Lawn Care Tips for New Homeowners

Lawn Care Tips for New Homeowners

Purchasing a new home is an exciting time, but taking on responsibility for maintaining a new property can also be stressful. For many new homeowners, knowing what to do to improve or maintain your lawn is a challenge. The team at Commercial Lawn Equipment would like to offer the following tips to help homeowners grasp the basics of lawn care. We are always here to help with any questions or concerns that you may have about your lawn and the equipment it takes to keep it looking great throughout the year.  Continue reading

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How to Keep Your Mowing Crew Safe This Summer

How to Keep Your Mowing Crew Safe This Summer

Summer is your busiest time of the year. Your crews are working at peak capacity. That may be great for your bottom line, but are you putting your employees at risk? Every year, hundreds of people are rushed to emergency rooms suffering from heat-related injuries. Keep your crew safe while mowing by following these important safety tips.

Emphasize Sun Protection

There are a lot of ways to stay protected from the sun. The first is to always use sunscreen; this doesn’t just help your crew avoid an uncomfortable sunburn, but dangerous skin damage too. Every year more than five million people fall victim to skin cancer – and many could have been avoided with the proper vigilance. Supply your employees with sunscreen (at least SPF 15), hats, sunglasses and long sleeve work shirts.

Keep Workers Hydrated

One of the biggest dangers for your workers is dehydration. Blamed for the majority of heat-related illnesses, dehydration happens quickly. In most cases, victims feel dizzy, lightheaded or tired before they realize they need water. Make sure your outside workers understand that by the time they feel thirsty, their body is already suffering the effects of dehydration. To help your crews avoid dehydration while mowing, be sure they follow these simple steps:

  • Drink 16-32 ounces of water before heading outside to mow.
  • Take water (or a sports drink with you). Drink a few ounces every 15 minutes.
  • Be sure to wear lightweight clothing when working outdoors.
  • Avoid mowing during the hottest part of the day (between 10 am and 4 pm).
  • Stop when you need a rest.

Every year more than five million people fall victim to skin cancer – and many could have been avoided with the proper vigilance. Supply your employees with sunscreen (at least SPF 15), hats, sunglasses and long sleeve work shirts.

Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Any time the body temperature goes above its normal 98.6 degrees, you can suffer from dangerous effects. Heat exhaustion is the first sign that something is wrong and can include dehydration, dizziness and nausea.  It can usually be treated by resting in a cool spot, drinking plenty of water and giving your body the chance to return to a safer core temperature.

When left untreated, however, heat exhaustion can result in a much more serious condition — heat stroke. Heat stroke should not be taken lightly. At its worst, it can lead to death. No matter how young your employees are, heat stroke can happen, especially if they are working in extremely high temperatures during the idle of the day. The condition occurs when the body’s core temperature reaches 103 degrees and can no longer cool itself off. This is usually caused by a combination of dehydration and high temperatures.

Be sure that your employees are properly trained in recognizing these signs of heat stroke:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • A throbbing headache
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Shakiness
  • The inability to sweat
  • Muscle weakness
  • Cramping
  • Rapid or shallow breathing
  • Fainting
  • Confusion or disorientation

If any of these signs appear, be sure to get the victim out of the sun and call for help. Offer plenty of water and apply ice to the armpits and groin area to help bring down the core body temperature until help arrives. Medical attention is vital to avoid serious harm. Always take heat exhaustion and heat stroke seriously – your prompt attention can make the difference between life and death.

Make Sure You Have the Right Equipment

You work to give your clients the absolute best service possible. Don’t your employees deserve the same treatment? Equip them with the safety guards they need to stay safe on the job. Right now Commercial Lawn Equipment is offering 0% on all new products and services. Call us today to see what is available.

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Exmark: The Best Mower Available for Your Business

Exmark: The Best Mower Available for Your Business

As lawns across the Southeast reawaken and begin growing again with vigor, it is only a matter of weeks before it’s time to start your mowing routines again. How lucrative are your mowing contracts going to be this year? If you’re working with aging and inefficient equipment, you might even find it hard to break even on small lawns. Investing in a brand new mower from Exmark, the most respected commercial cutters, could save you money despite what you’re spending upfront to purchase it.

Fine Tuning

First, Exmark knows what landscapers and lawn care professionals face on a daily basis, so their mowers are designed to streamline the process as much as possible. Each small detail and fine-tuned part shave seconds off of your lawn cutting routine, and all those seconds add up over the course of a day and then a week. Saving time means saving money and energy, resulting in higher profits without having to work yourself or your crew to the bone. Some of the fine details that help an Exmark product stand out include:

First, Exmark knows what landscapers and lawn care professionals face on a daily basis, so their mowers are designed to streamline the process as much as possible.

  • Clutch saver component for faster engagement and disengagement of the PTO without damaging delicate parts.
  • Advanced load tracking equipment, which perfectly matches engine power to the demands of the job for more efficient mowing.
  • Oil temperature and pressure control to prevent overheating and pressurization while you’re cruising around and checking your work.

Red Technology

Of course, these are just the small details that are like icing on the cake. The true value to a lawn professional lies in the energy saving Red Technology used by this manufacturer. The Red advancements are mostly under the hood, but the three-way rocker switch on the control panel is a definite indication of fuel friendliness. By giving you more stages of precise control over the mower blade and wheel speed, these mowers allow you to only use as much power as is necessary at any given time. Why waste all that expensive fuel running at top speed when you’re just taking a quarter inch off of a quarter acre lawn? Spend less energy on the lawns that are easy so you can turn a tidier profit without sacrificing the power you need for the real challenges.

We could go on and on about how Exmark mowers are designed better, including a deeper deck to maximize cutting performance and clipping pickup even when you’re moving at the fastest speeds. Or we could mention the comfortable seats and ergonomic mower controls. However, we feel like seeing the Exmark mowers in person is the fastest way to convince yourself they’re the best. Come on down and visit all of the latest models from this company at Commercial Lawn Equipment. We’re an exclusive dealer for Exmark products, and right now we’re offering an amazing 0% financing deal on all equipment.

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How to Avoid Common Lawn Mower Mistakes

How to Avoid Common Lawn Mower Mistakes

Your lawn is only as healthy as your lawn mower. The mower is a crucial piece of equipment for maintaining a good looking yard, yet many people only think about it when they’re pulling it out for use. Taking a little extra care to avoid common mower mistakes can lengthen the life of your lawnmower and help you get better cutting results.

Mowing Erratically

It’s easy to forget your lawn needs to be mowed, but taking half an hour to give it a quick trim every week or so is better for both the lawn and mower. It’s a mistake to wait two or three weeks for a cut unless that’s how long it takes your lawn to grow to one inch in height. Stick to a regular schedule, regardless of the time interval, so the mower doesn’t have to struggle to cut high and thick grass. It also reduces the shock of losing more than a third of the grass blade’s height.

Forgetting About Maintenance

Lawnmowers, especially gas powered ones, need nearly the same kind of maintenance as your car or truck. Don’t forget about checking for:

  • A clogged deck after each cut and before each new use of the mower, since tangled roots, vines, and dry grass can damage parts.
  • Tire pressure, since the mower works harder and is more likely to damage your lawn with soft tires.
  • Oil levels so that the engine stays lubricated and cool during use.
  • Air filter debris and dust.
  • Dull blades, which tear grass and damage it.

To maintain strong and sharp blades and minimize wear on the engine, schedule your mowing for the driest part of each week. Cutting dry grass gives you the sharpest and cleanest cut for healthy growth and a strong rebound.

Cutting Wet Grass

To maintain strong and sharp blades and minimize wear on the engine, schedule your mowing for the driest part of each week. Cutting dry grass gives you the sharpest and cleanest cut for healthy growth and a strong rebound. Cutting wet grass also increases the chances of clumping, which increases your cleaning time to clean the deck after you use the mower.

Running At Low Speeds

Most mowers offer multiple speed settings to help you get a closer cut around edges and flower beds by giving you finer control. This has led some mower users to think that it’s bad for a mower to run at full speed. However, the engine’s performance is optimized for its primary speed setting. You’ll get the most even cut and best fuel efficiency by sticking to full speed as much as possible.

Improper Storage

Make sure you drain the gas, remove the battery and clean the deck and blade before putting your lawn mower up for the winter. Improper storage may cause issues when you go to mow for the first time in spring.

Ready to invest in a new mower and give it the best treatment from the start? Discuss your options for a brand new lawn mower by calling us here at Commercial Lawn Equipment. We have all the landscaping supplies and tools you need to create a perfect lawn.

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How to Keep Weeds Under Control

How to Keep Weeds Under Control

Is 2017 the year you finally offer a seasonal guarantee on a weed-free lawn to your customers? With the right pre-emergent herbicides applied to your lawn in February, this dream can become a reality without sinking your business with the cost of upkeep over the summer. Pre-emergent fertilizer offers a one-two punch of weed control and growth stimulation that will finally get even the most stubborn turf weeds under control. Continue reading

Gas vs. Battery Power: Which is Best for Your Lawn Care Needs?

Gas vs. Battery Power: Which is Best for Your Lawn Care Needs?

Lawn maintenance professionals have a difficult balancing act; they need to offer competitive pricing, do an outstanding job that keeps the clients coming back and still make a profit. This leaves them ever searching for equipment that is efficient, long lasting, easy to use and cost effective. With improved battery and motor technology in the forefront these days, many landscaping professionals are beginning to wonder if the time is right to make the big move to battery-powered tools. Continue reading

A Guide to Starting Your Own Lawn Care Business

A Guide to Starting Your Own Lawn Care Business

In today’s economy, few things are certain, especially when it comes to employment security. That’s why many people are taking their financial fate into their own hands, and starting a business. For those who are considering opening a landscaping business, the team at Commercial Lawn Equipment would like to offer the following tips on how to get your enterprise up and running Continue reading

Will Your Mower Be Ready For Spring? Schedule Routine Maintenance Now

Will Your Mower Be Ready For Spring? Schedule Routine Maintenance Now

Professional landscapers know the importance of scheduling regular maintenance of their tools and machinery. Without them, you wouldn’t have a business, at least not a very profitable one. Your lawn mowers, trimmers and blowers are the backbone of your landscapers toolkit, and you’d be hard-pressed to make a living without them.  Continue reading