Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Secret to Easily Attaining a Healthy, Leafless Lawn

Secret to a leafless lawnAre you ready for a workout? This time of year, you’re probably looking at a colorful blanket of fall foliage covering nearly every inch of your yard. You may be tempted to leave the leaves alone (everything looks so festive and your kids are having too much fun out there), and then you start to wonder if that big pile is smothering your lawn, not to mention ruining your property’s curb appeal. So you pull out the rakes and wheelbarrow, and get in the zone … for the Annual Fall Yard Clean-up Workout. Time to sweat.

But, not so fast! Not every plan for raking and removing leaves is the huffing and puffing kind. Let me explain.It’s true that removing fallen leaves from the grass can improve its overall health, giving it the proper air, water, sunlight and nutrients needed to thrive in fall and winter, especially for cool-season grasses. So your hard work would be worthwhile.

Eco-friendly yard care. In addition to the tried-and-true method of a rake and muscle, some gardening experts recommend mulching leaves right into the lawn with a mower, to recycle a natural resource that adds nutrients and improves the soil. Others suggest keeping the leaf cover in planting beds and under trees, to protect roots from temperature changes and retain soil moisture.

Using a leaf blower makes quick work out of piling leaves. Placing a tarp or heavy plastic sheet on the ground under the piles can help make the takeaway process even easier. Simply grab the ends to gather leaves for dumping, or prepare as compost for next year’s garden.

Get a goat. If you have a large yard and you’re looking at two+ hours of aerobic exercise, a truly novel option is to rent a herd of goats – but if you need a more accessible approach, save a lot of time and sweat by renting a leaf vacuum.

This season’s complete lawn maintenance choice. A high capacity leaf vacuum can do almost all the work in one pass:

  1. Ease of use: the tough, manual yard work is a lot easier on the body.
  2. Removes leaves from corners and tight spaces: eliminating the inconvenience of manually raking, gathering more leaves in less time.
  3. Creates ready-to-use mulch: leaf vacuums also have the ability to shred and bag fallen leaves, ultimately saving money.
  4. Gathers other debris in addition to leaves: rid your yard of litter, too.
  5. Relatively quiet: the noise won’t wake the neighbors.

About the Author

Tempe Thompson is a sales and inventory expert at Runyon Equipment Rental. She has over 35 years of experience and has accumulated a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise. She could talk for hours about how to use all of Runyon’s tools and equipment, in addition to suggesting which type corresponds to a certain application.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Mark These 13 Projects Off Your Fall Checklist

How fitting that this infographic outlines 13 projects for you to complete, what with Halloween right around the corner and all! The first item, aerating and fertilizing, is a really key task. You want a gorgeous green lawn come spring right? Well it doesn’t take much, but with it getting colder each day we advise you do this soon – learn how to here. And cleaning your gutters is fairly simple, yet really beneficial. Our latest post outlines how to effectively complete this to-do item. And all the remaining projects will be covered in upcoming posts, so be on the look out!

Fall Project Checklist

Now, although most of these tasks are outdoor-related, there are smaller indoor to-dos that will be covered in a future post as well. This may seem like a lot, but these weekend projects can be knocked out really easily and are worth the effort because it will leave you with less spring cleaning. Not to mention, a lot of these will ensure a warm and cozy winter.

About the Author

Heidi Hudnall is the current Marketing Coordinator at Runyon Companies. She graduated from Butler University in the spring with a double major in International Business and Marketing, a minor in Spanish, departmental honors distinction and cum laude. She specializes in all things internet marketing, with an emphasis on content creation, website maintenance, blogging, social media, lead tracking and marketing strategy.

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See How Easily You Can Rid Your Gutters of Dirt and Grime

Your gutters don’t clean themselves. Every time it rains or the wind starts to blow, nature deposits water, soil, leaves and who knows what else into the humble gutter system.

Gutters help prevent water and debris from damaging your house by moving them away from doors and windows, siding, the foundation and garden beds. Not to mention, they keep water and debris from getting inside your house, or eroding the groundRid Your Gutters of Dirt and Grime around it.

And the task of keeping your gutters unclogged and unfettered is entirely yours. Thankfully though, maintaining them is a relatively uncomplicated job, one that’s best done as a preventative measure. Before the weather gets worse, I would consider accomplishing this task as soon as possible, especially if you have a faulty gutter system. Doing so will ensure you have an effective gutter system for years to come.

First, climb a ladder. Your first line of defense is to climb up on your roof and take a look at the condition of your gutters, and even before that, you’ve got to get yourself a good ladder.

A ladder is a tool, and it’s important to use the right tool for the job. Select an extension step ladder that will reach the work area with a little room to spare, and be sure it is sturdy enough to hold you, your tools and other work materials without coming apart or falling to the ground.

When choosing a ladder, also take into account what the ladder is made from. For instance, metal ladders conduct electricity and can create a danger of electrocution. If the area around your work project has a lot of wires or live circuits close by, choose a ladder made from fiberglass or aluminum.

If labeled multipurpose, you can use this ladder as a step, extension, stairway or plank support ladder. Ladders can be heavy-duty or extra-heavy duty. They can also include slip-resistant rungs, pail shelves, rag racks, drill holsters and tool trays. Ladders with a platform hoist are usually used by professionals for big roof jobs.

The right ladder for the job. Other safety suggestions for working with or on a ladder:

  • Generally designed for use by one person (unless otherwise specified in duty rating)
  • Use a ladder if you are in good physical condition
  • Where possible, have a second person hold ladder in place while in use
  • Keep ladder free from dirt and slippery materials (keep your shoes clean too)
  • Always open ladder fully and lock spreaders before climbing
  • Place on firm level surface with a secure footing
  • Windy conditions require extra caution
  • Never leave a ladder set up and unattended, especially around children
  • When climbing up or down, face ladder, maintain a firm grip with both hands and keep body centered between side rails
  • Move ladder to accommodate reach
  • Avoid “walking” ladder when standing on it
  • Do not stand higher than 3 ft. from the top of the ladder
  • Do not stand, climb or sit on ladder top, pail shelf, braces or back section
  • Set ladder at proper angle by placing your toes against the bottom –
  • Stand erect – extend your arms straight out
  • When palms of your hands contact the top of the rung, which is about shoulder level, ladder is at approximately the proper angle
  • Do not place in front of door opening toward ladder

Once you’ve climbed up on a ladder and inspected your gutters, you may need a garden hose and bucket, chisel and sealant, a rivet gun and paint, rubber gloves or a pressure washer to clean and repair gutters.

Get the goop out. Clean away any leaves or debris left in the gutter and the downspouts, making sure to clear clogs that hinder proper drainage, which causes sagging gutters.

Check: Spikes, leaks, rivets. Next, check all the spikes that hold the gutter to the house, making sure they fasten securely. If not, they need to be replaced with new ones. If the gutters themselves contain holes or the seam caulking is cracked, use a chisel to scrape old caulking out. Dry the area thoroughly, then repair with a new bead of silicon sealant, roofing cement or metal-repair patch – whichever matches the gutter material. Make sure the rivets on the downspout are tight and intact, otherwise be sure and replace them.

Ooo, power tools! You can clean gutters with the old-school method of a garden hose and bucket. However, if you’ve secured your gutters with new screws or spikes – and love power tools – consider using a pressure washer. If you choose this route, follow manufacturer’s instructions specifically, setting the washer to the lowest pressure and using the appropriate water or cleaner. Take care when aiming the water stream at the gutters, so you don’t blow the roof shingles off!

Got rust? If the gutters are rusting, sand them down and paint with a good primer and a rust-inhibiting paint. Or buy a new gutter system altogether.

Not just for decoration. Installing a splash block on the ground below a downspout keeps water from digging a trench next to the house and away from the home’s foundation.

About the Author

Tempe Thompson is a sales and inventory expert at Runyon Equipment Rental. She has over 35 years of experience and has accumulated a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise. She could talk for hours about how to use all of Runyon’s tools and equipment, in addition to suggesting which type corresponds to a certain application.

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Mark an Item Off Your Fall Checklist – Aerating and Fertilizing

Fall is the perfect time to aerate and fertilize your lawn in preparation for the cold winter months. And with the weather turning cold already, it is a good idea to do this sooner rather than later. The benefit of aerating in conjunction with fertilizing is that it helps the lawn breathe better, in essence by loosening thatch and reducing compaction that occurs when the ground gets hard and frozen. Not to mention, aerating and fertilizing assist in growth by increasing the amount of air and water in your lawn.

Lawn AerationAerating Your Lawn

Aeration machines make the actual process of aerating much simpler than it sounds. There are a few important steps to consider however, just to be sure you’re effectively combing the lawn. The following process is proven effective by The CISCO Company, an industry seed expert.

  1. Make sure the soil profile has had adequate moisture so a plug can be pulled
  2. Set the depth of the aerator at about 2″
  3. Begin at the longest side of the lawn and make runs back and forth, overlapping
  4. When the entire lawn is finished, begin a second pass at a 30 to 40 degree angle

[Note: Several trips may be beneficial]

Endure WinterizerApplying Fertilizer

Fertilizer is crucial for fall because it feeds your lawn with the proper mix of nutrients and allows it to recover from the sweltering summer months. Since it is already late in October, the suggested fertilizer is one that stimulates root development and ensures a quick green-up in the spring. Apply winter fertilizer (Winterizer) after the top growth is finished, but the ground is not frozen. This will ensure growth of the root mass. Some of the benefits of using a winter root builder:

  • Earth-friendly organics for natural slow release and iron
  • Iron for dark green grass
  • Nitrogen feeds and grows roots

Aerating and fertilizing really is not a complicated task on your fall checklist. However, it is one that will make a huge impact on your lawn, and one that is incredibly beneficial when done correctly. For more information about lawn aeration, find more posts here. Or, if you would like more information about the fertilizing process, please contact one of our experts.

About the Author

Tempe Thompson is a sales and inventory expert at Runyon Equipment Rental. She has over 35 years of experience and has accumulated a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise. She could talk for hours about how to use all of Runyon’s tools and equipment, in addition to suggesting which type corresponds to a certain application.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Prepare Your Lawn for Fall and Winter

With winter coming up, it is important that you consider the best ways to prepare your lawn for the harsh weather – you want it to thrive again in the spring, and there are several ways to ensure that it does. Dethatching, plugging, bark blowing and lawn vacuuming are four suggested autumn lawn applications. The infographic below outlines what each one is, why to use each machine, when to use it and important tips. Feel free to use this as a guide for your lawn this October. Happy yard-working!

Fall Winter Infographic

About the Author

 is the current Marketing Coordinator at Runyon Companies. She graduated from Butler University in the spring with a double major in International Business and Marketing, a minor in Spanish, departmental honors distinction and cum laude. She specializes in all things internet marketing, with an emphasis on content creation, website maintenance, blogging, social media, lead tracking and marketing strategy.

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7 Steps to Cutting Concrete Like a Pro

Repairing and renovating homes very often involves cutting concrete with precision. Removing or resizing kitchen slabs, making holes in ceilings and reshaping driveways are a few instances when it becomes imperative to cut concrete.

Tools Required:

  • Concrete Saw: A good option is the Bosch 12″ Electric Concrete Saw that has AC/DC capacity and features a reversible handle for added convenience and versatility. It also has a large footplate that improves stability and cuts at a greater depth.
  • Electric cut off tool (optional)
  • Pneumatic Chisel (optional)
  • Jackhammer (optional)

Process:STIHL Concrete Saw

  1. Layout: Use chalk to mark the area to be cut. A concrete saw cuts in straight lines.
  2. Prepare the saw: Fit the concrete saw with a diamond or abrasive blade. Set the blade at the required depth, which may be 50.8 mm (2 inches) to 152.4 mm (6 inches). Most house slabs, driveways and retainer walls fall within this range.
  3. Cut: Start cutting from the edge of the concrete, slowly following the line drawn in chalk.
  4. Pour water: Keep the blade cool by pouring water over it as the cut progresses. This also helps to reduce dust.
  5. Progress slowly: Proceed slowly, with minimum RPM as this helps to keep the saw in line, prevents overheating and prevents the tossing up of shrapnel into the air when the cutting is in progress.
  6. Remove the concrete: If the concrete is thicker than what the saw would cut, a jackhammer may have to be deployed to pound the excess concrete away. An alternative is to use heavy-duty concrete saws that cut up to 18 inches deep.
  7. Chip off the edges: If clean corners are required, score off the corners using a 4-inch diameter electric cut off tool and chip away the rest of the concrete using a small pneumatic chisel.

Make sure to take appropriate safety precautions. The process generates high levels of noise and dust. Ear plugs and goggles are a must, as are other safety precautions when cutting large chunks of concrete. Keep in mind that the majority of concrete cutting problems (and injuries) can be solved by using the appropriate tools for the job. Still have questions? Talk to an expert to provide advice on your project.

About the Author

Jack Runyon is the president of Runyon Equipment Rental. He has 21 years of rental experience, as the 3rd generation son to carry on the family tradition and his grandfather’s vision. He prides the company for its devotion to ethics, quality products and customer service. Jack is known for his passion and vast expertise.

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Give Your Floors a Touch of Epoxy for Added Protection and Shine

Over time, the application of concrete epoxy coatings has become an essential part of maintenance and overhauling. Considering the nature of paint, epoxy is used to coat the floors in garages and other areas that need protection from heat and chemicals. By and large, this is a DIY project you can complete easily once you understand the process.

Concrete EpoxyWhy is Two-Component Epoxy Better?
There are two kinds of epoxies – single component and two-component. Both are easily available. The one you should essentially choose is the two-component version as it has many advantages. It comes in two separate forms and needs to be mixed in a predetermined ratio. It can be thinned down just a bit to add a colorant. Two-component epoxy benefits:

  • Anti-slip properties
  • Dry harder and are durable
  • Easy to maintain and protect your concrete well
  • Different colors epoxy floor colors are available in shades of grey or tan, and in most cases with added paint chips to help you up the color quotient of your flooring

Application of Epoxy:
1. Prep your Floor: the first step in prepping your floor is to do a moisture test on the concrete. Here is how:

  • Use plastic: take a piece of plastic, maybe a large Ziploc bag, and tape it to the floor. Make sure that you do not allow any air into it. Leave it in place for a day and then take it off the concrete.
  • Begin when dry: if the patch of concrete below is dark, or you find condensation on the Ziploc, then your floor is moist and will not hold on to the paint. You can only begin when it is dry.

2. Clean the Floor

  • Spray detergent and water: the floor also has to be super clean before you begin, so moisten your floor. Next mix together a laundry detergent proportionately with 5 gallons of water and spray it all over your floor.
  • Scrub the floor: spend a good amount of time scrubbing your floor with a bristled brush and then rinse off with a strong pressured water nozzle.

3. Get Rid of Stains

  • Use degreaser: you may have a few grease or oil stains that persist. You can get rid of them by pouring a bit of degreaser over the stain and scrubbing it away.
  • Use rough sand: put a bit of rough sand on it and press it down. Let it sit that way for a day. The next day you just have to sweep the sand away and your stain will be gone.

4. Etch the Concrete

  • So the paint sticks: this is an important part of the process because it opens up the concrete and allows the paint to stick to the floor in the right manner. Using a resurfacing grinder tool can help.
  • Follow product instructions: most epoxy kits will come with their etching product, so all you have to do is follow the instructions.
  • Or check with the store: if instructions are not provided you can always get it from an expert here at Runyon Equipment Rental.

5. Apply your Paint

  • In batches: work in batches of around 6 X 6 inches at a time. This is important if you plan to use paint chips.
  • Use aggregate: always throw them up into the air and have them land on the fresh paint, rather than flinging a handful directly onto the paint. The randomness you get is much better this way.

Finish by Sealing and Coating
You will have to use an epoxy joint filler to seal in the edges of the floor and can wrap up the process with a glossy coat of clear epoxy.

The most important thing to remember is that you need to prep your floor the right way before you apply the epoxy. Also, following the instructions on the package to the ‘T’ is essential.

About the Author

is the current Marketing Coordinator at Runyon Companies. She graduated from Butler University in the spring with a double major in International Business and Marketing, a minor in Spanish, departmental honors distinction and cum laude. She specializes in all things internet marketing, with an emphasis on content creation, website maintenance, blogging, social media, lead tracking and marketing strategy.

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How to Easily Maintain Your Equipment with LUBE-A-BOOM

Maintaining your equipment is necessary to ensure long-life and problem-free use. However, if not done with the proper products and application, there can be disastrous consequences. And with wear and tear from constant use, the elements and age, and no replenishment from lubrication, the likelihood of experiencing a negative result increases. LAB, LLC is a leading specialty lubricant company that provides products for the lift equipment industry, in order to combat this very issue. Its LUBE-A-BOOM product line is formulated to help extend lubrication intervals and make components last longer. For a visual representation of what these products aim to accomplish, watch the following video:

What is LUBE-A-BOOM?

  • LUBE-A-BOOMThe original product, LUBE-A-BOOM, is a grease that is packaged in cartridges, pails, kegs and drums and is also available in an aerosol. It is a synthetic lubricant that contains Teflon (a trademark of Dupont) that is applicable for telescoping booms, i.e. cranes, tele-handlers, aerial lifts, boom trucks and other types of equipment, as well as applications that have sliding surfaces.
  • LUBE-A-ROPE aerosol is for wire rope, cable and chains. It contains molybdenum (moly) and graphite. This is an excellent product that penetrates, as well as, providing a lubricating film for longer life.
  • LUBE-A-BOOM DRY FILM aerosol is a dry type lubricant that uses moly to provide lubrication for applications where a wet type product is not preferred. A lot of the time, it is used in dirty environments where dirt and other foreign elements exist. This product is ideal for extendible outriggers, extendible counterweights, boom applications, forklifts and various other machines. Also, it can be used on external teeth or rotating bearings when an open gear type lubricant is not applicable. It is important to note: when using any dry film product, be sure the surface is clean and dry so it adheres.
  • LUBE-A-GEAR aerosol is an asphaltic open gear lubricant for turntable bearing applications. This product provides a cushion between gears for protection.
  • LUBE-A-BOOM CLEAR aerosol is exactly what the name implies: a clear aerosol formulation that includes silicone for sliding surfaces, linkages, latches and multiple applications. It can also be used on many different rubber materials to help them keep their resiliency.
  • Gun1LUBE-A-PIN lubricant is a synthetic grease product that contains 5% moly. It is a heavy-duty product that can extend the life of pins, bushings and bearings. It is formulated to handle heavy loads and shock loads. This product comes in cartridges, pails, kegs and drums.
  • GUN1 spray tool is easy to use and attaches to most aerosol cans. It has a large trigger that allows the user to use it with gloves on. Its popularity stems from the fact that the user does not get any product on his or her finger(s) and does not tire from pressing down on the nozzle.

Maintaining Your Equipment

It is advisable that when changing brands of products, you remove or purge as much of the old grease as possible until the new product takes over. It is recommended that the greasing interval be reduced by 50% for the next lubricating schedule and then you can resort back to the OEM recommendation (hours or miles). Going forward you can establish your own interval pending results and performance of the new product.

Grease:

  • When using either the LUBE-A-BOOM or LUBE-A-PIN grease products it is a good practice to remove all dirt and grime from the zerk fittings to make sure you do not contaminate or plug the fitting. Pump enough grease into the joint, bearing or bushing until you see grease coming out. This way you are pushing out the old grease and any contaminants. Caution should be used on over greasing where rubber boots are used, as not to damage them.
  • Greasing a boom is normally done by brushing or rolling the grease on with a paint roller. Over greasing for this application will result in a waste of product and resulting mess since excess grease will fall off the boom when it is telescoped in. This can be a safety issue, especially if the lubricant falls on walk areas.
  • After applying the grease, the boom should be telescoped in and out to make sure the grease covers the full length of the boom sections. It is important that the inside wear pad areas be lubricated as well. Depending on the boom design, this can be difficult and may require some ingenuity to get into tight spaces.  The use of LUBE-A-BOOM AEROSOL is often used for this area and it is compatible with the LUBE-A-BOOM grease.

Aerosols:

  • Aerosols are formulated as mentioned above for different applications. Each aerosol has its own spray pattern, which is designed for most applications. It is recommended you try the product on a small area to see how it performs.LUBE-A-BOOM Aerosols
  • The amount of product used will vary based upon the application and environment.
  • All LAB aerosols are environmentally friendly, containing no heavy metals such as lead, antimony, etc. However, they are not food grade.

OEM Recommendations:

  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding specifications and intervals.
  • When using other products such as LUBE-A-BOOM, it is not unusual that the interval can be extended. You can determine this by recording and monitoring each lubricant in your maintenance program.

Safety:

  • Wear proper protection when using any lubricants. Normally this includes safety glasses, proper clothing and a respirator, along with other safety items such as hard hats and steel toe shoes.
  • Do not use aerosols around electrical or open flames since they are flammable. Avoid contact with eyes and skin. For a medical emergency call the number on the label: 800-535-5053.

MSDS:

Maintaining your equipment and using the proper lubricants extends component life and maximizes equipment utilization that results in more profit and less money spent on repairs. Using friction-reducing lubricants aids in this process, and when used correctly can have long-lasting results. LAB, LLC is continually looking for new applications to better serve the construction and industrial equipment market, so visit the website or provide your email address for updates. And if you are interested in purchasing one of the LUBE-A-BOOM products, please visit the e-commerce department page or contact one of Runyon Equipment Rental’s sales reps here.

About the Author

 is the current Marketing Coordinator at Runyon Companies. She graduated from Butler University in the spring with a double major in International Business and Marketing, a minor in Spanish, departmental honors distinction and cum laude. She specializes in all things internet marketing, with an emphasis on content creation, website maintenance, blogging, social media, lead tracking and marketing strategy.

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4 Easy Steps for Maintaining Your Fall Garden

An attractive and well-laid-out garden adds to the beauty of any home. Thus, maintaining your garden throughout the year is especially vital. It is important to pay extra attention to your garden during fall as it helps prepare for the harsh winter ahead.

These 4 simple steps will outline what you should do to ensure a healthy plot through the fall, winter and into spring.

  1. Let Perennials Grow
    The first step in garden maintenance during fall is to allow pFall Garden Maintenanceerennial plants the chance to grow, instead of cutting them early. Cutting them will leave the plants exposed to the fluctuating temperatures typical of the fall season.
  2. Remove Unwanted Branches
    Make use of the fall season and use a simple hedge trimmer to remove broken and damaged branches of trees and other plants before the onset of snow.
  3. Water Your Plants Regularly
    During the next few months, water your plants to lower damage that will be caused during winter. The active plant roots will absorb and store all the water and will make use of it to get through the winter.
  4. Make a Soil Conditioner
    Collect all the dead leaves in your garden and turn them into an organic soil conditioner, which will kill weeds and help plant growth throughout cold weather.
    • Use wire/tree guard products: Make use of wire or tree-guard products to protect the soft bark of trees from critters and the harsh cold.
    • Keep rodents away: In order to keep rodents away from plant roots, add 6 inches of organic mulch after the ground freezes. Organic mulch includes hay, leaves and wood chips.
    • Use more mulch: During fall season, mulch is also added as an insulation layer on top of the soil. The insulating mulch will keep the frost away and preserve the tender plant roots.

Make use of these tips to maintain your garden during this autumn season and prepare it for the winter weather ahead. If you would like more advice on soil conditioners, gardening tools or other fall yard prep, please feel free to contact one of our sales reps who would be more than happy to help!

About the Author

is the current Marketing Coordinator at Runyon Companies. She graduated from Butler University in the spring with a double major in International Business and Marketing, a minor in Spanish, departmental honors distinction and cum laude. She specializes in all things internet marketing, with an emphasis on content creation, website maintenance, blogging, social media, lead tracking and marketing strategy.

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What Everyone Ought to Know About Lawn Aeration

An aerator is a machine used to aerate the soil in large lawns and turfs. A lawn aerator is available in two types, namely, spike and core. While the spike aerator makes use of wedge-shaped spikes to dig holes in the earth, core aerators are fitted with hollow tines that pluck out plugs from the soil.

Why Aerate the Soil? Know About Lawn Aeration

  • Better soil drainage: The main benefit of aerating the lawn is that it improves soil drainage, which in turn, is very helpful for the growth of new grass.
  • Gets rid of lawn thatch: Using a lawn aerator to aerate the soil will contain the growth of thatch. Thatch prevents oxygen from reaching the grass roots.
  • Aids growth of worms, fauna: Soil aeration helps the growth of worms, herbs and shrubs in the soil by providing them with the much-required oxygen.
  • Helps new lawns: Aerating the soil before planting a new lawn is proven to be beneficial for the growth of the lawn.

How to Work with a Lawn Aerator

  1. Water the lawn a day before: Before beginning soil aeration, water the lawn the night before as it makes the aerating process much easier.
  2. Flag items in the lawn: Flag important items like sprinkler heads in the lawn so that they are not damaged during aeration.
  3. Check weather conditions: Check if the weather conditions are suitable for aerating. It is not good to aerate during periods of drought or high temperatures.
  4. Run the aerator over the lawn: After flagging items, move the aerator over the lawn to cover all areas. Pay more attention to spaces like driveways and sidewalks where the weed growth is high and water access low.
  5. Apply fertilizer: Immediately after aerating, apply fertilizer on the soil so as to secure maximum possible benefit in the shortest time possible. Instant fertilizing after aerating helps the fertilizer reach the grass roots quickly.
  6. Use pre-emergent: After aerating the lawn, apply pre-emergent on the soil to prevent the growth of weeds.
  7. Water the soil: The last step in the aeration process is to water the soil, which helps break down the core of grass and soil in the lawn, and aids the growth of new roots.

Lawns that have soil with high clay composition and are subject to frequent thatching should be aerated at least twice a year. For lawns with sandy or loamy soils, a single aeration is enough to remove thatch and facilitate grass growth.

Still have questions? Talk to an expert at Runyon Equipment Rental to provide advice on your project.

About the Author

Tempe Thompson is a sales and inventory expert at Runyon Equipment Rental. She has over 35 years of experience and has accumulated a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise. She could talk for hours about how to use all of Runyon’s tools and equipment, in addition to suggesting which type corresponds to a certain application.

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How to Build a Beautiful, Landscaped Brick Wall in Your Garden

According to a MainStreet.com survey, a whopping 70% of home projects fall under the DIY category. A quarter of the respondents look forward to garden and landscaping related improvements. Let us help you decide on a project. Here is a detailed description of how to build a DIY landscaped brick wall.

Why “Brick Wall Landscaping”?Build a Brick Wall

  • Maintains Privacy: A brick wall adds to the beauty of the garden. It not only offers privacy from neighbors, but also helps contain dust and dirt from the garden in a confined space.
  • Acts as Divider: The brick wall is also used as a divider between different portions of the lawn.
  • Is Maintenance-Free: The major advantage of building a brick wall is the material. Brick is relatively maintenance-free as it does not rot and is termite-resistant. Brick is also highly energy efficient.

Things to Watch Out For:

The following points must be noted before starting on a “brick wall landscaping” project:

  • Large Brick Blocks: While planning to build a brick wall, it is always better to use large brick blocks as they are easier to work with.
  • Use Lip-Built Blocks: The most convenient and preferred brick blocks are those fitted with a lip built on the lower end to connect the different bricks.
  • Maximum Limit: While building the brick wall on your own, the maximum height advisable is 4 feet, as anything higher requires professional expertise.
  • Keep the Blocks Ready: Before beginning the building process, cut the brick blocks into the required size using a chisel and hammer.

The Landscaping Process:

The entire procedure of building a brick wall can be broken down into the following steps:

  • Identify the End Points: The first step in building the brick wall is to mark out the two end points of the wall. You can also stretch a string or garden hose along the front of the brick wall building area, as per the shape of the wall, for exact measurement.
  • Dig the Trench: Next, use a flat-pointed shovel to build a trench to fit in the bricks. The trench measurements are dependent on the size of the brick block. Most people usually dig up to a depth of 4 inches.
    Level out the trench: level out the underlying soil using a hand tamper and if necessary, add another layer of leveling sand or paver base.
  • Check if Base is Leveled: After completing tamping, use a carpenter’s level to check if the base is even, and if it’s still uneven, add or remove mud/dirt to level it out.
  • Place Crushed Stone/Coarse Sand: The next step is to add crushed stones and coarse sand/stone dust into the trench and tamp them down using the hand tamper. Stones and coarse sand should be placed alternatively.
  • Start Placing Bricks: Next start placing the first row of bricks on the sand/dust. Join the brick ends together and start building the wall. As you build up, always place a level on top of the bricks after each layer, to make sure that it is laid even.
  • Build Up the Wall: After laying the first row, apply coarse gravel and then go on to the second level. Continue until the desired height is reached.
  • Make Space for Flowers, Grass: When the required height is reached, fill up the final few inches with topsoil to grow flowers and grass behind the wall.
  • Add Capstones: After the wall is built, finish it off by adding a row of capstones over it.
  • Use Landscape Fabric: After completing the brick wall, you may want to consider covering the area behind the wall with landscape fabric to prevent seeping from the soil.

Small brick walls also can take on shapes other than straight lines, especially when framing flower or plant beds.

After a few days, when the wall is still standing, your hard work makes all the aching muscles worthwhile. If you plan on building a small, non-load bearing wall, then go for it, just don’t expect it to be an easy few hours’ work.

About the Author

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