood so fast we actually had to slow down just to get the picture to take. Otherwise by the time the picture clicked the saw was through the log.

It had a very long battery life, cutting the entire pile of wood in the picture in about 15 minutes with battery to spare.

The recharge time on it is also quick. My RYOBI 40V Chainsaw made cutting through this pile easy work!

The Great RYOBI Fall Fix Up

Posted by RYOBI Outdoor on 10/02/2014 at 9:28 AM in Lawncare

It's that time of year again. It's that Monday-night-football, pumpkin-spice-everything, flannels-and-bonfires-and-apple-picking season. It's also time to prepare your outside oasis for the colder months. Use some of our Fall Fix Up tips and tools to help get your yard sweater-weather-ready!

1. Lightly trim branches close to the house. Be careful not to over do it, but trim your trees enough that they will be out of reach this winter. Keep in mind that branches hang lower with snowfall, and whip around in heavy winds. You can use a number of tools to accomplish trimming. Select a RYOBI Chainsaw based on your preference for cordless, corded or gas; the diameter of the branches you're cutting; and the Read more

40V-X String Trimmer at Work

Posted by Dad Knows Best on 09/08/2014 at 9:45 AM in Lawncare

When it came time to take care of the lawn this week, the grass had grown really tall. To do the trim work, I pulled out the RYOBI 40V X Expand-it String Trimmer for the first time.

I have had surgery on my shoulder and was honestly worried about how the 40V would feel but was pleasantly surprised by how well it was balanced. It didn’t seem heavy at all making the trimmer very easy for me to handle without hurting my shoulder.

The double line cuts through tall grass very quickly, as fast as a gas trimmer and with just as much power! I was amazed with how strong the 40V battery is.

I also took it to camp with me to clean up the grass under and around the camper. The straight shaft allowed me Read more

RYOBI 18V Pole Saw

Posted by Dad Knows Best on 08/21/2014 at 2:33 PM in Lawncare

As soon as I got my RYOBI 18V Pole Saw we had to take it out and try it.

The timing was perfect being mid summer the trees are very overgrown so we had plenty to cut. It came out of the box and was easy to assemble in 5 minutes. This pole saw was really slick.

I was very impressed with how quickly it cut through branches up to 5 inches. We used it on anything from 2 to 5 inches with no problem.

I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the long battery life. It came with a really good quality chain that did not stretch at all after we were done using it.

You don’t realize how many branches you have to cut until you have to clean them all up! What took 45 minutes to cut then took 2 hours Read more

RYOBI 20” 40V brushless mower

Posted by Keeping Portland Green on 06/20/2014 at 1:06 PM in Lawncare

Now that we have nearly reached the beginning of summer, the days are much longer, the famous Pacific Northwest rains have nearly stopped for the summer, the days are warm and the evenings are cool. Perfect condition for growing and lush healthy lawn. Luckily my new RYOBI 20" 40V brushless mower arrived just in time to keep the lawn under control and looking its best.

Setup was a breeze, I was able to pull it out of the box and have it ready to roll in about 5 minutes. It required a few quick steps, of unfolding the push handle and latching it in place. I really liked the unique quick release design of the handle fasteners. Anyone that's a cyclist will recognize RYOBI borrowed the time tested quick Read more

Between The Shrubs

Posted by Keeping It In Perspective on 06/16/2014 at 12:44 PM in Lawncare

Before taking shears in hand, it's important to determine what type of plant you have as well as your reason for pruning.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is the shrub leggy or sparsely leaved?
  • Is it evergreen needles or leaves?
  • Is it deciduous spring or fall blooming?

All answers serve to guide what to do when.


Between Two Shrubs

Use nature's cues—one being the appearance of daffodil foliage—as my signal that it is the perfect time to prune and shape evergreens.

Pruning early, before bud break, is especially important for broadleaf evergreens. Early pruning redirects the shrub's energy to produce fresh foliage, which will rapidly cloak newly denuded areas. Late summer and early fall Read more

Living Within The Lines

Posted by Keeping It In Perspective on 06/16/2014 at 12:41 PM in Lawncare

What qualities separate a memorable landscape from a blah blob? Often, it is how edges (real and implied lines) are defined—whether by a crisply edged lawn, hedge (or other plant mass) or a construct, like a path or wall. Take away its dramatic edges, and the Grand Canyon would be just a pleasant valley. Edges are lines that lead your eye through the landscape, giving importance to whatever lies on either side, as well as suggesting what one should do or see next.

Photo: A curved walkway leading from a patio and across a lawn.

Do you remember, as a young child, playing with an educational toy that helped you learn shapes? Square in the square hole, triangle in the triangle hole? The edges of the voids provided clues as to which shape belonged where. The same Read more

RYOBI 40V-X Expand-It String Trimmer with Expand-It edger

Posted by Keeping Portland Green on 06/04/2014 at 1:48 PM in Lawncare

One thing the Pacific Northwest is known for is rain. Many people believe it rains all the time here. Although it does rain a lot, it definitely does rain all the time. Generally from late October though April we have pretty steady rainfall, rarely a downpour, but more of a drizzle, but it is not everyday as many believe. This however does lead to a lot of plant growth, weeds, and grass getting very green in early spring. This requires a lot of spring cleaning of the yard. Having just acquired my new RYOBI 40V-X Expand-It String Trimmer with Expand-It edger attachment I was ready to give it a try, and get the yard looking great for spring.

Photo 1 - Trimmer and edger attachment, 40V Blower was used for cleanup when the job was done.

Photo 1 - Trimmer and edger attachment, 40V Blower was used Read more

New Home! New Tool!

Posted by First Yard Bob on 06/03/2014 at 2:31 PM in Lawncare

As a long time fan of RYOBI’s power tools, and now as a new home homeowner with no HOA to take care of the yard, I decided to put their lawn tools to the test.

Now I’m not foreign to lawn work, as a kid my father had me mowing half an acre with a push mower, trimming around the house and sidewalks, and cutting down plenty of dead branches among other chores. So after years of getting “exercise” around the house I determined that I liked riding my bike as exercise a lot more. Hence, apartment living and town homes it was. That is until now with 1.3 acres of lawn maintenance.

Having had a few shoulder issues the concept of yanking a cord to get a little noisy gas engine to turn over after 5 minutes was not Read more

Between Two Shrubs

Posted by Keeping It In Perspective on 04/24/2014 at 9:11 AM in Lawncare

“To paraphrase Oedipus, Hamlet, Lear, and all those guys, "I wish I had known this some time ago.”― Roger Zelazny, Sign of the Unicorn

I recently watched a mildly amusing movie about a young man who had the gift of time travel. Many times during the roughly 90-minute movie, the main character repeatedly revisited episodes in his past to alter a seemingly insignificant past choice, resulting in a dramatically different future life outcome.

As a designer, I’m often called to a client’s home to help rectify 20 year-old mistakes--trees growing into foundations, ungainly shrubs, poor drainage and/or nightmarishly difficult maintenance scenarios. Hindsight is wonderful.

How wonderful it would be to be a Read more