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June 2017

Man with measuring tape in the grass, measuring his lawn

Measuring Your Lawn with the Lawn Care Nut

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Ever wonder how much fertilizer your lawn truly needs? Allyn Hane, “The Lawn Care Nut,” draws on his 15+ years of professional lawn care experience to explain how to get the measurements you need to answer this question. The Importance of Measuring Your Lawn “One of the most common questions that I get asked these days, especially in the spring, is, ‘Allyn, how much fertilizer do I put on the…

Ladybug on grass sprig

Insects Beneficial for Your Lawn

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Creating an environment hostile to pests includes enlisting the help of beneficial insects.  These insects keep undesirable pest populations in check through their feeding, as either predators or parasites.  Both the adult and immature stages of predators actively search out and consume prey.  Parasites help by depositing eggs in or on the host.  When they hatch, the host becomes their food source. What can you do to encourage helpful insects? …

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Common Lawn Weeds

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Here are the most common weeds and recommendations to eliminate. Annual bluegrass (Poa annua) Frequently found in compacted, infertile soils, this light green, low-growing grassy annual prefers cool-season growth, but can be found all year.  A sudden brown-out of the lawn in the heat of summer, or prolific seed production in spring, signals its presence.  When seeds appear, rake the grass upright, then mow, and bag the clippings. Crabgrass (Digitaria…

Man assembling irrigation system with opened box next to him in backyard

Ways To Save Water At Home

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The Toro Company is initiating case studies involving commercial and residential irrigation applications. This is the first residential case study in the series.  Resident Profile  The Schenck family has lived in their Yucaipa, California, home since 2007. Nicole Schenck, owner of a firm that stages large events, such as a water conference attracting irrigation experts from around the state, is a water aficionado who pays close attention to her monthly…

Toro soil testing, hand laying in grass with soil in palm

Lawn Soil Testing with the Lawn Care Nut

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Allyn Hane, “The Lawn Care Nut,” draws on his 15+ years of professional lawn care experience to provide practical lawn care advice to homeowners and DIYers. Here, he shows you the importance of soil testing and what you can learn from it! “On today’s Toro Yard Hack, we’re digging in the dirt and setting strategies based on what we find.” Not All Soil is the Same “Now here in Florida,…