Cyclone Rake Blog: Lawn tractor
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Showing posts with label Lawn tractor. Show all posts

Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring Mowing Made Easy

Spring grass mowing season is here, and it is a good time to remember some best practices for mowing your lawn and keeping it looking great.
            Proper mowing height is extremely important. The general rule of thumb is to only remove about one-third of the grass height. Mowing at a taller height, more frequently, helps grass plants stay healthy for the long-term and grow healthy root systems ready for supporting plants during period of stress.    The recommended grass height after spring mowing is usually two inches to three inches, but may be more or less, depending on the type of grass. Consult your local garden center or a university extension guide to make sure you are mowing at the proper height.
            Grass clippings are best left to decompose in the yard, providing natural nutrients and organic matter for a healthy lawn. But collecting some grass clippings in the spring can prevent excessive mulch buildup. A grass collection system, like the Cyclone Rake, can help you collect lawn trimmings to compost, especially during spring periods of heavy grass growth.

            The type of mower that you use is largely a matter of personal preference and budget. Lawn tractors and other self-propelled mowers are a good fit for larger lawns. Walk-behind, or “push”mowers, are a great fit for smaller lawns and provide the operator with some additional exercise.
            Walk-behind mowers can also be a useful tool on damp spots in larger lawns in the spring. While mowing when grass is wet is never recommended – this can promote the spread of disease – spring rains can make the ground spongy and more likely to be compacted from a heavier lawn tractor. Low-lying or poorly drained spots can be mowed with a walk-behind mower to reduce compaction. Remember to keep the lawnmower blades sharp, no matter what kind of mower you use; a good sharpening every month or so is usually recommended.

            Keeping the grass at a longer, healthy height can also help you put lines or “stripes” in your yard. A simple way to make back-and-forth stripes is simply to mow in straight lines, mowing each pass in the opposite direction of the last one. A lawn roller or striping kit for your lawnmower can also help create this look. A checkerboard appearance can be created by rolling in the opposite direction which you’ve mown. Try creating your own “checkerboard” by simply alternating the direction you mow with each cutting. While not as dramatic an effect as that done with a roller or kits, you’ll get a nice appearance and keep the grass healthier by not mowing in the same direction all the time.

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.