How to Get Rid of Fleas in Yard Effectively & Fast

I haven’t met anyone who basically enjoys the presence of fleas. Have you?

Personally, I have dealt with these annoying little creatures many times and I understand why everyone would like to know effective and fast ways on how to get rid of fleas. I have tried different methods and luckily, I have found the best ones on how to eradicate them successfully.​

The aim of this article is to help all readers who are undergoing the same situation. When you follow the guidelines I am going to share with you, obvious improvements will be observed in a matter of days. I will also show you different ways to combat them, naturally and chemically.

How to Get Rid of Fleas Fast – Is that Even Possible?

Of course, it is! Science and experience can back up the effectivity of certain ways. You should, however, be ready because some ways, especially those procedures that involve chemicals can have side effects. The amount of money that you have to prepare would also be dependent on the chosen method.​

Common Mistakes

Technically speaking, when we are faced with a flea infestation, people would think that the primary victims would be our pets. Yes, they can cause irritation to the skin and even fur loss. Their presence can even harm the health of the pet owner.

The reality is not always in some degree of that case though. There are certain classifications such as flea beetle that could feed on plants like beans, corns, lettuce, potatoes. They also multiply on decorative plants and even weeds; feeding on foliage and causing holes in leaves.

Just like any other living being, fleas would like to visit and in the long run live, in places that can satisfy their needs: food and appropriate climate. If your garden is full of clutter and debris, expect their presence. They could thrive in your unmanaged compost as well.​


How to Get Rid of Fleas


What Will You Need to Follow This Tutorial

There are different ways on how you can eradicate unwanted fleas: natural or chemical.

  1. Water, lots of water.
  2. Weed removal tool.
  3. Rakes or mowers
  4. Plants that can combat fleas
  5. Beneficial nematodes or insects for fleas
  6. Flea treatment for the yard home depot
  7. Lighter or fumigating equipment depending on the chemical used
  8. Personal protective equipment such as gloves, eye gear, and masks​

Step by Step Instructions


Natural Remedies

Step 1: Assess your Garden.

Fleas love to stay in shaded areas. This would include you unmanaged compost and your unkempt lawn. Assess the problem area. Most of the time, you will detect numerous fleas from compost hay and mulches. You can also see them in pots and anywhere cool because they don’t like sun exposure.

Figure 1: Photo Credit: High Plains Buzz

Step 2: Clean Your Garden.

Using your movers or rakes, and your best weed removal tool, remove all clutters in your garden. Uproot weeds. Also, take away dried leaves, seeds, flowers and rotten fruits on the ground.

Make sure you mix your compost regularly so as to aerate them properly. Wash your infested pots to get rid of pets. If you do not do this, chances are you will not only deal with fleas in the future but many other pests as well.

Step 3: Flood The Affected Parts of Your Garden.

This is crazy: I was able to spend lots of money before I discovered that the eggs of these fleas do not survive in the presence of water! Yes, just your plain, ordinary water! All you have to do is to flood infested areas and these eggs and larvae won’t hatch or grow.

Don’t want to believe me? Check out FleaScience.

You may either directly wash the plants with lots of water from a pail, or you may use a garden hose to save time and effort.

Step 4: Create Barriers

Physical barriers are highly recommended for organic farms. They are not only natural; they are also very affordable compared to biochemical pest control.

You may cover your plants with screens or produce row covers that float.

Pro Tip: Please do not forget to remove your barriers especially the covers before the flowering stage. You need to expose these plants so that they can be pollinated by other insects.

Another barrier which you can use is a trap crop. This may take time, yes, but it is as effective as the others. You will have to plant crops like radish that will serve as a trap. Once it sprouts, fleas will be attracted to it and eat it. As you see them invading the crop, simply harvest the entire plant.

PRO TIP: These barriers can also beautify your garden if you paint and decorate them. Just make sure you use eco-friendly paints especially if you’re caring for organic plants.

Step 5: Place Plants that Can Shoo or Kill Fleas

There are many options to choose from. Planting Citronella and Eucalyptus is like hitting two birds with one stone. Citronella does not only repel fleas, it also keeps mosquitoes away. Eucalyptus is a very beneficial herbal plant. It prevents inflammation, spasm, and congestion to note only a few of its uses.

You may also grow Pennyroyal, Sweet Bay, Tansy, and Wormwood.

Unfortunately, some areas do not have certain plants but you should not worry. Ask your nearest arborist for any recommendation. You can also check the internet for options. Just make sure that the plant you choose is compatible to your area’s weather and soil’s characteristic.

Step 6: Place beneficial Nematodes or Insects for Fleas

One very famous enemy of fleas in all life stages is the Steinerma carpocapsae. You read that right; this tiny parasite can kill adult fleas as well as their larvae and pupa. They can attack in soil and in grass. Wonderful isn’t it?

Using your favorite bug spray, spray infested plants with your nematode solution. It is also wise to spray on the houses of your animals. Go ahead and spray on your porches, grass, kennels, and areas where your pets would normally crawl.

Clean and maintain the garden regularly. Make sure that your irrigating system is properly working. You may refer to the first three steps on this guide.

If properly applied, you can see that almost 100% of the larvae are gone within a day! Compared to the previous steps, if you want super-fast technique on how to get rid of fleas, this can be your best bet. On top of that, there is also a guaranteed long-term effect.

You can also use Microctonus vittatae, a wasp in the east part of US. It kills adult wasps and prevents female fleas from reproducing.​


Chemical Remedies

Step 1: Assess the Products Available in Market

You can either make use of flea bombs or chemical sprays to kill plants. Check the contents of the product; does it have tetramethrin, methoprene, cypermethrin, permethrin or nylar? These are effective yet dangerous chemicals included in these pest control items.

There are some pest control products that can be mixed in plain water, others must be concentrated. Others are in paste form, some in liquids or solids. Do some background research to ensure that you would not be wasting your money in expensive futile procedures.

Step 2: Make Sure You Wear Proper Protective Equipment

Again, let me reiterate that the product can be harmful to health. Prepare gears that can protect your eyes and wear a mask.

It is best to use flea bombs when no one is in the house. The chemicals in the product can cause respiratory problems or skin irritations. Your pets should also be away from the area.

Step 3: Spray or Light Up the Flea Bomb according to Manufacturer’s Instruction

There are different ways on how to use a product. Ensure that you read it and follow it properly. Other flea bombs might need fumigating equipment. This might require expert handling. If you are unsure, ask someone who is familiar with it to guide you.

Some minute foggers will just need lighters. Make sure that there are no fire hazards close to you. Check if there are flammable substances, oxygen tanks or gas stoves that are open or leaking. You do not want to blow the entire house just to get rid of fleas, do you?

You may check this video I saw from YouTube 

Conclusion

In no way, fleas are actually beneficial to our plants, our pets or to us. Luckily, there are so many ways to eradicate them. This article will serve as your multi-guide when dealing with these harmful pets.

If you choose to use DIY products, make sure you conduct a thorough study first. If unsure, you can always contact the most convenient pest control company in your place. The bottom line is I do not want you to waste your hard-earned money in unsuccessful methods.

We hope you enjoyed our discussion. Bookmark this, and share it with your friends and families as we offered a lot of varied methods on how to get rid of fleas.

Please feel free to type your questions, comments and even recommendations. We would love to hear from you!

Best Hydroponic Nutrients 2017 – Reviews and Buyer’ Guide

Editor's Choice

Do you need to go through several bags of fertilizer to get the world’s best hydroponic nutrients?

Not really, but you will need a good idea on what to look out for. Some plants may require specific nutrients, but for the most part and at the first stages of growth, there will be little to no distinction.

These are some of the most potent hydroponics nutrients for various plants. You can also use them for other mediums, but on differing frequency.

Hydroponic Fertilizer For Your Patch

No

Brand

Nature

Form

#1

General Hydroponics Flora Grow  (Editor's Choice)

Synthetic

Liquid

#2

General Hydroponics General Organics

Organic

Solid

#3

Lettuce Greens and Herbs Hydroponic Nutrients

Blend

Solid

#4

General Hydroponics Maxigro

Synthetic

Solid

#5

Pure Blend Pro Grow

Synthetic

Liquid


#1 - General Hydroponics Flora Grow – Best For Growth And Bloom Cycles

Chapin 1002 48-Ounce Hand Sprayer For Multi-purpose Use

Note that this solution can be too strong as it is ideal for both soil and hydroponic systems. As such, it can damage plants if used the wrong way. Ensure to follow the instructions to the letter to avoid damaging plants.

While most companies will price singular products for each growth cycle, General Hydroponics sells this nutrient solution in a three-pack deal that covers all three main periods. More importantly, each of them is balanced to meet that stage’s requirements.

The labels tell you of the components and ratios, and even go on to stipulate how much you should use. You may need to apply your discretion here, as many reviewers note that they had to use less than was advised. Again noting that this solution is quite strong, you may need to observe and adjust accordingly.

This pack contains the required blend of macro and micronutrients, and each of the three products is meant for a certain growth cycle. Reviewers have noted that they are quite strong, almost too strong if you venture a little out of the required measurements.

Naturally, a three-pack is cheaper than individual products. The Trio’s shelf life (when opened) is longer than a year, as long you store it according to instructions.

It is easy to apply: once for the first three weeks, then progressively as your plants enter the next growth cycle. Everything is in the manual.

What we like:

  • A little goes a long way.
  • These products are cheap.
  • It has a pH of between 5.5 and 6.5

    What we don't like:

    • Too strong and will damage plants if you use too much.
    • The manual cold be more detailed.

    #2-General Hydroponics General Organics-Organic Nutrients For Fast Absorption

    Chapin 1002 48-Ounce Hand Sprayer For Multi-purpose Use

    You will have to endure the foul smell (think compost).Well, but is not too and that you cannot stand it, but it takes some getting used to. It gets the job done, though.

    General Hydroponics have this pack of organic nutrients for those who prefer them to the synthetic kind. There was talk of organic nutrients damaging hydroponic systems, but there is no evidence if this yet. More companies are venturing into organics.

    This six-pack contains nutrients for the various levels of growth. Right when you plant, use Grow, Root, and Seaweed for strength until plants establish their stems. The manual directs on the frequency of usage, and most reviewers recommend twice a week.

    CalMag, Marine, and Bud are ideal for blooming and flowering. You will need to mix the all up in a container before adding them to your mixture (for the best results).

    The downside to these products is that you will need to use the whole lot of them every time, and they will need a thorough mix. Tedious, but worth the effort according to users.

    The company says that the product is 100% organic, although they have said nothing about it being OMRI listed.

    Worth noting is the fact that this solution is easy on plants, and you can go over the recommended dose without damaging plants. It also has the ideal ratio of macro and micro elements.

    What we like:

    • It has some organic elements.
    • Has the ideal pH for most plants.
    • Quite cheap.

      What we don't like:

      • You will need to use more for efficiency.
      • It needs thorough mixing.

      #3 - Lettuce Greens and Herbs Hydroponic Nutrients-Best Hydroponic Nutrients For Vegetables

      Chapin 1002 48-Ounce Hand Sprayer For Multi-purpose Use

      Good as it is for vegetables, it is in solid form, and so you will have to put in some work mixing it all together.

      While most nutrients are multi-user, and hence ideal for all plants, this brand caters to vegetables and herbs. Why does that matter? Because vegetables are unique in their composition, and they will need for a unique set of nutrients.

      This nutrient pack is solid, and so you will need to pre-mix it thoroughly, as well as stabilize your water’s PH before use (by leaving it to set overnight).

      This pack contains five macronutrients: magnesium, calcium, potassium, nitrogen, and phosphorus. The manufacturer says it also has six micronutrients that go from Grow to Bloom.

      The NPK ratio for an 185mg/L pack is 24:6:25. The package comes with a measuring cup and instructions for use, but you will need to get a pH adjuster for it (preferably phosphoric acid).

      Because these hydroponics nutrients are complete, there is no need to add any other component when prepping the solution.

      Cost-wise, we find this product n the higher side, considering that you have to use it every day to get the desired results. The upside is that vegetables experience explosive growth. It is not too strong to ruin plants, and so you can adjust your measurements as you suit.

      What we like:

      • Ideally suited for vegetables.
      • It has all nutrients (macros and micro).
      • It will not damage crops even when you use more than recommended.

        What we don't like:

        • The daily preparation process is tedious.
        • You will have to figure out how much to use.

        #4 - General Hydroponics Maxigro - Best Hydroponic Nutrients For Tomatoes

        Chapin 1002 48-Ounce Hand Sprayer For Multi-purpose Use

        Sadly, it brings your solution's pH down. It can go as low as 3.2, and so you will need to boost it back to normal levels. Luckily, there are several pH stabilizers on the market.

        General Hydroponics Maxigro has the ideal nutrient composition for a vegetable garden. It boosts roots in cherry tomatoes, chilies, cucumbers, and practically every little gardening plant.

        It comes with a measuring spoon for effect, and the manufacturer has given instructions on quantity. Now, this product is primarily meant to grow roots and establish some base for your plants. You will need to buy a different product to move it to flowering.

        Is it cheap? Not really, seeing that it is mainly a vegetative agent. A little goes a long way, though.

        General Hydroponics Maxigro is in solid form, and you will need to mix a little each morning for your hydroponics solution. Though tedious, it saves you the handling fees you would have paid for the liquid product and the hassles of storage.

        The NKP ratio is 10:5:14, and the label says it contains a host of micronutrients. Well, the nutrients are synthetic, and so the plant absorbs them pretty fast (hence the explosive root growth), and hence the high ratios.

        What we like:

        • Effective because roots shoot almost immediately.
        • Nutrients are well balanced.
        • Does well with tomatoes.

          What we don't like:

          • A bit expensive.
          • It will need a pH stabilizer.

          #5 - Pure Blend Pro Grow - Best Hydroponic Nutrients For Strawberries

          Chapin 1002 48-Ounce Hand Sprayer For Multi-purpose Use

          It works well for the vegetative cycle, but you will need to mix it with a flowering stimulator when you move to the boom period. Good thing it is in liquid form, and so you do not have to mix it beforehand.

          Strawberries are sensitive, and so they will need delicate handling. They need a pH of between 5.5-6.0, b you can push it to 6.5, and they’d still survive. The nutrient composition is also very particular, as is the atmospheric requirement.

          This nutrient solution attempts to get to those levels, with an NPK ratio of 3-1.5-4. The manufacturer indicates that the solution has all the required macro elements. It also has amino acids and 72 traces of micronutrients that add value to hydroponics.

          You will only use it once a week in your hydroponic solution. Depending on the water you use, you may need to boost the levels of your solution’s pH. Fr the best results, use water filtered using reverse osmosis.

          What we like:

          • Cheap as it sells by the gallon.
          • It boosts root development to give plants a good base.
          • It has the ideal blend of macros and micros.

            What we don't like:

            • It lowers the pH of your solution.
            • It is not an organic product, and so too much of it will do more harm than good.

            pH Testing Accessory

            Your medium will need to be the perfect balance in pH so that plants can thrive. This is certainly going to be a challenge with hard water. Most manufacturers advise using filtered or even distilled water, and especially purified using reverse osmosis, and so you will need a pH tester to be sure that you have the right balance.

            pH levels vary from plant to plant, but hardly will they go below 5.5 or higher than 7.5.​

            pH Test Liquid

            This pretty affordable liquid measures levels ranging from 4.0 to about 10.0 for clear liquids. You will only need to pour a few drops of the solution into your medium and compare the results with the color chart that comes with it.

            The liquid (in a squeezable bottle) is only 15ml, but a little goes a long way. The color may not always match what is on the chart, but it will come close enough to give you a clear indication.

            Building Blocks Of An Ideal Hydroponics Solution​

            Because hydroponic systems involve growing food without soil, (the common medium of nutrient transfer), you will need to provide nitrogen, phosphorous, and any other nutrients through water. Your chosen nutrient solution will need to encapsulate all these without overwhelming the plant.

            What nutrients do plants need? Primarily, macro and micronutrients.

            For macronutrients, you have nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium.​

            • Nitrogen (N)​

              Nitrogen is the core of any plant, seeing that it is responsible for leaf production. You know that there is no chlorophyll synthesis without green leaves. Telltale signs of a nitrogen deficiency include yellowing leaves and stunted growth.​
            • Phosphorus (P)​

              Phosphorous is responsible for the proper development of roots, stems, flowers, and practically everything that helps your plant yield.
              Naturally, plants will need more of this nutrient during flowering, but they will still need a constant supply throughout all growth stages.
              What tells you when phosphorous is lacking? Poor stem development, roots will be weak, and they may not even get to flowering.​
            • Potassium (K)​

              Potassium synthesizes proteins and carbohydrates, and so it will be needed from the very early stages of development. It also plays a small role in the development of flowers and roots.​

            Micronutrients

            Macros alone will not get the job done. Your ideal solution will include magnesium, zinc, sulfur, iron, copper, calcium, and boron. Each of them plays a major role in the development of plants and ensures that your patch of hydroponics reaches maturity.​

            Ideal Ratios of Macro Nutrients

            In the initial stages of growth, a plant will need more potassium for healthy development. So, the ratio of Nitrogen to Potassium should be 1:1, to keep the plant in vegetative growth.

            During bloom, the plant will now require a significant amount of phosphorus to flower, but also a constant amount of Nitrogen to be complete. The ideal ratio at bloom will be N:P:K =1:1:2.​

            Before Buying Hydroponic Nutrients, Consider These Factors

            #1 - Nutrient Composition

            You want all the macro and micronutrients present to give the best to your plant. Having the ideal balance is not enough, but you also want to have them in the ideal composition. The N-P-K ratio, (Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium) will be on the package to let you know whether the nutrients are ideal for that stage of growth. (1)​

            #2 - Organic Or Synthetic?

            Organic fertilizers work best on soil since the nutrients are sent into the medium (soil) and drained (not reused). The same cannot be said of hydroponics, where water stagnates, and organic matter may clog the systems.

            Tests are being done to introduce organic nutrients to hydroponics, but synthetic is the best option at the moment. The nutrients are broken down easily and availed to the plants sooner. In the same vein, the N-P-K ratio of synthetic nutrients is higher than that in organics.

            #3 - What Is Your Budget?

            Well, as subjective as this topic is, you should always shop around for price comparison. As long as your preferred product contains all the required nutrients, you will not need to spend your last dime on the biggest name.

            #4 - pH Level Of Nutrient Solution

            PH, the measure of alkalinity and acidity, will determine the ability of a plant to absorb minerals and nutrients it requires for healthy growth. Too much of it will damage the plant, and too little will lead to stunted growth and eventual death.

            Although the requirements differ from plant to plant, most will require a slightly acidic environment to grow at their best, and so levels between 5.8 and 6.2 are ideal. However, you can still push it to the 5.0 and 7.0 ranges without affecting growth.

            #5 - Powdered Or Liquid?

            Hydroponics nutrients often come in either of the two. Powdered nutrients need to be dissolved fully into water before they are used. They lack pH buffers at times, a quality that makes them unpopular.

            Most liquid nutrients, on the other hand, come with pH buffers, so you don’t have to tame the pH of your water. You will only need to add the solution to water and proceed.

            The Best Hydroponic Nutrients For Vegetables and Fruits

            Name

            Best Overall

            2nd

            3rd

            4th

            5th

            Product

            General Hydroponics Flora Grow (Combo)

            General Organics Go Box

            Greens and Herbs Hydroponic Nutrients

            General Hydroponics MaxiGro

            Pure Blend Pro Grow

            Brand

            General Hydroponics

            General Hydroponics

            5Gallon Bucket

            General Hydroponics

            Botanicare

            Growth Cycle

            Synthetic

            Organic

            Blend

            Synthetic

            Synthetic

            Get it Here

            And The Winner Is …

            Liquid hydroponic fertilizers are still the best because they minimize the work you have to do. You will only need to test your water’s pH and then mix as per the directions. Additionally, synthetic solutions absorb faster into the plant and produce results in only a short while.

            General Hydroponics Flora Grow not only comes in a Trio, which takes your plants from growth to bloom, but it is also reasonably priced. Just a little goes a long way! Its composition of macro and micronutrients alike makes it a winner.​

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            5 Best Chainsaw Chain Reviews and Buyer’s Guide 2017

            We may not agree on so much but, you’ll agree with us on this:

            Sharpening a chainsaw chain whenever it becomes blunt is tiring and well, however much efforts you throw in, the chain won’t be as efficient as it was after you bought it; right?

            Having gone through the hassle of buying chainsaw chain sharpeners and looking around for the best price saw chains, we had to enlighten you. Finding the RIGHT chain for your chainsaw is incredibly difficult.

            However, with our unbiased review, which took us hours as we scoured the internet, we have a list of the five best chainsaw chains which you can order today.

            2017’s Reviews of The Best Chainsaw Chains  

            Product

            Weights

            Our Rating

            Oregon S56  (Editor's Choice)

            0.4 Pounds

            Oregon S62

            0.35 Pounds

            Husqvarna 531300439

            0.6 Pounds

            Black & Decker RC800

            0.4 Pounds

            GreenWorks 29072

            0.3 Pounds

            Chainsaw Chain Reviews at a glance

            Oregon S56 is compatible with Craftsman, Echo, Homelite, Poulan, Remington, and Husqvarna chainsaws. It also has a low kick back and cuts fast and smoothly.

            Oregon S62 is compatible with Poulan Pro as well and a look at it reveals a low weight and a high-performance chain.

            Husqvarna 531300439 works well for Husqvarna chainsaws and a perfect chainsaw chain replacement. Unfortunately, it may come off when working under high heat.

            Black & Decker RC800 is easy to store and carry around and it is the perfect replacement chain for black & Decker pole chainsaw.

            GreenWorks 29072 is compatible with most 8-inch chainsaws around. It works perfectly for corded and cordless electric chainsaws.

            #1 - Oregon S56 16-Inch Semi Chisel Chain Saw Chain Fits Craftsman, Echo, Homelite, Poulan, and Remington

            Oregon S56

            Whether you consider yourself an economist or not, you just know that when buying a chainsaw chain, it has to fit at least one chainsaw brand. As it turns out, my first mistake was picking a brand-specific chainsaw chain. Of course, we can all laugh at that now having learned from my mistake.

            Moving forward, I had to find a chain that suits more than one chainsaw chain, and that is when I stumbled upon the Oregon S56 16-Inch Semi Chisel Chain Saw Chain which fits Craftsman, Echo, Homelite, Poulan, and Remington brands.

            Besides the versatility, the chain is hard-treated, and it is a hard chromed cutter chain. This unique cutter design allows for precision cutting, and it cuts smoothly and fast. The other favorite feature of this chain is the fact that while allowing you to cut firewood quickly, the notched bumper drive link makes for a minimum kickback and good chip flow.

            Its engineering adheres to high-performance, safety, and reliable quality. The high-performance results from the twin corners of this cutter. Thanks to technological advancements, you might also like the toughness and the sharpness of this cutter.

            This S56 chain also has four symmetrical tie straps which simplify the joining of the chain loops.

            What don’t we like about this chainsaw chain?

            It doesn’t work with the WORX chainsaw.

            What we like:

            • The notched bumper drive link reduces kickback when sawing
            • This Oregon semi chisel chainsaw chain is compatible with Craftsman, Echo, Homelite, Poulan, Husqvarna, Stihl, and Remington chainsaw chains
            • It has a good chip flow and a smooth cutting action.
            • This Oregon S56 16-Inch Semi Chisel Chain Saw Chain meets the ANSI Standards as well as the Is UL Classified Standards.

              What we don't like:

              • It is not compatible with the WORX chainsaw or the Poulan Model 966-051601.

              #2 - Husqvarna 531300439 18-Inch  - (Great Cut and Good Price)

              Husqvarna 531300439

              My yard requires a lot of work from moving to trimming the hedges and Husqvarna are my favorite. From their mowers to their chainsaws, you might join me in agreeing that their products are the best.

              Their chainsaw chain is efficient and it is a perfect fit for 41, 45, 49, 51, 55, 336, 339XP, 340, 345, 346 XP, 350, 351, 353, 435, 440, 445 and 450e Husqvarna chainsaws.

              This pixel chainsaw chain has a .325-inch and a .050-inch gauge making it an ideal chain for professional users with very demanding job conditions. This chain is also a low-vibration chain, and this enhances its performance. It is lightweight weighing a mere 9.6 ounces, and it is quickly set up.

              Unfortunately, it seems like this chain doesn’t fit a 55 chainsaw as listed in the description. Also, the chain came off when the chainsaw heats up; this isn’t a personal favorite feature.

              What we like:

              • This saw is well-priced for Husqvarna equipment
              • It is very sharp and cuts fast
              • It is compatible with various Husqvarna chainsaws.
              • It has a high-quality anti-kickback and a low vibration enhancing comfort when cutting.

                What we don't like:

                • The chain may come off as the saw heats up when using it.
                • Frequent use means that the chain wears and stretches prematurely. You may consider soaking it in gear oil before installing it.

                #3 - Black & Decker RC800  – Best Price

                Black & Decker RC800
                Black & Decker RC800

                Though this chainsaw chain isn’t compatible with other chainsaw brands, it is compatible with Black & Decker’s cordless  chainsaw models CCS818 and NPP2018 models.

                The chain measures 8.0 inches and weighs 3.0 pounds and is a favorite chain to replace a dull chain. It is compact and lightweight for easy storage. This chain effectively handles most of your yard cleanups as well as maintenance projects.

                Unfortunately, this affordable chain doesn’t fit more chainsaw brands, and the battery runs out too fast.

                What we like:

                • The 8-inch length enhances its performance and makes the chain more durable.
                • It is very affordable, and its purchase is more efficient compared to sharpening an old chain all the time.
                • It is lightweight and easy to install on the Black & Decker Pole Saw
                • It fits a 20-volt pole saw as well as the 18-volt pole saw.

                  What we don't like:

                  • The battery runs out too fast
                  • It doesn’t fit other brands other than Black & Decker.

                  #4 - GreenWorks 29072  - Compatible with all GreenWorks Pole saw bar 29062

                  GreenWorks 29072

                  If you are looking for a GreenWorks compatible chainsaw chain, then this is your best product. It might be the most genuine replacement part on the market for GreenWorks. The 8-inch steel pole chainsaw chain is compatible with 20192, 20302, 20352, 20672 models. It is, therefore, the ideal match for GreenWorks electric corded and the cordless pole saws.

                  This chain weighs a mere 4.8 ounces and is my favorite chainsaw accessory for my patio, garden, and the lawn. The price could be lower though

                  What we like:

                  • Works well with the GreenWorks Pole chainsaw and has a low kickback
                  • It is compatible with most GreenWorks chainsaws, corded or cordless
                  • It is small and uncommon in the market
                  • It is sharp and cuts through timber easily.
                  • It works just like the original

                    What we don't like:

                    • It becomes dull when cutting on areas with dirt

                    #5 - Oregon S62 18-Inch Semi Chisel Chain Saw Chain Fits Craftsman, Homelite, and Poulan

                    Oregon S62

                    The Oregon S62 18-Inch Semi Chisel Chain Saw Chain is a semi chisel chainsaw chain that allows for precision cutting. It is heat-treated, and it’s a hard chromed cutter chain uniquely designed to cut quickly and smoothly with a minimum kickback.

                    The low kickback results from its notched bumper drive link on this 91VG chainsaw chain as well as the ramp-shaped depth gauges. The gauges do not affect the performance of the chain. It comes with 18-inch drive links, a 62 pitch, a 3/8" Gauge and 0.050-inch Chain Type fitting Homelite, Poulan, Poulan Pro, and Craftsman chainsaw brands.

                    The effectiveness of this chain is the result of the advanced grind geometry and its out-of-box sharpness. These features also lead to its high cutting speed. The bumper tie straps with slots that deliver low-kickback performance LubriLink tie straps that keep oil where it is needed.

                    The LubriWell oil holes carry oil throughout the length of the chain and the guide bars’ groove Vibe-Ban chassis design reducing vibrations by up to 25%. This low-kickback is the reason why the chain meets the performance requirements of the ANSI B175.1 (USA).​

                    The bad thing with this replacement chainsaw chain is the fact that if it hits the dirt and you have to sharpen it, it loses its edge. You will have to replace it once it becomes blunt or once it calls for more frequent sharpening.

                    What we like:

                    • It has a low kickback from the notched bumper drive link as well as bumper tie straps.
                    • Relatively cheap meaning that replacement of the chain is better than sharpening it.
                    • It works well
                    • It is sharp and cuts quickly when new.

                      What we don't like:

                      • It loses it sharpness after few uses
                      • The new chainsaw chain is rather specific to the chainsaw you use. Only works for Poulan, Craftsman, and Homelite when the chainsaw specifications match.
                      • Wears off unevenly

                      Reviews and Comparisons of The Best Chainsaw Chains

                      Rankings

                      1st

                      2nd

                      3rd

                      4th

                      5th

                      Top Rated Best chainsaw chains Brand 2017

                      Name

                      Oregon S56

                      Oregon S62

                      Husqvarna 531300439

                      Black & Decker RC800

                      GreenWorks 29072

                      Pitch

                      3/8ths Inch Pitch

                      3/8ths Inch Pitch

                      0.325 Inch Pitch

                      3/8ths Inch Pitch

                      3/8ths Inch Pitch

                      Gauge

                      0.050 Inch Gauge

                      0.050 Inch Gauge

                      0.050 Inch Gauge

                      0.050 Inch Gauge

                      .5 Inch Gauge

                      Length

                      16-Inch

                      18-Inch

                      18-Inch

                      8-Inch

                      8-inch

                      Kickback

                      Low

                      Low

                      Low

                      Low

                      Low

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                      How Do You Buy the Best Chainsaw Chain?

                      As mentioned above, with all the issues that surround some chains, you cannot trivialize the purchase requirements. As we searched for the best replacement chain for our chainsaw, we noted that the following factors required some thought.

                      Take a look:

                      The type of chain​

                      There are four main types of chains including chisel, semi-chisel, skip chisel and chipper chains

                      Chisel chains

                      These have square cornered teeth, and they are the fastest in cutting. Among these four types of chains, chisel chains have the highest number of teeth making them the quickest saws with the smoothest cuts. Most domestic chainsaws have these chains.

                      Semi-chisel chains

                      These chains have rounded cornered teeth, but the number is less than that of teeth on a full chisel chain. While half of the teeth are close together, the other half is spread apart meaning that this chain will cut at a lower speed compared to the full chisel chainsaw. It’s 10 percent slower to be precise.

                      The upside of a semi-chisel chain is that it retains its sharpness for a longer duration. At the same time, they don’t become dull too fast when they hit dirt making them the best chains for cutting tree stumps, hardwood, and frozen wood.

                      Skip chisel chains

                      Compares to semi-chisel chains, skip chisel chains have the least number of teeth and are the perfect choice for making bigger cuts as they work well with the big bars. A skip chisel chain is suitable for tree felling because of the need for the chain to carry the wood chips over long distances before spitting them out.

                      The bigger spaces between the teeth make this possible. Even though they cut slowly, they retain their sharpness longer than other chisel chains, they are versatile, and they work well in the dirt. The other two downsides of the skip chisel chains are the high kick-back risks and the strong vibrations.

                      Chipper chains

                      They are almost similar to the semi-chisel chains save for the size of the radius at the working corner. In cross section, the chipper’s tooth looks like a question mark with a full radius over the whole cutting portion of the tooth.​

                      Which one do you choose between these four types of chains? Well, it depends on the purpose. However, since we think that you are looking for a non-professional chain for your gardening, a chisel chain is advisable. Though it loses its sharpness and dulls fast, it works fast.

                      Performance

                      While we always consider the performance capabilities of the chainsaw, we often forget that the performance of the saw lies on the chain. This means that the new or the replacement chain must be of a high quality and capable of offering efficient performance.​

                      A poor quality chain results in overheating, inefficiency in performance, production of more dust – even if the chainsaw has an efficient cleaning system, and finally, a bad chain labors and eventually destroys the chainsaw.

                      Safety

                      A good chainsaw doesn’t put your life in danger whether it is new or old. It should have a design that makes sure the chain fits perfectly whether it is a new one or a replacement chain. One way of abating danger when you feel like the chain is problematic is by sharpening the chain.

                      Unfortunately, this is often a temporary solution, and you’ll need to replace the chain sooner than you think.

                      Versatility

                      The best chains work for more than one chainsaw brand. Even though the chains come in different designs, today, brands look at satisfaction across the board. Therefore, you’ll come across various chainsaw chains which work well for more than the designer’s chainsaw brand.

                      The chain’s gauge

                      The gauge of the saw refers to the thickness of the chain’s drive links. Most gauges range from .05 inches to .063 inches. When looking at the gauge, ensure that it matches the gauge on the chainsaw’s guide bar. If the gauge is too thick, it will not fit and, if it is too thin, it will slip sideways out of the edge slot.

                      The length

                      This is the number of drive links. You’ll come across chains with 52, 55, 62 drive links, etc. In most cases, the drive links determine the chain’s and the chainsaw’s kickback.

                      The pitch

                      The pitch is the average distance between two rivets. No rivets have the same measurements or distance apart, and therefore, you calculate the pitch by measuring the distance between any three rivets then dividing that by 2. For most chains, the pitch ranges from .325, .404, or .375.

                      Desired smoothness

                      If you are looking for the smoothest cut surface, you may want to get a chainsaw chain with full chisel-shaped teeth. The closeness of the teeth also results in the production of an even cut with powder-fine sawdust.

                      That said, we already know that the chain will wear off after a few uses. However, how do you ensure that you get value for your money after purchase? In as much as it will need replacement, how do you extend the time between two chain replacements?

                      Sharpening

                      Sharpness is important, but it is lost fast depending on the kind of teeth on the chain. Full-chisel chains require sharpening much more frequently compared to skip chisel chains. You may, therefore, consider getting one of the best sharpening kits on the market.

                      Lubrication

                      Though important, it's hard to maintain lubrication when the chain moves at high speed. You need to have chain oil which compensates the oil lost as you saw away. The chain oil compensates by the inclusion of a special additive which keeps oil on the chain despite the high sawing speed.

                      Use of chain covers

                      As long as the chain is sharp, or even when it isn’t, it can cause injuries even if it isn’t moving. You should consider getting a plastic scabbard to cover it when transporting it or when storing it.

                      Conclusion

                      As you’ll notice, there are many replacement chainsaw chains on the market, and the search can get confusing. However, with our review of the five best chainsaw chains, you should be in a position to make a decision.

                      Perhaps you are wondering – which is your favorite? Well, we shall oblige. The Oregon S56 is our best chain because it is compatible with other chainsaw brands such as Craftsman, Echo, Homelite, Poulan, Husqvarna, and Remington saw Brands.​

                      Besides compatibility, this chain has a low kickback thanks to its notched bumperdrive link. Sawing with this chain leaves smooth cuts, it cuts quickly too. This chain is ANSI certified.

                      Which chainsaw chain will work best for your chain?

                      Safety First: 6 Ways To Keep Pests and Predators Out Of Your Garden

                      Predators have a nasty way of finding their way into your garden and eating your food. Even worse, they may attack animals that may be beneficial to the health of your garden.

                      If your garden is used to supplement your food supply, you can't afford to let vermin like this affect your home. That's why it is important to find ways to keep predators out of your garden for good.

                      The following methods are just a few ways you can do that. Some are non-lethal and will avoid killing any animals. Others are lethal. Whichever method you choose, make sure to commit to it fully.

                      However, you should also be adaptable enough to try a new procedure in case the one you chose isn't working. In this way, you can keep your garden safe.

                      1. Add a Fence Around Your Garden

                      The most obvious way to keep animals out of your garden is to build a fence around it. This fence should be able to keep out large animals, like deer, and even smaller ones like rabbits.

                      What kind of fence should you build? A metal fence with a wire mesh is your best bet. Wooden fences are more decorative but will allow in smaller animals more easily.

                      It's also a good idea to add a small cement trench around the borders of your garden to make it impossible for animals to dig under the fence. Animals like rabbits and even dogs will try to make their way under the barrier and eat your plants.

                      The cement should go no more than a foot or so down. That depth gives the roots of your garden plants room to grow.

                      2. Raising Garden Beds

                      Small animals are often easily deterred from invading your garden by raising the bed. A raised bed involves placing your food and plant items in a large container and raising it above the ground. Doing so will take it out of the reach of hungry garden pests.

                      Think of it like placing your items in a flower pot but on a larger scale. Raising it a little above the ground makes it impossible for rabbits and other small invaders to attack your garden. As a result, they won't be able to dig and chew on your plants.

                      Even better, it can protect it from pests like slugs and snails. Slugs can't climb a steep garden bed like this, making it possible to keep them out of your garden for good. An 18-inch border or lift should be more than enough to keep most animals out of your food.

                      3. Repelling Sprays

                      While many pesticides can be used to keep slugs and other pests out of your garden, these will have limited effect on larger predators.

                      However, repelling sprays can be applied to your garden to drive away animals. Many of these products are available in local garden stores, and each is designed to drive away specific animal types and species.

                      As a result, make sure you identify which animals are invading your garden. Then, apply the repelling spray to your plants. Smells, such as fermented salmon, are a popular way to drive away animals. Fish scents like this are unusual and pungent for animals in your garden.

                      Wolf urine is also used in areas where these predators threaten the lives of garden-dwelling creatures. Avoid spraying items like this directly on your plants. Instead, apply them around the perimeter of the garden to drive away your pests.

                      4. Take Arms

                      If you have the stomach to kill animals and clean them up from your garden, firearms can be a great choice. This method will ensure that the predators invading your garden never return.

                      The type of gun you should use will vary depending on the predators. A .22 should be more than enough for most small predators and even animals like coyotes. Make sure to fit it with a scope to improve its precision.

                      Some garden owners will use firearms as powerful as shotguns to protect their garden. That is probably not a wise decision if you are using buckshot. Using this ammo is problematic because of its wider pellet spread.

                      You may be likely to damage your plants and food by using a hunting rifle. However, they can be an excellent choice if you are trying to take care of a predator on the run. Check out this article at Gun News Daily to get a better feel for hunting rifles that also work for home defense.

                      5. Pet Deterrents

                      If you have cats or dogs as pets, they can be a useful way of keeping your garden free from invaders. Dogs will chase away rabbits and other types of small game. Some dogs, such as dachshunds and beagles, may even kill the pests if they can catch them.

                      Cats are ideal for killing birds and other animals in your yard. Make sure your pets are acclimated to being outside for extended periods of time. Also, make sure they know to keep out of any roads that are nearby.

                      Talk to an animal trainer about finding ways to train your dogs to seek out and hunt these animals. In fact, it is possible to train your pet to keep vigilant watch over a particular area. Cats aren't as open to being taught in this way, but they will naturally find pests living areas and kill them.

                      If leaving any pet outside to guard your garden for extended periods of time, make sure they have water and a source of food. This act is of particular importance if you plan on being out of town at any point.

                      6. Attract Other Predators

                      Another great way to keep garden predators out of your garden is to attract other predators that will attack them. For example, Gardeners.com suggests finding ways to attract birds of prey to your yard.

                      Birds such as eagles, hawks, and owls will eat many of pests bothering your garden. They are naturally drawn to attacking the very pests that look to damage your garden. Owls are particularly significant here because they are attracted to eating animals like gophers.

                      How can you attract these animals to your yard? You should put up safe areas to nest and houses for each bird. Birds of prey are always looking for nests, and placing bird houses near your garden can attract them there. We suggest owls over any hawks because they are less problematic to your small animals and any pets you may own.

                      For example, hawks and eagles may be prone to trying to grab your cats or dogs. Owls are smaller and less likely to attack your pets. That said, larger raptors may be necessary if bigger pests are hounding your garden.

                      Closing thoughts

                      As you can see, there are many different ways you can protect your garden from the hungry mouths of predators. In this way, you can not only protect your garden from getting damaged but protect the lives of your family.

                      After all, many of these pests will leave behind waste and other items that can be dangerous. After successfully implementing one or more of these treatment methods, make sure to get your garden cleaned up of all animal waste.

                      Which of these methods sounds appropriate for your needs?

                      Best Sawzall Blades Reviews that will Give Guaranteed Results

                      Whether you are a gardener, carpenter or a part of the demolition team, reading these best Sawzall blades reviews will help you make your most practical decision when it comes to buying this particular part of the cutter.

                      As gardeners, this type of blade can help you make high-quality planters for your sages, mums, or even bonsai trees. However, that is not the only thing this versatile tool can help you with. This is why I will start our discussion right away.

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                      5 Best Folding Saws Reviews 2017 – An Ultimate Buyer’s Guide

                      Haven’t you had enough with that old folding saw? What do you do when that old folding saw gives out on you, when the thought of repairing it frustrates you?

                      Now that you think about that bush of roses that needs pruning, how will you do it? Well, we have an answer for you – get a new folding saw. That old one with a flimsy handle and a blade that can’t stay put may cause you your finger.​

                      Though searching the market for the next replacement folding saw is challenging, we’ve got your back with our comprehensive review of our five favorite folding saws for pruning as well as survival in the wild. This review will save you time and money.​

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                      The Most Effective Ways to Kill Spider Eggs

                      Pests can cause a massive infestation on the plants if prompt action does not take place. However, there have been several options to resolve such issues immediately. Precise application of pesticides or insecticides has been proven to control unwanted and harmful insects on your crops or plants.

                      Just so you think you have already terminated all the pests that harmed your plants, another kind paves its way to damage them yet again. The worst thing is when they seem unnoticeable but the effect is quite evident. What do you think these are?

                      Identifying Infestation on Plants

                      Plants are vulnerable from various types of mites and pests. Unfortunately, these species do not only feed on to your plants but also take shelter to lay eggs. So, if you notice that there are insect eggs on your plants or they seem to be, a destructive host is certainly responsible for it. And to be able to prevent this infestation and completely eliminate the host and its eggs, you have to identify its kind.

                      If the weather condition is dusty and dry or perhaps, at its hottest temperature, you have got to be observant about the possible insects or pests that could live off your plants. Did you notice any white webbing on the plant? Have you seen any yellow blotches on the leaves? If you answer YES on both questions, there is only one kind that could have caused it – spider mites.

                      What are Spider Mites?

                      Spider mites are classified under the kingdom of arachnids. They are relatives of the eight-legged animals such as spiders, ticks and scorpions. They love to live on the underside of the leaves and feed themselves by eating and piercing them through. Eventually, as these spider mites suck up the plant fluids and the feeding keeps on, the leaves would turn yellow, dry up and fall off.

                      Spider mites are microscopic species so they are extremely difficult to find and recognize. But if you find the weather condition hot and dry, you may spot these mites under the leaves. And you’ve got to be keen during this time of the year. In early spring when the temperature is warm, they would mate and female mites can lay eggs as many as 300 only in a couple of weeks!​

                      Why You Should Kill the Spider Eggs on Your Plants

                      As what was mentioned, when spider mites mate and take shelter on the plants to lay eggs, it only needs less than a week for the spider eggs to wreak havoc. The hot and dry weather is favorable for these pests. And it only takes 5 days for the eggs to hatch and transform into an adult. Hence, you should be prompt and take and immediate action to protect your plants before they evolve and start with the whole life cycle again. Otherwise, heavy infestations would build up and your garden or houseplants would be put to risk.

                      These pests also have their favorite crops and plants to live on. They can infest over 100 species of plant but they are very particular with miniature roses, fruit trees, bananas, and vegetable crops such as melons, squash, and watermelon. Peas and beans, ornamentals, strawberries, broad-leafed weeds, mint, frangipani and potted begonias are also they favorite targets. They can cause direct damage or excessive loss of leaves wherein if not resolved, it can harm all your crops or plants eventually.

                      If you have any of these plants at home, you should watch out for these mites and take extra precaution.​

                      5 Effective Ways: How to Kill Spider Eggs and Spider Mites

                      Now that you have identified the primary background or history of these pests, you probably have known now how to get rid of the spider mites and their eggs permanently. You can also try some of these effective ways.

                      #1

                      To prevent further damage on your plants, remove of cut off the parts that are already badly infected.

                      #2

                      If the entire plant seemed to have been badly infected, it would be better to remove it completely.

                      #3

                      Chemical control would also be effective but make sure that the one that you will use would only eliminate the mites or pests while keeping the plant unharmed. Here are some of the miticides you can use:

                      • Neem Oil – It is an effective solution for spider eggs and spider mites infestation. It does not kill the pests instantly but rather delays and interferes the reproduction and metamorphosis in arthropods. It is made from the nuts of a Neem tree.
                      • Pyrethrum – It is one of the best pesticides to get rid of spider mites and their eggs effectively. It is derived from a plant related to chrysanthemum. However, since this has been quite common to control these mites, some spider mites can resist its effect. That is why you should still be observant of your plants and take more preventive measures.
                      • Cinnamite – It is made from cinnamon oil. If you target to kill the spider eggs from the spider mites, the cinnamite would also be a good option but this needs consistent application according to the proper timing and schedule. It does not terminate the eggs instantly but it surely eliminates them. It should be used every 3 days over a 2-week period. If proper application is accurately followed, newly hatched eggs will also be eliminated.
                      • Rosemary – You can use this oil together with water and spray this solution onto the infected plant. Rosemary oil has been proven to effectively kill spider mites without harming all the other beneficial species of mites.

                      #4

                      Regularly water the plants outdoors with a hose. The pressure coming from the nozzle can wash the mites and eggs away.

                      #5

                      You can also try using organic salts. The spider mites cannot resist fatty acids and potassium salts. If you opt for this, you should apply this late in the afternoon. This allows the wetness to remain on the plants.

                      Conclusion

                      Taking good care of your plants requires extra effort particularly when harmful insects or pests, such as spider mites, start to infest them. You surely don’t want them to be entirely damaged and hence, effective methods should be carefully applied. This detailed guideline would surely help you resolve this issue.

                      Let us know what other effective steps you have done to kill these spider mites and their eggs. Place your comments below!


                      Source Links:

                      1. http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Spider-Mites​
                      2. https://www.planetnatural.com/pest-problem-solver/houseplant-pests/spider-mite-control/

                      Super Easy Guide: How to Use Pocket Hole Jig that Will Help You Earn Money

                      Earning money can be challenging. We have different reasons why we wanted to earn but let me ask you, what are the side gigs you actually carry out with your things at hand? Do you think it is possible to utilize the same tools in gardening to create another monetary resource?

                      You have to bear in mind that if you have the right tools and creativity you can end up reaching your financial quotas faster. In today’s article, we are going to take a look at how a pocket hole jig can lead you to new streams of income just like making your own tower garden into a salad pot!

                      Now, without further ado, let us take a look at some guidelines on how to earn money with a pocket hole jig.

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