Author Archives: Roger B. Swain

String Trimmers

It is an incredibly modest machine, right down to its name: string trimmer. At its heart, or more precisely its foot, lies a monofilament line that spins swiftly enough to cut vegetation and still yield gracefully when it encounters brick, cement, or stone.

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Pruning a Raspberry Patch

No other fruit is as tasty, as perishable, and as easy to grow as the raspberry. This alone should be grounds to have a patch of one’s own. Given sunlight and some well-drained soil, all that raspberries require, beyond weeding and a little fertilizer, is periodic pruning.

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Mow and Mow Quiet, Please

It’s 8:30 a.m. on a sunny Sunday morning and the lawn needs mowing. The grass is already dry, but the neighbors are all still asleep. Is there any ruder awakening than a power mower starting up? With my lawn mower, however, I don’t need to worry. . . .

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Mowers

It’s 8:30 a.m. on a sunny Sunday morning and the lawn needs mowing. The grass is already dry, but the neighbors are all still asleep. Is there any ruder awakening than a power mower starting up? . . .

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