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Spring Lawn Care Checklist

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As your lawn wakes up from its winter slumber, there are things you can start doing almost immediately to clean it up and get a proactive start on maintenance. A Note on Timing While it may seem beneficial to get out as soon as the weather begins to warm up, a little patience can go a long way to maximize the results of your work. Wait until your lawn has…

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Ways To Save Water At Home

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The Toro Company is initiating case studies involving commercial and residential irrigation applications. This is the first residential case study in the series.  Resident Profile  The Schenck family has lived in their Yucaipa, California, home since 2007. Nicole Schenck, owner of a firm that stages large events, such as a water conference attracting irrigation experts from around the state, is a water aficionado who pays close attention to her monthly…

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The Benefits of Sharp Mower Blades

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At Toro, we understand the importance of making sure your lawn mower is in tip-top shape in preparation for the upcoming mowing season. One of the top maintenance items for any rotary mower is to ensure blades are properly sharpened, balanced and in good working order. The following are some tips to consider, along with a video at Why Sharp Blades Matter When shaving, think about the difference between…

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Guide To Saving Water and Your Lawn

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With growing demands for water and drought conditions in parts of the country, many are looking for ways to reduce their water usage. Experts say there are several simple actions homeowners can take in the yard that can immediately save both water and money. No longer must you choose between replacing your lawn and saving water. “We often see sprinklers watering sidewalks and drives, running during the rain, or sending…

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Spring is here…Is your mower ready?

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Spring is a great time to take stock of your mower’s maintenance needs and get them taken care of before the 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 what specific…

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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…


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…


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…


How To Maintain the Grass in Extreme Heat

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