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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?


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…


Turf Wars

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By Doug Jimerson I received a phone call the other day from my youngest son, Graham, who currently lives in Los Angeles. He told me that he’d applied for a job near our home in Iowa, and that if he was hired, he’d be moving back to the Midwest in the next month. I was totally shocked. After all, he’d wanted to live in California since he was very young….


Mowing Advice

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By Doug Jimerson I grew up with circus people. Or more precisely, circus person. As a young man, my grandfather worked as an acrobat in a traveling circus. He and his two partners would go from city to city, showing off their precise movements on the fulcrum, trampoline, and balance beam. By the time I knew him, however, my grandfather had long since retired from the circus and worked for…


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?


Improving the Health of Your Lawn

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Let’s face it: when you live in the suburbs, a healthy, well-kept lawn is a must.  Before anyone even steps into your house, it’s your front lawn that makes the first impression of your home.  So what’s something that can help keep your lawn healthy?  Many people seem to forget about aeration.   Aeration, or aerification, is a method of perforating your lawn with small holes to allow for more water…


Mulch or Bag?

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Which is better for your lawn — mulching or bagging? Toro’s agronomist, Dr. Van Cline, reveals the answer and dispels some myths about this often-asked question.


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…

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….


When to Mow

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How often should you mow? How much should you cut? Dr. Van Cline, Toro’s senior agronomist, shares some lawn mowing best practices.