6 Lawn Care Tips for Fall

6 Lawn Care Tips for Fall

Summer is over, but before the warm weather is completely gone for the year, now is the perfect time to groom and prepare your yard for fall.

Tip #1 – Keep the grass tall

Tall grass helps keep moisture during warmer temperatures. Mowing high also decreases turf damage from mowing too short, the grass is more drought tolerant, and more weed and grub tolerant.

Tip #2 – Trim and clean up your edges

Hedge trimmers and pruners are great lawn care tools to use this time of year. Fall is the perfect time to handle overgrown bushes and shrubs. Cutting old and thick branches promotes the growth of new stems.

An edger, string trimmer, or brushcutter are also great tools to enhance the look of your yard. They add bold, new definition to the area, and additionally they stop the entrance of plant roots into your sidewalk and driveway. After winter is over, it will be easier to reestablish a beautiful lawn and garden.

Tip #3 – Overseed when needed

You don’t want bald spots on your lawn when fall ends so it’s a good idea to overseed now.

If you are overseeding, do not mow high. When overseeding, cut the grass at your mower’s lowest height and bag the mower clippings instead of using them as mulch. This way, the seeds will get maximum contact with the soil and new grass will grow.

Tip #4 – Fertilize

While there are a variety of blended fertilizers in stores, fertilizing starts with you and your mower. Mow your lawn as you normally would and leave the finely chopped grass clippings on your lawn as mulch. Mulching allows the grass to naturally decompose while allowing nutrients to reach your soil and improve the health of your lawn.

Tip #5 – Aerate compacted soil

Aerating entails punching holes into the lawn to allow oxygen, water, and nutrients to reach the soil. The goal of aeration is to loosen compacted soil and is needed for lawns that suffer from heavy foot traffic and construction.

Tip #6 – Dethatch the lawn

Controlling the thatch on your lawn is an important part of lawn care. The thatch layer is the layer of dead grass, roots, and debris that accumulate on the surface of the soil. Over time, a thick mat forms and this prevents air and water from reaching the soil. Therefore, your lawn is more susceptible to diseases and pests.

If the thatch layer is over a half inch thick, it should be removed. Most lawns need dethatching once a year. To check if it’s time, work your fingers into the grass and take note of the thatch layer. To remove thatch from your lawn, use a dethatching rake or power dethatcher.

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5 Ways To Prepare For Winter Storms

5 Ways To Prepare For Winter Storms

When it comes to winter storms, are you doing everything you can to get ready for heavy snow and prevent possible weather damage? Gear up ahead of time with these preparation tips and reduce winter weather-related problems before they hit.

1 – Use A Good De-Icer On Walkways

When it comes to de-icers, the benefits of professional-grade ice melt greatly outweigh ordinary rock salt. Typically composed of calcium, magnesium, potassium, chloride, or a combination of these, ice melt lowers the freezing point of water to melt snow and ice at much lower temperatures.

Additionally, ice melt is less corrosive than rock salt, making it safer for your driveway, sidewalk, and yard. Less corrosion is also good news for your shoes and carpet, so you can breathe easier when accidentally tracking residual ice melt indoors.

2 – Trim Overgrown Branches

Winter storms bring extreme winter winds, ice, and heavy snow. When that wind, ice and snow hit, your trees may pose a potential hazard to you and your home. Branches that are close to your house can break off and cause serious damage, leaving you with more than just a damaged tree.

To help prevent damage and injury, use a chainsaw to trim overgrown or loose branches before storms pass through.

3 – Clean Gutters

Leaf-clogged gutters often cause major problems when combined with winter weather. Left unattended, debris buildup can lead to water overflow, ice dams, and even flooding.

If you’ve experienced some flooding before, try using a water pump to collect standing water from floors or other areas where liquid and debris may have settled.

4 – Choose A Reliable Generator

Having the right generator on hand can mean the difference between operating your home without interruption or going days without power. Avoid being stuck without lights, charging stations, and appliances by keeping a generator nearby for surprise outages.

5 – Tune Up Your Snow Blower

For ultimate convenience this winter, remember to tune up your snow blower and make sure it is in great working order before the first big snowfall. Having your snow blower ready to go will help cut down on any surprise malfunctions when it’s time to clear your driveway.

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Get Your John Deere Gator Ready for Winter

Get Your Gator Ready For Winter

Yes, it’s cold out, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop using your John Deere Gator. Since John Deere utility vehicles are designed to take on any condition or task, trudging through snow during the winter is not as difficult as you may think. There are a variety of attachments designed to winterize your Gator so continue reading to learn how these add-ons can help prepare your machine for winter conditions.

Floor Mats

The snow and mud covering the grounds during the wintertime may get tracked back to the floor of your Gator. These washable floor mats protect the floor from outside elements and minimizes debris and noise in the operator station.

Cab Doors and Rear Panel

Adding cab doors to your John Deere Gator can boost the temperature inside your cab. Also, heat-absorbing tinted glass absorbs solar radiation through the windows. These panels come in three different colors.

The cab rear panel has the same heat-­absorbing tinted glass that absorbs solar radiation. It also helps keep dust and snow out of the operator station when it’s installed with a full windshield.

Canvas Cab Doors

Canvas cab doors are a nice option if you don’t want full-on doors. You can choose the heavy-duty, water-resistant polyester canvas doors for your machine. There is also a poly roof, canvas roof/rear panel, poly rear window, and full-flip-out windshield to keep yourself protected from the elements.

OPS Poly Roof

This roof provides the operator, and passenger, with year-round weather protection thanks to molded-in water troughs that routes water away.

Glass Windshield

This windshield is made of tempered glass and provides clear, distortion-free vision for the operator. It’s also tinted to absorb heat and keeps out rain and snow.

Windshield Wiper Kit

The windshield wiper kit ensures that operators can see clearly in the snow. The backlit switch installs right onto the dashboard.

Deluxe Cargo Box Cover

This heavy-duty fabric coated cover is water resistant. An elastic cord and hook attachment system keeps loads tightly secured and away from the wet weather.

Vehicle Cover

When you’re done working for the day, you can shut your machine down and use this heavy-weight polyester fabric cover to protect your entire vehicle from poor weather conditions year-round.

Straight Blades

There are several straight blades you can use with your John Deere Gator, ranging from 66 to 72 inches. For instance, the Standard V-Shape Blade is a great for dirt and snow removal, as well as grading. The Hydraulic Straight Blade can be used if you want a hydraulic lift and angling system to make snow removal easier. Again, there are multiple options available. Be sure to choose one that fits your specific needs.

This is not an entire list of John Deere Gator attachments, but we hope the listed attachments come in handy this winter. Remember you can customize your Gator however you like to prepare for winter conditions.

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Tips to Store Small Engine Equipment for Winter

Tips to Store Small Engine Equipment for Winter

Summertime has drawn to a close, so your outdoor power equipment needs have changed with the fall season. That means it’s time to put away the summer equipment, and break out the cold-weather equipment. By taking care of cleaning and maintenance tasks before the winter season, you can build a regular routine that will help you extend the life of your small engine equipment. Here’s what you should do to prepare your equipment for winter storage.

Store Small Engine Equipment Tip – Storage

Store your equipment in a clean and dry area, such as a garage or shed. For additional protection, try covering your machine with a tarp to block out possible moisture and use moth balls to help protect against pests.

Store Small Engine Equipment Tip – Spark Plugs

Spark plugs should be replaced after 100 hours of use. Use a spark plug wrench to carefully turn the metal base so as not to break the plug. Once you remove the spark plug, put a few drops of oil into the open cylinder, and then gently start the engine a few times to coat the cylinder walls and valves.

Make sure you replace the used plug with a new one that has the same part number. Spark plugs vary among different machines.

Store Small Engine Equipment Tip – Fuel

Empty all fuel from your four-cycle and two-cycle equipment. Most gasoline contains ethanol, which breaks down over time and loosens deposits that have formed inside the engine. This causes gum-like material to move around inside the fuel system and can clog the carburetor.

Before storing equipment, let the engine run until it stalls out and there is no longer any gas in the tank. Try to start the engine again to get rid of any fuel that escaped during the previous run.

If you want to keep your equipment filled with gas, you should use a fuel stabilizer. Run your machine for a few minutes to circulate the mixture throughout the carburetor, and then turn the machine off. This process allows you to store a gas-filled tank for up to six months, and should allow you to easily start your machine in the spring.

Store Small Engine Equipment Tip – Oil and Filters

Change the oil and oil filters to keep moving parts lubricated. Changing these also removes particles from the engine, increasing its lifespan of your small engine equipment. Cleaning or replacing air filters helps keep grass and other elements out of the engine, increasing power and fuel efficiency.

Paper filters should be replaced after use, while foam filters can be washed and reused.  Rinse your foam filter with hot water and dish detergent, lay it out to dry, and coat it in oil before re-inserting.

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