Author Archives: KristiO

Spring Equipment Preparation

Toro recycler deck under
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?

Amend soil
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"

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!

Golden pheasant
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

White Clover - not all weeds are bad
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

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