Tag Archives: Toro

Turf Wars

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By Doug Jimerson I received a phone call the other day from my youngest son, Graham, who currently lives in Los Angeles. He told me that he’d applied for a… Read more »
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Mowing Advice

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By Doug Jimerson I grew up with circus people. Or more precisely, circus person. As a young man, my grandfather worked as an acrobat in a traveling circus.… Read more »
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What To Look For When Buying A Zero-Turn Mower

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(ARA) – Ever wonder how those lawn-care guys… Read more »
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Understanding Fertilizer

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Toro’s agronomist, Dr. Van Cline, explains the three numbers on a fertilizer bag and offers helpful hints for feeding your lawn. window.onload =… Read more »
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Winterize Your Lawn

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Toro’s agronomist, Dr. Van Cline, tells how to put your lawn to bed for the winter — and ensure it wakes up healthy next spring. window.onloa… Read more »
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Seed or Sod?

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Which is better — seeding your lawn or sodding it? Toro’s agronomist, Dr. Van Cline, reveals his preference. window.onload = document.wr… Read more »
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Mulch or Bag?

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Which is better for your lawn — mulching or bagging? Toro’s agronomist, Dr. Van Cline, reveals the answer and dispels some myths about this… Read more »
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When to Aerate

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What is aerification and why does your lawn need it? Dr. Van Cline, Toro’s agronomist, explains the benefits of aerating — and when you shou… Read more »
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NPK In-depth

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Want to know what the three key nutrients in fertilizer — nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus — do for your lawn? Dr. Van Cline, Toro’… Read more »
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Treating Weeds

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Dr. Van Cline, Toro’s agronomist, helps you fight back with these tips for treating annual and perennial weeds in your lawn. window.onload = docu… Read more »
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Cool and Warm Season Grasses

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Toro’s agronomist, Dr. Van Cline, shares what you need to know about cool and warm season grasses…and when to plant them. window.onload = d… Read more »
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Step 1. Remove Old Turf

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The first step is to kill and remove poor-quality turf, which you can accomplish several ways. Solarization: Cut the old lawn as close to grade as possibl… Read more »
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Step 1. Remove Thatch and Weeds

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The first step to lawn restoration is to remove any thatch buildup.  Thatch is un-decomposed stems and roots that accumulate near the soil surface.  D… Read more »
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Step 2: Fix Grade Problems

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Take the time to fix any existing grade problems, before adding amendments to the soil. For minor grading problems, small versions of earthmoving equipRead more »
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Step 2. Fill Depressions and Level Bumps

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Poor grading, uneven settling, or the decomposition of buried tree stumps, logs, or roots can cause depressions and bumps.  While you are dethatching… Read more »
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When to Mow

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How often should you mow? How much should you cut? Dr. Van Cline, Toro’s senior agronomist, shares some lawn mowing best practices. window.onloa… Read more »
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Lawn Insects

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Dr. Van Cline, Toro’s senior agronomist, describes lawn insects that can infest your turf and how you can fight back! window.onload = document.w… Read more »
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The Best Way to Water

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We tend to over-water turf, which actually prefers to grow on the dry side. Dr. Van Cline, Toro’s senior agronomist, provides advice on the best wa… Read more »
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Encouraging Root Growth

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A healthy root system will produce healthy turf. Dr. Van Cline, Toro’s senior agronomist, describes the importance of root growth and how to enco… Read more »
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Step 3: Amend the Soil

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This is your best opportunity to add amendments such as fertilizer, organic matter, and lime or sulfur.  Use a soil test to determine the best amend… Read more »
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Step 4: Rake Smooth and Firm

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Remove stones and vegetative matter brought to the surface during tilling.   Rake the area until it is smooth.  Water the ground and check it for puddle… Read more »
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Step 5. Increase Organic Matter and Microbes

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Applying fertilizer will not help if your soil does not contain an adequate population of microbes; you need billions of these microscopic organisms pe… Read more »
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Step 6: Caring for Your New Lawn

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You have put a lot of work into creating a new lawn, so don’t forget the most important step.  Plan for watering needs before you plant your lawn. … Read more »
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Step 6. Aerate Compacted Lawns

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Aeration, also called core cultivation, is an important part of any lawn restoration program. Aeration allows grass roots to penetrate the soil deeply… Read more »
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Step 7. Prepare the Surface and Overseed It

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Before you begin, choose the seed that is best for your geographical area and buy the amount you need to cover the size of your lawn. You have several tool op… Read more »
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Step 8. Take Care of Young Plants

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Your work to this point will be in vain if you do not care for the young grass plants as the seeds germinate and begin to grow.  The most critical need is to ap… Read more »
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Is It Really Lawn Disease?

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The best time to assess your turf’s state of health is before mowing. As you pick up fallen twigs or remove other items from the lawn, you should take a car… Read more »
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Choosing the Right Grass

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Do not buy seed on impulse! Choosing the right grass for your lawn can make the difference between having a low-maintenance, environmentally-friendly… Read more »
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The Nitty-Gritty of Weed Removal

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Prevention through appropriate cultural methods is your first line of defense against weeds, but eventually there comes a time when you need to roll up y… Read more »
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