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The Benefits of Sharp Mower Blades

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 https://www.toro.com/en/customer-support/help-center-lawn.   Why Sharp Blades Matter When shaving, think about the difference…

Guide to Saving Water and Your Lawn

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…

Fertilizer Basics

Fertilizer Basics

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Grasses require at least 16 different essential elements for healthy growth, most of which are provided by the grass’s surrounding environment.  However, three of these elements, nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K), are needed in larger quantities and may require you to apply a fertilizer to sustain a healthy, vigorous turf. Nitrogen is the mineral nutrient required in greatest quantity.  Not only is nitrogen responsible for enhancing the grass’s deep…

Winter's Better With A Snowblower

Winter’s Better With A Snowblower

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2017 Farmers’ Almanac Forecast: “Winter is back!”  February is when the frigid temperatures take hold; northern states could see ambient air temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero. An active storm track will deliver above-normal precipitation to the Southeast, Northeast and New England states throughout most of the winter, especially February. If you want all the facts, check out the Winter 2016-2017, Farmers’ Almanac See Toro’s lineup of snowblowers…

Spring Lawn Care Checklist

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…

Ways to Save Water: Best Practices for Watering Trees

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…

How To Maintain Grass in Extreme Heat

How To Maintain 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…

Zero Turn Mower Safety Tips

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: 1. Read the Operator’s Manual Before Operation. Read and understand the operator’s manual before operation. The manual provides important maintenance and safety information. 2. Avoid Operating a Mower While Others are Present Do not operate the mower when people, especially…

Cultural Measures Count

Improve Your Lawn’s Health

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Ever wonder how to keep weeds from growing in your lawn and when to fertilize? Here are some key tips:. Cut at the Right Height To promote healthier grass, mowing at to the right height is helpful in preventing weeds because keeping your turf longer helps block sunlight from weed seeds waiting to germinate. When weed seeds are evident, catch your grass clippings and dispose of them, rather than redistributing them on the…