Rent an Aerator for a Healthier Lawn

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Rent an Aerator for a Healthier Lawn

Heavy-traffic and clay-like areas of the lawn make it prone to soil compaction. The process of aerating involves removing plugs of soil to allow water, air and nutrients to penetrate previously compacted soil or thatch-covered areas and reach the roots of the grass. Here are some reasons to rent an aerator:

Easy do-it-yourself project. Aerating your lawn using a rented aerator is the perfect task for do-it-yourselfers, who want a beautiful lawn, but do not want to subject themselves to the high-pressure sales tactics of a professional lawn service.

Beautiful lawn. Using a rented aerator to aerate your lawn prepares it to receive the water and nutrients it needs and actually lessens thatch. This aeration promotes a healthier lawn, making it more resistant to heat, drought, foot traffic and disease.

The rental solution. You may find it cost prohibitive to buy a high-quality aerator. Renting an aerator lets you get high-quality lawn results without using a professional lawn service or buying an aerator.

Environmentally responsible. By aerating your lawn using a rented aerator you allow more water and nutrients to reach the roots of the grass, which reduces the need to water or apply herbicides to the lawn.

Contact your local, ARA-affiliated, rental store for information on available rental products and services to meet your aerator needs. To locate the rental store nearest you, use the Rental Store Quick Locator above.

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Learn About The Top 10 Myths of Tree Care | STIHL USA

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Learn About the Top 10 Myths of Tree Care

By the International Society of Arboriculture

Learn About the Top 10 Myths of Tree Care

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Most homeowners treasure the trees on their property but know little about how to care for them. Much of what you may have heard about tree care is actually incorrect, based on myths and misconceptions. Here are the top 10 myths of tree care.

Myth 1 – When a tree is planted it should be securely staked to ensure the development of a stable root system and a strong trunk.

Myth 2 – Newly planted trees should have their trunks wrapped with tree wrap to prevent sunscald and insect entry.

Myth 3 – Trees should be pruned back heavily when they are planted to compensate for the loss of roots.

Myth 4 – When removing a branch from a tree, the final cut should be flush with the stem to optimize healing.

Myth 5 – Pruning wounds greater than three inches in diameter should be painted with a wound dressing.

Myth 6 – Certain fast-growing, weak-wooded trees such as silver maple and Siberian elm should be “topped” to make them less hazardous in the landscape.

Myth 7 – If certain species of trees are pruned early in the spring, they will “bleed,” stressing the tree and causing health problems.

Myth 8 – The root system of a tree is a mirror image of the top. Many people envision a large, branching taproot growing deep into the soil.

Myth 9 – Trees require “deep root fertilization” to reach their root system.

Myth 10 – When a tree has lost a significant portion of its root system such as in construction damage, the crown should be cut ba

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How to Find Ethanol-Free Fuel for Your Lawn Gear

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

STIHL MotoMix Ethanol Free FuelConsumer Reports News:

Even outdoor power-equipment owners who maintain their gear aren’t happy about ethanol. Gasoline alone can gum up the carburetor and fuel lines of mowers and blowers if it’s left sitting too long in the fuel tank. But when ethanol is added to gas, as it is almost everywhere, similar neglect can result in the stiffening of rubber and plastic parts and the crusting up of carburetor parts that are supposed to move freely. Fortunately, there are a number of products on the market that address this issue. Continue Reading »

3 Things You Need to Know About Saw Chains

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Picture Hold up a STIHL saw chain next to an aftermarket chain and you will immediately see the difference.  The STIHL chain is manufactured to a much higher standard, materials and engineering are outstanding, and it shows.  OK, this isn’t a sales article on STIHL chains, this is more of a guide to finding a replacement chain.  When determining the correct chain for your saw these are the three factors to consider: Continue Reading »

Relieve Some Pressure with Pressure Washing.

Friday, March 28th, 2014

pressure wash power sprayer cleand driveways sidewalks grafitti gumGreen mold, orange water stains, these are just a few examples of what most home owners battle year round. Keeping your home or job-site clean is a never ending battle, especially living in Florida.

Consider the time savings that can be realized by renting a pressure washer. A pressure washer connects to your ordinary outside water spigot via a garden hose. The high pressure pump multiplies the incoming water pressure from 40 psi to well over 4000 psi (on larger models).

Those of you who have used a pressure washer before, understand the instant gratification achieved when using high pressure; in one pass of the wand, what was once dirty and moldy is now clean and new! Here are a few points to consider about pressure washing:

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Power Tool Maintenance Tips for Spring – Get Your Checklist Now | STIHL USA

Friday, March 28th, 2014

10 Simple Tips

It’s time to awaken your STIHL equipment from its winter slumber. Before you pull your tools out of storage and put them to work, make sure you’ve prepared them for your spring workload. This checklist of proper maintenance tips will help get your equipment out of hibernation and ready to run.
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