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5 lawn mowing safety tips so you can enjoy your free time


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(BPT) – Enjoying those warm summer and fall afternoons is a luxury, and often the stresses of the office or the yard duties like mowing the lawn get in the way.

With zero turn mowers making the time spent mowing the grass more efficient, more and more homeowners are getting to enjoy their afternoons and free time. One thing owners of zero turn mowers should be aware of are the safety guidelines, which are designed to ensure that an afternoon spent mowing the lawn won’t result in injury. Toro provides the following safety tips to help keep homeowners enjoying those summer afternoons:

1. Wear appropriate clothing – Loose clothing and hanging jewelry should be avoided when using a zero turn mower. Instead, wear shoes that cover the toes, long pants, and hearing and eye protection.

2. Avoid obstacles and drop-offs – Riding lawn mowers are designed for flat and unobstructed lawns. If you have a pond, drop-off or slope greater than 15 degrees, use a push lawn mower near these areas.

3. Let machine cool when adding fuel – Always add fuel to your zero turn mower before starting the machine. If you need to add fuel during the middle of mowing your yard, let the machine sit for 15 minutes before opening the tank for refueling.

4. Keep an eye aware – Always look for children, pets or objects on the lawn when mowing with a zero turn mower. Also, know which direction the clippings are blowing so you can avoid hitting property or other people with them.

5. Solo riders only – Zero turn mowers are designed to seat only the operator of the vehicle. It isn’t safe to allow children to sit anywhere on the vehicle.

When purchasing your first zero turn mower, carefully read the operator’s manual and then take the machine to a flat and open place so you can familiarize yourself with setting speeds and changing direction.

The freedom of being outside in your backyard, soaking up the sun and not sitting in front of a computer at the office is exhilarating. Keep these safety tips in mind as you head out to mow the lawn this week, and you’ll be enjoying the job all summer long.

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Five tips to crown your lawn king of spring


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(BPT) – Those winter chills are finally history and it’s time focus on outdoor fun again. Your lawn is the perfect spot for family gatherings, sports competitions, barbecues and relaxing afternoons, so why not make it the best it can be? Before your calendar fills up, apply these five tips and your lawn will be in great shape for the entire season.

* Clean up. Whether it was packed under the snow or blown in by the wind, the winter season leaves more than its fair share of debris behind. Grab a rake and get started raking up all of this garbage. Once the lawn is clean, apply a thin layer—about a quarter-inch thick—of compost to give your lawn a boost and start it in the right direction.

* Reseed the bare patches. Your travels around your lawn to rake up debris will probably reveal some bare patches. If you do happen upon a patch of barren ground, loosen the top 2-4 inches. Level the soil with your garden rake and cover the area with a mixture of grass seed and fertilizer. You could also replace the fertilizer with compost. Pat the surface with the flat end of the rake when finished to ensure the seed remains in place. Water as necessary.

* Aerate your lawn. Aerating allows oxygen, water and other nutrients to reach your grass’s roots, and it’s one of the best things you can do to support your lawn. Travel across your yard with a manual or gas-powered aerator, punching holes in the ground. Make sure to pass over each area only once. After you’ve finished aerating, spread compost, fertilizer or peat moss over your yard. The fertilizer will be absorbed quickly through the holes created by the aeration.

* It’s time to mow. Optimal grass length is 2.5-3.5 inches, so cut your grass as frequently as needed to achieve this length without cutting more than third of each grass blade. Mowing high and often will produce a heartier lawn that is more adept at keeping weeds away, as well as making it less susceptible to heat and drought. The new Z200 series of residential zero-turn riding mowers from Husqvarna, handles your mowing duties in a snap. The Z200 zero-turn platform features SmartSwitch technology that gives you one-touch steering, real-time feedback and keyless security so you can mow the lawn quickly and enjoyably every time.

* Add color and contrast. Landscaping adds immediate scenic interest to your space and allows you to showcase your creativity as well. If you choose to add annuals or perennials to your space, plant them in odd numbers and in tiny pockets around the yard – this produces a more natural appearance. You can also add a centerpiece to your yard, such as a sculpture, fountain, fire pit or horseshoe pit. Any of these focal points provides a gathering place and an excuse to enjoy relaxing afternoons on your beautiful lawn all season long.

To learn more about Husqvarna and the Z200 series of zero-turn mowers, visit Husqvarna on Facebook or Twitter.

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