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sharp mower blades are important to a healthy lawn

Spring is here…Is your mower ready?

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Spring is a great time to take stock of your mower’s maintenance needs and get them taken care of before the growing season. That way, you’ll be ready to roll when the growth of your lawn hits full stride. Not only does a properly maintained mower perform better, but it will also last longer and be more reliable over the course of its life. Always consult your owner’s manual to determine what specific…

DIY lawn aeration

When is the best time to aerate?

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Regardless of where you live and what type of turf grass you’re working with, aeration can help your lawn be healthier and more beautiful. The trick is knowing when it’s best to aerate, what equipment to use, and what else you can do to encourage the vigor of your grasses, while limiting weeds’ ability to gain a foothold in the lawn. According to Josh Friell, Ph. D, of The Toro Company’s Center…

Fertilizer Basics

Fertilizer Basics

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Grasses require at least 16 different essential elements for healthy growth, most of which are provided by the grass’s surrounding environment.  However, three of these elements, nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K), are needed in larger quantities and may require you to apply a fertilizer to sustain a healthy, vigorous turf. Nitrogen is the mineral nutrient required in greatest quantity.  Not only is nitrogen responsible for enhancing the grass’s deep…

Winter’s Better With A Snowblower

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2017 Farmers’ Almanac Forecast: “Winter is back!”  February is when the frigid temperatures take hold; northern states could see ambient air temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero. An active storm track will deliver above-normal precipitation to the Southeast, Northeast and New England states throughout most of the winter, especially February. If you want all the facts, check out the Winter 2016-2017, Farmers’ Almanac See Toro’s lineup of snowblowers…

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Spring Lawn Care Checklist

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As your lawn wakes up from its winter slumber, there are things you can start doing almost immediately to clean it up and get a proactive start on maintenance. A Note on Timing While it may seem beneficial to get out as soon as the weather begins to warm up, a little patience can go a long way to maximize the results of your work. Wait until your lawn has…

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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…

Ways to Save Water: Best Practices for Watering Trees

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Responsible property owners want to know: What are the best ways to save water, while keeping trees irrigated and healthy? To help answer that question, here are some tips for watering trees at various lifecycle stages. With many states still experiencing drought conditions, it’s important to recognize the role that low amounts of precipitation play in the loss of trees. During past drought situations – for example, Texas in the…

Do Californians Need More Facts about Water Conservation?

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In a region experiencing the most severe drought conditions in the United States, one would think so – but it turns out that may not necessarily be the case. When looking at the latest numbers released by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), it appears that residents of California understand the urgency of the drought affecting their state and are responding to it appropriately. The Board’s Water Supplier Conservation…

How To Maintain the Grass in Extreme Heat

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The peak of summer heat is here – can your lawn handle it?

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…