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Spring is here…Is your mower ready?

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Late-winter is a great time to take stock of your mower’s maintenance needs and get them taken care of before the spring growing season. That way, you’ll be ready to roll when the growth of your lawn hits full stride. Not only does a properly maintained mower perform better, but it will also last longer and be more reliable over the course of its life. Always consult your owner’s manual to determine…

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When is the best time to aerate?

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Regardless of where you live and what type of turf grass you’re working with, aeration can help your lawn be healthier and more beautiful. The trick is knowing when it’s best to aerate, what equipment to use, and what else you can do to encourage the vigor of your grasses, while limiting weeds’ ability to gain a foothold in the lawn. According to Josh Friell, Ph. D, of The Toro Company’s Center…

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Ways to Save Water: Best Practices for Watering Trees

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Responsible property owners want to know: What are the best ways to save water, while keeping trees irrigated and healthy? To help answer that question, here are some tips for watering trees at various lifecycle stages. With many states still experiencing drought conditions, it’s important to recognize the role that low amounts of precipitation play in the loss of trees. During past drought situations – for example, Texas in the…

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Do Californians Need More Facts about Water Conservation?

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In a region experiencing the most severe drought conditions in the United States, one would think so – but it turns out that may not necessarily be the case. When looking at the latest numbers released by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), it appears that residents of California understand the urgency of the drought affecting their state and are responding to it appropriately. The Board’s Water Supplier Conservation…

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Ways to Save Water in the Summer Heat Wave

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Throughout much of the country, the end of summer typically triggers the biggest heat wave of the year. At the height of a heat wave, everything can be impacted in some way − the air we breathe, the plants we grow, and the grass we walk on. Even our moods are affected. And, everywhere you turn, you’re being told to be mindful of water use, which only makes the extreme…

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How To Maintain the Grass in Extreme Heat

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The peak of summer heat is here – can your lawn handle it?

Avoid Overwatering

Avoid Over-Watering Your Lawn

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Give your lawn the water it needs but no more.  This moderate approach conserves an important resource, saves money, and helps prevent grass diseases.  How much water your lawn needs depends on the type of grass in the turf, the overall health of your lawn and soil, the amount of rainfall your lawn gets, and the overall climate.  You may need to water only twice a year or you may need…

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How To Select The Right Blower For You

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  Gas, corded electric or battery powered? Determine which power source will best meet the needs of your yard size. If your main clean-up area is close enough to an outlet and you want the power of a gas unit, then a corded electric blower may be your answer. If you are typically cleaning sidewalks, decks and using the blower daily, you may want the convenience of a battery powered  unit (checkout…

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Zero Turn Mower Safety Tips

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Like all lawn mowers, zero turn mowers require care to prevent accidents when mowing around water, drop-offs, steep inclines and wet conditions.  Prepare for the mowing season by remembering these helpful safety tips: Read and understand the operator’s manual before operation. The manual provides important maintenance and safety information. Do not operate the mower when people, especially children and animals, are in the area. Allow plenty of safe clearance in the…

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Pre-Season Lawn Mower Prep

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After your lawn mower has been stored all winter, you should take your machine to your local Toro 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, it is essential that you review your product’s operator manual before beginning. Here is a list of steps to follow for checking over your mower: Carefully check…