Author Archives: KristiO

Picking up leaves

Abundant in moist, heavy soils, earthworms are a natural component of healthy lawns. Their diet of dirt, organic matter, and excrete plant litter in the… Read more »
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Snowblower Tips & Tricks

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Snowblowing Tips & Tricks from Toro Don’t fight the wind.  Whenever possible, point the chute downwind so that the wind helps you blow the snow. I… Read more »
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Preparing Your Snowblower for Winter

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Now is a great time to take your machine to a local dealer for any needed maintenance or repairs. If you're planning to do your own maintenance, or just want to see what we recommend, please follow these tips, which will help ensure your snowblower is ready for winter.
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The Toro Design Service

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Every do-it-yourself project starts out with a set of instructions. When it comes to installing your own sprinkler and drip irrigation system, Toro goe… Read more »
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Burn Calories Taking Care of Your Lawn

Before You Restore Your Lawn
Don’t dread those outside chores, think of them as an exercise program with a bonus—a great looking yard! Give your legs, hips, back, shoulders and a… Read more »
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Links to Learning

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Dig even deeper into grass, insects, diseases, soil, pesticides, seeds, organics, and more. You will find non-profit organizations, associations, u… Read more »
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Go Green

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Save money and save the environment.  Did you know recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run your TV for 3-hours?  You can make a difference… Read more »
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Starting From Scratch—Planting a New Lawn

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Whether you purchased a new home with dirt as your new lawn or you may have a lawn suffering from acute soil compaction, rampant weed problems, heavy thatc… Read more »
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Kickball

Lawn Games - Kickball
Kickball—originally called “Kick Baseball”—is a game similar to baseball, invented in 1917, Nicholas C. Seuss, Supervisor of Cincinnati Pa… Read more »
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Ring Toss

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Ring toss is a fun summer recreational activity. It is simple to play and can provide a family with hours of fun.  The Basics: Toss the ring onto the peg—… Read more »
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Close Only Counts in Horseshoes …

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It is estimated games with Horseshoes started as early as the 2nd century.  Modern Horseshoes is an outdoor game played between two people (or two teams… Read more »
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T-ball

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T-Ball, or Teeball, is a sport based on baseball and is intended as an introduction for children to develop baseball skills and have fun.  The origins of… Read more »
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Earth Day

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Earth Day is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment.  Founded by United States Senator Gaylord Ne… Read more »
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Lawn Bowling

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Lawn bowling involves rolling slightly asymmetric balls, called bowls, close to a smaller—normally white—bowl called the “jack” o… Read more »
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Hooverball

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Hooverball is a medicine ball game invented by President Herbert Hoover’s personal physician to help keep then-President Hoover fit.  In gene… Read more »
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Disc Golf

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Disc golf is a game in which players throw a flying disc into a basket or at a target.  The object is similar to regular golf, the player with the fewest numb… Read more »
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Backyard Camping

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You don’t have to go any further than your backyard to enjoy the outdoors.  Pitch a tent, unroll your sleeping bags (or use blankets, air mattresses an… Read more »
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Who Hasn’t Played Croquet?

Modern Croquet has its origins in Ireland and arrived in England in the 1850s.  The field can be as big or as small as the size of your lawn.  See the drawin… Read more »
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What to Wear For Pest & Weed Control

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Whether you’re using insecticides and herbicides derived from botanical, biological, or synthetic materials, take all basic precautions, includ… Read more »
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Prevent Thatch Buildup

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The best way to control thatch is to avoid a buildup.  Here are some maintenance practices that will help: At regular intervals, cut grass to the recomme… Read more »
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Spring Equipment Preparation

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After your equipment has been stored all winter, you should take your machine(s) to a local dealer for any needed maintenance or repairs before using it d… Read more »
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What is a Soil Amendment?

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Adding a soil amendment, also called a soil conditioner, helps improve plant growth and health.  The type of amendment or amendments added depends on t… Read more »
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Plant Disease Cycle

Identifying Lawn Diseases
Photo Credit: University of Missouri Fortunately, it takes more than the presence of pathogens (disease-causing microorganisms) to bring on infecti… Read more »
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The Origin of "Fairy Ring"

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Photo by Dr. Van Cline, Agronomist, The Toro Company The term “fairy ring” dates back to 1599 and comes from the folk belief that the rings we… Read more »
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Dust, Not Just for the Birds!

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The birds reveling in the backyard dust know what they are doing.  Finely ground particles in such dust baths damage the exoskeletons of bothersome ins… Read more »
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Not All Weeds are Bad

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Weeds are survivors designed to live in conditions that do not favor most other plants.  However, a “weed” is not always bad.  White clover, once c… Read more »
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Lawn Gallery

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Do you have a lawn that you're proud of? Isn't it time the world heard about it?
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