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Before a winter storm arrives, it’s important for home and business owners to prepare for snow clean-up and ice removal. Police, fire and medical emergercy personnel remind home and business owners that it’s best to get ready before a storm strikes.
 
The days after a storm can be dangerous for people who are trying to get things back to normal and facing extraordinary circumstances.
 
Just a few short years ago, the Greater Toronto Area was ravaged by an unprecedented ice storm which left many homeownners powerless over the holiday season.
 
 
Roger, a local fire official says that far...

Posted by in News, Home Improvement on Aug 25, 2015 .
Now is prime time to prep your yard for the next growing season
With cooling temperatures slow aboveground growth, excessive moisture enriches soil and encourages strong root development. Removing spent stems, dead branches, and heavy leaf cover protects plants' overall health.
 
Here's 10 Great Ways to have an elite landscape next spring
 
 
Aerate the Lawn
If rainfall pools on the grass, it's time to aerate compressed soil so water and nutrients can reach the roots. A garden fork can do the job on a small yard, but for larger lawns Roger uses a walk-behind aerator that pulls out 2½-to 3-inch-deep...

Posted by in Product Reviews, News, Specials on Jul 30, 2015 .
 
(Source: GreenIndustryPros.com)
 
When stand-on zero-turn mowers were introduced to the marketplace more than a decade ago, manufacturers hoped the product would soon become as popular as both the sit-down zero-turn and intermediate walk-behind. It never happened. But today, thanks to improved designs, smaller footprints, a refined market position and wider distribution, manufacturers are optimistic that the stand-on won’t be standing still much longer.
 
Stand-on applications. The stand-on mower is designed specifically for landscapers, especially those in metro areas who have smaller, highly landscaped...

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...

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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...
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