Crescendo Gardening earplugs are designed to block much of the noise produced by the power equipment used for lawn and garden maintenance.
Lawn mowers can produce 95 to 105 decibels and chain saws, 100 to 125, according to Dynamic Ear Co., the Dutch company that makes Crescendo earplugs. That’s louder than the limit of 85 decibels considered safe in a working environment.
The gardening earplugs reduce noise by 24 decibels. The design also has an open-air passage that keeps the ear ventilated for comfort and minimizes the feeling of obstruction.
Both the ear tips and filters are washable.
Crescendo Gardening earplugs are available for $19.95 at Ear Plug Superstore (www.earplugstore.com), with discounts for larger orders. Shipping is extra.
Q. A citronella candle melted onto my stone patio. How can I remove it?
Harden the wax by setting a plastic bag filled with ice and water on it, and then scrape off as much as you can. Then use acetone or mineral spirits to remove the rest of the wax, the National Training Center for Stone and Masonry Trades recommends.
If a stain remains, you can remove it with a poultice, which is a combination of a cleaner and an absorbent material that draws the stain from the stone as it dries.