Cyclone Rake Blog: Fertilizer
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Showing posts with label Fertilizer. Show all posts

Friday, December 30, 2016

New Year’s Resolutions for Yard Equipment

      It’s the start of a new year, and the middle of winter, meaning lawn care may seem far from your mind. But it’s never too soon to make sure your lawn and garden tools and supplies are ready to go for spring - and resolving to keep your yard tools well-maintained is a New Year’s resolution that may prove possible to keep. Start this year out right, with some time in your garage, storage shed or barn, making sure maintenance is up-to-date for all the tools you’ll need this spring – or finishing routine maintenance that may have slipped by before the holidays.
            Pay special attention to all the engines in your care: lawnmowers, lawn tractors,
trimmers and weedeaters, and other engine-powered machines, such as the Cyclone SuperHauler. Late fall and winter is a good time for replacing spark plugs and changing oil, if you forgot that task after the lawn care season. Use fluids according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, always storing fluids in approved containers and disposing used oil properly. Inspect and clean or replace filters as needed. Be sure mower decks are clean and blades are sharp, ready for the first grass cutting in the spring. If you send your lawn tractor to a mechanic for an annual tune-up, make that appointment now and beat the spring rush.
            Then, take time to inspect and maintain the moving parts on your tools – including tools without an engine. Many machines, from lawnmowers to lawn shears, have moving parts needing only an occasional application of grease or oil. Apply lubricants as needed, being sure to follow the guidelines in owner’s manuals. If you forgot to give a final fall cleaning for lawn equipment in storage, like the Cyclone Rake and other tools, take some time to be sure they are cleaned and stored properly. Inspect all the tires and wheels on your tools for excessive or unusual wear, which may signal a need for replacement or additional maintenance. It’s not too late to apply a coat of linseed oil to condition and preserve wooden tool handles, in case you overlooked that task in the fall.

            Yard care supplies also include things without moving parts, like fertilizer and seed and other soil amendments. Always store fertilizers and seeds in a dry location; keep grass seed left from last year in a cool place, like a basement, where the seed will not freeze. And use these winter months to take stock of your supplies, making a list for supplies needed closer to spring. That will help you meet the aim of your New Year’s resolution for maintaining lawn equipment and supplies: a truly beautiful, healthy lawn and garden.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Get Your Garage Ready for Fall

Cooler nights and a little less humidity mean fall is almost in full swing. Bringing order to your garage can leave you more time to enjoy fall, one of the best times for lawn and garden upkeep.

Seasonal Switch
The CycloneRake folds to six inches maximizing garage space.
Make your leaf collection equipment more accessible in the garage: rakes, blowers, and leaf vacuums for lawnmowers and garden tractors. If you stored an aerator, seeder or fertilizer spreader in a tool shed or barn, put it back into your garage, or wherever it is handiest to access. You may want to move the garden tiller out of the way, too, unless you’re planning a fall garden cover crop or lawn reseeding.

Get Ready to Aerate
Aerating in the late summer or early fall is often recommended for cool-season lawns. Aeration allows more oxygen into the soil, reduces soil compaction, stimulates root growth and helps improve soil drainage. Tune up and move your aerator to an easily-accessible spot in the garage where it’s ready when you need it.

Sort Out Seed and Fertilizer
Fall is also prime time for fertilizing and seeding lawns, with the cooler weather promoting perennial root establishment. If you stored leftover grass seed out of the garage, away from summer’s heat, move the seed back, nearby the seeder or spreader. Move fertilizers to locations in the garage where they may be more accessible to you but still safely out of reach from children and pets.

While you’re at it, you’ll probably find an untidy corner or other area in your garage that could use some early fall attention. Those few minutes spent organizing now mean less hassle for later outdoor tasks, leaving you more time to enjoy the fall beauty.