Effects of Engine Fuel with Ethanol
Ethanol-blends deteriorate almost the moment they are pumped, and can break down in the fuel tank causing:
  • Rust
  • Corrosion
  • Gum/Varnish Build-Up

And the longer these blended fuels sit in the fuel tank, the more damage they can do, resulting in:

  • Starting issues
  • Rough running
  • Severe engine damage

Preventing Engine/CARBURETOR Damage

Protect your engine from the harmful effects of ethanol-blended fuels with fuel treatments that offer combined protection. Look for fuel treatments that include:

  • Formulas to protect against the harmful effects of water separation
  • Corrosion Inhibitors to help guard against rust and corrosion
  • Detergent ingredients to prevent gum and varnish build-up
  • Metal deactivator to stop chemical reactions caused by dissolved metal ions

Here are steps you can take to help protect your investment:

1)  Purchase only recommended fuel per OEM specification
Use 89 Octane [R+M/2] (mid grade or higher) gasoline known to be good quality and  containing no more than 10% ethanol. Gas with NO ETHANOL is ideal, but unrealistic and costly.

2)  Only purchase enough fuel for 30 days of use
This is the best way to prevent using stale fuel. Only purchase from name brand high volume stations to ensure you get the freshest gas possible.

3)  Add a name brand fuel stabilizer and mix at  the pump
Fuel stabilizers are only effective if mixed with fresh fuel and then properly stored.  Remember that nothing will properly rejuvenate old, stale fuel.

4)  Use only modern self venting fuel storage  containers with "no spill" self sealing spouts
Ethanol in blended fuel attracts moisture as soon as it’s exposed to air. High humidity and fuel containers with poor sealing or missing spout covers or vents accelerate the problem.

5)  Use a Name Brand 2-Stroke Oil for Gas/Oil Mixture or an ethanol free premix
These oils contain a small amount of fuel stabilizer which helps extend the life of the gasoline mixture; Or NO Ethanol at All.

6)  Shake the fuel container before each use
Shaking the container for 30 seconds prior to filling your equipment ensures the fuel is mixed and helps to suspend any small amounts of moisture in the mixture.

7)  Store fuel in a cool dry area
Cool controlled temperatures extend fuel life as it slows the aging process. Keep the can in a dry area to reduce the formation of condensation inside the fuel container. Fuel should never be stored in your house or by a flame or ignition source.

8)  Drain/Flush Fuel System Completely for Storage
If you do not intend to use your Gas Powered Small Engine within a 30 day period, flush the fuel completely from the carburetor and the fuel tank.  BLR can assist with this procedure.

BLR is always willing to assist with prevention of the effects of ethanol.  We always include an informational sheet and ethanol study with your electronic invoice.  *  The above ethanol information is derived from Briggs & Stratton and Echo-USA

7 Lawn Care Tips for a Greener, Thicker, Healthier Lawn
Green and abundant lawns serve as a great backdrop for picnics, cookouts, parties and other summer activities. To keep your lawn looking great, here are seven tips that will help you maintain a great, beautiful and healthy lawn all summer long.

Lawn Care Tip 1 - One-Third Rule
Removing more than 1/3 of the grass blade will stress out your lawn. If you cut or take out too much of the grass blade, your lawn will have a difficult time thriving and will instead look burnt out.

Lawn Care Tip 2 - Highest Acceptable Height
When you have long grass blades, your roots will grow deeper. Grass that has deeper roots will withstand drought and oppose pests and diseases.

Lawn Care Tip 3 - Sharp Mower Blades
Your lawn's appearance is enhanced by sharp blades. Cleaner cuts of grass are provided by sharp blades. Grass will be able to recover from mowing faster when it is cut by sharp blades.

Lawn Care Tip 4 - Apply Fertilizer
Use fertilizer to get a healthy, green lawn. You have to apply fertilizer at the right time to get the best results. Consult with your local lawn care [nursery] professional for options.

Lawn Care Tip 5 - Deal with Weeds, Insects and Diseases
Brown circles or dry areas around your lawn means that you might have a problem. As problems travel under the soil, big circles called brownouts caused by fungal disease or insects leave a line of traceable dead grass. Your local lawn care professional can help identify the exact problem and recommend treatment.

Lawn Care Tip 6 - Deep Watering
Deep (rather than shallow) lawn watering is recommended to grow deeper roots. One inch of water to 12 inches of soil is the preferred ratio for watering actively growing grass. Watering your lawn every three days is better than watering a few minutes every day.

Lawn Care Tip 7 - Check Your Irrigation System
For proper turf watering, test your irrigation system. One suggestion is to place five straight-sided pans around your lawn. When you turn your irrigation system on, take note of how long it takes for one inch of water to accumulate. Check to see if all the pans get the same amount of water. You might need to adjust the amount or distance of your lawn's sprinkler heads.


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