while the bottom of the blade guides the cutting action through the thatch and roots. For lawns with a lot of perime- ter or several landscape features, a dedicated gas-driven edger can be a sound investment for a pro- fessional-looking lawn. For small yards, if you don't mind the has- sle of an extension cord, then you might check into an electrical edger, which typically sells for less than the gas-driven counter- parts. Your lawn will love you for it.
After edging, the driveway perimeter looks crisp and clean.
Leading engine manufacturers are warning users of all gasoline-powered lawnmowers and other outdoor power equip- ment to be vigilant when fueling their equipment. Gasoline blends containing more than 10 percent ethanol—such as E15 and E85—should not be used. These blends, which are already available in several U.S. states, can cause permanent and irreversible damage that is not covered under warranty. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently gave approval for gas stations to start selling 15-percent ethanol- blended fuel. However, E15 is not approved for off-road engines. This includes engines found in edgers, lawnmowers, riding mowers, power washers, portable generators, weed trimmers, leaf blowers and other commonly used outdoor power equipment. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) has released the following tips to help consumers properly fuel their mowers and other equipment:
• Check your owner’s manual, which will clearly explain what fuels can be used to ensure a properly functioning product. Don’t put any fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol (E10) into small engine products, unless otherwise stated.
• Check the gas pump to be sure that it is dispensing E10. Some pumps at local gas stations may offer both E10 and E15, or have blender pumps that dispense mid-level ethanol fuels for “flex-fuel” automobiles.
• Don't be tempted by price. Higher ethanol fuel (E15) may be less expensive than regular (E10) fuel, but putting E15 into an E10-approved product could cause your equipment to fail and void its warranty.
PAY ATTENTION AT THE GAS PUMP!
By edging the driveway, we added 1-1/2 feet of usable width!