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Transitioning Your Yard from Summer to Fall

10/13/2017 5:00:00 AM

By: Katie Kuchta, LawnStarter​

When most people think of the transition from summer to fall it means cooler days, the start of school, and the leaves on trees changing color. 

But when it comes to your lawn, there are a whole slew of things to think about.  In fact, the transition from summer to fall is one of the most important times to make sure you're following proper lawn care practices.

Schedule an aeration

In nearly every region of the country, Fall is prime time for core aeration. 

Over time, your soil becomes compacted by lawn mowers, foot traffic and even just the weight of the soil.  The more compact the soil is, the harder it is for water, air, and nutrients to reach the roots of the grass.  Lawns that go years without aeration are bound to become overcome with weeds, which fare better in compact soil than grass does.

Core aeration relieves this compaction by pulling out small plugs of dirt from the lawn, typically 2-3 inches deep and ¼-½ inch in diameter.  The plugs are left on top to crumble and return to the soil, and the holes allow grass roots to breathe.

Why aerate in fall?  As mentioned in this previous article, "fall aeration helps strengthen underground root systems while providing an excellent bed for overseeding."

You'll want to aerate in early Fall, so that your lawn has time to get the benefits before winter.  And since most companies have a 3 week lead time on aeration, it's important to schedule it in advance.

Pair your aeration with overseeding

Overseeding is the process of spreading seed over an existing lawn to replace dead grass, filling out your lawn for a full, lush look.  Overseeding also helps crowd out weeds.

Aeration and overseeding go together like peanut butter and jelly for two reasons.  For one, they both happen to be most beneficial during a lawn's growing season.  Secondly, the when seeds fall into the holes created by aeration, they tend to sprout better.

It's important to note that overseeding is more common in northern parts of the country.

Increase your mowing frequency

In most regions, grass grows faster during Fall than it does during summer.  This is simply because most grass types go dormant during the heat of the summer as a survival mechanism. 

So as the weather starts to cool, it's important to increase your mowing frequency to keep up with the growth.

In markets like Texas, it's common to go from monthly during the summer to biweekly during the fall.  Whereas in northern markets like Minneapolis, you might be switching from biweekly mowing to weekly mowing.

Adjust your watering schedule

In most regions, your lawn watering regimen will differ between summer and fall.  Unfortunately, there's no one-size fits all recommendation because schedule not only depends on your climate, but your local regulations.  LawnStarter Lawn Care recommends the following in Phoenix:  "Water a bermudagrass lawn once every three days during the summer….in the winter, Bermuda-grass lawns go dormant and need no supplemental watering."

Further reading

These are just a few basic tips on making your lawn's transition from summer to fall.  For more information, check out the following resources:

Ariens Introduces Professional 21 Single-Stage Snow Thrower, Designed for Professionals

10/10/2017 5:00:00 AM

​Earlier this year, Ariens® introduced the Professional 21 single-stage snow thrower, a 21-inch compact and durable solution for snow-removal professionals. The Professional 21 was created in response to the need for a single-stage solution that is tough enough for a commercial user.

The Professional 21 will be available for demo at the upcoming GIE + Expo trade show in Louisville, Ky. Come visit Ariens at booth #7120 to see the latest in snow innovation.

Designed for heavy-duty work, the Professional 21 is built to be durable, reliable, performance-driven and maintenance friendly. It features a spring-loaded scraper bar that self-adjusts to follow the contours of the ground, a thick paddle that cleans to the surface, and optimal handlebar positions for system performance and user comfort.


The Professional 21 also features an open engine design with access to the carburetor, recoil and spark plug for easy maintenance. Keeping ease-of-use in mind, the machine also features an easy start sequence on the engine and an on/off switch instead of a key to guarantee that the machine starts in any weather conditions. Reinforced housing sides, high impact wheels and reinforced rod beneath housing guarantee extra durability, even in tough conditions.

For the snow removal professional, the Professional 21 also includes an hour meter to help keep maintenance schedules on track. When the work is done, the easy load handlebar system helps guide the machine up onto the back of a truck with ease.

"With the Professional 21, we've come up with the ultimate machine for commercial users," said Ariens Company VP of Marketing Matt Medden. "Professionals are looking for something that's easy to use and can stand up to the work they're completing every day. The Professional 21 has thoughtful features incorporated, specifically designed to impact the machine's durability and performance, which we think will go a long way in helping pros get the job done."

For 2017, the Professional 21 is available in two models, the Professional 21 SSR and the Professional 21 SSRC, which includes remote chute rotation. The SSR model will have a manufacturer's advertised price (MAP) of $599 USD and the SSRC model will have a MAP price of $649 USD. These units offer a three-year residential warranty or a one-year commercial warranty.

The Professional 21 will be available in late October 2017 at authorized Ariens dealers in the United States and Canada.​​​​

Ariens® Introduces RapidTrak™ Sno-Thro® Technology, An All-New, Exclusive Track System

10/4/2017 5:00:00 AM

Ariens® introduces RapidTrak™ Sno-Thro® technology, an innovative system designed to combine the best of both wheeled and track Sno-Thro machines.  

The RapidTrak system is designed to move fast, matching the speed of wheeled Sno-Thro model. The track design gives users the option of using a full track system for ultimate grip and traction or adjusting the back wheel of the track up, creating a faster, more maneuverable system. In the wheel setting, it is easy to turn the RapidTrak machine at the end of a driveway or around obstacles.

RapidTrak also includes a third setting, which allows the user to tilt the housing of the machine down towards the ground while in track mode, helping to dig into the snow and clean to the pavement. Track adjustments are easy to make; a trigger on the right handlebar allows the user to easily adjust any setting on the go.  

 

"The RapidTrak is the latest innovation we've created for the Ariens brand," said Ariens Company VP of Marketing Matt Medden. "With a completely redesigned track system, we've been able to capture the best of both a track and a traditional Sno-Thro unit, bringing unmatched efficiency to our customers."

For 2017, The RapidTrak system will be available on two Sno-Thro models -- the Hydro Pro 28 RapidTrak (926060) and the Hydro Pro 32 RapidTrak (926069). The 28-inch model will have a MAP price of $3,099 (USD) and the 32-inch model will have a MAP price of $3,399 (USD). These units offer a three-year residential warranty or a one-year commercial warranty.

Both models include hydrostatic drive, which allows the unit to maintain power through all ranges and depths of snow, keeping the machine moving fast while clearing snow. Hydrostatic drive also provides infinite speed control so users ca​n find the perfect speed for their specific job.

​Already, RapidTrak has made a splash in the industry, with wide coverage from industry publications like Lawn and Landscape​, Landscape Management, Total Landscape Care​, ​​Turf Magazine and more. 

The RapidTrak will be available in October 2017 exclusively at authorized Ariens dealers in the United States and Canada.