As summer comes to an end, homeowners should begin to shift their attention towards what kind of lawn equipment they will need in order to have their yard looking its best. It also gives them the opportunity to repair damaged lawns and prepare their grass for the seasons to come. With the right lawn equipment and lawn mower attachments, the experience as a whole can be something that is seemingly more attainable.
Preparing your Equipment for Autumn
- Check Your Mower Blades- You should always ensure that you are working with a sharp mower blade. Using a dull blade can run the risk of giving your yard a ragged-looking cut and allows more entry points for insects and disease.
- Install Your Blade Properly- It is important to also check that your mower blade is installed properly before use. When a blade is installed upside down on a mower, it causes the blunt backside of the blade to be used as the cutting edge. This can result in a ragged cut, again rendering your lawn prone to insects and disease.
- Know Your Species of Grass- You should start to become familiar with your variety of grass before you take your John Deere mower to it. Finer bladed grasses can be mowed shorter, while wide-leaf species tend to thrive with a little extra height. Each species of grass thrives at different heights based on its physiology.
- Set the Mower Deck Height- Avoid removing more than one-third of the leaf tissue present in a single mowing. This does not mean mowing solely 1/3 inch of the leaf. For example, if your specific species of grass has an optimal mowing height of 2 inches, the grass would get cut when its 3 inches in height. It’s best not to allow your grass to grow out and cut it back dramatically- this can stress the grass, causing it to pull nutrients from the root system.
- Plan Ahead for Clippings- Lawn clippings can be extremely beneficial when deposited back onto the lawn. No big clumps of material should be left behind by the mower if you’re staying on top of mowing, so there is no need to remove clippings. Leaves can be mulched and left to feed the soil as well.
Best Attachments for Autumn Lawn Care
It’s crucial for homeowners to turn their attention towards what type of equipment they will need as autumn approaches. Attachments for John Deere ride-on mowers can help to make your life much easier when it comes to lawn-care.
Rotary tillers/ hitch implements
Rotary tillers and hitch implements utilise sets of curved tines with a rotating shaft to dig into your soil. This helps to make sure your soil is fine, as well as clod-free so that planting goes off without a hitch.
While you probably won’t be planting many flowers in cold areas, root vegetables can still be planted and grown, making these attachments useful all-year round. Whether preparing a seedbed, ploughing over the garden or levelling and grading, rotary tillers can help groomers achieve their desired look. Additionally, they are extremely easy to attach and detach in just a few minutes. Below are some of the more popular models:
- 25-Bushel Frontier Manure Spreader- Manure spreaders are helpful because they increase efficiency on the farm. They not only distribute manure evenly but also help to provide an even application of the necessary nutrients, while preventing the smothering of grass and reducing any nutrient run-off.
- 60-inch Frontier Landscape Rake (3-Point Hitch)- The harder tines of a landscape rake can easily help to dig into the soil, mix compost or mulch into topsoil, or smooth out the surface of your area. Due to the small area between the tines, it is also easy to remove stones, branches and debris from the soil as well.
- 60-inch Frontier Rear Mount Blade (3-Point Hitch)- This attachment has multiple uses. In the winter, it can be used for snow removal. Throughout the rest of the year, it can be used for the maintenance of soil contours, waterways, drainage ditches and more.
Mulch and Leaf Bagging Kits
Mulching and leaf bagging kits help to make your lawn care experience much less stressful and more productive. No matter what type of clean-up conditions you may be facing, John Deere has the right solution.
- The 48-inch Leaf Bagging Kit- This kit helps to improve the mower’s vacuum performance to better collect leaves and dry grass.
- 38-inch Mulch Kit- This mulch kit converts a mower so it can be used to mulch grass and leaves.
Tow-behind attachments are perfect for spraying, hauling, thatching, aerating and more. With an easy dump release and steep angle, John Deere utility carts are designed to haul a variety of materials without obstructing them. Additionally, the 40-inch Thatcherator is great for dethatching, aerating or getting an area prepped for seeding.
Other Lawn Attachments and Parts
While the aforementioned attachments are great for improving your lawn’s appearance, there are so many others that can also help do the job. Here are a few other parts and attachments that could be especially helpful when tidying up your property for autumn.
- John Deere Debris Bag- Adding a debris bag to your mower will help save valuable time because you can continue mowing while picking up debris. It also includes a pocket for a water bottle, bug spray or whatever else you may need while mowing.
- The Ballast Box- This box offers a way of adding weight to the back of your tractor to help improve traction and stability when using the 45 Loader or front-mounted equipment.
Rejuvenate Your Lawn this Autumn
1. Check for Signs of Damage
Many of the most common signals of a damaged lawn can be simply observed by using senses. One of the tell-tale signs of damaged or unhealthy grass is the way it feels when walking on it. If the grass feels soft or spongy, that means it’s likely damaged.
On the other hand, if the grass is not taking to watering very well, this could mean the lawn is damaged as well. Here are some of the things to look out for when you think your grass may be damaged:
- Excessive thatch (more than 1/2 inch) that is constantly appearing in soil
- Excess weeds such as dandelions or crabgrass
2. Preparation before seeding
One thing to consider when preparing your seeding is the power of pH. Knowing the pH of your soil can help you make decisions about what nutrients you need to add, amongst others. When the decision has been made to renovate, a few steps need to be taken before fertiliser and seed should be applied to the soil.
- First, remove any existing weeds and excess thatch in the lawn.
- Then, moisturise the soil with 6-8 inches of water to restore healthy levels (especially after a long, hot summer).
- Lastly, be sure to properly aerate (3-5 times) to prepare the seedbed.
3. Fertilise the Lawn
Fertilisers should be spread evenly throughout the damaged area in an effort to expedite the establishment and growth rate processes of the emerging lawn. When you get a bag of fertiliser, there are typically three numbers on it. These numbers represent nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. All three help lawns to become long and lush with strong roots.
4. Seed the Lawn
Once the lawn is fertilised, divide the area to be seeded into a few sections to promote the different seeding directions. This will help ensure the soil is being hit from various angles. Then, begin seeding in two directions, overlapping halfway through the process. After the seed has been applied, irrigate the lawn to promote soil and seed contact, followed by watering twice a day. Be sure to not over-water- the soil shouldn’t appear to be soggy. This wastes time and money, while also promoting growth for excessive weeds.
After lush, thick, green grass has been established and taken hold (reaching about 3-4 inches in height), begin mowing regularly as described above, by taking about 1/3 of the length off the top of the grass.
Deere Lawn Equipment for Autumn
There is a wide variety of John Deere lawn mowers to choose from. Let’s take a closer look at these different models and the benefits of each:
- E100- The E100 has a single-cylinder 18 HP (13kW) engine with an anti-vibration system. Automatic transmission allows the operator to easily choose the desired forward or reverse speed by simply depressing a single foot pedal.
- E110- The E110 model has a single-cylinder 19 HP (14.2kW) engine with an anti-vibration system. The E110 also uses an Edge™ Cutting System for superior performance and reliability. Two-pedal hydrostatic transmission gives an infinite choice of ground speeds and makes changing the direction of travel easy.
- X330- The X330 model utilises a 20 HP (14.9kW) cyclonic V-twin engine and is made with heavy formed and welded steel material and has exact adjust levelling points.
- X350- The X350 model has all of the same features as the 330 other than the fact that it uses an 18.5 HP iTorque power system.
- S240- The S240 utilises a 19HP (14kW) V-twin iTorque engine and has an Edge™ Xtra Cutting System for superior performance.
As summer comes to an end, it’s necessary to look forward and repair any damage before it’s too late- autumn is the perfect time for that. Get your lawn maintenance equipment out of your shed and start reinvigorating your lawn today!
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This article was originally posted on LandHQ’s website.