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January 2015

End of Snow Season Snowblower Tips

End of Snow Season Snowblower Tips

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Once the winter is over, it’s time to finally put your Toro snowblower to rest. But before you put away your machine, there are plenty of things you can do to improve and maintain the maintenance of your snowblower, so it’s all ready to go next winter. From properly emptying your fuel system to inspecting your rotor blades, scraper and cables, here’s a quick video tutorial on how to store…

Helpful Lawn Care Resources and Links

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Dig even deeper into grass, insects, diseases, soil, pesticides, seeds, organics, and more. You will find non-profit organizations, associations, university and environmental sites with in-depth information. American Horticultural Society (http://ahsgardening.org/) Since 1922 The American Horticultural Society (AHS) has been providing America’s gardeners with the highest quality gardening and horticultural education. Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (www.aosca.org) The Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies is dedicated to assisting clients in…

Methods of Removing Turf

Removing Thatch and Weeds From a Lawn

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The first step to lawn restoration is to remove any thatch buildup.  Thatch is un-decomposed stems and roots that accumulate near the soil surface.  Dig up a small, triangular-shaped plug of turf several inches deep.  If the spongy layer above the soil is more than ¾- to 1-inch thick when you compress it, it is time to have your lawn dethatched.  The best time to dethatch is when your lawn…

Fixing Grade Problems

Fixing Grade Problems in Your Lawn

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When planting a new lawn, take the time to fix any existing grade problems (after removing the old turf and before adding amendments to the soil). For minor grading problems, small versions of earth-moving equipment are often available to rent or buy.  You can also use a landscaping rake for working topsoil to the proper grade. To make minor grade adjustments use a landscape rake. Water the area.  Later, fill where…

Caring for Your New Lawn

How to Care for a Newly Planted Lawn

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You have put a lot of work into creating a new lawn, so don’t forget the most important step.  Plan for watering needs before you plant your lawn.  Insufficient water and overwatering are the leading causes of new-lawn failure.  Take precautions to prevent damage.  Minimize play and foot traffic on new and sodded lawns for at least three weeks. Do not fertilize new lawns for at least six weeks. After…

Aerating Compacted Lawns

Aerating Compacted Lawns

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Aeration, also called core cultivation, is an important part of any lawn restoration program. Aeration allows grass roots to penetrate the soil deeply, helps fertilizer and organic matter get to the roots, allows oxygen to reach the roots, and makes it easier for water to soak into the soil. Aerate your lawn once a year in the fall.  Avoid aerating during dry summer months because you may damage an already…