11 Most Common Weeds

1024px-Weeds_in_Waterloo,_OntarioWhat is a weed? It’s a plant that you don’t want in your yard. That’s a pretty loose definition, which means weeds can encompass anything ranging from undesirable types of grass and moss to flowers. Here’s what you need to know to identify common weeds and keep them off of your turf.

Dandelion

Appearing in the spring and fall, their bright, round yellow flowers and puff ball-like seed stage are easy to identify. Dandelions grow long taproots: if you dig these up by hand, you’ll need to remove at least two inches of this root to keep the plant from growing back. Post-emergent herbicides work well on these plants, especially mature ones in the fall, as the herbicide will be able to penetrate the entire root. If you’re developing your lawn, these should fade away as the grass gets thicker, blocking seeds from the soil.

Crabgrass

What’s wrong with grass growing with grass? Crabgrass grows in large, round clumps that stand out from the rest of your lawn. Overwatering, underwatering, and mowing the grass too short can let crabgrass take hold in your lawn. Pre-emergent herbicides work best, but only if applied at just the right time: contact your local extension office to find out when a treatment will be most effective.

Creeping Charlie/Ground Ivy

Whatever you call it, the nodules of this plant grow long stems, each topped by a single leaf. It grows well in shaded, moist areas with poor soil quality but can sometimes appear in sunny areas. Post-emergent herbicides can kill it off, but it may take several treatments. To keep it at bay, plant grass in the area before it has a chance to grow back.

White Clover/Dutch Clover

This clover with its round white flowers is a popular addition to flower gardens and arrangements. At one time it was planted with other grasses in lawns, but a shift in fashion to more uniform turf has turned this plant into a weed. It likes to grow in areas with poor soil quality, and particularly in soil with low nitrogen levels; correcting soil nutrients can usually halt its growth. Broadleaf herbicide treatment is effective, but it may take several applications in the spring and fall to eradicate it.

Chickweed

With thin stems covered in tiny leaves, chickweed grows in areas with moist soil, shade and good soil. It usually pops up in areas with poor grass coverage and poor drainage. This plant can be pulled out of the soil easily, which stops it from spreading. If you have a large area covered in this weed, crush the stems and apply nitrogen, which will be absorbed directly into the plants, killing them. If this weed is a regular problem, apply a pre-emergent herbicide in the spring and fall.

Annual Bluegrass

This blue-green grass appears in late summer, growing in clumps that are much thinner than crabgrass, and can even blend in to fescue lawns. It likes to sprout in poorly-drained soil, overwatered areas, and scalped soil, sprouting seeds on its tips when it germinates. A pre-emergent herbicide can prevent germination, but if this grass is already present, bag your clippings to prevent the seeds from spreading.

Broadleaf Plantain

This perennial has wide leaves and long stems covered in seeds. It tends to appear in areas with thin grass coverage and compacted soil, and thrives in droughts and overwatered areas. Hand-pulling plants and post-emergent broadleaf herbicides work best to remove these plants, while aerating can keep them from coming back.

Violet

While prized by flower growers, this turf nuisance appears in shaded areas with thin coverage. Despite the name, the flower’s pedals can be white, purple, or any shade of lavender in between the two extremes. Steady application of a post-emergent broadleaf herbicide can keep this plant at bay.

Henbit

While other weeds on this list thrive in less than ideal conditions, this plant with its tall, square stems covered in small leaves and small purple or pink flowers grows best in the same conditions as desirable grasses. Post-emergent herbicides can get rid of these plants, while a fall application of pre-emergent herbicide can keep new seeds from taking root.

Wild Onion and Garlic

While different plants, they’re both recognized by their long, thin shoots. Garlic plants have hollow stems, while onion stems are solid. Keeping the lawn mowed, even when dormant, can reduce growth. Some selective broadleaf herbicides on the market are designed specifically for these plants; apply these chemicals when the stems are at least two inches tall.

Keep Your Honda Lawn Equipment Ready to Fend Off Weeds

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How to Order Genuine Honda Parts Online

17f3e1b4bf5ce7e2822f36d65bfb8db4xwww.hondalawnparts.com is a certified Honda Small Engine Equipment dealer. That means we carry all the OEM parts you need to maintain Honda equipment including generators, water pumps, and lawn care equipment as well as Honda engines found in a wide range ofthird-partyy equipment. How do you get the right parts for your Honda? Here’s what you need to know from identifying your model to finding compatible parts on our site.

Finding Identifying Information for Your Honda

To get the right part, you first need to know what you’re ordering the part for. Honda sells complete equipment as well as engines found in a wide range of industrial, agricultural, and lawn care equipment. For this reason, parts are divided into equipment and engine categories, even on Honda-built equipment, with model numbers and serial numbers issued for both categories.

On equipment, the model and serial number are usually printed together on a tag. Here’s where you find this information:

  • Generator – On the base of the frame, on the bottom of the case, or near the handle
  • String trimmer – On the shaft, either next to the support handle or on the bottom directly ahead of the engine
  • Walk behind mowers – On the deck behind the engine. Older mowers separate this information into two tags
  • Riding mowers, tractors and tillers – The model number is on the hood or the frame cover next to the seat. The serial number is on the side or rear of the frame
  • Single stage snowblowers – On the rear of the frame or on the top of the housing
  • Two stage snowblowers – The model number is on the side of the auger housing, while the serial number is on the rear of the frame
  • Pumps – On the side of the motor. Some pumps have a second frame or pump tag located on the pump housing
  • Power carriers – On the rear of the frame, just behind the bucket

On engines, the model number is on a large sticker on the engine. Engine model names always start with the letter “G.” The serial number is stamped on the side of the engine. It will always be 5 letters followed by a 7 digit number. String trimmers have this information printed on a small tag on the back of the engine cover.

Still can’t find the serial and model number? Check out our “Honda Parts By Series” page to see photos and diagrams showing where the labels are located.

Finding Parts

Once you know your model and serial number, finding the parts you want is easy. Start by selecting between one of the options on the left side of our homepage: Honda Engine Parts, Honda Parts by Series, or Honda Equip Accessories. If you hover over “Parts by Series” you’ll see a few popular options, but don’t worry if you don’t see your model listed: just click on the link, and you’ll be able to search our entire catalog.

From there, just select your model type, model number, and component category using the drop-down menus. This will bring you to a page with an exploded parts diagram and parts descriptions so you can identify the parts you need and add them to your cart.

If you need a common maintenance item and know the part number, we also have the Honda Popular Parts section to quickly find what you want.

I Can’t Find My Honda’s Information. Now What?

Our site includes factory parts diagrams and lets you browse models based on their equipment category. By narrowing down the possibilities and comparing the diagrams with your equipment, you should be able to figure out what you own and what part you need.

I Don’t See a Listing for My Walk-Behind Mower

For some reason, Honda adds a “K” between the 8th and 9th digits to their model numbers in their parts information. That means if the tag says you have an HR123-567890 model, it will be listed in the catalog as an HR123-567K890.

Ordering Made Easy

Individuals looking for genuine Honda parts just have to type in their info and our site will show all of the relevant parts. From there it’s easy to click each part, view a diagram, and add only what you need to the cart. HondaLawnParts.com is a one-stop shop for anyone who needs quality OEM parts.

Honda GS 190 Maintenance Guide

GS190.3The GS 190 may be small, but with features like a cast iron cylinder liner, it can deliver the reliability you expect from a commercial-grade engine. Whether your GS is powering a tiller, pressure washer, water pump, or a piece of farm equipment, this guide will help you keep your engine running reliably.

Maintenance Schedule

Honda recommends performing the following services:

  • Before each use – Check air filter and oil level.
  • First month or 5 hours of operation – Change the oil.
  • Every three months or 25 hours – Clean the air filter.
  • Every 6 months or 50 hours – Change the oil.
  • Every year or 100 hours – Check the spark plug and (if equipped) the spark arrester.
  • Every two years or 200 hours: Replace the air filter and spark plug.

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Honda GS 190 Operation and Troubleshooting

gs190Bought a new piece of equipment powered by a Honda GS 190? Here’s what you need to know to get it running and address any problems along the way.

Before Starting

  1. Make sure there’s fuel inside the fuel tank.
  2. Check the oil level. Remove the dipstick from the filler cap, wipe off any oil, and reinsert it without screwing it back into the engine. The oil should come up above the bottom mark on the stick.
  3. Inspect the air filter. To get to it, open up the air cleaner housing by pushing in the tabs on the side of the cover.
  4. Check the equipment for fluid leaks, loose bolts, and other potential issues.

Lever Locations

Honda makes several versions of this engine with different ways of making adjustments to the fuel, air, and ignition. All models have a choke, but the other levers may be missing depending on the version you own. Continue reading

Understanding Water Pump Terminology

wmp20_pe_imglgWhat is a head, and why is it important? What causes cavitation, and why is it bad? If you’re looking into buying or fixing a water pump, some terms that are used can be confusing. This guide will walk you through meanings and specifications so you can make the right choices when buying, operating, and maintaining a pump.

The Parts of a Water Pump

Consumer water pumps nearly always use an impeller to move water. This is a rotating disc with vanes on it that resembles a fan.

The impeller is held inside a housing called a “volute” or “volute case.” It’s designed to direct water toward and away from the impeller. A tight fit ensures pressure can be maintained. Continue reading

Honda GCV 160 Maintenance Guide

powerstroke-pressure-washer-gcv160Honda’s GCV 160 can be found in everything from pressure washers to lawn mowers, but whatever your motor is powering, it still requires the same maintenance. Here’s what you need to know to keep your Honda small engine running reliably for years to come.

Maintenance Schedule

Before each use: Check the air cleaner and the oil level.
First month or 5 hours of operation: Change the oil.
Every season or 25 hours: Clean the air cleaner
Every season or 50 hours: Change the oil, check the spark plug, and inspect the flywheel brake pad.
Every 100 hours: Check the blade, brake, clutch, and spark arrester (if equipped.)
Every 200 hours: Replace the air cleaner and spark plug.
Every two years: Check the fuel line for cracks and damage. Continue reading

Honda GCV 160 Operation and Troubleshooting

gcv160_imgmedHave a new Honda GCV 160? This guide will walk you through starting and stopping this engine, as well as address common issues, no matter what it may be powering.

Before Use

Fuel – Make sure there is fresh gasoline in the tank. This engine can use fuel blended with up to 10% ethanol (E10) or 5% methanol. Do not fill past the bottom of the filler neck.

Oil – Remove the oil filler cap/dipstick, wipe it clean, and reinsert it into the filler neck without screwing it in. Pull it out and check for oil. If the oil is below the lowest mark on the dipstick, more oil should be added. Honda recommends 10W30 motor oil for this engine. Continue reading

Don’t Make These 7 Mistakes With Your Honda Generator

eb3000_pe_imglgThe name “Honda” is synonymous with quality, especially when it comes to generators. However, even the best made generator can be unreliable or even dangerous if not used correctly. Here’s what you shouldn’t do with your generator, whether you have a small portable model, a home backup system, or a portable power source for work sites.

1. Use It Indoors

It may seem convenient to put your generator in a place where the outlets are within easy reach, but doing so can be lethal. When internal combustion engines burn fuel, they create carbon monoxide. This odorless gas latches onto your red blood cells, preventing them from carrying the oxygen your body needs to function. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, generators are the cause of 85% of carbon monoxide poisoning deaths outside of fires. Make sure your generator sits outside, away from buildings, and use extension cords to get the power to where you need it. Continue reading

Troubleshoot a Clogged Snowblower

29379Troubleshoot a Clogged Snowblower
It seems almost inevitable: you’re cleaning up the snow that’s landed on your driveway, and then you notice that nothing is actually coming out of the chute. Why do snowblowers clog, and what can you do to keep it from happening?

Removing Clogs Safely

Before removing a clog, shut off the snowblower and disconnect the spark plug to ensure there is no possibility of an accidental start. Trying to remove clogged snow with your hands is a good way to be injured, even if the impellers aren’t moving. Instead, use the tool included with your snowblower for this purpose. Continue reading

8 Simple Tips for Snowblowing

honda-snow-blowerWinter is here, and that means a constant battle between snowfall and your driveway. These tips will help you get the most out of your Honda snowblower, keeping the pavement uncovered with as little effort as possible while reducing the chance of breakdowns.

1. Prepare Your Property Ahead of Time

Before the first snowfall, take the time to remove any obstacles that could get clogged in your snowblower including chains, outdoor lights, extension cables, and garden hoses. Set up markers near gravel and landscape features as well as the edges of your driveway and sidewalk. Already have frozen ground? A masonry bit can drill a hole through the dirt for your marker. Continue reading