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Tampers. Rammers. Compactors.
Soil compaction can be confusing, especially if you are new to it. People throw around a ton of terminology and have multiple names for the same machines! It can be simple though. There are two general types of compaction machines: rammers and plate compactors. Rammers are called a bunch of different things including: tampers, jumping jacks, jack rammers, and more. They compact soil through impact with a small plate making them great for small areas of cohesive soils.

Plate compactors compact soil through weight and vibration. They are also referred to as vibe plates or vibratory compactors. They have a large plate and are great for settling gravel and sand making them the preferred tool for loose soils and large areas.
illustration of a rammer and plate compactor

Vanguard Oil Guard System
Vanguard engine with the oil guard system as awell as a mower that uses the system Oil Guard can only be found on Vanguard Commercial Engines, and it is the biggest breakthrough on small engines since... well... in a long time! The system has three main components that set it apart.

One, an easy fill cap with an integrated oil filter, allowing for easier, cleaner, and faster oil changes. The filter is a cyclonic filter which is 80% more efficient than standard screw-on filters. Plus, the set-up makes oil changes TOOL-LESS.

Two, a dry sump system. Yes, like the ones in high performance race cars. Most small engines are a wet sump system, where the oil is stored in the crank case of the engine. The Vanguard Oil Guard System moves the oil outside of the engine into a seperate reseervoir making it a dry sump system. This allows for the oil to stay cooler and increases the amount of oil the system can handle.

Three, a high-capacity, external oil reservoir. The Oil Guard System holds a total of 6 quarts of oil (5 quarts in the reservoir, 1 quart in the engine). This is 3 times the average 2 quarts other small engines hold. This reduces the risk of engine failure and allows you to mow comfortably at off-angles.

The Greenworks Commercial Advantage
Greenworks Commercial has quickly made a name for themselves in the battery-powered outdoor power equiment industry. They are the ONLY brand that is 100 percent focused on the design and manufacturing of battery-powered OPE, so it comes as no surprise that they are the ONLY brand that has a full line of professional-grade, battery-powered OPE.

This means they have given professionals the ability to upgrade their entire fleet to battery-powered equipment. EVERYTHING. Blowers, Mowers, Edger, Trimmers, Chainsaws, Zero-Turns, UTVs, Pole Saws, Winches, Tillers and Snow Throwers! That means you can get professional grade equipment without the hassle. No more gas, engine maintenance, oil changes, emissions, or heavy equipment. All of this plus a lower liftime cost.
greenworks commercial chainsaw sitting on a pile of logs

Electric Outdoor Power Equipment?
gas versus electric equipment Electric Outdoor Power Equipment may actually be the way to go. Thanks to advancements in battery technology, electric OPE is more powerful, longer lasting and cheaper than it ever was. In fact, it is able to keep up with or outperform a lot of gas equipment at this point

Battery-powered OPE weighs less, produces less noise, and requires way less maintenance. Run time on a single battery is generally only 30-45 minutes, but with a couple batteries, the equipment can run an indefinitely long time. No over heating, stalling, or engine flooding. The downsides to battery-power?

Honestly, pretty limited at this point. There is a high upfront cost, but the equipment costs less over it's lifetime. The only other potential downside is max power. Even the most high-end battery-powered OPE only competes with mid-level gas OPE. In other words, if you are looking to take on heavy-duty jobs like clearing thick brush or cutting down massive trees, gas equipment will quickly outperform battery equipment. However, if you are just using the equipment to trim some hedges, cut up firewood, or mow some grass; you won't be able to tell the difference (power wise) even if you are doing those things on a commercial basis.

Irrigation Systems: A Beginner's Guide
If you're looking to get that green, lush, movie like lawn; then you need to get yourself an irrigation system. The most common irrigation system for a homeowner is going to be a Sprinkler System. This goes beyond the basic sprinkler that you would buy at WalMart or Lowes. We are talking a full fledge sprinkler system

A system will save you time by taking care of watering on a set schedule or at the flip of a switch. Plus, you wont have to stand there with your hose or spend time setting up your sprinkler attachment. Not only that, it will actually SAVE water. Well, if you already spend time watering your lawn it will. A sprinkler system is more efficient and consistent than your hose, so it takes LESS water than watering by hand.

Sprinkler systems aren't cheap, but they will increase the value of your home and save you money in the long run.
sprinkler head watering a lawn

Tips to Mow Your Lawn Better
Mower mowing grass Did you know the top of your grass is actually the healthiest part? That's why good mowing habits are SO important.

When talking about mowing habits, it is better to look at the height of your grass than the time between mows. the most grass you should cut at one time is 1/3 of the height of the grass. So if your grass is 4.5 inches long, the most you should cut is 1.5 inches. Generally it takes about 1-2 weeks for grass to grow that much.

When you start mowing, make sure you know what height you are aiming for. Every grass thrives at a different height, but a good rule of thumb for most warmer climate grasses is 3 inches. Starting out, your grass will be overgrown, so you should mow evry 3-4 days only taking off a bit of grass each cut. Once your grass reaches your desired height, just be sure to mow regularly so you don't have to cut too much grass at one time.

Even more important than your mowing schedule is your equipment. Make sure your mower blades are kept SHARP. As the blade dulls, it begins to tear the grass instead of cutting it. In addition, don't bag your grass every time you mow. Returning the cut grass to the soil will help bulid up essential nutrients and shade the roots of your grass.

Time to Weed and Feed
Weed and Feed is both a fertilizer and a weed killer/preventer bundled into a singular product. This mixture makes it the perfect thing to spread early in the spring season. After about 3-4 weeks of mowing, fertilizer becomes important for greening your grass. In addtion, killing off the weeds early (or preventing them all together) will help the grass grow thick and strong.

There are two types of weed and feed — granular and liquid — but most homeowners use granular. Spread you weed and feed 2-4 days after mowing and DO NOT water your lawn for 2-4 days after.
spreader spreading weed and feed

Usher in a Healthy Lawn this Spring!
healthy lawn As the Spring Season gets to a start, these tips will help you usher in a healhty lawn. If you want a green, lush yard; it is important to start off every season (especially spring) the right way.

Sping is the time for clean up! Start off by giving your lawn a good cleaning to start promoting new growth. This means using a rake or a blower to get rid of all the dead grass and leaves. After that, you should overseed your lawn. This is the process in which you seed your whole lawn then go back over bare or thin patches.

Once that new growth begins to sprout, its time to start mowing. Your first mow should always be kept fairly high. Work your way down to your desired height in small increments to ensure your lawn stays healthy. Once your lawn starts to turn green (usually about 3 mows) it is time to spread fertilizer. Make sure your grass is ready before spreading fertilizer or you'll end up with fertilizer run-off and wasted money.


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