A roadmap for taking care of your lawn this summer

Spring is about building a healthy and lush lawn.

Summer is about endurance: Enduring the hot sun and temperatures, enduring less rain, enduring having the kids and pets and family and friends trampling on it for three months.

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Gardening: The perfect hobby for children

Seriously, is there anything kids enjoy more than playing in the dirt? They love it, and it’s fun to watch … until you have to clean them up of course.

But more and more it’s tough to get kids outside. Between video games and iPods and … cable, kids have less motivation to get outdoors.

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Get that big league look with striping patterns

Admit it, every spring when baseball season starts you look at those beautifully striped diamonds and outfields and think, “that’s how I want my lawn to look.”

That perfectly mown grass with those sharp stripes and eye-catching designs have reached out and grabbed most of us. But if you think you need years of experience working on a Major League grounds crew in order to make your own lawn stripes, we’re going to let you in on a secret: You don’t.

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Cultivate a beautiful landscape on a dime

What thoughts go through your head when you drive by a beautifully landscaped home? It’s an image that shows pride in your home, your neighborhood while giving you a great sanctuary.

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Starting from scratch: Gardening 101

If you’ve ever wanted to start your own garden but aren’t sure, well, where to start or are intimidated by your lack of a green thumb, we’ve got some good news for you: Gardening is something everyone can learn to do.

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Your complete guide to spring mower prep

Believe it or not, warm weather is on the horizon. And before you know it, your spring lawn is going to be full and ready for that first cut of the season.

But after sitting for three or four months in the shed or garage, there’s a very good chance your mower or tractor is going to need a check and some maintenance. In fact, routine maintenance on all lawn and garden equipment is a very good idea to extend their lifespans.

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Time to get your lawn ready for spring

It’s been a long winter but trust us, spring is headed our way.

I know, revel in that feeling for that moment.

And we’re betting that once the sun comes out and the snow clears up, you’ll be champing at the bit to get outside and enjoy warmer weather. You’ll also probably notice it’s time to get working on that lawn.

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Suspension systems mean comfort, productivity

Do you ever get off your riding mower at the end of the day and feel like you should drive directly to the chiropractor?

Or a masseuse?

If you operate a fixed-frame mower for a landscape company or a commercial service, or even use one for two to three hours on your own property, you know the beating your body takes. Especially, what the pounding those hours on the mower do to your lower back.

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A handy pre-snowplowing checklist

The snow hit your area and you’re ready to jump into your truck and get that snowplow rolling to clear all that snow and ice off the roads before most of the world even wakes up.

But what if you get halfway down the road and your snowplow starts having problems? Whether it’s something small or something big that could result in an emergency, the last thing you want are issues on the road when you could be making money.

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Six steps to maintaining your chainsaw

How much time and effort do you put into maintaining your chainsaw? If you aren’t putting in any time, you certainly should consider it.

Remember, a chainsaw is one of the most dangerous power tools in the world, even considering how much safer they are today than in the past. Still, solid, regular maintenance is a very good way to keep you safe and prevent a terrible mishap.

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