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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…

How to Change Engine Oil on a Two-Stage Snowblower

How to Change Engine Oil on a Two-Stage Snow Blower

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Any owner of a Toro Two-Stage Snow Blower wants their machine to perform at a high level. That’s why knowing when and how to change the engine oil of your snow blower will help maintain its power, endurance, and dependability. Check out our tips for properly changing the engine oil of your Toro Two-Stage Snow Blower.

How to Design a Beautiful Yard That’s Mower-Friendly

How to Design a Beautiful Yard That’s Mower-Friendly

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One of the good things about fall is we get to start planning our lawns and landscapes for next year. Some of us may be thinking about ways to enhance a plain lawn, while others are looking for a way to make it easier to mow around beds, features, and plantings. These design tips will make it easier to mow while giving your yard a more finished, landscaped look. Planning…

How to Change Engine Oil on a Single Stage Snowblower

How to Change Engine Oil on a Single-Stage Snow Blower

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Changing the engine oil of any type of snow blower is an essential maintenance task, especially if you own a Toro Single-Stage Snow Blower. The older your oil is, the more difficult it becomes to protect all the vital parts of your snow blower’s engine. To keep your single-stage snow blower performing at its best, here’s a quick guide to learning how to properly change your engine oil.

Fuel Tips for Gasoline Lawn Mowers and Snow Blowers

Fuel Tips for Gasoline Lawn Mowers and Snow Blowers

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Wondering what type of gasoline to put in your lawn mower or snow blower? Or are you having trouble starting your mower? A Toro lawn mower maintenance expert explains what kind of gasoline to use and provides other lawn mower fuel tips, highlighted below, in Toro’s Mower Minute: Fuel Facts. – Most lawn mowers and snow blowers use ethanol-gasoline blends up to E10 (10% ethanol). Read the Engine Operator’s manual…

Methods of Removing Turf

Methods of Removing Turf from a Lawn

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When planting a new lawn, the first step is to kill and remove any poor-quality turf. This process can be accomplished through several methods including solarization, heavy mulches, hoes or sod cutters, and herbicides. When selecting your method, keep your lawn and climate conditions in mind, as some methods may be a better fit for your lawn than others. Solarization: Cut the old lawn as close to grade as possible before you begin….

Is It Really Lawn Disease

Is It Really Lawn Disease?

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The best time to assess your turf’s state of health is before mowing. As you pick up fallen twigs or remove other items from the lawn, you should take a careful look at any areas that appear wilted, off-color or stand out from their surroundings. If you do note changes, it might not be disease. For instance, brownout of a cool-season grass during high summer is likely just summer dormancy, which…

There are approximately 10,000 grass species in the world. Only about 50 can make a good lawn!]

Choosing the Right Grass

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Do not buy seed on impulse! Choosing the right grass for your lawn can make the difference between having a low-maintenance, environmentally-friendly lawn versus one that is susceptible to diseases, pests, and weeds. The type of seed you choose depends on several factors: What do you want your lawn to look like? Grasses vary in color, leaf width, habit (characteristic appearance), and density.  Grass color and texture vary by species and…

How to Adjust Traction on Self Propel Lawn Mower

How to Adjust Traction on Self Propel Lawn Mower

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The self-propelled drive is what gives the wheels power and works by a cable that’s attached to the traction adjustment knob on the Toro mower handle. Whenever you install new self propel cables or if the self-propel drive is out of adjustment, adjust the self-propel drive to ensure the drive system works correctly. The traction adjustment knob provides a simple way to adjust the cable to make your mower more…

Look Before You Pump -- and Buy the Right Fuel for Your Outdoor Power Equipment

Look Before You Pump — and Buy the Right Fuel for Your Outdoor Power Equipment

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Most outdoor power equipment was not built, designed or warranted to run on fuel greater than E10, and using higher ethanol blends can damage or destroy it. In fact, using any fuel that contains more than 10 percent ethanol is illegal to use in outdoor power equipment. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute encourages you to “look before you pump” to ensure it is the right fuel for your outdoor power…