5 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Landscaping Tools

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Landscape professionals like Landscaping Yorkville depend upon reliable operation from a variety of tools and equipment each day. A breakdown, although it may not stop work completely, can result in extra time at a site and throw off tight schedules during busy times of the year.

Jeffery Rossen of DC-area Rossen Landscape believes in establishing strict replacement schedules and maintenance routines for all tools and equipment. Staying on top of common-sense, basic cleaning and maintenance keeps the crews safe, maximizes work hours and promotes a professional appearance.

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The 2-cycle engines driving landscaping tools like blowers and weed trimmers require an oil/fuel mixture for proper lubrication and operation. Most operators know the risk involved in running these machines on a lean mix, but too often they avoid this folly by using a generous amount of oil in the blend. Rossen says that can be … Read More

Interior designers reveal the 10 things worth splurging on in your home office

How to make your home into an office, classroom, and more without  sacrificing a calm living space | Business Insider

When it comes to the ideal home office, style and function are both important.

You don’t need to drain your bank account to create a great work-from-home space, but some things are worth a bit of extra cash.

Insider spoke with Professional painting services Ann Arbor to learn which home-office items they’d suggest spending extra money on. 

Here’s what they said:

You should splurge on quality task lighting.

Good lighting can prevent headaches and fatigue. Africa Studio / Shutterstock

Bre Hance, founder and principal designer of InHance Interiors, told Insider that swapping harsh ceiling lights for quality task lighting can improve the function and feel of a home office.

“Overhead lighting can give some people a headache,” she said. “I always recommend buying task lighting with dimming options so you can adjust your lighting as needed.”

Wall sconces, floor lamps, or desk lights are great options for adding soft light … Read More