In order to ensure the proper application rates, we must validate our fertilizer spreader settings by accurately calibrating the spreader.
Optimum Spreading Speed = 3mph
Because most broadcast spreaders are wheel-driven, the speed at which you walk significantly affects the spread of the material. Walking slower causes the spinner to rotate more slowly, resulting in a narrow, heavy spread pattern. Walking faster causes the spinner to rotate more quickly, resulting in a wider, lighter spread pattern. Continue reading
Why do I need to use a lawn dethatcher?
Thatch is made of up old grass clippings, dead roots, leaves and other small organic debris. It builds up in layers underneath your lawn, on top of the soil. Good lawn dethatchers will clear this layer away allowing water, nutrients, and air to reach the soil.
Take a small plug of your lawn from an inconspicuous area using a hand spade. If you see more than a half-inch of thatch, your lawn could really benefit from dethatching. Continue reading
As New Englanders prepared for winter storm Nemo, one company in Jeffersonville, Indiana was preparing to supply some of the snowplows needed to clear the streets. Brinly-Hardy Company, who manufactures the POWERtach™ hydraulic plow for John Deere, is keeping a close eye on the aftermath of the storm that dumped over 40 inches of snow on the northeastern United States. Continue reading
Dethatching your lawn the easy way
Lawn thatch is a layer of grass clippings, dead leaves, and other organic material that builds up underneath your lawn, just above the topsoil. A small amount is essential and protects the roots of the grass, but having too much prevents air, water and nutrients from reaching them. This also creates an environment that is conducive to disease and pests. Dethatching your lawn is crucial to its long-term health and beauty. Continue reading
Get rid of leaves and lawn debris without raking
Allowing fallen leaves and other lawn debris to lie on your lawn not only damages grass and impedes growth, but it also causes thatch to build up and can cause bare spots in your lawn. Continue reading