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How to Dispose of Leaves This Fall

How to Dispose of Leaves This Fall

Each fall, it seems as though everyone has a different opinion on the best way to dispose of leaves. Is it quicker to bag or to mulch? What should you do if there is no city-mandated leaf pickup? Should you shred leaves before hauling them away? Because every yard and leaf removal situation is different, no one method is correct. There are, however, various factors that will help you determine which leaf disposal method is best for you.

How to Dispose of Leaves:  Mulching

When dealing with light leaf coverage, consider mulching leaves with your lawn mower. Simply mow your lawn as you normally would, chopping leaves as you go. Along with grass clippings, finely-chopped leaves will naturally decompose, allowing nutrients to reach your soil and improve the health of your lawn. Be sure to keep up with leaves as they fall, or you may end up with dense leaf piles that contribute to thatch and do not break down as easily. If this is the case, you may prefer one of the alternative cleanup methods mentioned below.

How to Dispose of Leaves:  Curbside Pickup

Many towns and cities offer curbside leaf pickup during fall months, making leaf removal and disposal easy for residents. Research your town’s guidelines to learn if seasonal leaf pickup is available in your area—if it is, invest in a powerful leaf blower to blow leaves onto a large tarp. Drag the tarp to the curb, then wait for your local collection service to show up and take the leaves away!

How to Dispose of Leaves:  Bagging

For areas that do not offer open curbside pickup, bagging is a popular and eco-friendly alternative. Using a leaf blower or rake, gather leaves into piles and dispose into paper lawn and leaf compost bags (you can also gather leaves using the vacuum function on certain leaf blowers). Unlike plastic trash bags, compost bags will decompose over time (along with any organic debris you put inside of them). You can also maximize bag space by shredding leaves before disposing of them, compacting yard debris down to a fraction of its original size.

How to Dispose of Leaves:  Compost

If you’re looking for a way to speed up leaf decomposition in your own yard, you may choose to add shredded leaves to your compost bin. Use leaves over time as needed to mulch your flower beds for the winter, or fertilize your gardens in the spring.

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

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Tips for a Great Backyard Party

Tips for a Great Backyard Party

Backyard Party Tips

Summer is a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors. With the warm weather and 16 hours of daylight to enjoy, many of us want to spend our days enjoying cool refreshments at a backyard party. Though this is the perfect time to have a party, there’s one thing that can put a damper on the festivities – an unattractive lawn. Whether it’s a backyard barbecue or kid’s birthday party, your backyard should be aesthetically pleasing so here are some tips to achieve a party-worthy backyard.

Mow the lawn

A great backyard party starts with a great lawn so break out the lawn mower and cut the grass. This is a given, but sometimes we neglect our backyards and focus on the front lawn since it’s what our neighbors and visitors see daily.

Remove Weeds

If you‘ve ignored your backyard for months, you may have to tackle weeds that popped up in the spring. One weed can ruin a beautiful yard so rid yourself of them now before they continue to grow and spread.

Mulch

Mulch increases the health of your lawn and garden and discourages weeds. There are a number of mulching methods from grass clippings to organic mulch and wood chips. Different mulching methods provide different benefits for your yard so do your research before choosing a mulching method.

Take care of your trees

Prune dead, damaged, and diseased branches. Pruning promotes healthy trees so by removing dead or damaged branches you are preventing decay organisms from invading the tree. Pruning can also encourage growth in sparse areas of a tree or restrict growth if too much growth is unappealing to you.

Clean up walks and driveways

An edger can add the perfect finishing touch to your yard. Use an edger around walkways and driveways, as well as along your patio or other concrete areas in your backyard, for crisp lines and borders that outline your yard perfectly.

Add color

If you plan your party enough time in advance, you’ll have time to plant some flowers. Flowers aren’t a must, but there’s no denying they enhance the look and feel of your yard.

Decorate

In the midst of tending to your lawn, don’t forget to make your party special for your guests. Why host a party without providing a party look and feel? Make sure there are enough food, tables, chairs, and entertainment for each of your attendees.

It’s hard to stay indoors with long days and warm weather upon us. A party is a great reason to improve your backyard landscape. However, whether or not you’re hosting a party, make sure you don’t neglect your backyard. Use our tips to create a beautiful backyard space, even if you’re the only one looking at it.

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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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Common Weeds to Identify and Keep Off Your Lawn

Common Weeds to Identify and Keep off Your Lawn

We all dream of the perfect lawn, and many of us can achieve that when we have the right tools in our arsenal. Sometimes, however, we run into lawn care problems, like weeds, that can’t be fixed with outdoor power equipment. Weeds are a constant problem for homeowners but they are fairly easy to spot in the spring, so now is the best time to rid your yard of these unwanted plants. It only takes one weed to ruin a beautiful lawn so read more to learn how to identify common weeds and how to kill them.

Dandelion

These bright yellow flowers are easy to spot. They appear in the spring and fall, and eventually fade to form a white puffball. Dandelions grow long taproots, which are large and dominant roots from which other roots sprout. Taproots are very thick and grow directly downward.

You can remove dandelions by digging them up by hand, but you’ll need to remove at least two inches of the taproot to keep the plant from growing back. You can also apply post-emergent herbicides which kill actively growing weeds that have already emerged from soil. These herbicides work well on destroying dandelions because they will be able to penetrate the entire root. If you’re developing your lawn, these should fade away as the grass gets thicker, blocking seeds from the soil.

Crabgrass

This is a grassy weed with blue-green leaves that form a crab-like circle. Crabgrass begins to grow in the spring, typically in thin or bare areas, or in dry soil. Mowing the grass too short, overwatering, and underwatering invite crabgrass into your lawn.

Pre-emergent herbicides kill weeds before sprouts emerge from soil and are your best defense against crabgrass.

Annual Bluegrass

This blue-green grass appears in late summer and grows in clumps that are thinner than crabgrass. These weeds sprout in overwatered areas and poorly-drained soil, sprouting seeds on its tips when it grows.

A pre-emergent herbicide will prevent the growth of these weeds. If annual bluegrass already exists in your lawn, bag your clippings to prevent the seeds from spreading.

White Clover

The white clover is a three leaf clover with round white flowers that grows in lawns with nutrient-poor soil.

To stop these weeds from growing in your yard, improve soil nutrients. Broadleaf herbicide treatment is useful, but you may need to apply several applications in the spring and fall to destroy these weeds.

Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie is also known as ground ivy and has round, dark green leaves with scalloped edges. It appears in the spring and tends to grow in shaded, most areas with poor soil.

To combat these weeds mow high, water infrequently, and use post-emergent herbicides. The herbicides will kill the weeds but this may take several treatments.

Chickweed

Chickweed, with thin stems covered in tiny leaves, grows in areas where moist soil, shade and good soil are present.

Chickweed can be removed and pulled out of the soil easily, which stops these weeds from spreading. If there is a large area of your lawn covered in Chickweed, crush the stems and apply nitrogen. The nitrogen will be absorbed into the plants, killing them. If chickweed is a regular problem for your lawn, apply a pre-emergent herbicide in the spring and fall.

To prevent the growth of weeds, do things to promote a healthy lawn such as mowing high, leaving grass clippings on the lawn as mulch, fertilizing, and tending to bare spots. Weeds are obnoxious but if you understand common lawn weeds and the options available to fight them, you can successfully rid your lawn of them.

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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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How to Lubricate a Cub Cadet 999ES Lawn Mower

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It is normal for your lawn mower to have an issue or two that needs fixing over time.  While it’s important to fix issues when they arise, it’s also important to performance regular maintenance on your lawn mower when no issue is present. Regular maintenance extends the life of your machine’s engine as well as the machine itself. Use this as your guide to learn to lubricate the cables on your Cub Cadet 999ES Lawn Mower.

Here’s how to lubricate the cables on a Cub Cadet 999ES Lawn Mower.

Before performing any repair or maintenance on your mower, please follow these safety precautions:

  • shut off the lawn mower engine and allow it to cool
  • disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent accidental starting.

To carry out this task, you’ll need:

  • a can of silicone spray for the cables
  • grease gun
  • grease for the front casters

To lubricate a Cub Cadet 999ES Lawn Mower, begin by lubricating the front casters of the machine. There is one zerk fitting on both sides of the front casters. Plug the grease gun into the zerk fitting and give it 2 to 3 pumps of grease. Do the same thing on the opposite side.

Once the front casters are lubricated, lubricate the cables on the Cub Cadet 999ES Lawn Mower. Use your can silicone spray. There is a straw that comes with each can. On the lawn mower handle there is an operator presence cable, which you will need to lube.

Place the straw at the top of the cable and apply lube. Work the cable back and forth a couple of times to allow the lube to move down the cable of the lawn mower. At the engine, there is another lubrication point that you should spray lube into.

Place the straw in at the end of the cable and give it a squirt. Again, work the cable back and forth a couple of times to give it the proper lubrication.

At the top of the lawn mower handle, there are 2 pivot points for the operator presence pivots. Give that a spray as well and work it back and forth for proper lubrication.

Again, regular maintenance is beneficial and results in a long-lasting lawn mower. Always feel free to bring your lawn mower to us and we’ll perform the necessary maintenance.

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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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Watering the Lawn: 5 Things to Consider

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During these dog days of spring and summer, your lawn needs water now more than ever. Without a sufficient amount of rainfall, these hot weather conditions can be a killer for your lawn and garden. You may find yourself working harder this season to keep your grass lush and green. Keeping your lawn hydrated is very important, so here are a few tips to help you water your lawn and keep it healthy all season long.

Watering Tip #1 – Water your lawn before the heat kicks in. This way water is less likely to evaporate before it reaches the roots of your grass. It’s not a necessity, but it is recommended to water your grass earlier in the day – ideally before 10:00 am. Another important consideration to make is what time you mow the lawn. Mowing in the morning is better for your grass, but you shouldn’t mow after you water the grass. Wet grass causes clumping and ruts, and leaves your lawn vulnerable to certain diseases.

Watering Tip #2 – When watering, you need to water deeply. Water your lawn every 3 to 5 days, but only enough to wet most of the root area. Allow your lawn to dry out between watering. Frequently watering the grass keeps that root area consistently wet, reducing the amount of soil oxygen that is available to the roots and inviting fungi that can cause lawn diseases.

Watering Tip #3 – Look for signs of drought. While you shouldn’t water your lawn too frequently, you shouldn’t go too long without watering it either so look for signs of drought. Sometimes the grass leaf doesn’t have enough water to bounce back after foot traffic and just lies over. Look back on an area that you have walked on. If you still see the footprints, this is an early sign of drought stress, and you need to water your grass.

Also, consider the color of the grass. A purple-blue color often indicates drought stress. Before the grass turns brown from lack of water, it fades to a purple-blue color. If you see these colors, it’s time to water your lawn.

Watering Tip #4 – Adjust your sprinkler system. Be mindful of the weather – rainfall, hot temperatures, etc. – and adjust your sprinkler system accordingly. Avoid setting it at the beginning of the season and forgetting about it. Another thing to consider is adjusting your sprinkler pressure to water with large droplets, which are less likely to be blown by the wind and more likely to fall and penetrate through the soil.

Watering Tip #5 – Set a schedule. Choose to water either in the early morning or evening to minimize water lost to evaporation. If your lawn is subject to fungi, water in the early morning to allow excess moisture to evaporate.

The hot, humid weather that comes with the spring and summer seasons is not always kind to our lawns. With consistent care, regular watering and these tips, you’ll be able to keep the lawn cool and healthy.

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

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Mulching Tips For May

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We are in the midst of the heaviest growing season of the year for your lawn. There has been a decent amount of rain and the temperatures are starting to rise, making for ideal grass growing conditions. These conditions make lawns healthier and beautiful, but they can also make it difficult to keep up with mowing as it seems like your lawn needs to be cut every other day. This can be particularly challenging for those of us who mulch our grass. The heavy, thick grass can make a mulched up mess if it is not mowed properly, here are some tips to utilize mulch and deal with these difficult conditions:

Mulching Tip #1 – Mow when the grass is dry. Grass stores a lot of water naturally and even more when it is growing this quickly, so try to avoid mowing when the morning dew is on the ground or soon after rain. This can cause mulched clippings to clump up and not disperse evenly.

Mulching Tip #2 – Only cut 1 inch of the grass blade off at a time. This will keep the clippings at a size that can be easily decomposed and returned as nutrients. If the length of the lawn gets away from you, it is okay to mow 1 inch off and then take another inch off immediately after – the size of the clippings is a bigger issue than the total volume.

Mulching Tip #3 - Mow at a slightly higher height. As the weather warms up, it is recommended to keep your grass a little higher to make it less susceptible to problems from heat or lack of water.

Mulching Tip #4 – Maintain a sharp mower blade. This is a common recommendation in our articles, but it is really helpful to have a sharp mower blade to cleanly cut the lawn instead of jaggedly tear it.

Mulching Tip #5 - Remove old mulch when re-mulching. If you’re considering re-mulching beds or other areas, remove some of the old mulch first. Some may mulch three to four times, so it’s recommended to remove some of the mulch that has built up over time.

Mulching Tip #6 - Try organic mulch. Organic mulches include leaves, wood chips, softwood bark, hardwood, and pine needles. These mulches provide nutrients, and improve soil structure and quality.

Mulching Tip #7 – Don’t forget your trees. Place an even layer of mulch around the trunk of your trees. This will cover the soil around the trees’ roots, improve the soil as it decays, discourage foot traffic and power tools. Make sure you spread mulch evenly without piling it against the bark, which can lead to rot and disease.

These tips will help you with mulching throughout the spring and summer. Mulching is tremendously beneficial to the health of your lawn and can be done all season long.

 

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

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Buyer’s Guide to Walk Behind Lawn Mowers

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A walk behind lawn mower is an important purchase. Selecting the model that’s perfect for your lawn can be daunting. There are many aspects you should consider when making your purchase and this guide will help you get started.

Aspects to consider when selecting a walk behind lawn mower:

Type of mower

There are three types of mowers to choose from: gas, electric, battery-powered

Yard size and operation

Electric and battery-powered walk behind lawn mowers are best for small lawns. A drawback of electric mowers is the cord, which can get in the way of the user. Gas-powered mowers allow you to mow without restriction. They’re more powerful and can cut thick grass on flat, hilly or uneven lawns. More strength will be needed to push these mowers unless you’re working with a self-propelled model. Self-propelled walk behind lawn mowers use either front or back wheels to propel the mower for you.

For a zone start mower, hold the bail and pull the row; releasing the handle will stop the engine. Blade-brake clutch mowers start the same way, but releasing the handle will stop only the blade, not the engine. Simply use a key to start electric mowers.

Cutting widths

Walk behind lawn mowers are available in 20-inch, 21-inch, and 22-inch cutting widths. These widths indicate how wide a swath of grass you can cut with a single pass of your lawn mower.

Engine

There are varying engines available. A typical engine will have a side valve and be gas-powered. Overhead valve engines are more useful for heavier mowing conditions.

Deck

A common deck construction is steel; however, this deck may rust over time. Cast aluminum decks will not rust and will absorb vibrations. They will also last longer than steel decks. Xenoy decks have the same benefits of aluminum but are lighter weight.

Other aspects to consider: mulching/bagging

Mulching mowers have decks designed to keep the clippings, allowing the blade to cut them into smaller fragments. The small clippings fall on the lawn as mulch to add nutrients to the soil. Mulching works well if you mow regularly and your grass isn’t too tall.

Mowers with bagging systems have a bag attached to their rear. This bag collect clippings as you mow, giving your lawn a clean, freshly manicured look. Once your bag is filled with clippings you must dispose of them in a yard waste bag or a compost pile. This bag is also easily removable so you can switch between bagger and mulcher.

Side discharge

Side discharge mowers release clippings out the side of your lawn mower. These clippings will eventually decay into your lawn. This is a helpful option if you have tall or coarse grass. If the clippings are thick, rake them up and dispose of them. These clippings could smother your grass and leave unwanted brown streaks on your lawn.

Height adjustment and mower speed

Iron walk behind lawn mowers allow for height adjustment for mowing different heights of grass. Self-propelled walk behinds are designed with single and multi-speed options. Multi-speed is recommended because of its flexibility for varying mowing conditions.

Maintenance

Regular maintenance and blade care are necessary for the longevity of your walk behind lawn mower, but additional maintenance is needed based on your mower type. Electric and battery-powered mowers require battery care. A gas mower requires regular oil, spark plug, and air filter changes.

Feel free to contact us for any of your walk behind lawn mower maintenance needs.

 

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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 Replace a Toro Walk Behind Lawn Mower Wheel – Using Toro Parts Wheel Assembly 115-2894

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Replace a Toro Walk Behind Lawn Mower Wheel – Using Toro Parts Wheel Assembly 115-2894

Your lawn mower works hard to keep your lawn in perfect condition so you should work just as hard to keep your mower in good condition. It is normal for your walk behind lawn mower to have an issue or two that needs fixing over time. These issues may range anywhere from a dull blade to an engine oil change. Whatever the case, always be mindful of your mower’s smaller issues which seem less crucial but are just as important. Things such as replacing the front wheel(s) on your walk behind lawn mower are important, and replacing the wheel yourself is simpler than you think. Here’s how to replace a Toro walk behind lawn mower wheel using Toro Parts Wheel Assembly 115-2894.

Before performing any repair or maintenance on your mower, please follow these safety precautions: shut off the lawn mower engine and allow it to cool, disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent accidental starting.

To carry out this task, you’ll need these tools: Toro Part Wheel Assembly 115-2894, ratchet, 13 millimeter socket, and a 2 x 4 piece of wood.

To replace the front wheel of your Toro walk behind lawn mower using Toro Parts Wheel Gear Assembly 115-2894, place the 2×4 piece of wood under the mower to prop up the machine.

Use the ratchet with the 13 mm socket to loosen the bolt on the wheel. When removing the wheel cover backer, there is a small washer that you will need when reinstalling the wheel; it fits right back into the cover. If you misplace that washer, the washer part number is 614426; you can purchase another one from our store or online here.

Once the wheel is removed, inspect it for any type of dirt or debris, and make sure there are no cracks or other damage. Check the wheel teeth for any uneven wear or broken teeth. If there is damage or broken teeth, purchase a new Toro Parts Wheel Assembly 115-2894. The mower contains a drive gear, which is attached to the transmission to drive the wheel. The drive gear also has teeth, and if these are broken purchase a new one as well, part number 110-9417.

Inspect the bolt that was removed. Clean the bolt of any debris before reinstalling. Install the bolt through the wheel by hand. Reinstall the small washer and backing plate. When you put the backing plate on, there is a hole for the drive gear. Reinsert the drive gear, and put the wheel back on.

When reinstalling the bolt, do so by hand. If you use any tools you run the risk of stripping out the bolt or the adapter that it’s bolted to. Simply put the wheel on finger tight, and use the ratchet to make it tight and finish the job.

Lastly, give the wheel a quarter turn to make sure it’s tight. Check the wheel to make sure it rolls freely and that you don’t have anything lose or binding. Remove the 2 x 4 piece of wood and you’re done.

While replacing the front wheel of your Toro walk behind lawn mower using Toro Parts Wheel Assembly 115-2894 is a seemingly simple task, if you are uncomfortable repairing the mower yourself, bring it to us and we’ll perform the speedy repair.

 

The Toro Parts Wheel Assembly 115-2894 is used on 103 Toro mowers. Check here to find yours.

 

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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.

Our inventory of Toro lawn mower parts is one of the widest in the industry, which allows us to offer quick response times and provide real images of many Toro parts to help you confidently make your selections. You can easily find replacement parts for your all your Toro equipment on our website or in our stores.

We ship all in-stock Toro lawn mower parts ordered by 4:00 p.m. EST the same day! Search Weingartz for diagrams, our Toro lawn mower parts catalog, and quick reference guides. We hope that you find our site useful and our customer service friendly and responsive to your Toro lawn mower parts needs. If there is anything we can do to enhance your experience or provide additional Toro parts support, please contact us and let us know. We appreciate any feedback and use it to continuously improve our business practices and the quality of our customer service.

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

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