When you’re fueling up your outdoor power equipment, be sure to check the ethanol content of the gasoline.
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute cautions against using gas with more than 10 percent ethanol in small engines. Because the fuel burns hotter, it can cause a small engine to overheat. That creates a hazard and may cause engine failure, the institute says.
It says the higher-ethanol fuel should not be used in small-engine equipment such as chain saws, snow throwers, generators, lawn mowers, lawn tractors and other types of lawn and garden equipment..
Ethanol content is labeled with the letter E and a number indicating the percentage — for example, E10 for fuel with 10 percent ethanol and E15 for 15 percent ethanol.
It’s time to get caught up on contests.
• A garden makeover worth more than $15,000 is the grand prize in a giveaway by Bailey Nurseries, growers of Endless Summer hydrangeas.
To enter, submit an entry code from an Endless Summer plant tag at www.EndlessSummerBlooms.com. You don’t have to buy the plant to use the code.
Daily prizes of $50 Visa gift cards will also be awarded starting May 14.
• Polymer roofing maker DaVinci Roofscapes is giving away $5,000 in its “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest.
To enter, “like” DaVinci’s Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/10LLET8. Then submit a digital photo of your home’s exterior, along with a description in 250 words or fewer of how you wish to shake up the exterior of your home with colorful products.
Five finalists will be chosen for online public voting.
Hurry. The entry deadline is Sunday.
• The Libman Co. is giving away 1,100 cleaning products every day this month in its Libman April Giveaway Sweepstakes.
Products include hardwood and multisurface cleaners, spray mops and microfiber cleaning pads.
Enter at www.facebook.com/libmancompany.
Events and programs
• Arbor Day Celebration, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Ohio State University Wooster campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster Township. Tree plantings, Tree Campus USA dedication, tree walk. http://secrest.osu.edu or 330-464-2148. Read more in today’s Plant Lovers’ Almanac.
• Antique Appraisal Day with Wes Cowan, today, Western Reserve Historical Society History Center, 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland. Cowan and other experts from Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati will evaluate books, manuscripts, photographs, decorative arts, paintings, political ephemera and jewelry. Maximum of two items carried in per person. Member appraisals, 10-11 a.m.; $5 for the first item, $10 for the second. Appraisals for the general public, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; $15 for the first item, $10 for the second. Admission extra ($10; children 3-12, $5, members and younger children, free). www.wrhs.org or 216-721-5722.
• Plant exchange, 1-3 p.m. today, Oak Grove Mennonite Church parking lot, 7843 Smucker Road, just east of Smithville. Bring well-labeled perennials, annuals, seeds, bulbs and houseplants to swap, as well as garden tools, canning jars, gardening books and magazines, flower pots and outdoor furniture.
• Gardening Month events, Donzell’s Flower & Garden Center, 937 E. Waterloo Road, Akron. Northeast Ohio Daffodil Show, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Operation Orphan Wildlife Rescue, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday. Plastic pot recycling, Monday through April 27. 330-724-0505.
• Cleveland Botanical Garden events, 11030 East Blvd. Daffodil Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Eleanor Squire Library Rare Book Tour, 2-3 p.m. April 27 (members $3, others $11, reservations required). Big Spring through April 28, featuring children’s events and more than 3,000 spring flowers in bloom. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. $12; $8 for children ages 3 to 12; members and younger children, free. Tickets and program reservations: 216-721-1600, ext. 100, or www.cbgarden.org.
• Japanese Art Form of Bonsai Trees, 6-8 p.m. Monday, Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Granger Township, Medina County. Lecture, demonstration and display. Free. Registration: www.mcdl.info, 330-278-4271 or 330-239-2674.
• Warm Up Akron meetings, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mogadore Branch Library, 144 S. Cleveland Ave. Members knit and crochet rectangles that are used to make afghans for needy people in the Akron area, and they’ll teach others the skills. 330-699-3252 or http://warmupakron.webs.com.
• Starting Your Own Vegetable Garden, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Church in the Valley, 2241 Everett Road, Boston Township near Peninsula. Presented by Countryside Conservancy. $20. Registration: www.cvcountryside.org (click on “Community,” then “Workshops”) or 330-657-2542, ext. 222.
• Guided Spring Walk, 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Secrest Arboretum, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster Township. Meet at Seaman Orientation Plaza. Free. 330-464-2148.
• Pond Planning, Design & Construction, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Water X Scapes, 1021 E. Caston Road, Green. Free, but reservations are requested at 330-896-9811.
• Real Estate and Finance, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Keller Williams Chervenic Realty offices. Seminar on topics including loans, credit reports, private mortgage insurance and foreclosures and short sales. Presented by the realty company and First Federal Lakewood. Free, but reservations are required by calling the offices: 3333 Massillon Road, Green (330-899-1644); 3070 W. Market St., Fairlawn (330-836-4300); 148 N. Main St., Hudson (330-650-0050); 120 W. Aurora Road, Northfield Center Township (330-467-7000); and 3589 Darrow Road, Stow (330-686-1644).
• Unnatural Invasions, 9 a.m. to noon April 27 (registration starts at 8:30), lower level meeting room, Professional Building, 120 W. Washington St., Medina. Spring seminar presented by Medina County Master Gardeners. Topics include soil culture and invasive insects and plants. $20. Payment due Monday. Registration form and details at http://medina.osu.edu/events/unnatural-invasions. 330-725-4911, ext. 106.
• Egg-decorating classes, 10 a.m. April 27, First United Methodist Church, 263 E. Mill St., Akron. Classes offered simultaneously in drop-pull and traditional pysanky. $12. Open to ages 10 or older. Class sizes limited. Register by Monday at email@example.com or 330-322-7966. Once registered, send class fee to OEAG, P.O. Box 13414, Fairlawn, OH 44333.
• Native Plant Sale & Gardening Seminar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 and 1-4 p.m. April 28, the Wilderness Center, 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Sugar Creek Township near Wilmot (for GPS directions, use Navarre). Seminars on April 27: Perennials: Planning, Planting and Maintenance and Milkweed: One Important “Weed,” both at 10 a.m.; and Plant Propagation: Seeds, Cuttings and Divisions and Gardening With Native Plants, both at 11:15. $5 each. Registration: 877-359-5235; walk-ins also accepted. Free wildflower walk, 1-2 p.m. April 27. Plant sale both days. Plant catalog at www.wildernesscenter.org.
Submit notices of classes, programs and events two weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or Home and Garden News, Features Department, Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640. Please include name and phone number. All events must be open to the public.
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