5 Easy Lawn Care Tips: Cleanup with STIHL BGA 100 Blower
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Last October, I had the chance to visit and tour the U.S. STIHL headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It was a wonderful experience that really enlightened me when it came to the world of outdoors. I admit I used to depend on my husband for much of the lawn and yard work. The most I would do was the lawn at our old house because it was a smaller space. Now that we have closer to 2 acres, my husband cannot maintain the space all on his own.
After learning how to actually use outdoor power equipment like power washers, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and even chainsaws I feel empowered. Just give a woman a chainsaw and some woods and watch her smile and experience all the feels.
I never in my life thought I would be able to add a chain to a chainsaw or sharpen the blade, but I learned that.
I think sometimes, us women feel like we are confined to certain roles in the house, but that is far from true. I can not only plant some beautiful flowers, but I can also shape bushes, trim trees, fertilize the lawn, and make it look nice with ease.
But, that would not be possible without STIHL, and their amazing team who took the time to let myself and a group of ladies test out all their latest battery powered (and gas) outdoor equipment.
Today, I wanted to share my 5 Easy Lawn Care Tips: Cleanup with STIHL BGA 100 Blower. Now, many of you might have a larger yard, or a smaller one. That is totally ok because STIHL has outdoor yard equipment for all shapes and sizes of yards. Their latest STIHL Lightning Battery System® is perfect for people who want convenience, power, and affordability all with the quality STIHL delivers.
We received the following battery powered STIHL items:
- BGA 100 blower: $349.95
- Extra AP 300 battery: $159.95
- MSA 160 C-BQ chain saw 12” bar: $259.95
- FSA 65 string trimmer: $209.95
- PPE Equipment & accessories.
Since STIHL products are not ship directly to consumers and must be purchased at authorized STIHL dealers. Our local place was Precision Saw & Mower Service in Warwick, RI. We were educated on how to use the tools and how to maintain them. That is the beauty of STIHL. Nothing is in their original boxes–your local dealer will educate you on how the items function. I love that about STIHL because it shows they truly care about the consumer and their product.
For our spring yard cleanup, we used the STIHL BGA 100 blower which comes with a belt which sits on the hip. It was super helpful in blowing all the twigs, leaves, and debris that cluttered our lawn and driveway. This blower might be battery powered but it packs a powerful punch and can do some serious clean up.
The BGA 100 is the most powerful handheld blower in the STIHL line-up. It is lightweight which I love, and the battery life was perfect for me to get the job done. It is really quiet as well and can be used indoors. I have used it in my garage to clean up before and it worked like a charm!!
We also received the FSA string trimmer which I will focus on more in my next post, as well as the MSA 160 C-BQ chain saw 12” bar. We had some small downed limbs and trees that we will take care of in September. Then, we will have a fall clean-up style post.
Since today is all about nature’s carpet..a.k.a the lawn I wanted to share these tips that can help give your yard or space some healthier grass!
Fertilize with an organic/natural fertilizer in early spring and late summer.
Lawn fertilizer is often overlooked by homeowners. I never used to fertilize. I was either too cheap or lazy (probably both!) to buy the fertilizer and take a few minutes to spread it over my lawn. However, once summer came, my lawn looked like hay! The grass wasn’t healthy enough to sustain itself during the high temperatures and lack of rain. Fertilizer will provide the nutrients grass needs to strengthen its root system. A strong root system will grow deeper into the soil, and have access to moisture during those super hot days.
Organic fertilizer is best because it’s often slow release. This means that it will remain in the soil longer, and slowly release nutrients. Chemical fertilizers run you the risk of over-fertilization, which will “burn” your lawn and leave it with a dead yellow appearance. Just follow the directions on the bag for the proper spreading amounts.
Don’t cut your grass too short
The overall goal for any plant is to grow to maturity and reproduce. Like most plants that require pruning, you shouldn’t remove more than 1/3 of the plant or you risk injury to the plant. Grass is no different. You should mow to a height that only removes no more than 1/3 the height of the grass blade. Removing more than that will add extra stress to the plant, and make it suseptable to death during hot months.
You should set your lawn mower to the tallest (or near tallest) setting when mowing your lawn.
This point goes along with my last point. If you wait too long between mowings, your grass will grow so long you’ll be forced to cut more than 1/3 height from the grass blade.
Mow as much as necessary to keep your yard from looking like a jungle of grass (and weeds).
Use an edger
Edging where your lawn meets a walkway or garden bed will make your yard look professionally done. Just turn a string trimmer like the FSA 65 sideways to cut a clean line that divides the lawn and the other section of yard.
Blow away grass clippings and debris
As mentioned, my newest and favorite outdoor tool is the STIHL BGA 100 Handheld Blower. It helped me to blow away all the debris out yard quickly built up over the fall/winter season. It was mainly leaves, and twigs with a few old pears mixed in (we have a giant pear tree in the front) but we were able to blow it into one space, and rake it up for our compost bin.
We also planted some fruit trees, new bushes, flowers, and laid some edgers to define our mulched in front spaces. Taking care of our yard is super important, and now I feel like I can have an integral part in maintaining it thanks to the powerful tools STIHL provided me with!
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