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How to Buy the Best Lawn Mower

Darren Kincaid - Monday, April 29, 2019
Husqvarna LC121P

No two yards are exactly the same. Here are some things to consider when buying a new lawn mower.

After years of faithful service, your trusty lawn mower finally stopped working. It’s time to select a new one, but where do you start?

Or maybe you’re moving from an apartment to a home. Or you’ve decided to save a little time on the weekends.

Whatever your reason for needing a new lawn mower, you’ve come to the right place. Husqvarna can help you weigh important factors, including

  • Yard size
  • Yard features
  • Mower features
  • Schedule and availability

Let's go through these four factors one by one.

1. Consider the size of your lawn

Do you have a postage stamp yard in the suburbs? Or a sprawling lot in the country? Your yard’s dimensions are an important factor to consider when choosing between different types of lawn mowers. Here’s the approximate capacity of each of the common mower types:

  • Push mowers are suitable for lawns up to 1/3 acre.
  • Self-propelled walk mowers are suitable for lawns up to ½ acre.
  • Riding mowers, frequently sold as lawn tractors or garden tractors, are suitable for yards up to 2 acres or more.
  • Zero-turn mowers, the style that’s relied on by professionals, are suitable for yards up to 2 acres or more.
  • Robotic mowers are suitable for yards up to 1 ¼ acres (or more by using multiple units.)

2. Think about hills, slopes and obstacles

Is your backyard home to flowerbeds and trees? Do you live on a sloped, empty lot? The features in your yard are nearly as important as its size. Here are some good rules of thumb:

  • Be sure to choose a push mower with high rear wheels to make it easier to maneuver around obstacles.
  • Front-wheel drive (FWD) mowers can handle flat terrain, while rear-wheel drive (RWD) mowers perform better on slopes. Choose an all-wheel drive (AWD) mower for the best of both worlds.
  • If you have obstacles in your yard, a zero-turn mower is smart choice. Plus, zero-turns typically perform well on slopes (though caution should be exercised on steeper grades.)
  • Robotic mowers can handle narrow passages and even slopes. For example, Husqvarna’s Automower® can handle grades up to 26°.

3. Pay attention to mower features

With such a huge variety of mowers on the market, choosing between them can be difficult. You could easily go cross-eyed while comparing technical details!

So, rather than spend hours pouring over engine specs, consider the following points related to the mower types we’ve covered thus far:

  • Push mowers and self-propelled walk mowers offer bagging, side-discharge or mulching options. Choose a model that’s capable of all three to maximize versatility.
  • Some models of riding mower accept attachments, including aerators, dump carts and snow blowers, boosting their usefulness in outdoor projects of many kinds.
  • The steering style of zero-turn mowers offers excellent maneuverability and speed in complex spaces.
  • Robotic mowers cut just a little grass at a time on a frequent basis. As a result, they naturally fertilize the lawn with tiny clippings. The result is greener, healthier turf that requires less use of chemicals.

4. Evaluate your personal schedule

Of course, perhaps most importantly, consider your own schedule and lifestyle:

  • Do you consider mowing the grass an enjoyable opportunity for exercise? If so, a self-propelled walk mower or push mower is the obvious choice.
  • Do you have plenty of spare time to mow the lawn, as well as engage in other outdoor projects? Riding mowers offer great versatility.
  • Are you a lawn fanatic who loves having perfect stripes in the grass? Zero-turn mowers are trusted by professionals for a reason.
  • Would you rather spend your time working in the garden or doing something around the house? Look no further than robotic lawn mowers.

Conclusion: When choosing a lawn mower, it’s important to consider yard size and features, mower features, and your personal schedule.

Regardless of what you choose, contact Monnick Supply for more information.

Is it Time for Crabgrass Preventer?

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 22, 2019
Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MA

It depends on your area. Crabgrass typically germinates when soil temperatures consistently reach 62°. Crabgrass preventer should be applied when soil temperatures reach 50° to 55°. Once your soil temperature is in the correct range, it is important to apply Green-Up plus Crabgrass Preventer. Green-Up plus Crabgrass Preventer not only provides season-long prevention of crabgrass, but controls crabgrass AFTER it grows - up to the third leaf stage.

Green-Up Lawn Food with Crabgrass Preventer is the first application in Jonathan Green's New American Lawn 4-Bag Annual Program, the ONLY one on the market that feeds the lawn...and the soil! The New American Lawn feeds lawns with slow-release lawn fertilizers, controls weeds with superior herbicides, and enhances sub-soil with a unique "soil" fertilizer called Mag-I-Cal Plus. Mag-I-Cal Plus, the third step of the program, adjusts soil pH, loosens hard soil, and bio-stimulates the soil microbial life. It's simple.

Healthy soil is the foundation for healthy lawns...and the New American Lawn 4-Bag Program, unlike all others, makes this happen!

So feed your lawn - and your soil - and finally get the lawn that you've always wanted!

What if I Want to Seed?

If you plan to seed this spring, then you must use our Crabgrass Preventer plus New Seeding Fertilizer in lieu of Green-Up plus Crabgrass Preventer. The former product is especially formulated to allow grass seed to germinate through the crabgrass barrier.

Standard crabgrass preventers are unable to make this distinction.

For more information, contact Monnick Supply.


Which Fertilizer Should You Use in Spring?

Darren Kincaid - Monday, April 15, 2019
Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MA

Feeding your grass in spring is essential to a beautiful lawn, but which fertilizer should you use?

A lawn needs food to grow thick, green, and lush. The benefits of a well-fed lawn extend beyond good looks, though. When you feed your lawn throughout the year, it will emerge greener and stronger after the winter, can crowd out future weeds, and will be more resilient in the face of heat and drought.

To start the growing season off right and give grass the nutrition it needs to grow after a long winter, your lawn’s first feeding should be in the spring. Which lawn fertilizer to use depends on where you live, what type of grass you’re growing, and any lawn problems that might be present. Here’s what we recommend.

Because you live in the Northeast:

Fertilize your Kentucky bluegrass, bermudagrass, perennial ryegrass, tall fescue, or fine fescue lawn with Scotts® Turf Builder® Triple Action, which tackles three important tasks with a single application. First, it will give your lawn the nutrients it needs to get thick and green this spring, helping the grass establish deep roots so it will stand up stronger to heat and drought later in the growing season.

In addition to feeding the lawn, this product will also help you kill existing weeds, making quick work of dandelion, clover, and other unwanted broadleaf plant guests listed on the label. It also helps prevent new weeds like crabgrass for up to 4 months. The best time to apply is as soon as the dandelions begin to flower.

Then, 6 to 8 weeks after using Triple Action, apply Scotts® Turf Builder® Lawn Food according to label directions to continue giving your lawn the nutrition it needs to keep growing strong.

For more information on spring lawn care, contact Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough, MA.


How to Fertilize Your Lawn

Darren Kincaid - Monday, April 08, 2019
Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MA

With a spreader, some fertilizer and 15 minutes, you can be on your way to a greener, healthier lawn.

Feeding your lawn is very simple. In fact, a typical subdivision lawn will take less than 20 minutes. Here’s how to do it.

Water your lawn.

A few days before you feed your lawn, give it a good watering. That will help ensure your soil is ready to accept lawn fertilizer.

Pick the best spreader for your lawn.

Spreaders fall into two main categories: broadcast and drop. Scroll down to learn more about spreaders and the best ways to use them in your lawn. Adjust spreader settings. Each fertilizer product has a unique spreader setting for correct coverage. Check the bag to make sure you’re selecting the proper setting for your individual spreader.

Apply fertilizer around the perimeter.

Feeding around the perimeter first will allow you to feed the rest of the lawn without worrying about missing any of the edges. Using the EdgeGuard® feature on a Scotts® broadcast spreader helps you avoid getting fertilizer in garden beds, on sidewalks, or on driveways.

Fill in the middle.

Similar to a mowing pattern, feed your lawn by walking back and forth in straight lines while slightly overlapping with each pass.

Return remaining product and store.

Once you’ve finished feeding your lawn, return any unused product to the bag and store it for future uses. Be sure to keep it in a cool, dry place away from pets and children.

Why Fertilize?

Just like we need more nutrients than water can provide to survive, so does your lawn. Feeding your lawn 4 times a year helps it stay green and grow thick. Maintaining a thick, lush lawn helps prevent weed seeds from sprouting and moving in.

For more information, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.


Smart Colors for Home Interiors in 2019

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 01, 2019
Monnick Supply - Smart Colors for Home Interiors in 2019 in Marlborough, Framingham, MA

Are you thinking of refreshing your home's decor? Or prepping to buy and decorate a new home?

When it comes to home design, paint color is everything. Not only can color affect mood, but it can also impact the perceived size and brightness of your space.

According to designers, here are five fashionable paint colors you might want to throw into the mix:

Pewter is a neutral beige-gray. It's a functional choice that works virtually anywhere in the house. Thanks to its muted tones, it goes well with just about any color or accent, from bright and bold shades to lighter pastel ones.

Which hue is great for drawing in the eye? Mustard. It’s perfect for highlighting decor or accenting a specific part of your home. This one is best used in smaller doses because it’s so strong.

Light blues are naturally soothing. That makes them an appropriate option for bathrooms, bedrooms and powder rooms -- places that could use the calming effect of these tones.

Nature-inspired deep greens are an excellent choice for large rooms. That goes double for ones with lots of windows and natural light. These dark hues aren’t great for smaller spaces -- they often make the area feel more cramped.

Simple, muted pastels are perfect for places where a minimal feel is best. They also evoke cleanliness, making them well-suited to kitchens, laundry rooms and bathrooms.

These are just a few of the shades that designers are predicting will be hot in 2019. Test out swatches, consider your decor and think about how you use each space. Your home's interior will be refreshed in no time.

Reach out to Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA for more information.


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