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How To Snowblow Your Driveway With Ease

How To Snowblow Your Driveway With Ease

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Snowblowing Tips & Tricks from Toro 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: If little or no wind, first cut a path down the center of the driveway and then…

How to Minimize Fuel System Problems When Using Ethanol-Blended Gasoline

How to Minimize Fuel System Problems When Using Ethanol-Blended Gasoline

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While the EnvironmentalProtection Agency (EPA) currently limits an ethanol-gasoline blend of 10% ethanol (or E10) as a standard transportation fuel, the agency recently granted the ethanol industry a waiver increasing the allowable limit to 15% ethanol (or E15) for use only in some motor vehicles.

What To Look For When Buying A Zero-Turn Mower

What To Look For When Buying A Zero-Turn Mower

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(ARA) – Ever wonder how those lawn-care guys get so much done in a day?

storing your mower

Storing Your Mower

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The mowing season is coming to an end, and winter is just around the corner! Once you’re done mowing for the year, replace any worn parts and properly store your machine to help ensure it is ready for next spring. If you’re planning to do your own maintenance or just want to see what Toro recommends, here are tips that will help you prepare for winter. See your operator’s manual…

Understanding Blower Power

Understanding Blower Power

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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…

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….

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….