6 Tips to Prepare Your Lawn for Spring

spring-lawn-care-guide-2It’s that time of year again: winter weather has finally slowed and temperatures are rising. These tips will help you start spring off right, ensuring your lawn will flourish while reducing the maintenance it will need throughout the year.

1. Clean up the Lawn

Start off by removing downed branches and inspecting trees for any damage that may need to be addressed. Pay particular attention to split or broken branches and have them removed by a tree service so you can be safe while on your lawn. Raking up lawn debris will keep snow mold and insects at bay while making it easier for new blades of grass to penetrate the soil. Removing any snow left over from snowbanks will let your entire lawn come out of hibernation at the same time for even growth.

2. Reseed

Now that the lawn has been cleared, you can address damage to the ground cover caused by salt, snow, and snowplows. Reseeding early in the season will give the seeds a better chance of taking root.

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Overview of the Stander RH

stander-i-6-23-14Do you need the power and speed of a ZTR but want something with more flexibility, especially when dealing with different types of turf? The Wright Stander RH is designed with all the benefits of their standing position ZTRs and comes with a deck that can be moved on the fly to fit the terrain at hand.

Why Stand?

It’s called the “Stander” because the operator stands on a suspension-mounted platform at the rear of the mower instead of sitting on a seat at the center. This provides a clear view of the entire mower including the cutting deck. ZTR mowers turn by changing the speed of the drive wheels, and this design puts the operator directly over the axis of rotation. This makes it possible to turn quickly without being thrown around. Continue reading

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Midmount Z Overview

wright-z-3-4-right2Wright may be known for their standing mowers, but they also use their signature design to build some of the most advanced ZTR commercial mowers on the market. The Midmount Z Series combines a compact, lightweight frame with heavy duty components to provide impressive maneuverability and performance while reducing turf damage and delivering a top quality finish.

The Benefits of the Z

Z’s use Wright’s Aero Core deck, a constructed design that has air-tapered surfaces added to the inside so it performs like a stamped deck. That means high airflow, a uniform cut and minimal clumping without sacrificing deck strength. Anti-scalp rollers are included for an even cut on rough terrain, and a folding ROPS protects the operator without getting in the way when loading the mower onto a trailer.

Wright covers their mowers with a two year warranty that includes parts and labor.

There are two models of Midmount Zs: the MMZ and the ZTO. Continue reading

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Wright Standing Mowers Overview

stander-3-4-right-jpgWalk-behind mowers are easy to maneuver on steep terrain and easy to step away from when you need to pick up branches and other debris. Riding mowers have large decks and fast propulsion systems, letting them cover ground quickly. What if you want the advantages of both? Wright’s Stander mowers are built to combine the best features of riding and walk behind mowers to create a device that has advantages going beyond either design.

What is a Stander?

Wright’s Stander mowers are built like a mid-deck ZTR mower, but instead of having a seat over the deck, there’s a platform over the rear for the operator to stand. This shift in position puts the engine directly over the deck instead of behind the rear wheels for a more compact package. Recessed caster wheels in front of the deck make the footprint even smaller, providing all the power of a riding mower with far less length: the largest model equipped with a 72 inch deck is just 71 inches long. Continue reading

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Wright Walk-Behind Mowers Overview

Velke_Gear_DriveIf you’re in the market for a quality walk-behind mower, the Wright family of lawn care equipment has plenty to offer. Their walk-behind mowers come with several different size and equipment options to make your job easier and take less time. When you get behind a Wright mower you know that you are getting a dependable mower that will outlast the competition and leave your lawns looking great.

The Wright Velke Gear Drive

One of the most affordable gear drive walk-behind mowers on the market, the Wright Velke gear drive comes in 32, 36, and 48-inch models. It is both lightweight and compact, making it easy to maneuver and transport. It features dual belts to deliver consistent torque to the large wheels. It is known for being particularly gentle on turf due to its small footprint and light weight. Continue reading

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Wright Zero-Turn Mowers: Mid-Mount Z Vs. Sport RH/X

wright-z-3-4-right2If you’re shopping for a zero-turn mower, there are dozens of options to choose from. The Wright brand of mowers has a long history of delivering quality equipment for commercial grade jobs. Both the Wright Mid-Mount Z and the Sport RH/X models are competitive in their class and offer the support you need to get the job done right. Here’s what you need to know before you go shopping.


The Wright Mid-Mount Z and the Sport RH/X are similar in size. All of these models come with optional 48″, 52″, or 61″ decks. However, the Sport RH & X models are designed for more flexibility on the ground and have a smaller profile than the Mid-Mount Z. The narrower body of the Sport models make them easier to get onto a trailer. Even so, the Mid-Mount Z is roughly 3″ shorter than a standard mid-mount mower, so it can navigate corners deftly and offers better control on uneven surfaces. Continue reading

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Yanmar Tractors: YT347 vs. YT359

YT359_ROPS_NAKED_34_Flat_CMYK_2The YT347 and YT359 are both designed to work on large areas of land with plenty of power, plenty of attachment capability, and plenty of design features for comfort and consistent performance. What’s the difference between these two tractors, and which one is right for you?


The YT347 uses a 4TNV88C diesel engine that produces 46 hp at 2,800 RPM.

The YT359 uses a 58.9 hp 4TNV88C diesel engine. Power for this motor is rated at 2,500 RPM, so it doesn’t have to run as fast as the 347’s motor to provide maximum power. Continue reading

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Yanmar USA Compact Tractors (YT235 and YT235C)

YT235_CAB_NAKED_CRX_Flat_CMYKGetting a compact tractor doesn’t mean having to make compromises. The YT235 and its enclosed cabin cousin, the YT235C, offer serious performance with the ability to use a wide range of attachments, making them an excellent choice for buyers looking to take care of up to 50 acres of land ranging from farms to managed properties.

Power and Traction

Both the YT235 and YT235C are powered by Yanmar’s 3TNV88C diesel engine. This three cylinder produces 34.2 hp at 3,000 RPM and meets Tier 4 emissions requirements without needing a particulate filter.

The wheels are driven by a hydrostatic transmission that has three speed ranges, topping out at 11.7 mph (18.9 km/h) when driving forwards and 8.2 mph (13.2 km/h) in reverse when fitted with agricultural tires. Yanmar also offers industrial and turf tires straight from the factory. This tractor has two throttle pedals: one to go forward and one to go backwards, eliminating the need to stop and shift when moving back and forth using a front loader. Cruise control and an automatic throttle come standard for easy operation and consistent performance. Continue reading

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Yanmar 424 Series Overview

downloadTractors can be useful for maintaining any type of land, but if you have rough, steep terrain, some models just won’t cut it. That’s why Yanmar offers the 424. It comes with all the attachment points, power, and durability you expect from their tractors along with the ground clearance and 4WD capability you need to tackle your property.

The Tractor

The 424 Series uses a 1.26 liter 3TNV80F three cylinder liquid cooled diesel that produces 21.7 hp and 45 lb-ft. of torque. It doesn’t have a particulate filter, but it still meets Tier 4 emissions standards. Continue reading

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Yanmar 324 Series Overview

_6381618_i0When you buy big equipment with diesel power, there’s a good chance it’s powered by a Yanmar engine. Although famous for their engines, they also have their own line of tractors, including the sub-compact 324 series. They’re designed for taking care of properties ranging from 3 – 5 acres with a line of accessories to do everything from mow to dig while delivering professional performance and reliability.

The Tractor

The 324 is powered by a 3TNV80F three cylinder liquid-cooled diesel displacing 1.26 liters. It produces 21.7 hp and 45 lb-ft. of torque, and meets Tier 4 emissions requirements without needing a diesel particulate filter. The motor is connected to a dual hydraulic pump that moves up to 4.3 gallons (16.1 liters) per minute to the PTO, equivalent to 18.1 hp, and a 3.7 GPM pump for the hydraulic power steering. This is enough power for the Category 1 3-point hitch to lift up to 1,209 lbs. (548 kg.) The 324 is also front-end loader capable with a built-in quick hitch, and can be used with a mid-mounted mower deck. The PTO is engaged electronically from the operator’s position. Continue reading

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