The Lawnmower Blog

Posted by in News, Home Improvement on Jul 24, 2015 .
 
With hot, humid sunshine and little rain, preserving your lawn and landscapes becomes a summer necessity.
 
The key to getting your lawn through heat waves is to water effectively. Bluegrass lawns need 1 to 1.5 inches of water a week and even more with the heat. Sod roots generally grow about 6 inches deep and need enough irrigation to soak the entire root mass. To determine how deep your current watering program is getting, dig a small hole in the lawn and measure the band of damp soil. If it’s not wet down 6 inches you need to water longer.
 
 
How long is enough? That is going to depend on your...

Alpine is once again proud to feature the industry's top lawn mowers.  Honda's HRR2169VKC features Honda's Commercial-Grade Engine, a 3-year consumer warranty and as a testament to their reliability, a one year commercial warranty.

The Honda HRR2169VKC with the exclusive MicroCut twin-blade system is powered by the quiet and efficient Honda GCV160 4-stroke, overhead cam engine certified to meet EPA and CARB emissions levels.

Honda's effortless self propelled mowers feature their patented Variable Speed Technology (VST) which allows you to control your mowing speed with a simple turn of the wrist you can increase or...

Posted by in News, Maintenance on Jul 13, 2015 .
 
Time is money, and when commercial landscapers find themselves spending more and more time adjusting, replacing or repairing trimmer line and heads, it starts to cost money! One of the easiest ways to keep a string trimmer performing starts with the trimmer line itself. 
 
Storage. Keep the line cool and out of the sun. A spool of line stored in direct sun runs the risk of UV rays breaking down the line, making it brittle. Commercial-grade line will stand up to rocks, weeds and other obstacles, but trimmer line baking in the sun will require more time and attention. The trimmer and especially the trimmer head suffer...
 
Today's equipment is far more complex and precise to meet environmental and noise regulations. 
When they are functioning as designed, they are extremely productive and efficient.
 
All lawnmowers and chainsaws. They all use gasoline for fuel, and this brings up ethanol, that additive that can be good and bad.
 
Ethanol is promoted as a means to make oil supplies go further. 
 
Ethanol is made from vegetation, and corn is a primary source. Growing corn for making ethanol has been a boost to agricultural interests. 
 
Ethanol works well in vehicles and usually in big outboards of late...

With added rain and cooler temperatures, plants have enjoyed a great season of growth.  Managing these hedges have been a daunting task for many landscapers and groundskeepers.  Whether you are trimming a few yards, a mass of yew in the grounds of a grand house or half-a-mile of hawthorn down the lanes around an estate, the right hedge clipper will get the job done quickly and leave the desired effect.

Handheld equipment continues to become cleaner, quieter, more convenient and more productive. Stihl's new HS82 double-sided are aimed at professional gardeners, the trimmers are fitted with Stihl's 2-MIX petrol engines to reduce...

Posted by in Product Reviews, News on May 13, 2015 .

Consumer Reports has been singing the praises of  Toro's SW and SWX steering wheels on zero-turn-radius riding mowers. 

If you really, really want a zero-turn but someone who mows the lawn can’t get the hang of lap-bars then a steering wheel zero-turn is for you.  The Toro’s steering wheel and steerable front wheels—rather than levers and casters—allow more intuitive control, especially on slopes, and automatically slow down on sharp turns. In addition to requiring fewer passes around a tree or other obstruction, the speed reduction also results in fewer patches of grass that are essentially scraped...

Posted by in on Apr 23, 2015 .
 
With the mowing season soon in full force, we are reminding all our customers to make safety a priority for the mowing season. When firing up your larger mowers be sure to exercise caution when mowing on slopes and inclines.
 
If you are using your lawn mower on a slope, it is very important that you pay attention to the terrain, be vigilant of risks and know how to fully operate your mower. These best practices can help lawn mower operators avoid potential mishaps.
 
The safety tips are as follows. 
 
1. Exercise caution.
 
Operating any mower on a slope requires extra caution. Slopes are a...
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