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AEM Updates Mower Safety Manual

December 6, 2010 6 comments

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has extensively updated its industrial/agricultural mower safety manual – both the English only and Spanish/English versions. Types of equipment covered include rotary, folding wing rotary, flail, boom and sickle bar mowers as well as disc mowers, disc mower conditioners and self-propelled windrowers. (The AEM “disc mower” manual is now obsolete.)

The AEM Industrial/Agricultural Mower Safety Manual was developed under the direction of the association’s Industrial/Agricultural Mower Manufacturers Council. AEM safety manuals outline common sense “do’s and don’ts” in clear language and an easy-to-follow format, and they are a convenient and cost-effective way to provide in-house safety training.

The manual covers current industry practice in machine design and construction as well as up-to-date industry safety best practices for equipment preparation, operation, maintenance and transport. Enhancements include an expanded “safe maintenance” section, with a new section discussing mower blade maintenance; expanded discussion of “mower thrown objects” and “slope operation”; and use of newer safety design features and enhanced operator protection systems.

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Categories: Landscaping

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.

Categories: Landscaping

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.

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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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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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