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Healthy lawn

Wish your grass was greener on this side of the fence? Follow these tips to get a healthier lawn and greener grass you can be proud of.

1. Start with the soil.

Green grass starts with healthy soil. Get a soil test kit from your local home and garden store or a county extension office. Find out exactly which nutrients your soil needs to function at its best and get recommendations for caring for your soil type. The healthier your soil, the easier it will be to grow green, healthy grass.

2. Go natural.

Chemical fertilizers kill the natural organisms in healthy soil that feed your lawn with nutrients. The more chemicals you add to your lawn and the more natural organisms you kill, the more chemicals your lawn will need to stay healthy and green, creating an endless cycle of “chemical dependency” for your lawn.

By testing the soil, you can find out exactly which nutrients your lawn needs, thereby minimizing the need for chemicals on your lawn. Choose organic fertilizers whenever possible.

3. Dethatch.

The more clogged up your lawn gets with dead thatch, the harder it is for the soil to absorb water and nutrients. Help your lawn “breathe” by removing the thatch layer once it gets to be about a half-inch thick.

4. Soak it.

Your lawn needs about an inch of water every week. Use a rain gauge to see how much rain your lawn gets every week. Then water with sprinklers or an irrigation system to make up for what your lawn didn’t get from the rain.

Water in the early morning rather than in the middle of the day so that the water won’t evaporate before it can be absorbed by your lawn. Stop watering when you’ve reached an inch of water. Over-watering won’t keep your lawn any healthier; plus, it wastes resources and your money.

5. Don’t scalp it.

Cutting your lawn too short makes it vulnerable to getting scorched on hot summer days. Instead, adjust the blade on your lawn mower a bit higher and mow more often to keep the roots of your grass cool and shaded.

Push Mowers

Looking for a push mower that’s built to last? MowerSource.com sells high quality push mowers, riding mowers, and zero turn mowers from Toro, Husqvarna, and Ariens. Get free shipping on all orders to the lower 48 states!

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Zero turn mowers

For most homeowners, your lawn gives you a sense of pride. It’s your own land, your own space, and your own chance to show off your green thumb. Mowing the grass every week, however, gets old quickly as the summer wears on. The faster you can get the lawn mowed, the better.

That’s why zero turn mowers have become so popular. With your lawn mowing time cut almost in half, you’ll have more time for summertime activities that you really love. Plus, riding a zero turn mower is a lot more fun than sweating behind a push mower.

Popular Mechanics Zero Turn Mower Reviews

Popular Mechanics tested 6 of the most popular zero turn mowers to see which brands were best for residential use. The six brands they tested were Husqvarna, Simplicity, Craftsman, Ariens, Cub, and Snapper.

Husqvarna took the grand prize with its well-built design, ease of use, and comfort. It also proved to be one of the quietest zero turn mowers of the six that Popular Mechanics compared. The years of experience Husqvarna has had overseas with its zero turn mowers is accredited to the company’s success in working the bugs out of its design.

Next in line was the Simplicity, with its efficient design and solid cutting abilities. This zero turn mower was the loudest among the six tested.

Craftsman and Ariens were neck-and-neck for third place, with the Ariens noticeably quieter. In fifth place was the Cub Cadet, at a price point higher than the average homeowner’s budget but with a rugged, commercial construction. The aggressive handling and size is likely overkill for most homeowners, however.

In last place came the Snapper. The reviewers unanimously agreed that the joystick handling didn’t meet their expectations when it comes to a well-built zero turn mower.

Mother Earth News Zero Turn Mower Reviews

A zero turn mower comparison and review by Mother Earth News showed that Toro came in one of the top spots, with high marks for comfort, ease of use, vibration levels, and handling. John Deere sneaked in just after Toro, with slightly lower marks for comfort.

Zero Turn Mowers

MowerSource.com carries the top zero turn mower brands in the industry: Toro, Husqvarna, and Ariens. All of our zero turn mowers are backed by a manufacturer’s warranty. Get free shipping and free lift gate delivery when you order now!

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As this summer progresses, we want you to succeed when it comes to your lawn. We know how important the look of a pristine lawn is, but sometimes getting the look you want means starting over and completely renovating your lawn. Lawn renovation can feel like a daunting task, but with these 8 lawn care tips, you’ll be well on your way to a healthier, greener lawn!

Lawn Care Tips

Husqvarna XT722 Self-Propelled Mower

1. Find the problem: Ask some simple questions. Where does your lawn need a little extra TLC? What looks unhealthy? There are many issues that could keep your lawn from achieving its full potential. Shade, excess water or weeds are just a few of the problems you could face.

2. Start from the Start: If your lawn is too overrun with weeds, spray it with an herbicide that contains glyphosate. This will kill all vegetation but allows for new turf to take hold more easily.

3. Mow, Mow, Mow: Really scalp the lawn. Mowing low will leave the areas with the small dead plants in order to prepare for repair.

4. Repeat Rake: Rake these dead areas and leave just about 1/4 of an inch left. Rent an electronic rake from a local hardware store to speed up the process.

5. Let’s Plant: It’s time to replant. Seed distribution is key. We suggest spreading half of your seeds north/south and then making another pass east/west. This should cover your area quite effectively.

6. Water: Keep your planting area moist! The soil should never go dry the first two weeks after planting. Once the sprouts begin to show, take a cue from Goldilocks. Don’t let the soil have too little or too much water. The soil needs to be just right.

7. Feed the Beast: Remember to fertilize not only the planting area, but the entire lawn. Don’t fertilize until you see significant shoots in the planting areas. Feeding too early could kill them.

8. Mow Again: When the grass has reached about 3 inches in length, mow it. Mowing will prevent weeds and encourage healthy growth of your grass. Make sure that your mower is sharp. A dull mower could tear the seedlings from their new home. Finally, mow as normal with regular growth.

Lawn Mowers

Looking for a new lawn mower to take better care of your lawn? Mower Source offers high quality Ariens, Husqvarna, and Toro lawn mowers and riding mowers for any yard, big or small. Get the best pricing around, plus free shipping to all 48 states in the continental U.S.! Shop now for our mid-season deals on lawn mowers and lawn care tools.

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best time to water lawn

Even with the right combination of nutrients, your lawn won’t be healthy without enough moisture to absorb those nutrients. Lawn watering is a vital step in caring for your grass and keeping it healthy. Here are some tips on the best time to water your lawn.

When to Water

With enough rain, your lawn won’t need to be watered very often. A well-maintained lawn is designed to capture and use rain water efficiently. But if you hit a drought period in mid-summer, or you live in a dry area of the country, watering your lawn is important if you want to keep it alive.

Once your grass begins to start turning brown or looking dried out, it’s time to break out the sprinklers or turn on the irrigation system.

Best Time of Day to Water Lawn

The best time to water your lawn is early in the morning, before the temperature reaches its peak in the middle of the day. The hotter it gets, the faster the water evaporates. Watering the lawn at the hottest part of the day allows too much water to evaporate before it soaks into the ground.

If you can’t get up early enough to water the lawn in the early morning, or if you don’t have an irrigation system with automatic settings, the next best time to water the lawn is in the evening. However, keep in mind that some lawn experts say watering the lawn at night can promote the growth of fungus and cause lawn diseases, since the water sits on your lawn overnight.

How Often to Water Lawn

Experts say that your lawn needs about one inch of rainfall or water each week. More than that is wasted water. You may be able to cut lawn watering down to once a week, as long as you can water the grass long enough to equal one inch. To help you gauge how much water your lawn is receiving, place a coffee can or small container on the ground within reach of the sprinkler system. When the water in the can reaches one inch, your grass is well watered.

Conserving Water

The better your lawn can absorb water, the less water you will waste. To keep your lawn healthy and protect the roots, mow high in the summer. The extra shade keeps your lawn’s roots from getting scorched by the sun and heat.

Mowing at the coolest time of the morning, and only watering your lawn when it needs it will also help conserve water. Your pocketbook and the earth will thank you.

Self-Propelled Mowers

Wish you could make mowing the lawn easier? A self-propelled mower matches your pace and makes it easier to push the mower uphill. Get free shipping on self-propelled mowers from MowerSource.com! We offer high quality, warranty-backed lawn mowers from Ariens, Husqvarna, and Toro, with the best prices available online!

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We’re almost halfway through the mowing season. I’m sure you are enjoying the leisure and productivity of your riding lawn mower. Even though there is still a lot of mowing yet to do, regular maintenance shouldn’t be forgotten. A consistent cut comes from consistent mower maintenance. There are a plethora of working parts to consider, but we’d like to narrow it down to the maintenance essentials. Here are a few tips to keep your riding lawn mower in excellent shape.

Riding Lawn Mowers

Toro LX427 Riding Lawn Mower

The Oil

Most people think that the oil rarely needs to be changed, but this isn’t the case. Oil should be changed at least once per summer, if not more. Warm the engine up for a minute to warm the oil. This will make it easier to drain. Be sure to drain your tank’s gasoline as well. If you are going to be keeping gas in the tank during storage, use a gasoline stabilizer.

The Battery

After the oil drains, disconnect your battery. Untether the negative connection first, followed by the positive connection. Removing the battery is a safety precaution to make sure that the mower doesn’t start accidentally.

The Blades

Clean the blades thoroughly and sharpen them. If there are larger chunks taken out of the blades, it may be time to replace them. Blades can be sharpened at a local hardware store or you can invest in a DIY sharpening kit.

The Deck

After removing the blades from the deck, scrape and remove excess dirt and debris. Use a putty knife and brush for this task. Buff away stains and reinstall the blades.

The Belts

Remove belts and their covers. Give both a good cleaning. Replace belts if you see apparent signs of strain or any cracks. Belts can also stretch under extreme heat conditions, so make sure that your belts are taut instead of stretched out.

Riding Lawn Mowers for Sale

Need a new riding lawn mower for the season? MowerSource sells high quality Toro, Ariens, and Husqvarna lawn mowers, including riding mowers, self-propelled mowers, and zero turn mowers. Free shipping on all orders to the lower 48 U.S.