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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…

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…


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…


Top Ways to Avoid Snowblower Hassles

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Staying on top of basic snowblower maintenance


Toro General Mower Safety Tips

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Read and understand your operator’s manual before operating the mower. For gasoline units, add fuel to the tank outdoors before starting the machine. Do not add gasoline to a running or hot engine and never leave the machine running in an enclosed area. As with other power tools and equipment, do not operate a lawn mower when consuming alcohol. Wear appropriate clothing – significant footwear, long pants, eye and hearing…

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 to Own, Specialty Tools to Rent or Own (if you have the budget and space), and Tools to Rent (seldom used or take up a lot of space).  The recommendations assume average situations.  Your needs may differ. Basic Tools to Own The following recommendations assume average situations.  Your needs may differ. Bulb Planter: Digs a hole and pushes the bulb into the…

Mower timesavers

Mower Timesavers

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It is easier to adjust the cutting blade height if you get the weight off the wheels by supporting one side of the mower at a time on a wood block. Cooking spray on the underside of the deck will make your new mower’s deck easier to clean. If you use your mower infrequently, or are storing away for the off-season, then fill the tank with fuel treated with a…

Seed Storage

Seed Storage

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While unused grass seed may remain viable for years, its rate of germination will decrease over time.  Be sure to keep seed stored in a cool, dry environment.  To maintain optimal viability, the rule of thumb for storage is that the temperature and the relative humidity added together should be less than 100.  Store in 5-gallon pails with tight-fitting lids. Do not store seed in plastic bags since they will…