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Toro The Science of Recycling

Toro The Science of Recycling

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Using a mower that recycles your clippings doesn’t just make mowing faster and easier. Toro actually developed a completely different cutting system to do the most good for your grass… and the environment. On Toro Recycler mowers, the shape of the cutting chamber was designed to keep the grass clippings airborne. And it’s got these deflectors that “kick” the grass back through the specially designed blades. Now this is key…

How to Sharpen Lawn Mower Blades - Toro TimeCutter

How to Sharpen Lawn Mower Blades – Toro TimeCutter

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Learn how to sharpen lawn mower blades easily with these instructions for Toro TimeCutter zero-turn riding lawn mowers. Mower blade maintenance helps ensure a clean cut and reduces grass shredding or tearing. Prior to sharpening, make sure to review safety information in the operator’s manual. To repair small dents in a Toro TimeCutter blade, safely remove the blade from the mower deck and secure the center of the blade, as…

Lawn Mower Blade Maintenance Instructions - Toro TimeCutter

Lawn Mower Blade Maintenance Instructions – Toro TimeCutter

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This video provides instructions on how to service lawn mower blades on Toro TimeCutter riding lawn mowers. Sharp lawn mower blades provide a clean cut and reduce grass shredding for a professional, high quality cut. You will need to remove the mower deck in order to loosen the blade bolts and remove them for service. See the Toro how-to video on removing a mower deck for more information. Check the…

Turf Wars

Turf Wars

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By Doug Jimerson I received a phone call the other day from my youngest son, Graham, who currently lives in Los Angeles. He told me that he’d applied for a job near our home in Iowa, and that if he was hired, he’d be moving back to the Midwest in the next month. I was totally shocked. After all, he’d wanted to live in California since he was very young….

Mowing Advice

How to Mow Your Lawn | Lawn Mowing Advice & Tips

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By Doug Jimerson I grew up with circus people. Or more precisely, circus person. As a young man, my grandfather worked as an acrobat in a traveling circus. He and his two partners would go from city to city, showing off their precise movements on the fulcrum, trampoline, and balance beam. By the time I knew him, however, my grandfather had long since retired from the circus and worked for…

Toro-Man

Toro-Man

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by Matthew Lawonn Menomonee Falls, WI About seven years ago, my Grandfather and I decided that it was time for a new lawn mower. We both agreed that it would be better for us to go to a dealer, so we can get to know the people behind the name, rather than a “big box store” approach. So, when we walked into the dealership, we knew that we would be…

Fill Depressions and Level Bumps

Filling Depressions and Leveling Bumps

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Poor grading, uneven settling, or the decomposition of buried tree stumps, logs, or roots can cause depressions and bumps.  While you are dethatching your lawn, check for bumps and depressions.  Mark any irregularities with latex spray paint so you can find them easily when you are ready to level. Depressions Smooth slight depressions by topdressing—applying a combination of topsoil and compost—the surface topsoil.  A wide landscaping rake is the best…

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…