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The Importance of Yards

The Importance of Yards

Synthetic turf is a grass-like ground cover that mimics natural grass in appearance and function. We know that it’s used on athletic fields to provide a year-round playing surface that tolerates extended use without hours of downtime. The synthetic turf industry is becoming more popular among homeowners as well because it’s a low maintenance surface. Synthetic turf is aesthetically pleasing, does not need to be watered or fertilized, and does not develop weeds. While synthetic turf may seem like a solution to yard care, getting rid of your authentic yard is not the best strategy.

Your yard is about more than good looks. Your yard serves a variety of purposes for the environment and health of you and your family. Grass is an oxygen producer and carbon sink – a natural system that traps greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Grass removes approximately six tons of carbon dioxide per acre, per year from the atmosphere so without grass, the carbon sequestration process won’t occur.  Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing carbon dioxide and depositing it where it will not enter the atmosphere. The goal is to prevent the release of large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to reduce global warming.

Grass also helps capture dust, smoke and other pollutants that harm humans. Without grass, these pollutants remain in the air we breathe. Large areas of grass also reduce storm water runoff. The grass slows down and absorbs runoff, and cleanses water of impurities.

Turfgrass helps resolve a variety of environmental issues as well. Turfgrass terminates the heat island effect, which describes areas that are significantly warmer than the surrounding rural areas due to human activities. Lawns can be 31 degrees cooler than asphalt and 20 degrees cooler than soil, but without grass and other plants to reduce the heat island effect, areas will get hotter.

Turfgrass also prevents soil erosion. Turfgrass holds soil in place, but without grass more soil washes into the water. This reduces the amount of sunlight that can penetrate the water. Nutrients and chemicals carried with the soil cause large algae blooms, which steals oxygen from the water and kill fish.

Additionally, yards and turfgrass offer places for children and pets to play. Studies have shown how green space improves our health, fitness levels, and mood. Grass and other plant life provide food and habitats for small mammals. Without grass, food sources for birds and small mammals will vanish. If we eliminate grass from our yards, wildlife loses their habitat and food source.

Many of us want a beautiful yard. With the proper tips and tools, you can transform the outside of your home to a beautiful landscape, and you can do it without ripping out your yard.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

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Clarkston, MI 48346
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How to Maintain the Perfect Home Landscape With The Stihl Kombi System

How to Maintain the Perfect Home Landscape with the Stihl Kombi System

With the right equipment, you can easily add to your home’s value and its curb appeal during the spring and summer. Whether your home needs a few small touch-ups or larger maintenance projects need to be completed to make your home more attractive, the Stihl Kombi System is the perfect set of tools for you. Use any of these wonderful attachments to make your home more inviting and enticing.

With Stihl’s Kombi System you only need one powerhead for your trimming, edging, cultivating needs and more. Slide and twist each attachment into the KombiMotor and you’re ready to go. The KombiMotor and Kombi System attachments give you the ability to handle a wide range of tasks in less time.

Note: Stihl KombiMotors and Stihl Kombi System attachments are sold separately.

Continue reading to learn about Stihl’s innovative attachments and how they will help give you the perfect lawn.

Stihl Kombi System Line Head Trimmer Attachment FS LINE KM

Attach this line head trimmer to your Stihl KombiMotor and you’ll have an effective lawn trimmer. Trimmers are made to use around the home. They tame grass and weeds to give your lawn a well-manicured look. This attachment is designed to deliver greater maneuverability around landscape obstacles.

Stihl Kombi System Grass Blade Attachment FS BLADE KM

Simply slide the FS KM brushcutter attachment into your Stihl KombiMotor and you can begin touching up your lawn. Brushcutters help tidy up your yard, allowing you to perform a wide range of tasks from clearing undergrowth and bramble to cutting saplings. This brushcutter attachment features a 4-tooth cutting blade for weeds and tough grass. Though this is a heavy duty attachment, do not use this brushcutter for trimming around obstacles.

Stihl Kombi System Pole Pruner Attachment HT KM

The HT KM pole pruner attaches to the Stihl KombiMotor. This attachment allows you to remove branches and shrubs with ease. It features a 12” bar and chain, and side-access chain tensioner for easy chain adjustments.

Stihl Kombi System Cultivator Attachment BF KM

Your Stihl KombiMotor can transform into a handheld cultivator with the BF KM Cultivator attachment. It’s lightweight and ideal for helping you reach tight places. This cultivator is perfect for any gardener. It cleans up flowerbeds and other planting areas, as well as mixes amendments into the soil.

Stihl Kombi System Bed Redefiner Attachment FBD KM

The Stihl FBD KM Bed Redefiner attaches to the Stihl KombiSystem to save you time on yard work. This bed redefiner has an open deflector design to cut down on clogging caused by dirt and debris. It features a solid drive shaft and a skid plate which protects the gearbox. The Stihl Kombi System Bed Redefiner Attachment FBD KM helps you maintain mulch and flowerbeds up to seven times faster than manually using a shovel.

Stihl Kombi System Blower Attachment BG KM

The BG KM blower attachment for the Stihl KombiMotor allows you to clean up walkways and driveways. It’s a lightweight multi-stage axial blower that delivers the power you need for quick and easy debris removal. The air velocity for this blower ranges from 121 to 157 mph depending on KombiMotor and nozzle.

Stihl Kombi System Power Sweep Attachment KW KM

Attach this power sweep attachment to your Stihl KombiMotor to remove a variety of debris from your path. This attachment features heavy duty rubber flaps to remove caked dirt from roads and sidewalks, remove pebbles and sand from grassy turf, and even remove water and light snow from hard flat surfaces.

Stihl Kombi System Carbon Drive Shaft Extension Attachment

Stihl Kombi System Carbon Drive Shaft Extension Attachment comes in hand when tall branches and shrubs are out of reach. Simply slide in this shaft extension and the extender lengthens the shaft by 37”. It’s extremely lightweight and its carbon fiber construction is extremely durable.

Stihl Kombi System Bristle Brush Attachment KB KM

The KB KM bristle brush attachment for the Stihl KombiMotor allows you make quick work of sweeping jobs. This attachment features durable nylon bristles, and a wide sweeping surface where one pass covers an area up to 24” wide. This bristle brush makes quick work of everything from clearing leaves on walkways and driveways to fluffing turf. Note: Do not use on grass lawns.

Stihl Kombi System Power Scythe Attachment FH KM

The Stihl FH KM adjustable power scythe attachment is compatible with the Stihl Kombi System. It features a 145° working range, and a redesigned gearbox and blade assembly. Stihl Kombi System Power Scythe Attachment FH KM offers excellent cutting performance with a 10″ blade length.

Stihl Kombi System Curved Shaft Edger Attachment FCB KM

Slide the FCB KM curved lawn edger attachment into your Stihl KombiMotor for an edger that will quickly and easily edge along walkways and planting beds. This attachment features an adjustable depth control wheel and built-in blade sight for precise cutting.

Stihl Kombi System Hedge Trimmer Attachment HL KM 0

Turn your Stihl KombiMotor into an efficient hedge trimmer with the hedge trimmer attachment HL KM 0. This attachment features a new, lighter gearbox design and blade assembly for reduced fatigue when trimming hedges. It also allows you to trim around obstacles with enhanced precision.

Stihl Kombi System Hedge Trimmer Attachment HL KM-145

The Stihl hedge trimmer attachment is compatible with the Stihl Kombi System. This hedge trimmer attachment is lightweight and features a 145° working range, redesigned gearbox, and modern color scheme. It provides outstanding, flexible cutting performance while helping reduce fatigue when trimming hedges.

Stihl Kombi System Curved Shaft Trimmer Attachment FSB LINE KM

Attach this curved shaft trimmer to your Stihl KombiMotor to turn it into a lightweight and easy-to-use lawn trimmer. The FSB LINE KM trimmer attachment delivers comfort and control in tight spaces.

One of the easiest ways to improve your home is through landscaping the outside of your house. There are a number of projects that you can do to enhance the appearance of your home. Many of these projects can be accomplished easily with Stihl Kombi System attachments. If you have questions or come across an issue that doesn’t fit your regular landscaping routine, don’t hesitate to call on the professionals.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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Fall Lawn Care Tips – Things To Do Before The Season Ends

FALL LAWN CARE TIPS- THINGS TO DO BEFORE THE SEASON ENDS

Summer may be over, but we’re still seeing periods of high temperatures mixed with low rainfall. That being said, now is the perfect time to groom and prepare your yard for fall and winter. Here are fall lawn care tips on what to do with your lawn to help you navigate through the fall season.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #1 – Mow but keep the grass tall.

This may seem like an obvious lawn care tip but here’s something you may not have known – tall grass helps keep moisture during warmer temperatures. Mowing high is also good for your lawn because it decreases turf damage from mowing too short, the grass is more drought tolerant, and more weed and grub-tolerant. So when mowing, keep in mind that the end goal is not to cut the grass as low as possible. In fact, most grass types should remain at the height of 2 to 3 inches for maximum coverage.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #2 – Fertilize the lawn.

While there are a variety of blended fertilizers in stores, fertilizing starts with you and your mower. Mow your lawn as you normally would and leave the finely-chopped grass clippings on your lawn as mulch. Mulching allows the grass to naturally decompose while allowing nutrients to reach your soil and improve the health of your lawn.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #3 – Overseed when needed.

Fall is here, and soon your lawn will be covered in leaves, and shortly after covered in snow once winter hits. Though you won’t be seeing much of your lawn once we’re in the midst of these seasons, you should still follow through with certain lawn care practices. You don’t want bald spots on your lawn when fall comes to an end so it’s time to overseed. Earlier we mentioned that your grass should stay at a height of s to 3 inches. This is true, except if you are overseeding.

In this case, cut the grass at your mower’s lowest height and bag the mower clippings instead of using them as mulch. This way, the seeds will get maximum contact with the soil and new grass will grow, evening out your lawn.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #4 – Dethatch the lawn.

Controlling the thatch on your lawn is important, and many times overlooked, part of lawn care. The thatch layer is the layer of dead grass, roots, and debris that accumulate on the surface of the soil. Over time, a thick mat forms and this prevents air and water from reaching the soil. Consequently, your lawn is more susceptible to diseases and pests.

If the thatch layer is over a half inch thick, it should be removed. Most lawns need dethatching once a year. To check if it’s time, work your fingers into the grass and take note of the thatch layer. To remove thatch from your lawn, use a dethatching rake or power dethatcher.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #5 – Aerate compacted soil.

When it comes to fall lawn care, aeration is a must for some. Aerating involves punching holes into the lawn to allow oxygen, water, and nutrients to reach the soil. The goal of aeration is to loosen compacted soil and is needed for lawns that experience a lot of foot traffic and construction.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #6 – Trim.

Hedge trimmers and pruners are great lawn care tools to use this time of year because fall is the perfect time to tame those overgrown bushes and shrubs. Cutting old and thick branches promotes the growth of new stems. Also, shaping your plant, so the base is wider than the bottom increases sunlight exposure.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #7 – Clean up those edges.

Grab an edger, string trimmer, or brushcutter before summer ends. Much like trimming, these tools are designed to enhance the look of your yard by adding bold, new definition to the area. In addition to helping the features of your yard stand out, our great lawn care tools because they stop the entrance of plant roots into your sidewalk and driveway. After winter comes and goes, it will be easier to reestablish the beautiful lawn and garden that you’re used to.

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Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Utica, MI 48317
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Types of Grass

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Have you ever found yourself wondering why the neighbors’ lawn is more green or well-kept though little maintenance appears to be done? It’s possible that your neighbor does not do much yard work, and this is likely a result of your neighbor having a different grass type than you.

The type of grass and the environmental conditions in which grass grows has an impact on the amount of maintenance that needs to be done.

Different types of grasses require different levels of care, for example:

Partially shaded grass – If your lawn is growing in partial shade, or four to six hours of partial shade, your grass grows slower and requires less water and fertilizer. Keep in mind that grass does require sunlight to stay healthy so consequently, your partially shaded grass may never fill in and become the envy of the neighborhood.

Turf-type tall fescue, fine fescue grasses – These types of grasses require less fertilizer than bluegrass and perennial ryegrass lawns.

Kentucky bluegrass – Lawns with Kentucky bluegrass require two to four pounds of nitrogen fertilizer yearly to maintain a beautiful appearance. To achieve this, apply two to five applications of nitrogen to the grass each year.

Here are turf-grasses that require less maintenance:

Lower maintenance lawns in Michigan have a higher percentage of fine fescues or turf-type tall fescues and need one-third to half the nitrogen that a bluegrass lawn needs.

Fine fescue – Fine fescues are a group of grasses with various needs. Creeping red fescue mixed with Kentucky bluegrass provides good turf for lawns with sunny and shaded areas. Shade-tolerant fine fescues require less fertilizer and water, and fine fescues do not grow well under wet soil conditions.

Hard and sheep fescue – Fine fescue grasses that require lower maintenance practices are hard and sheep fescue. These are stiff, bluish-green grasses that grow in clumps. This fescue is usually mixed with Kentucky bluegrass that fills in between. Hard and sheep fescue grow slow, require less fertilizer, and grow well in dry conditions.

Turf-type tall fescue – Turf-type tall fescue grasses are able to survive heat stress and grub damage. This grass requires less fertilizer and one to three applications of nitrogen. Turf-type tall fescue turf can be thick and healthy with lower maintenance practices, but it won’t have the carpet-like look of Kentucky bluegrass.

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To promote the health of a low maintenance lawn, give these gardening practices a try:

Watering - Lawns require about one inch of water each week, but split into multiple applications. This amount of water includes natural rainfall. Grass won’t flourish if it does not receive water from rain or irrigation.

Mulching - After mowing, collect the grass clippings to use as mulch. These clippings are great for your lawn and provide about one-third of the nitrogen needed by the lawn. Grass clippings should occasionally be returned directly to your lawn because they act as a natural fertilizer.

Mowing height - Mow the grass at three to three and a half inches tall to reduce the possibility of weed seeds developing, and to lessen the amount of water lost to evaporation. Mowing the grass at this height also helps build a larger root mass which is more tolerant to drought.

 

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Going Green – Green Grass Not Only Looks Good But Helps the Environment

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Do you suffer from yard envy? Does the grass seem greener in your neighbor’s yard? Let the Weingartz experts help you improve the look and health of your green grass, while considering today’s environmentally friendly choices.

There are plenty of sound facts to help you justify your time investment in a beautiful yard. Well-maintained grass is far more than just nice to look at. It provides a great benefit to our environment. We all remember learning that healthy green plants convert harmful CO2 to oxygen. This principle applies to all plants, both indoors and out, and grass is no exception. In addition to its oxygen-generating capabilities, there are also some benefits to the environment that are unique to grass.

Grass and plants help moderate the heat of summer with the daily dew and evaporation cycle. Just think of the look of scorched earth that you see in August on any empty lot, and you can visualize how much healthy turf cools the soil. Furthermore, the combination of healthy, aerated soil and grass is very effective in absorbing and dampening sound waves. This helps insulate us from some of the sounds of traffic, voices and other neighborhood noises.

Healthy turf traps dust and many other airborne contaminants, giving us cleaner air to breathe. Strong root systems also assist with minimizing water runoff from heavy rains by capturing and retaining water in the soil and roots, thereby decreasing the stress on sewer systems at peak flow periods and protecting against erosion.

So what strategies can you use to create the healthiest yard, both for the turf and ecologically? It’s not as complicated as you might think. In fact, the two generally go hand in hand. All it takes is consistency and some attention to a few details. The older your yard, the more likely you will need to address issues like compaction or a heavy thatch layer. Both of these conditions will prevent crucial nutrients like water and fertilizer from reaching the important root system of the grass.

Compaction occurs naturally over time, especially on grass with heavy foot traffic like our typical active families. The soil in the yard compresses to the point that water cannot soak in, but rather becomes run-off and ends up in the sewer system. Likewise, thatch can build up between the grass blades and cause the same run-off – becoming a barrier to water and nutrient absorption. By aerating the lawn and removing the thatch layer, the soil opens up again.

Proper aeration takes cores of turf from the lawn and breaks up the compaction. Those cores then break down and become an excellent top dressing for the healthy turf. Also, remember that some thatch is good, but when the buildup is more than ½” thick, it’s a good time to rake (or power-rake) to remove some of that layer. Once you are assured that the grass is able to accept water and nutrients, you can decide on an effective fertilizer. All plants, including grass, benefit from a boost of nutrients.

To guarantee the most effective treatment, try performing a soil test to determine what mix of fertilizer will be most important. Soil tests are relatively inexpensive and can save a lot of money on fertilizers by showing you exactly what the soil needs. Unfortunately, many homeowners have a tendency to go overboard on fertilizer, which can be harmful to both your grass and the environment. Locally, you can go to your MSU County Extension Office to receive personalized results from soil tests performed through Michigan State University. For more information, go to www.css.msu.edu/spnl.

As your grass starts to grow, reconsider the height your mower is set at for cutting. The new rule of thumb is to allow the grass to grow slightly taller than previous years; approximately 3 to 3½” tall and never shorter than 2½” tall. You’ll need to mow more frequently, but will have much healthier grass. Cutting more frequently is the same as pinching back flowering plants to achieve more blooms and thicker, healthier growth. Also, longer grass blades store more water and are less susceptible to heat.

The final, most effective detail of cutting the grass is to use a clean, sharp mower blade to assure that the grass is cut, not torn, and that any possible disease is not transferred across the lawn. One thing that is wonderful about summertime in Michigan is the overwhelmingly green landscape. It is something that many of us have grown up with and would have a hard time leaving. It’s our reward for hard, cold winters.

We may not have realized that these wonderful landscapes are not only beautiful for the green color, but also “green” for the environment.

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Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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5 Common Lawn Care Problems and Solutions

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Every year our lawns suffer the stress of all sorts of wandering feet, hot and cold temps and a number of different types of diseases. A beautiful lawn really does have a hard life. Continue reading our post to learn about some of the most common lawn care problems and what you can do to help restore your lawn back to beautiful again.

Lawn Care Problem #1 – Grass Discoloration

Yellow spots, pale grass, and other discoloration are eyesores and usually caused by an iron and nitrogen deficiency. To remove this discoloration, you may need to apply fertilizer to the spots.

Other unwanted spots, and mildew, may also show up as a result of winter’s harsh weather. To prevent them, fertilize your lawn in August and September to improve resistance. Also increase the cutting height of your grass and your lawn will be better prepared to withstand winter weather.

Lawn Care Problem #2 – Diseases

Fungal diseases are another problem that affects the appearance of your lawn. There is a variety of fungi that can poison your lawn and these conditions help aid the growth of that fungi: over fertilization, incorrect pH, thick lawn thatch, and a thick layer of leaves in the winter.

The best protection against fungal diseases is a well-kept and healthy lawn. When fungi occur, it’s ideal to seek out help from a lawn care specialist.

Lawn Care Problem #3 – Weeds

Brief rain showers and persistent warm weather play a large role in the amount of grass you see growing. Sometimes, that growing grass is accompanied by weeds. Weeds usually indicate that your lawn is suffering from low nutrient levels.

Digging weeds out of your lawn is the best solution to this problem. Fertilizer and frequent mowing at a high cutting height are also ideal. Using good quality seeds is another way to prevent the growth of weeds.

Lawn Care Problem #4 – Moss

Moss grows in areas where your lawn has retreated, and will not replace your healthy grass. Moss often grows in damp or shaded areas, such as under trees.

Cutting grass too short allows moss to thrive, so raise the cutting height when mowing and use fertilizer to combat this problem. Since moss grows in damp and shady areas, you need to improve these areas which generally mean sowing with a grass seed mixture and fertilization.

Lawn Care Problem #5 – Pet Damage

If you’re a pet owner, you most likely know that there is a fine line between letting your pet roam freely and keeping a tidy lawn. While animals make great companions, they’re not always a “yard’s best friend.”

Pet’s waste and play areas can lead to brown spots, bare patches, and holes in your lawn. To rectify these problems, pick up pet droppings as soon as possible and douse urine spots with water to dilute nitrogen levels. Try keeping animals on a patio, gravel-covered area, or other hard surface where constant running will have less impact, and discourage digging.

While all of these issues are common among lawns, every lawn is different. Some lawns may experience all of these problems while others experience none. Spend time getting to know your lawn and evaluate its behavior. As a result you will have an easier time identifying when an issue occurs. Above all, do your best to maintain a well-kept and healthy lawn. If you have any other lawn care problems or questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Utica,MI 48317
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How to Prevent Pet Lawn Damage

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If you’re a pet owner, you most likely know that there is a fine line between letting your dog or cat roam freely and keeping a lush lawn. While animals make great companions, they’re not always a “yard’s best friend.” Can happy pets and green grass coexist peacefully? Read on to learn how you can avoid permanent pet lawn damage and have the best of both worlds.

Pet Lawn Damage Problem #1: Brown Spots

We get it—when you gotta go, you gotta go. Nevertheless, those brown spots that result from your pet doing his or her business on your lawn have also got to go.

The Fix:

Your pet’s waste contains high levels of nitrogen, which acts as a burning agent when it comes in contact with your grass. To protect your lawn, pick up pet droppings as soon as possible and douse urine spots with water to dilute nitrogen levels. Because this works best before the nitrogen has had a chance to reach grass roots, it is best to act within an hour of your pet’s most recent “bathroom break.” You can also designate certain areas of your yard for your pet to do his or her duty. Keeping these areas to a minimum will help cut down on brown spots scattered randomly throughout your yard.

If the problem is caused by stray animals or neighbors’ pets wandering into your yard, consider putting up a fence or installing an automatic sprinkler. These methods will not only discourage random animals from relieving themselves on your lawn—they will also help keep unwanted guests from showing up in the future.

Pet Lawn Damage Problem #2: Bare Patches

Your back yard may be prime real estate for your pet’s play area, but constant foot traffic can be rough on a lawn. Active pets love to run—back and forth across your green grass. Suddenly, your lawn may not look quite as healthy as it did before Fido began his daily marathon.

The Fix:

Try keeping animals on a patio, gravel-covered area, or other hard surfaces where constant running will have less impact. If you’re not a fan of hardscaping or simply prefer letting your pet run freely, try re-seeding your lawn with a more durable, resilient type of grass (Bermuda, Fescue, or Kentucky Bluegrass may be good options depending on where you live.) If you notice that your pet travels over a regular path, consider switching things up and encouraging him or her to play in a different part of the yard. This will help keep any one area from wearing out too fast. In the meantime, you can tend to grass that has been played on heavily (just make sure to keep your pet off of any newly-seeded areas.)

Pet Lawn Damage Problem #3: Holes

What do bored pets have in common with lonely pets? If you guessed that they both like to dig, you are correct. Whether an animal is feeling neglected and trying to escape, thirsty and looking for water, or simply looking for something to do, digging is an all-encompassing release that appeals to pets for a multitude of reasons. Obviously, while this act seems like a great idea to your pet, it may pose a problem when you try to mow a yard filled with holes.

The Fix:

To discourage digging, you will need to figure out your pet’s motives. Is he or she trying to cool down on a hot day? Or perhaps looking for a hidden toy? Make sure your pet has a nice, shaded rest area with plenty of water (a bowl that can’t be tipped over is important if your pet will be left unattended for more than a few minutes.) Spend plenty of time training and playing with your pet, and never let your animal see you gardening or digging holes for any reason (this could be an invitation to play.) If digging continues to be a problem, try setting up a designated play area with gravel or sand, or place rocks in your pet’s favorite area to discourage any possible uprooting. With time, you should be able to recognize your pet’s habits, which will help narrow down the reason for digging and in turn, help you determine an effective prevention plan.

Pet Lawn Damage: The Takeaway

While all of these issues are common among pets, every animal is different. Therefore, it is necessary to evaluate your pet based on his or her individual behavior. Above all, pay plenty of attention to your animal and your lawn, and you can all live in harmony. If you have any other lawn care questions, remember to ask us in the comment section!

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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How to Maintain the Perfect Lawn

How to Maintain the Perfect Lawn

Have you ever noticed that some lawns just have it all? Perfectly-manicured grass, clean lines, and tidy sidewalks—it may seem like something only a professional service can achieve, but when you have the right equipment, creating a great-looking lawn is more attainable than you might think. Want to know more? Read on for our at-home tips to make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood.

Maintain the Perfect Lawn – Keep Your Lawn Mower Blade Sharp

One very important piece of advice we like to reiterate is keeping a sharp blade on your lawn mower. A sharp blade will help you achieve a clean cut, reducing the risk of tearing and damaging grass. For more information on blade sharpening benefits, click here.

Maintain the Perfect Lawn – Use a Line Trimmer for Tight Spaces

If you’re missing patches of grass with your lawn mower due to fences and other landscaping obstacles, consider investing in a line trimmer. A line trimmer will help you clip grass in hard-to-reach areas, so you’re not left with unsightly patches (Click here to browse our inventory of line trimmers).

Maintain the Perfect Lawn – Polish It Up With an Edger

A good edger will help add a professional-looking touch to your lawn in no time. Use an edger along your driveway, patio, or sidewalk for manicured borders that frame your yard perfectly. Edger blade dull? Click here for a replacement.

Maintain the Perfect Lawn – Define Edges with a Hedge Trimmer

If you want to bring something special to your landscape, add a hedge trimmer to your arsenal of outdoor power equipment. A well-balanced hedge trimmer will help you obtain clean lines and perfectly sculpted hedges and shrubs. Need a hedge trimmer? Click here to browse our entire lineup.

Maintain the Perfect Lawn – Clean it up with a Lawn & Leaf Blower

Finally, remember to use a lawn and leaf blower for easy clean-up. A powerful lawn and leaf blower will move leftover grass clippings, leaves, and other debris off of walkways quicker than sweeping, leaving you more time to admire your handiwork.


For more information on maintaining the perfect lawn, watch the video below or contact us here.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 239-8200
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How to Store Small Engine Equipment for Winter

How to Store Small Engine Equipment for Winter

Summertime and warm weather has drawn to a close, so your outdoor power equipment needs have changed with the fall season. That means out with summer equipment, and in with cold-weather replacements. So, here’s what you should do to prepare your small engine equipment for storage.

Fuel
First, and most importantly, you will need to empty all fuel from your four-cycle and two-cycle equipment. Most gasoline contains a substantial amount of ethanol, which breaks down over time and loosens deposits that have formed inside the engine. This causes gum-like material to move around inside the fuel system, which can clog the carburetor and other small openings. While draining your gas tank may seem like a time-consuming task, it’s actually very simple and can save you a lot of time and maintenance costs down the road.

At the end of each mowing season, start by filling your fuel tank with just enough gas to run your engine for one last mow, trim, or tilling task. Once you’ve finished perfecting your lawn, let the engine run until it stalls out and there is no longer any gas in the tank. Next, try to start the engine again to rid of any fuel that may not have escaped during the previous run (Note: For two-cycle engines, always make sure you’ve mixed the correct ratio of oil and gas before performing this step).

If you have trouble completely draining your tank or prefer to keep your small engine equipment stocked with gas, you can choose to use a fuel stabilizer. After following the previous steps to drain as much fuel as possible, refer to the instructions on your package of stabilizer and add the correct amount, followed by a full tank of fresh, high-octane gas. Run your mower (or other small engine equipment) for a few minutes to circulate the mixture throughout the carburetor, then turn the machine off. This process allows you to store a gas-filled tank for up to six months, and should let you easily start your mower after pulling it out of storage in the spring.

Spark Plugs
Spark plugs should ideally be replaced after 100 hours of use, so the end of summer is a great time to perform a routine inspection on your small engine equipment. Using a spark plug wrench, carefully turn the metal base so as not to break the plug. Once you remove the spark plug, put a few drops of oil into the open cylinder, then gently start the engine a few times to coat the cylinder walls and valves (this will help to prevent rust from forming). Taking note of the part number on the existing spark plug, replace the used plug with a new one that has the same part number (spark plugs vary greatly among different machines).

Oil & Filters

Changing the oil and oil filters keeps moving parts lubricated and removes particles from the engine, increasing its lifespan of your small engine equipment. Cleaning or replacing air filters will also help keep grass and other foreign elements out of the engine, increasing power and fuel efficiency. While paper filters should be replaced after use, foam filters can easily be washed with hot water and dish detergent, squeezed and laid out to dry, then coated in oil before they are re-inserted.

Cleaning
All those months of outdoor use almost ensure that you’ll end up with a little dirt on your small engine equipment. Lawn mowers are especially-guilty culprits, considering the large amounts of grass that tend to clump up underneath the mowing deck and inside the bag. To get rid of stubborn grass, start the mower engine, engage the blade, then spray water in front of the rear wheels (make sure you’re standing behind the mower so you stay clean and dry). When you see nothing but clear water come out from under the mower, the deck should be clean (Note: make sure the mower is completely dry before storing, and never spray water directly into the engine).

Double-Check

Now’s the time to give your small engine equipment one last inspection before stowing it away for the winter. Remember: no detail is too small when it comes to the care of your outdoor power equipment. Sharpen or replace dull mower blades, clean battery terminals, tighten screws, and check for worn belts, tires, and wheels. If you have a string trimmer, be sure to clean and rewind the string head, as well as sharpen the string-cutting blade on the debris deflector. Sharpen your chainsaws, as well, and be sure to have extra chain on hand for those cold, winter work days when hidden obstacles may cause damage to your saw (Note: As a general rule of thumb, it’s always a good idea to have spare parts on hand for those that are most often in need of replacement).

Storage
Be sure to store your small engine equipment somewhere clean and dry—ideally, a garage or shed that offers protection from rain, snow, and other winter elements. For additional protection, consider covering your mower with a tarp to block out possible moisture. Moth balls also help protect against pests that could nest inside the engine, while removing the battery and storing it in a warm, indoor location could help extend performance life.

Summary
By taking care of cleaning and maintenance tasks before the winter season, you can build a regular routine that will help you greatly extend the life of your small engine equipment. From fuel to filters, blades to belts—your small engine equipment will thank you for the effort you put in, saving you a substantial amount of work in the spring.

You May Also Enjoy These Articles:

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Spark Plug Maintenance

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Fall Lawn Care Tips

Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.


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Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 239-8200
info@weingartz.com

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Excessive handlebar vibration

Q. My lawn mower seems to have excessive handlebar vibration that is interrupting my golf game, what could be the problem?

A. When diagnosing abnormal or excessive handlebar vibration, always check the obvious items first: a possible bent crankshaft, bent or out-of-balance blades, and/or excessive engine rpm. There’s something else you should also look for – grass in the crankshaft drive pulley. In rare cases, grass can build up and pack in the crankshaft drive pulley under the crankshaft drive belt, which will usually result in significant vibration. Inspect the pulley carefully, and if you see any grass, remove it using a flat head screwdriver. Then recheck for excessive handlebar vibration. I hope your golf game improved.