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Hurry in for a FREE Warranty Extension

8/6/2018 5:00:00 AM


By: Aaron Abler, Email Marketing and Content Specialist,

Sweetening the deal

Yes, you read that right. While all products in the Ariens® family lineup come standard with a three-year warranty for residential use, we’re sweetening the deal for a limited time only. From August 6 through August 17, 2018, all two-stage Sno-Thro® purchases automatically receive a free, two-year extension of our standard warranty. This add-on, which is normally priced at $99.95 USD, provides a grand total of five years warranty coverage for your new Ariens Sno-Thro at no extra cost.

What do I need to do?
There’s no contest entry, applications or special hoops to jump through. Simply purchase a new two-stage Sno-Thro (excludes Sno-Tek® models) from an Ariens dealer or national retail partner like Home Depot or Lowe’s and register your new product within the promotion period. We know it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of purchasing the top-selling snow thrower on the market, but it’s extremely important to register your product at the time of purchase. Products that are not registered before the Aug. 17 promotion end date will not receive the free, two-year warranty extension.

Additional things to be aware of
In many cases, our helpful network of independently owned and operated Ariens dealers will register newly-purchased units themselves, which is fantastic. Leaves less work for the customer, right? However, just be sure to clarify with your dealer if they registered the product on your behalf; don’t assume they completed registration at time of purchase. In the case that your dealer does not register the product with the Ariens Company or your unit was purchased through a national retail chain, you can easily register your new unit at ariens.com/registration.

Don’t opt for the warranty extension when registering 
For those customers completing the product registrations themselves, don’t be confused with the option on the registration form to add the two-year warranty extension. During this promotion, there is no need to check the box next to the warranty extension option. If that option is selected, it will add the normal $99.95 cost. Simply purchase the product and register it with the Ariens Company during the promotional period and your free, two-year warranty extension is automatically applied.

Enjoy!
Once our warranty extension promo ends, Ariens will send all eligible customers a notice confirming enrollment into the additional two years of warranty coverage – another reason why it’s incredibly important to provide your contact information in the registration. And don’t worry, we’re not doing anything nefarious with your information. We just like to have a way to send you important information if it ever becomes necessary. If you want to read more details, have a look at our privacy policy. Aside from that, welcome to the Ariens family! You’ll like being part of this club.

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How to Fertilize Your Yard

7/23/2018 5:00:00 AM


By: Katie Kuchta, Lawnstarter,

​Fertilization is a task many people neglect when it comes to lawncare. While watering, mowing, trimming, weeding and mulching are all important steps in caring for your lawn, proper fertilization is essential. Fertilizer helps grass grow strong and green, allowing it to outcompete surrounding weeds, even in the hottest, most trying months of summer.

Before starting, test your soils pH level. For most grass types, the ideal soil pH is neutral, meaning between 6.5-7.0. Depending on your grass type, this can differ, but it's essential to know where your soil stands to figure out the best kind of fertilizer for it.

The key ingredient needed for most lawns is nitrogen, but with a balanced ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Once you've analyzed your soil's pH levels, you can better understand how often, how well, and to what extent you need to fertilize in order to grow a fertile, luscious lawn.​


Plan for the right time of the year

 If you are growing warm-season grass, fertilize in late spring or early summer. Don't fertilize during the heat of summer, or you risk burning the plants. You can also make a second application of fertilizer in late summer or early fall, but if you have warm-season grass that goes dormant during the winter months, don't fertilize once fall temperatures set in.

Fertilize cold-season grasses in early fall. One application of fertilizer is usually enough during October or November.

Some lawns may need to be fertilized up to five times per year, so plan your applications accordingly. You should apply fertilizer in the spring once temperatures reach 55 degrees Fahrenheit, with repeated feedings every four to eight weeks throughout the summer and fall.

Choose the right fertilizer

 If you're buying synthetic fertilizer, pay attention to the numbers on the label. You will see values for three nutrients: nitrogen, phosphate (or phosphorus) and potassium. An optimal mixture contains 20 percent nitrogen, five percent phosphate, and 10 percent potassium.

When shopping for fertilizer, pay attention to how the fertilizer breaks down. Slow-release fertilizers are ideal because they break down over a longer period of time. This prevents you from shocking your plants and allows you to wait longer between applications.

While professional lawn care companies often use liquid fertilizer, you should always purchase fertilizer granules.These are easy to apply, even for the most inexperienced applicator. Just maintain consistent application throughout the entire lawn.

Consider using a broadcast spreader

Broadcast spreaders are easy to use and don't allow wind to carry the granules in multiple directions. They disperse fertilizer for a wide distance and reduce the likelihood of you leaving narrow, untouched areas around your lawn. Spreaders are also inexpensive and start at less than 30 dollars in many places.

Avoid over- or under- application

You don't have to use an entire bag of fertilizer on your lawn at once. Try starting at one-third or one-half of the recommended rate, and then add more. Too little fertilizer is better than too much, but ideally you want to hit the just-right amount without going overboard. Fertilize the outskirts of your lawn first, and then work your way in to best estimate spacing and application rates.

Aerate

Always follow up fertilizing with aeration. Aeration creates pockets in the soil, which helps fertilizer, water, and oxygen reach plant roots. Some riding lawn mowers have core aerator attachments, but you can also rent an aeration machine. This should be done whenever the thatch layer is one-half inch thick or more.

Water accordingly

Fertilizing your lawn increases its growth, but as it grows longer, it will need more nutrients to flourish. Generally, you should water before and after fertilization, but take time to read the instructions on your fertilizer packaging.

Add a natural nitrogen source

Consider adding clover to supplement your traditional fertilization methods. When planted among other grass species on a lawn, clover converts the nitrogen in the air into a form of nitrogen that is more available to grass roots. Clover helps to prevent weeds and grows low, requiring less frequent mowing. It even helps prevent several types of pests, such as grubs.

Consider organic methods of fertilization

"Grasscycling" is a hip way of allowing grass clippings to lie on the lawn and decompose after cutting. Grass is already high in nitrogen, so this can help cycle nutrients back to your hungry lawn. Try investing in a mulching mower, or just update your existing mower with a mulching blade. This cuts grass into finer pieces and allows them to decompose more quickly and evenly.

Compost is an organic fertilizer that releases nitrogen to grass roots slowly. This can help you avoid burning your grass or feeding excessively. Plus, these natural fertilizers prevent toxic runoff of dangerous chemicals that can be harmful when released back to the waterways.

How to Mulch Your Yard Properly

6/25/2018 5:00:00 AM


By: Katie Kuchta,

There are many benefits to surrounding those beloved plants in your garden with a layer of mulch. Not only does mulch look nice, but it can also provide an added level of nutrients to the soil while helping keep water near plants during dry spells. Check out the following guide on how to mulch like a pro.


Choose Organic or Inorganic

The first step to adding mulch to a garden area is choosing the type of mulch to use. Organic mulch consists of a variety of natural items that adds nutrients back into the soil, but will need to be reapplied every few years. Inorganic mulch is made up of rocks or stones that can be used around plants in order to add a layer of protection from weeds, while creating an overall polished look. Both options are good for plants because they provide a layer of protection and promote excellent drainage.

Choose the Variety

Many people think that organic mulch only comes in the form of bark dust, but there are many other options that can be classified as mulch as well. Shredded leaves are an easy mulching choice, especially in the fall when homeowners have an abundance of them. Grass clippings and shredded bark can be used around plants to provide extra nutrients and help retain water. Compost can be used as mulch​ if made properly but can sometimes encourage weed growth. Pine needles are a good mulch option, but make sure to only use them around plants that thrive in a high acid environment.

Inorganic mulch varieties include gravel, river rock, or even glass rocks that help keep moisture near the roots of the plant and help to keep the temperature steady. Choosing the right inorganic mulch depends a lot on personal preference and color choice, because many stones come in a variety of colors. Inorganic mulch doesn’t have to be replaced as often as organic mulch, but it can be much more expensive.

​Know How Much You Need

You’ll want to spread mulch around the base of plants about two to three inches thick in order to provide enough mulch to support plants. It’s always better to overdo mulch​ than to underdo it. Putting down less mulch will cause weeds to grow but laying down more mulch can invite pests to make their home in your garden. Calculate how much mulch you need by measuring around plants before you head to the store or make a delivery order.

Apply Anytime

You can add mulch around the base of plants in your garden during any part of the year. You can’t hurt your plants by adding mulch when it fits your schedule or budget. Anytime you add mulch, you raise the nutrient level in the soil and help those plants retain water for longer amounts of time. Many times, mulching is done in the fall due to the abundance of leaves available but anytime is a good time to mulch in order to support healthy plant growth.

Protect Large Plants

For plants or trees within your lawn area, mulching can become a good way to add protection against mowing. Placing a few inches of mulch in a circle around large shrubs or trees is an easy way to ensure that the mower can’t accidentally hurt the base of larger plants in your garden. Make sure the mulch is applied evenly and avoid mounding it up towards the trunk of the plant in order to keep insects away.

Adding a layer of mulch around plants is a great way to protect the area as well as provide a ring of moisture retention. Organic or inorganic mulches can be used and added around plants anytime during the year. Knowing how much mulch you need is important in minimizing trips to the store as well. Protect large plants with mulch out in the lawn to help keep mower blades a safe distance from the center of each plant. Adding mulch to your garden and lawn areas is a great way to add beauty and enhance the overall condition of your outdoor living space.

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