Getting the most out of my veggie patch
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Getting the most out of my veggie patch

I spent so much time on my veggie patch last year and just didn't see the spectacular results I was hoping for. This year I've been doing a lot more research to try and get my plants the right nutrients so I can actually get some fresh veggies this year. There is something so tasty about vegetables that are freshly picked from the garden, compared to something you buy in a supermarket and sits in a fridge. I'm improving how I plant them, how I fertilise them and hopefully I'll reap a bumper crop. Read along to see if I do!

Getting the most out of my veggie patch

Five things to check before using your chainsaw

Alice Stewart

Chainsaws are invaluable if you need to fell trees or cut logs. However, they will only work effectively and safely if they are kept in good repair. Before using your chainsaw, you should make the following checks to ensure that the machine is in good working order.

Visual inspection

Firstly, check your chainsaw for any obvious visible problems. Look to see if there is any damage to the unit itself or to its controls. Make sure that everything is properly fitted to the chainsaw, such as the guide bar and the saw chain itself. If anything looks wrong, you should investigate it further or take it to a repair shop before you use it.

Check the moving parts

Next, check all the controls and triggers that will need to move during operation, and check that none of them are stiff or stuck. This includes the throttle trigger, the stop switch, and the choke knob. It is unsafe if any of the controls do not move properly, as you may not be able to operate the chainsaw correctly.

Check the chain

You should now check that the chain has been properly lubricated. The saw will probably contain a tank that will lubricate the chain automatically, but if this is damaged or empty, there may be a problem with the chain moving properly.

Check the tanks

The fuel tank and the oil tank should both be in a good state of repair. Make sure that the caps are both tight and that the tanks are thoroughly sealed. If either tank is leaking, you must not use the chainsaw but should take it to be repaired.

Check the saw

Finally, check that the saw chain is sharp. You should not do this with your fingers, but with a practice cut. Saw through a piece of wood and look at the size of the sawdust. If there is a lot of dust and the sawdust is powdery, it probably means that your chain needs sharpening. Big chips point towards a sharp saw chain. It is possible to sharpen a chainsaw at home, although you could also take it to a repair or sharpening service.

Once you have carried out these checks, you are ready to use your chainsaw. Remember to observe any safety measures and carry out any maintenance recommended by the manufacturer. You can then rest easy, knowing that your chainsaw is safe to use and suitable for doing the job you need.

For more information about chainsaws, contact a local company.