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Survey On The State Of The Landscape Industry

March 17, 2010 1 comment

Is there going to be an increase in landscaping business this year? [Pro Magazine asks]

Results from a landscape contractor survey conducted in early-March by PRO Magazine show that one in four contractors across all major landscape industry service sectors expect an increase in business this year. However, this level of contractor confidence represents a step backward from a similar survey PRO conducted four months earlier.

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Categories: Landscaping

Spring Cleaning At It’s Easiest: Get Your Lawn In Shape

March 15, 2010 7 comments

It’s that time of year again. You know the 3 week period when everyone in Texas has the desire to get outdoors and get their lawn back in shape.  I say 3 week period because here in Texas we go from low 60’s to high 90’s in just about that amount of time.   Below is a list of a few items that may need to be addressed and the recommended equipment to address those items that may need to be addressed and here at Aztec Rental we have the equipment to address those items that need to be addressed.  Got all that, great glad to hear it. 

Aztec Rental has all the equipment possibly needed for your Spring preparation and in grand fashion below you will find some suggestions from the experts in absolutely no particular order.

Tillers. When it comes to gardening equipment, the most popular rental unit is the tiller. Tilling is the act of loosening or breaking up earth to make it suitable for planting. Done manually, this could take several laborious days. Manual soil preparation requires removal of existing sod and digging up and turning over the dirt beneath with a shovel, breaking down clumps with a hoe and then combing the area with a rake to remove stones and other debris. Often after turning the soil, compost and other beneficial material is then incorporated into the dirt to make nutrient rich soil fit for planting. Tillers utilize powered tines or blades that spin rapidly to pulverize the earth into a loose soil suitable for planting in a fraction of the time and with far less effort.

Sod cutting. Starting a new lawn from seed is the most commonly utilized method of establishing turf, but even under the best weather conditions and proper care, there is no guarantee that all of the seed will germinate and grow. Growing new sod from seed also can take months. For instant gratification, there’s turf sod replacement. The sod can be laid down, tapped in and watered.

Dethatchers/turf rakes. Thatch is a communion of dead grass, roots and other matter that builds up in a lawn over time. It’s relatively common and collects on most lawns at some time or another. In time, thatch matter becomes stacked and then packs down or mats and causes healthy grass blades to become stressed and weakened to the point that they thin and eventually die. The easiest and most thorough method of removing thatch is to use a dethatcher or powered turf rake. The dethatcher makes quick work of lifting grass-choking thatch from the surface level allowing the soil and grass to breathe and attain moisture and nutrients.

Aerators. Aerators revitalize lawns by opening the soil for more effective penetration of air, moisture and nutrients. Aeration also helps to reduce soil compaction. Less compaction means a healthier root system. The lawn will become more tolerant to heat, drought and traffic, and will be more disease-resistant. Engine-powered walk-behind aerators are the norm for efficient and less labor-intensive lawn aeration.

Article On How & When To Use a Lawn Aerator

You see here at Aztec Rental we undoubtedly make your job easy which results in a first class lawn, a happy spouse, and the ability to accomplish all this within the 3 week window referenced above.  No Thanks required….that’s just the way we roll here at Aztec Rental.

[Tillers, Sod Cutters, Lawn Aerators, Dethatcher Rentals]
[Lawn Aerator – When & How To Aerate Your Lawn]

Snapper NXT Mowers: The “NXT” Generation Of Mowers

March 9, 2010 4 comments

Introducing the new Snapper NXT mower line.  Snapper asked thousands of everyday users what they were looking for and needed in a lawn mower.  Snapper used those answers and suggestions to develop the blueprint for the NXT mower line.

The Lawnmower You Designed

Snapper started with a blank sheet of paper and a singular goal: To create new mowers that provide our best mowing experience ever.

To get there, Snapper asked you and thousands of other homeowners what you liked and didn’t like about your mowers. In collaboration with BMW Group DesignWorks U.S.A., Snapper conducted extensive and sophisticated consumer research that can be reduced to this question: Describe the ultimate lawnmower?

From The Snapper Research Center to Your Backyard

After countless hours of interviews and observations, Snapper engineers and designers spent three years incorporating what we learned from you into dozens of prototype mowers. We tested and re-tested them and then engineered key findings into the final product.

The results are nothing short of groundbreaking. These units start with the user and end with the user. Thanks to your input, every feature, every dimension and every control has been nuanced from the operator’s point of view.

Beginning with their revolutionary push button starting system, the Snapper NXT redefines the grass cutting experience. Never before has a lawn mower been so responsive, so intelligent, so comfortable and so powerful. The Snapper NXT is your lawn mower and the next generation of Snapper.

Snapper NXT Lawn Tractors

  • Push Button Starting System
  • Ultra-Tight Turning Radius
  • Electric Height of Cut Switch
  • Revolutionary Cutting System
  • Easy-to-Read Digital Interface
  • Adjustable Ergonomic, Breathable Seat
  • Bright LED Headlights
  • Advanced Briggs & Stratton Professional Series 23 or 27 HP Engines

The Snapper NXT riding mower delivers innovation that starts with the push of a button. From sleek, automotive-inspired styling to innovative control, display and cutting systems, the Snapper NXT riding mower makes your mowing experience second-to-none.

The Snapper NXT lawn tractor brings it all together and puts you on the cutting edge. It’s our easiest starting, best cutting tractor ever — for the ultimate mowing experience.

Snapper NXT Walk Behind Mower

  • Push Button Starting System
  • ” REACT” Variable Speed Drive
  • Revolutionary Cutting System
  • 3-in-1 Mower Capability
  • Electronic Maintenance Minder
  • Single Point Height of Cut Lever
  • Easy Change Handle Height
  • Briggs & Stratton Professional Series Engine

    The Snapper NXT 22″ rear wheel drive walk-behind mower shares the same consumer-driven DNA as the NXT riding mower. From the push button starting system to the REACT™ Drive System, Professional Series™ engine, the NXT walk-behind has significant advantages over a traditional push mower. It delivers a seamless mowing experience second to none.

    Don’t settle for a conventional push mower. The Snapper NXT walk-behind mower’s revolutionary new cutting system and redesigned, aerodynamic deck provide our most precise, most even cut ever — each time you mow.

Contact Aztec Rental for a quote on the Snapper NXT Mower Line.

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Lawn Aerator – When & How To Aerate Your Lawn

March 8, 2010 14 comments

Using a lawn aerator is a pretty simple and quick way to get your lawn and root system healthier. 

Now you are asking yourself, “do i have to buy a lawn aerator”, or “how much does it cost to have this done?”  That is where Aztec Rental comes in, providing you with a cost effective and easy to use machine to make this process as painless as possible.  

Renting equipment makes sense for most home owners.  For a process that you do once every 1-2 years, purchasing the equipment is out of the question.  Thats why every spring and fall we get landscapers and home owners in the store renting lawn aerators daily. 

Read below on some tips about lawn aeration.  Then come see Aztec Rental for your equipment, a company with the experience and knowledge for over 44 years.

Ryan Lawn Aerator

Why Should You Aerate Your Lawn  

Lawn aeration is a very important tool in making your lawn healthy. Aeration involves making holes in the lawn either by pushing a rod into it or by “coring”, which is basically extracting a plug of soil. By aerating your lawn you are giving it and the root system many benefits, which include:  

  • Oxygen gets to the soil and roots allowing your lawn to “breathe”
  • Organic fertilizers and nutrients get access to the root system
  • Water is able to better soak the soil and reach the root system
  • Helps to break up the unwanted thatch in your lawn
  • Compacted, tight soil is loosened up allowing the root system to grow

When Should You Use A Lawn Aerator  

The best time and most recommended time to aerate your lawn is in the spring or fall.  If you are going to overseed your lawn, the best time and most beneficial for the lawn is to aerate in the fall.  A bonus of fall aeration is it will relieve compaction from heavy use during the summer season.  During the fall, roots of grass grow quickly, so the extra space, air and water will aid good root growth before the grass goes dormant or slows growth for the winter.  The spring is a good time to aerate to jump-start the lawn renovation from the winter.  It allows organic matter and fertilizer you put out to get to root system.  

How To Aerate Your Lawn  

To get the best results before you use the lawn aerator you want to mow your lawn lower than normal.  Also, water it well for two to three days before aerating.  You want to have a “moist” lawn when using an aerator, a “hard” (no water) or “sloppy” (to much water) lawn, will prove to give you unsatisfactory results.  In these conditions the aerator will not produce proper “cores” or it will make you lawn a mud pit.   

Now, after you have prepped your lawn, use the lawn plug aerator to aerate the lawn.  You don’t want to leave the clods “intact” when you finish aerating, so go ahead and break them up and them settle back into your lawn.  This along with immediately watering your lawn after aerating will help the lawn recover from the stress of aerating.    

If a lawn aerator is used properly, you will see an overall healthier lawn, which in turn helps decrease the time you have to spend caring for it.    

Who doesn’t want that? 

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Backfilled – Green Industry Pros

March 5, 2010 2 comments

Backfilled:  A recognition of people or companies  that have linked us, tweeted about us, or mentioned us.  Want to get your website or blog on The Backfill?  Just link our posts, website or even retweet our posts and tell everyone how awesome we are. Rocket science it is not, but the awesome part is a requirement!

Basically, we just want to say thanks and maybe put in a good word for you. 

Featured on Backfilled:

Two of the most trusted sources in the landscaping business have combined forces to provide an online tool that gives busy landscapers and power equipment dealers more of the information they need to grow their businesses profitably—in a quick, easy, convenient format. PRO Magazine and Yard & Garden have launched http://www.greenindustrypros.com/, a new website delivering daily green industry news, product information, management tips and best practices.

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Suspension On Zero Turn Mowers, It’s A No Brainer

February 23, 2010 13 comments

You don’t need to be an Olympic athlete to drive a zero turn mower, but it sure would be less painful if you were for most zero turn mowers. Operators that run zero turn mowers for cities, landscape companies, commercial cutters or acreage owners know what we are talking about. Running a fixed frame zero turn for 6 to 8 hours a day, everyday is very taxing on the body, especially the lower back. Anyone that has operated these units for that long has felt this in some way, shape, or form. Even mowing you own lawn for 2 to 3 hours once a week I am sure you have felt like you have gone a few rounds in a boxing ring when you get off.

Landscape companies, commercial cutters and acreage owners there is a way to remedy this problem, oh and not to mention INCREASE productivity. For company owners this means less time your guys are on each job, which translates to more jobs and a healthier bottom line. Acreage owners you can decrease the time you are spending on you lawns exponentially. I don’t know of any company or person that doesn’t look for more efficient ways to do business or get jobs done.

The solution for the pain and increased productivity is very simple; the Ferris Zero Turn Mower with its patented independent suspension system.

How much faster, more productive and more efficient would you or your employees be if you were operating a much smoother machine? There would be no more slowing down to compensate for all of the different terrain variations. You would mow over these same areas carrying the same ground speed at all times, unlike before when you would slow down to negotiate these obstacles. Operators would not feel like they have been beat with a sledge-hammer every time they get off the machine, which makes it that much easier for them to go to work each day.

FERRIS MOWERS WITH SUSPENSION SYSTEM

No matter if you’re a professional cutter, weekend warrior or discriminating buyer, Ferris zero-turn mowers with suspension will give you a measurable improvement in your mowing efficiency. The smooth ride will enable you to get more done in less time than conventional mowers. A Ferris mower can help you finish your job faster, boost your productivity and produce beautiful results.

Ferris zero-turn mowers are the only commercial mowers that feature a suspension system that was developed by engineers with landscape contractors’ needs in mind. We didn’t just mask operating vibration with a special seat. These mowers were built from the ground up to be the hardest working and smoothest riding in the industry. Operators experience less fatigue while tackling tough jobs. Our patented suspension technology provides exclusive benefits that maximize productivity for years to come.

BENIFETS

PRODUCTIVITY: The benefits of Ferris suspension add up to increased productivity for you. The more productive you can be the more time you will save and the more money you can make.

SPEED: Many operators are not aware that they slow down to compensate for uneven terrain – until they test-drive a Ferris with suspension. Insulated from these effects, the operator naturally increases speed, taking full advantage of available horsepower. The result: More acres per hour and more money in your pocket.

CONSISTENCY OF CUT: The mower deck follows the movement of the wheels and the flow of the terrain. The result is a beautiful, consistent cut.

EXTENDED MOWER LIFE: Suspension also benefits the chassis by reducing shock load. Our frame rails are made of much heavier material because we do not rely on frame flex to keep all four wheels on the ground. As a result, a mower with suspension will last longer and require fewer repairs than a similar non-suspension mower.

COMFORT: Ferris’ exclusive suspension system absorbs the shocks and vibrations that cause operator fatigue. The increased comfort translates to operator satisfaction and increased productivity.

So How Does It Work?

The Ferris patented suspension system allows each wheel to move up and down independently smoothing out uneven turf. The deck of the mower works in conjunction with the suspension system

to provide a consistent cut. This system virtually eliminates shock to the chassis, resulting in superior operator comfort, increased mowing speeds, stability and extended mower life.

Take a look at this video.

Like every commercial mowing innovation, the success of suspension depends on its value to the landscape contractor. But, get any five owners of Suspension mowers together and ask them what they find appealing, and you’ll get five different answers. Suspension offers multiple benefits to the landscaper. This, perhaps more than anything, has made the advent of Suspension, not just an innovation, but a revolution in commercial mowing.

There you have it, so anybody against less mowing time, increased jobs, or a healthier bottom line?  Probably not, so get off your fixed frame unit and check out the Ferris mower line, which can make this happen for you.

[Productivity Calculator] – plug your numbers in, and see for yourself what kind of money can be saved.
[Ferris Mower Models] – zero turn mowers and walk behind units

Turf Study Challenged By Outdoor Power Equipment Institute

February 16, 2010 1 comment

Just the facts ma’am, all we want are the facts. [full story]

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) says that Dr. Amy Townsend-Small of University of California – Irvine (UC – Irvine) has acknowledged a computation error of carbon used to maintain turf in the recently released UC-Irvine study published January 19, 2010, titled “Carbon Sequestration and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Urban Turf.” With the error corrected, ornamental grass is in fact shown to be a net sequester of carbon even when inputs are accounted for in grass maintenance. The correction has been submitted to the American Geophysical Union (AGU) who published the paper.

OPEI also noted that the UC-Irvine study did not acknowledge the dramatic reductions of emissions and fuel use profile for today’s gasoline and diesel equipment, nor did the study disclose what model equipment and corresponding fuel use numbers were used.

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