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Learn how to properly store your gas powered Stihl equipment.

John Deere provides these tips to ensure you’re getting the best cut quality and longer life from your equipment.


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  • Use nationally recognized, mid-grade unleaded gasoline with a minimum octane rating of 89 (R+M/2) or premium unleaded if the octane rating in your area is lower.
  • Fuel should contain no more than 10% ethanol (do not use E85).
  • Choose engine oils that are designed for use only in air cooled two-cycle engines, not BIA or TCW rated mix oils for watercooled engines.

From the sludge build-ups and varnish in the fuel system to dried out plastic and rubber components to lack of lubrication and overheating, stale gas and e-blends are to blame for all sorts of starting and performance issues with small engines.


Inspect houseplants that have been outdoors for insects and prepare to bring them in. Some can tolerate cool temperatures better than others and bring them in accordingly. Once placed inside, plants will adjust to lower light levels by dropping lower leaves. On Ficus (fig), leaf drop due to temperature changes can be dramatic, but is normal. Decrease the amount of fertilizer and water provided in late fall and early winter months.

Pest Patrol

Keep a close watch over your garden for any sign of pests so that you can move quickly and take action before the problem spreads out of control. On roses especially, keep an eye out for aphids and mildew. This is also a good time to reapply pepper wax or whatever you might be using to keep the deer, rabbits and other big pests away too.

Grass Care Checklist

  • When it is dry enough, mow the grass with the mower adjusted to the lowest setting. This will remove dead leaf blades to promote early greening of the lawn. The clippings should be raked off and removed.
  • Aeration can reduce compaction from winter weather so that moisture and air can be absorbed into the soil. A STIHL YARD BOSS® with the RL Lawn Aerator attachment can make this job a snap!
  • For colder climates: After the snow has melted, raking can clear off debris and thatch from the surface, exposing the soil so new seeds can germinate.
  • Need specific care tips for your lawn? Just stop by our store! We can get you started on the tools and accessories you’ll need to keep your lawn looking great.

Find out if you have a thatch problem: Dig down into your grass. A little thatch is good for your lawn. Thatch is a layer of roots and lower shoots that forms between the soil surface and the green vegetation If you find a brown mat, a half-inch thick or more, your lawn definitely needs de-thatching. That thick layer blocks water and air from getting down to the soil. It can also harbor insects and diseases. A tow-behind dethatcher will make the job of de-thatching faster and easier.

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