Kick some grass with mowers


April 18, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

You've had it with your lawn mower. Begging it to start. Struggling with it on hills. Maneuvering it around trees. It's big, it's clunky, and it's just not cutting it any more.

Home Depot has an array of new lawn equipment with user-friendly features for all budgets and yards. Find John Deere tractors with cruise control, automatic transmission, deluxe seats and even power ports for a cell phone or CD player. Add attachments of spreaders, sweepers and yard carts to various John Deere and Murray tractors.

New models shown on this page are the John Deere Riding Mower L100 5-Speed ($1,499); the Murray Tractor with Trailer ($999); the Toro TimeCutter Z riding mower ($2,999), which lets you turn curves like a race car driver without fear of tipping over; and the Honda HRX Versamow walk-behind mower ($599), which mulches and bags at the same time.

Various attachments are available, as well, transforming trimmers into blowers, edgers, tillers and pruners.

Visit or your Home Depot store.

These critters can clean

Cleaning the shower isn't supposed to be fun. It's supposed to be laborious, exhausting and a real chore. Well, not anymore. With the new Cleaning Critters Shower Squeegee ($8.99) from Ettore, the task might actually feel more like playtime.

The rubber ducky-shaped squeegee may look like a toy, but see past his cute orange bill and you'll find a functional bathroom cleaning tool that gets the job done, quickly. The simple-to-use squeegee, with rubberized no-slip handle and 9-inch rubber blade, can be used to clean tiles, glass doors, mirrors and marble, and promises no streaks. Give a few quick swipes after each shower and you'll prevent soap residue, water spots and the need for sprays.

Cleaning Critters are available at True Value stores and online at

Divide and conquer

How's the spring cleaning coming along? What, you're overwhelmed? Need a few tips on tossing things out? Sunny Schlenger, author of the new book Organizing for the Spirit (Jossey-Bass, 2004, $14.95), available at, offers some advice for pack rats. She suggests setting up four piles:

* Throw-out pile. The item has outlived its usefulness. Or it's no longer interesting to you. And it's not in good enough shape to pass on to others.

* Giveaway pile. A friend would like it, or a charity would appreciate it.

* Storage pile. For the memories it holds, you'll pack it up and store it away.

* Display pile. You'd like to set it out. You enjoy looking at it or using it.


* Visitors to the Mitchell Gallery, St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis, can see Exotica: Plant Portraits From Around the World, 61 botanical prints from 1600 to 1895, on display through Friday. Call 410-626-2556.

* Browse new and rare plants at the Garden Fair and Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. N.E., Washington. Discover the "Knock-Out" Rose, which grows 4 feet high, the seven new kinds of Encore Azaleas and more. Call 202-544-8733.

* The pottery exhibit Two Visions: Barbara Greene Sterne and Matthew Gavin (above) runs through April 25 at the Potters Guild of Baltimore, 3600 Clipper Mill Road. Call 410-235-4884.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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