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Ariens® Highlights Family Roots in New Commercial – “Our Name is Riding on it”

3/14/2017 5:00:00 AM


By: Jessica Bedore,

​Ariens recently completed and unveiled a new commercial, which showcases the brand’s residential zero-turn mowers and other equipment that are manufactured in Brillion, Wis. This commercial will be used as part of the brand’s national advertising campaign for spring 2017.  

The Ariens national ad, ”Our Name is Riding on It”, focuses on the importance of putting your name on your work. Whether you’re an entrepreneur opening a new business or an artist signing a painting, putting your name on something means a lot. This campaign explores the meaning behind that simple act and what it means to Ariens – ​a promise to always make the best lawnmowers and snow removal products.

“The Ariens brand has a long history of innovation and manufacturing right here in the heartland of America,” said Ariens Company Vice President of Marketing Matt Medden. “The Ariens family has been at the helm of the Ariens brand for more than 80 years, and we wanted this commercial to highlight the family’s commitment this company and brand. To the Ariens family, and to all of us here, putting our name on our work means everything. This commercial is a great chance for us to tell that story.”

The commercial will be placed on a variety of digital spaces, including sites like The Weather Channel, Time, CNN, Fox Sports, HGTV, AccuWeather, USA Today and more. Ariens commissioned Cramer-Krasselt, a national award-winning agency, to lead the development and creation of the commercial.  

For more information on Ariens, visit www.ariens.com.    ​

A Seasonal Guide: Spring Lawn and Landscape Care

2/8/2017 6:00:00 AM


By: Jessica Bedore,

​​​​In partnership with the National Association of Landscape Professionals​, Ariens is providing its customers with a variety of lawncare tips. For more tips and tricks to achieving the perfect lawn, please visit www.loveyourlandscape.org​​.

In many regions of the country, spring ushers in long-awaited warm temperatures, perfect for outdoor enjoyment. ​Below is a checklist to help you get your yard in shape for the season ahead.​

Inspect your trees and shrubs. Start your spring spruce up with a thorough inspection of your yard. Look for any branches that might be broken or damaged and prune them or have them removed by a professional.

 
Test your soil. Test your soil once every few years to make sure it has the proper pH balance and mix of nutrients. You can usually get your soil tested at your state's local agricultural extension office, or ask your lawn care or landscape professional.

 

 

Fertilize your lawn. The decision about whether or not to fertilize should be based on the nutrition requirements needed by your soil conditions. Below are a few tips on fertilizing your lawn:
  • Determine your soil nutrient needs through testing. If your soil does need nutrients, make sure you choose a fertilizer that matches those needs.​
  • Make sure you fertilize at the optimum time of the year for your variety of grass. Contrary to popular belief, not all grasses should be fertilized in spring. A few cool-season grass varieties do better when fertilized in fall. June is also a good time to fe​​rtilize many cool-season grasses.
  • In general, it is best to choose a slow-release or controlled-release fertilizer to reduce possible losses to the environment and increase nutrient absorption. In certain situations, it may help to use organic materials which can improve the health of your soil.
  • It's important to read the label on the fertilizer bag and to know the exact size of your lawn. Using too much fertilizer can harm your lawn and cost you more than you planned. Conversely, using too little fertilizer won't yield the results anticipated. Several university studies show that under-fertilized turf can lead to a thin turf stand resulting in soil erosion and unwa​nted soil runoff. Alwaysfollow the label instructions.
  • Before fertilizing your lawn or plants, always check with the local agricultural extension office. Some state and local governments place limits on when, what kind, and what amount of fertilizer you can apply. Professional, licensed lawn care companies must follow state, local, and federal regulations.
Fertilize trees and Shrubs, too. Most plants, trees, and shrubs will benefit from proper fertilization with a slow-release product just before mulch is applied.

 
Control Weeds. Spring is a good time to apply pre-emergent weed control for weeds such as crabgrass. One hint on timing is that when forsythia is in full bloom, it’s usually the perfect time to apply crabgrass weed preventer.

 
Make planting beds neat and tidy. Rake the old leaves and debris from plant beds and create neat, natural edges around the beds using an edging tool.

Add an inch-thick layer of fresh mulch in plant beds and around trees. Don't let the mulch touch tree trunks and never let the mulch accumulate to more than a 3-inch depth. Mulch not only makes planting areas look neat, but also helps to retain moisture in the soil, keeps roots cool in the summer, and insulates them in the winter. As mulch decomposes, it adds organic matter to the soil.

 
Inspect your irrigation system. Once the weather has warmed up for the year, turn on your irrigation system and inspect it to see if it is in working condition. If you have a landscape or irrigation company, they can do this for you.

 
For more tips like this, visit loveyourlandscape.org. 

 

In the Snow Removal Business? Here's What to Look for in a Sno-Thro

12/1/2016 6:00:00 AM


By: Jessica Bedore,

​​​If you're a snow removal professional, you need equipment you ​​​​can rely on in any weather condition. Because unlike consumers who only need to make sure their drivewy is clear, your're responsble for the entire community. Ariens understands your unique needs. The first thing you need to think about is whether a single- or two-stage Sno-Thro will work best for the work that you do. Here are the top things to consider when purchasing a snow thrower for commercial use. 

Single-Stage Sno-Thros 

​Single-stage snow throwers are smaller than two-stage models, making them great for sidewalks or smaller driveways in urban environments. 

While these machines can only handle light to moderate snow fall, they're often the preferred choice for professionals because of their durability. At Ariens, our single-stage Path-Pro snow thrower was built with features ​such as steel side panels, robust and sturdy wheels and a protective rear guard, all of which increase the machine's durability, ensuring that it will be ready to work when you are. 

When you're clearing snow for a living, you need a piece of equipment that is able to ​​throw snow effectively and with power. ​Ariens Path-Pro models feature engines ​with a high output and throwing distance. Models with a 208cc engine are able to throw snow up to 35 feet away. ​​​

​Another reason professionals often choose a single-stage is because these models are very easy to service. ALl of the models in the Ariens Path-Pro family are designed with easy access to common service points such as the oil drain, spark plug and carburetor. ​​​

​Prehaps one of the most-loved things about single-stage snow-throwers is the fact that they are extremely easy to maneuver. The Ariens Path-Pro is light, yet durable, and foldable handlebars make it easy to load on and off trailers. These models are also made with erganomic handlebars, making clearing snow for multiple hours per day more comfortable. 


 

Two-Stage Sno-Thros

​​​​​​​For contractors in northern portions of the country where heavy snowfall is common, a two-stage snow blower may be a better option, as these models can handle any amount of snow. ​

First and foremost, professionals should look for units that are built with durable, long lasting components. Because two-stage snow throwers​ are preferred among consumers, the quality of these products can range quite a bit. Ariens is known for its durability. ​​From its all-steel construction to fully welded serrated augers to the cast iron gear case, each model in the Sno-Thro lineup is built to withstand the work for several years. 

​​​​​​​​Another consideration for the two-stage is throwing distance. In instances when you need to throw sno farther, a two stage will be your best choices. Ariens super high output (SHO) models can throw snow up to 50 feet. 

Additionally, two-stage snow throwers tend to come with upgraded feature options like hand warmers, quick-turn chutes and auto turn, making them easier and more comfortable to use, especially during long days. ​


 

Whether you choose a two-stage or single-stage machine, it's also important to consider the machine's warranty and the brand's reputation. Ariens is the King of Snow, and has been proudly manufacturing some of the industry's best snow throwers for more thatn 80 years. The brand has also consistently scored extremely high among other brands when being rated by outdoor power equipment dealers on warranty. 

For more information, visit www.ariens.com or stop by your local independent Ariens dealer.