The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1997 · Page 379
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 379

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 7, 1997
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f 36 THE PALM BEACH POST ' RESIDENCES ADVENT ISINIj SECTION SUNDAY, DECEMBER7," tV 5 ! "II I IISIIMf llllli 1 1 iuium Power blowers clear way for increased relaxation 'A :'vf ,..; .xW; ; ""." It's important to keep in mind three factors when you're shopping for lawn equipment. Consider your budget, the size of your task and choice of tool that is comfortable for you. Power blowers, both electric and gasoline, may be just what you need if your yard is small and you want to keep your sidewalks, driveways and decks tidy. Of the two, gasoline blowers usually are more expensive. In some cases, however, they can take on bigger jobs. Gas blowers also are more portable, although noisier, than By BILL BARNES Home Depot If your old wooden rake simply won't do the trick this year, it may be time to take a trip to your local home center and see what's available. Now you're faced with a real dilemma: How do you pick the best machine for the job? There's gas blowers, electric vacuums, blower-vacs, blower-vac-shredder-chip-Spers and blower-vac-shredder-chipper-mulcher-baggers. Which one is right for you? ggg?sn 11'fVfi,-r.- i".t-.- '.v Avvav ! m. b mm mm m siwv a - m.-.m. Realty Inc. I i . . . H?nffi 1 ikac ire it u-t P. mi t a w?i !j. iuii - r 1 a. kjo nwy tti, aie. iui, jupuer, norma jo-t Call Joanne today for a FREE Market Analysis JOANNE WALSH Toll Free (8()0) 228-2087 745-4617 REALTOR y -T - , ' 7 - ' Jfe'C n ...iTT., ,,,.,, . V ;v ' w 'i.V W 1 1 .1 . t i i. TEQUESTA - ON THE GOLF COURSE COUNTRY LIFE WITH TOWN CONVENIENCE Meticulously maintained 3BR2.5BA 2-story with In popular Pennock Point area this 3BR2BA CBS fea-Master and Den downstairs. Gated community, pool & lures a huge family roomfireplace, lovely fc tennis. Low Martin Co. taxes. Home Warranty. GOLF poolporchdeck on a large lush lot. $174,900 E EQUITY INCLUDED. "205,000. X X X X -vXk-v X X X" X . . X !v-'.r jupiterMaij Black & Decker's leaf blower makes cleanup of walkways and the driveway easy to remove debris left over from yard mowing or leaves. JUPITER BAY RESORT CONDOMINIUMS Sales & Rentals Available LOCATION, LOCATION LOCATION! Walk to the Beach 9 Tennis Courts with Pro Shop 2 Heated Pools Restaurant Tiki Pool Bar 6 Acre Lake with Waterfall Oceanviews available 1 Bedroom & 2 Bedroom fully furnished Condos for rent in Jupiter Bay Seasonal Rentals Available Beautiful Views & Clean Units. Prices start at '110,000. Call for an appointment today! Jupiter Bay Resort Sales & Rentals, Licensed Real Estate Broker 351 U.S. Highway One, Jupiter 33477 561744-1949 1-800-749-1949 electric models. You should probably choose a gas model if a 100-foot extension cord won't reach where you'll be using the blower. Backpack units, which weigh more but free up your hands, are typically used by professionals and are more costly. Unless you purchase a blower-vac, which can gather leaves and pick them up, you'll still have to bag up the debris or blow it somewhere out of sight. Blower-vacs will gather and pick up leaves easily, but unless you purchase a mulching model, you'll go through a lot of bags. Some mulchers may have the capability of reducing 14 bags of leaves into one bag. These are also the favorite of environmentalists because they will chip and shred leaves into compact piles for your composter. Big yards may need gas-powered shreddcr-chippers, which look like lawn movers but are able to pick up, mulch and bag leaves and twigs. Most have separate hoppers for larger branches and come with vacuum hoses which are great for hard-to-reach areas of your yard. Organic gardener's gold Cleaning up the yard may not be as fun as planting, but it does have its rewards. Those fallen leaves and twigs-you're fol-,( lecting are key ingredients for "gardener's gold," commonly known as compost. Compost is the end-product that results from the decomposition of organic materials. The nutrients and microorganisms within the compost can turn your garden into a real showcase. Adding compost to your soil will improve its structure, texture, aeration and water-holding capacity. Except for meat, bones, pet manure and dairy products which are either difficult to break down or attract rodents there's not much that you can't use to make compost. Items that qualify include leaves, grass clippings, straw, sawdust, kitchen scraps and weeds (as long as they haven't gone to seed). Untreated grass clippings are the No. 1 energy source for home compost piles. For your compost pile to heat up quickly, it should be at least three feet square and three feet high. Heat helps to break down the materials. A properly maintained compost pile should heat up to at least 140 degrees F. A wide variety of compost bins are available, or you can build your own by making a round or square container with chicken wire or rows of cinder blocks. Closed compost bins work more efficiently than those which are left open, and a cover - keeps the pile from getting too, wet, , , v i f ' i i r Ji ji ' ' ' U 5U v,

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