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January 2011

choosing the right mower

Choosing the Right Mower

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For more than 150 years, human and animal-powered machines have given way to compact equipment powered by internal combustion engines of all sizes and configurations.  Even as caring for yards and gardens becomes more mechanized, homeowners still have a basic choice: power and speed—or muscle and patience—with lots of options in between.  A homeowner necessity, lawn mowers today range from manual reel push mowers to technologically sophisticated zero-turn-radius mowers. Speed…

Links to Learning

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Dig even deeper into grass, insects, diseases, soil, pesticides, seeds, organics, and more. You will find non-profit organizations, associations, university and environmental sites with in-depth information. American Horticultural Society (http://ahsgardening.org/) Since 1922 The American Horticultural Society (AHS) has been providing America’s gardeners with the highest quality gardening and horticultural education. Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (www.aosca.org) The Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies is dedicated to assisting clients in…

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Go Green

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Save money and save the environment.  Did you know recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run your TV for 3-hours?  You can make a difference by just considering the following: Disposing of your garbage properly Recycle to save our resources and helping the community Saving energy resources Performing a home energy audit Composting kitchen and yard waste Protecting the water supply Creating drought tolerant landscape Buying energy saving appliances…

When to mow and what height

When to Mow & How Much to Cut

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North Cut cool-season grasses when they reach heights of 3 to 3-½ inches, typically once a week.  If the lawn grows too high for you to cut off one-third of the height and have an acceptable length, cut off one-third and then wait two or three days before cutting off another one-third.  The best time of day to mow is in the evening when the sun is lower in the sky….

Self-Propelled Walk-Behind Mower

Self-Propelled versus Push—What is the Difference?

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Walk-behind rotary mowers come in two basic types: self-propelled and push.  Over recent years there have been many innovations for the push mower.  For example, some manufacturers now offer ground speed controls that allow you to mow at the pace you desire. Self-Propelled Mowers Both electric corded and cordless units are suitable for small to average-size lawns (2,500 square feet or less), but  corded units are limited by the nearest…

Riding Mowers

Riding Mower Maintenance

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Maintenance Frequency Regular maintenance is the most important step for achieving the best performance and longest life out of your riding mower.  If equipped, use the hour meter to track and perform routine services, such as oil changes and spark-plug replacements.  If not equipped with an hour meter, one way to track time used is to put a piece of masking tape on the product and make a pencil mark…

Fertilizer Guidelines

Fertilizer Guidelines

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North and South The optimal time to apply fertilizers is when the grass roots and blades are actively growing. 

Self-Propelled Walk-Behind Mower

Buying a Self-Propelled Walk-Behind Mower

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The vast majority of self-propelled gasoline walk-behind mowers are rotary type, meaning they cut the grass with a horizontal blade attached to the vertical drive shaft of the engine.  The deck is a protective housing component and an integral part of the mower that supports the engine and wheels and controls the airflow to maximize the cutting and bagging efficiency.  Most decks are steel, but some are aluminum alloy or high-impact…

Tools for a good lawn care program

Tools For a Good Lawn Care Program

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Lawn tools fall into three categories: basic tools you’ll want to own, specialty tools to rent or own, if you have the budget and space, and tools to rent.  Our recommendations assume average lawn needs. Your needs may differ.   Basic Tools to Own Bulb Planter: Digs a hole and pushes the bulb into the hole. Garden Cart or Wheelbarrow: Hauls everything from lawn tools to fertilizer to lawn waste….

tired lawn

Restoring a Tired Lawn

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Restoring a tired lawn allows you to improve your lawn without removing the existing turf.  You will have the best chance of success if you do a thorough walk-through of your lawn checking both above and below ground. Your Lawn is a Good Candidate for Restoration If: Some grass blades are thin or have a yellow/green look. Turf cover is even with small areas of soil or wear. Some bare…