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Proper Spreader Usage
There are two types of spreaders to use on lawns - drop spreaders and rotary spreaders. Drop Spreaders are more accurate than rotary spreaders and distribute product only the width of its hopper. Drop spreaders are usually used on small lawns. Users must be careful that they overlap the wheel impressions otherwise visible "light Green" stripes where the wheels were will be the result. Rotary spreaders are most commonly used by applicators due to their faster, "wide swath" delivery method and more practical use on larger lawns. 

Regardless which spreader type you choose, follow these simple tips to insure the best results: 

  • Follow the proper spreader settings. "overturning" the calibrating knob by just 1/4 point can cut your coverage by 1,000 sq. ft.  
  • Each time you're ready to stop or make a turn, close the flow lever to stop the product from releasing excess material on your lawn that can damage the turf. 
  • Avoid pulling the spreader backward when the flow lever is open. Backward movement causes material to be applied at double the recommended rate. 
  • Keep the hopper 2/3 full across slopes and rough terrain to weigh down the wheels so they don’t lift or skip. Do these areas first when applying product. 
  Proper Watering 
The best time to water is early morning. This allows ample time for the water to be absorbed by the grass, while at the same time, ensuring it does not stay on the leaf surface too long. If the latter occurs, then diseases are more prone to exist. This is precisely the reason why watering at night is a very harmful practice.
On average, about one inch of water per week during the growing season, including rainfall, should be enough for most lawns. Aim to get ½ inch twice a week per zone including rainfall. Longer, deeper waterings are preferred over 10 minutes per zone daily! 
Proper Mowing
Mowing the grass too short can leave you with a stressed lawn and make it more susceptible to damage from insects and diseases. Keep your mowing height at 3 inches until the last cut of the season. 
Make sure your mower blades are sharp.  Ripped, shredded grass blades are more prone to disease and insect damage. Sharpen the lawnmower blades at the start of each season and check them during the season to make certain they remain sharp.
The Winner is...
Congratulations to David of Raleigh, NC!
David is the "Show Us Your Lawn Contest" winner for the month of May. He will receive a $50 gift certificate to Town & Country Hardware where he purchases our products!
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