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A Seasonal Guide: Spring Lawn and Landscape Care

​​​​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

​​​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 driveway is clear, you're responsible for the entire community. Ariens understands your unique needs. The first thing you need to think about is whether a single- or tw​​​o-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 s​idewalks or smaller driveways in urban environments. 

While these machines can only handle light to moderate snow fall, they're often the preferred choice for pro​fessionals 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. A​l 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. ​​​

​Perhaps one of the most-loved things about single-stage snow-throwers is the fact that they are extremely e​asy 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 ergonomic​ 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 snow​ 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 tha​n 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. 



Ariens® Introduces Kawasaki® Engine Options on APEX, IKON XL and IKON X Zero-Turn Mowers

​For its 2017 lineup, Ariens® will offer Kawasaki® engine options for the APEX, IKON XL and IKON X zero-turn mowers. This is the first time in several years that the brand has offered Kawasaki engines on their zero-turn line. 

The move comes as the brand has introduced several new and re-designed zero-turn solutions for homeowners over the past two years. In addition to a new brand look and logo, the brand’s lineup incorporates several innovative features that improve both efficiency and operator comfort. ​

Ariens Company Vice President of Marketing Matt Medden says that Kawasaki engines were selected because of their trust and preference among both homeowners and professionals alike. 

“Our Ariens line of zero-turn mowers were designed for homeowners, but we built them with many of the same features that commercial zero-turns incorporate,” said Medden. “Given the strong preference for Kawasaki in the commercial landscaping industry, we knew that we wanted to offer the same solution to our homeowners who want to buy the equipment that the pros use.”


Ariens will offer the Kawasaki FR V-Twin 24 HP engine on both the APEX 60-inch model and IKON XL 60-inch model, and the Kawasaki FR V-Twin 23 HP engine on the IKON X 52-inch model. The Ariens IKON X featuring the Kawasaki engine starts at a promotional price of $2,999 USD. 

The Ariens APEX and IKON XL models are available through authorized Ariens dealer only. The IKON X is available at both authorized Ariens dealers and at Home Depot locations across the country.  

For more information, visit www.ariens.com.  


8 Things to Do this Fall to Love your Landscape Next Spring

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​​. ​​​


Many homeowners believe that there is little yard maintenance to be done in the fall. Au contraire, DIYers! The investments you make in your lawn and landscape now will help determine the health and appearance of your property next spring. Check out these eight things to do this fall to love your landscape when the temperatures warm.
Feed your lawn for its long winter's nap. Northern lawns benefit from fall fertilization while the grass is still green but has slowed its growth, generally sometime around October, before the soil freezes. (Fertilizing after the ground freezes is not recommended.) In the mid-south, lawns benefit from late summer fertilization followed by a November application. Properly fertilized lawns will green up early next spring and need less fertilizer as temperatures warm. 

​​Winter weed woes. If you have a southern lawn, it will likely go dormant after the first couple of frosts. During the winter when it is brown and not growing, winter weeds can sprout and grow without competition. If they are not treated, a green cover of winter weeds will emerge in the spring, delaying recovery of the health and vibrancy of your lawn. Talk with a professional about an application to prevent weeds before they become a problem. ​​​  ​​​​

Bye-bye bare spots. Fall is absolutely the best time to seed thin or bare areas of your northern lawn. Seedlings will root better and be hardier next summer than if you delay this pro​​cess until spring.​​



Don't leave leaves behind. Don't let tree leaves smother your lawn during the long winter months. Ideally you can mulch them into the lawn with the help of a mower as that recycles the nutrients and organic matter they contain. If you have too many leaves, bagging them with a lawn mower and using them as mulch on plant beds or adding them to a compost pile are good alternatives. Be careful not to allow leaves to enter storm drains or waterways.

Prune plants. Fall and winter are good times to cut back overgrown woody plant material. Often called "hard pruning" or "rejuvenation pruning," this practice removes dead branches and those branches that are growing back into the plant's canopy or rubbing against other branches. This practice can also be used to reduce plant size and to create new stronger buds in hedges that are repeatedly sheared during the growing season.​​

Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you. Before you put away your mowing equipment for the winter, prepare it for spring by running it out of fuel. Fuel left in equipment will spoil and may form gum on key engine parts that will prevent the equipment from starting. Rather than leaving gasoline in the gas can all winter, put the gas in your car and purchase fresh gas for your mower when you take it out next spring. Removing the spark plug and placing a tablespoon of oil in the head before replacing the plug is another good step before packing the mower up for winter. If your old mower is on its last leg, now might be a good time to check out sale prices at area stores.​​

Planting bulbs for spring. If you live in the north, crocus, daffodils, and tulips are the first flowers of spring. Prepare for their arrival by planting bulbs now so they will be conditioned by cold winter soils for flowering. These flowers are most dramatic when planted in masses. Color combinations are widely varied; however, don't be tempted to create a rainbow of colors from the bulbs. One or two strong colors make a powerful impact statement. ​​

Get professional help. Renew your lawn and landscape care contract. Although most lawn agreements renew automatically, some states require an annual renewal process. Many companies that are planning for next season may offer special pricing to continuing customers willing to recommit early. If you don't already work with a professional, it is a good time to research companies and select the right partner to help you love your outdoor living space.​​

Winter is coming! When will you see the first flakes in your area?

​​​Though many parts of the country have experienced a rather mild fall, it's inevitable that winter is coming. ​Recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric A​dministration (NOAA)​ has mapped its prediction for when you will see snow in your area.

​The colored dots on the map below show the date by which there's a 50 per cent chance that at least 0.1 inch of snow will have fallen, based on each location's snowfall history from 1981-2010.


According to an article posted by DailyMail, "Weather.com explains that there are three basic ingredients needed for snow. The air needs to be moist, it needs to be below freezing, and the air needs to rise in order to turn moisture into snowflakes. Being close to large bodies of water can help bring about snow fall. But the places that get the most snow are usually those that consistently get cold, rising air, such as in the northern latitudes.The NOAA map shows how these three ingredients are combining on a regional level."​

Is your area expecting snow this week? ​Be sure to head to your local Ariens dealer to check out this year's new Sno-Thro models.​ Don't be stuck shoveling this year. Click here​ to see our current snow promotions, and click here​ to locate your nearest authorized dealer. ​

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