extreme-heat-stress-v2-web How To Maintain the Grass in Extreme Heat

The peak of summer heat is here – can your lawn handle it? We suggest the following tips and tricks in order to maintain a healthy, intact lawn during the extreme heat of the summer. REFRAIN FROM CUTTING TOO SHORT:  One common mistake made by both homeowners and commercial landscape maintenance companies is cutting a lawn too short. If a lawn is cut too short, it reduces the plants’ ability to produce energy for growth.  Read more »
 
 

INT1632_snow Snowblower Tips & Tricks

Don’t fight the wind.  Whenever possible, point the chute downwind so that the wind helps you blow the snow. It is usually best to move up and down the length of a driveway, not perpendicular. In strong crosswinds, start on the upwind side and then work downwind.  Read more »

 
 

co2400_sn_pwrclr_621_loc_l_66 Preparing Your Snowblower for Winter

Now is a great time to take your machine to a local dealer for any needed maintenance or repairs. Once the snow falls, their shops will be extremely busy, and they will most likely have long delays. If you’re planning to do your own maintenance, or just want to see what we recommend, please follow these tips, which will help ensure your snowblower is ready for winter. See your operator’s manual for further details on performing any of the maintenance mentioned.  Read More »
 
 

how-to-select-right-blower How To Select The Right Blower For You

Gas or electric?:  Determine which power source will best meet the needs of your lawn size. If your yard is a ½ acre or larger, and you cannot reach every area with an extension cord, you may want to consider buying a gas unit.  However, electric blower vacs can provide outstanding power and performance, with several benefits over gas-powered models.  Read more »
 
 

understanding-blower-power Understanding Blower Power

When shopping for a new blower, many consumers look at the “miles per hour” rating to assess the power of a blower. However, it is possible for a 230 MPH blower to have more power than a 240 MPH blower. Here is why:  MPH alone is not a good measure of power
A blower nozzle opening the size of a straw could blow air at 300 mph—it is good for clearing out cracks in the driveway, but not good for blowing leaves in your yard. Many of the tasks you expect to accomplish with your blower require both air speed (MPH) and air volume (CFM or cubic feet per minute).  Read more »
 
 

Setting the Right Mowing Height Setting the Right Mowing Height

There are several reasons not to cut your grass too short. Grass grows from the crown, not the blade tips, a trait that makes grass ideal for lawns.  Grass keeps growing despite regularly cutting off the upper stem, leaf sheath, and blades.  Keeping grass longer allows it greater surface area to carry out photosynthesis,  which in turn results in healthier plants.  In addition, taller grass grows slower than shorter grass.  You can use this fact to eliminate up to 20 percent of the mowing you do annually—an average savings of about eight hours a year, not to mention the savings of gasoline and wear on equipment.  Read more »
 
 

Choosing the Right Mower Rules for Smart Mowing

Cut no more than one-third the height of the grass in any single mowing.  By setting cutting heights correctly, you can greatly reduce weed growth and mowing frequency.  Mow only when the grass is dry. Mow with a sharp blade.  Re-sharpen after every 10 hours of mowing.  Bring the blade to a professional sharpening service once a year.  Replace the blade as necessary.  Change mowing patterns frequently to prevent soil compaction.  Cut no more than one-third the height of the grass in any single mowing.  By setting cutting heights correctly, you can greatly reduce weed growth and mowing frequency.  Read more »
 
 

Thatching rake Prevent Thatch Buildup

The best way to control thatch is to avoid a buildup.  Here are some maintenance practices that will help: At regular intervals, cut grass to the recommended height for your turf.  This will help avoid depositing too many clippings on the lawn at one time.The best way to control thatch is to avoid a buildup.  Here are some maintenance practices that will help: Read more »
 
 

Toro recycler deck under Spring Equipment Preparation

After your equipment has been stored all winter, you should take your machine(s) to a local dealer for any needed maintenance or repairs before using it during the upcoming season.  If you like to perform your own maintenance or product repair, check out your equipment and order the parts you need.  Read more »
 
 

Mower timesavers Mower Timesavers

It is easier to adjust the cutting blade height if you get the weight off the wheels by supporting one side of the mower at a time on a wood block. Cooking spray on the underside of the deck will make your new mower’s deck easier to clean.  Read more »