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Easy Summer Lawncare Tips to keep Your Lawn Green

The summer is here! Because the summer heat can be so damaging it is crucial you change your lawn care routine accordingly. Here are 4 easy things you could start doing now to protect your lawn this summer.

1. Be sure to raise the deck of your lawn mower. This will make your grass blades longer. The extra density will protect the root from burning in the sun. Nothing ruin's a summer party like brown dead grass!

2. Water your lawn only in the morning or at night time. If you water your lawn at midday you will burn your grass. The beads of water will act like a magnifying glass and burn your lawn at the height of the day.

3. Control the weeds with all natural pet safe solutions. Did you know you can create your own weed killer? All you need is some vinegar. Douse weeds with white vinegar (or even the leftover liquid from a jar of pickles) and they'll be dead a few days later. This is a good method for exterminating weeds with long taproots, like dandelions, dock, and plantain.

4. Sharpen your lawn mower blades now. This will not only cut your lawn mowing time in half. It will also slice your grass clean, allowing it to recover quickly.

8 Tips and Tricks to the ProParts Direct Website

Below are some of the Cheats and Tricks to make using the ProParts Direct website even easier when searching for a part for your beloved Bertha, Cindy Sue or whatever you call your machine.
1. The search tool at the top of the page.
This tool searches our product catalog when you type in a part number. You can also type in a name of the part and it will also search for it. The real secret is the little box to the left of it that says brand on it. If you select a brand first then enter your part number the tool will also search our parts diagrams. Make sure you include dashes in your part number if it has them.
2. Using the Parts Diagram Look Up tool.

There are a few different ways to get to this tool but the most efficient way is to choose a brand from the Shop by manufacturer tab at the top of the page. That will select the brand for you.

- Go right to the Quick Part search and enter your model number. The Trick here is to enter it SLOWLY. The site will search every option and display it underneath allowing you to choose your model or something close. You can also enter in the name and search that way for example under MTD enter in Ranch King as your model number.

3. Loyalty Points
When you order online, you earn loyalty points. Once you collect 75 points they automatically deduct from the total on future orders. It’s always nice to get something in exchange for your repeat business. We track point balance with your customer login – so make sure to sign in with username or Facebook when you shop.
4. Facebook Login
ProParts just added a new way to log into the site through Facebook. Most people nowadays are always logged into their Facebook account so ProParts made it seamless to access your account online on the site. No need to make up a new username or password and your parts stay in your cart for up to 30 days. I can’t think of how it could be easier. Don’t worry ProParts does not post anything to your Facebook account Sign in to ProParts using your Facebook account.
5. Previous Orders and order Status
This feature only works if you create a login, but use the “Your Account” tab, view your old orders and check the status of current orders. It is in the order details you can see your tracking number, re-order a past order if you don’t remember the part numbers and you can even apply for a parts return. If you need to print a receipt you do that there as well.
6. Live Chat Help
Not many replacement part sites have a live chat with a parts specialist, but ProParts offers the highest rated part support available. No cut and paste, canned replies – just real-time help from experts that want to get you the right part. Simple and easy.
7. Quick Order Tool
On the Home page they have a tool called the Quick Order Tool. This tool is very helpful if you know your part number already. Just enter in the part and the Quantity you want. It will add it to your cart right away. No need to search around for the part. They keep adding parts everyday so if it does not add the part. Let them know using live chat and they can add it.
8. The Refer a friend Program.
Refer a friend and they will send you a coupon for $25.00 off your next order. Word of mouth is always helpful to any business so if your friend buys over $100.00 of parts and mentions you, they will send you a coupon for your next visit. The second thing I have found on this site that gives back to the customers!

Thanks for Reading and making it this far. Share this article on Facebook or Twitter and ProParts will send you a coupon code, use #shoplikeapro. Trust me, Try it!

5 Signs you're Dealing with an Upstanding Power Equipment Dealer

As a small, single, female, walking into any Power Equipment store can be a little intimidating. I know I can't be the only woman who worries about being scammed, mistreated, or underestimated. In my journey for the perfect Snow Blower, I had gone to a few bad dealership before I finally found a great one! Here are 5 Tell tale signs you are dealing with and upstanding Power Equipment Dealer.


1.) They will greet you at the door.

Nothing is worse than feeling like you are being completely ignored when you are shopping for something expensive, or waiting to get your machine serviced. A great Power Equipment Dealership should have a person ready and waiting to greet you by the door with a happy easy going expression.


2.) The showroom is clean and well organized.

A huge sign of poor management for any Dealership is a dirty store. If you don't care enough to clean your own store, why would you care enough to thoroughly service my machine? Or care enough to sell me something that is new and working for that matter. So after you have been greeted, scope out the area and make sure everything is looking in order. 


3.) The salesman looks you in the eye.

Your salesperson should be able to look you in the eye while selling to you or while he is explaining something to you. When someone is able to look you in the eye it shows that they are honest. If his eyes are darting around, or he is unable to hold eye contact for an entire conversation.... Be careful, chances are he isn't being honest with you. 


4.) Your salesperson gives you his contact information.

Your salesperson should not be nervous about giving you his information. He should be proud to stand by his words. They should also be to able direct you to a functional website, and show you how you can use it to better your experience.


5.) Explain reasons for service.

After you have bought your machine from a reputable dealership and used it for a couple seasons, wear and tear will occur. You should be able to bring your machine back to your trusted dealership for service. Your salesperson should be able to thoroughly explain all repairs and why you need them. If you feel as though they are tacking on extra work to a machine that had one problem, be careful, ask them detailed questions. If they are being honest, they should have no issue answering your questions.


So, in conclusion, stay sharp, trust your instincts, and stay strong in your decisions. You will know when you are being treated fairly, and when you are working with an excellent Power Equipment Dealership. The dealership I worked with was local to me, however, they had an online store that anyone can go on! 

Adding a Snow Blower to a Lawn Tractor: Everything you need to know

Want to use a lawn tractor to clear snow? It’s a great way for homeowners with longer driveways to get snow cleared away with ease. Here are some of the most common questions and considerations before turning your tractor into a snow clearing machine

- Storage. Keep in mind the total length of the tractor and snowblower will be considerably larger. Make sure you have room to store AND maneuver in and out when needed!  When changing over to snow clearing mode, you will need to remove and store the cutting deck – and in the summer, store the snow plow/blower. Plan storage accordingly! Any convenience or time saving the tractor may provide is negated when you have to battle to use it!

Simplicity tractors are an example of equipment designed with storage in mind. Attachments fold up easily and will stand on their own. Once detached, the hitch and snow blower will roll easily across the ground. 

- Change over. We mentioned removing the cutting deck and installing the snow blower. While not overly complex, this is a task that requires a bit of planning. Attempting to complete during the season’s first snow fall is just asking for trouble! 

If your tractor has a complex pulley system (common on MTD and Sears tractors), the change over will be more involved. Keep in mind that some tractor snow blower attachments are designed after the fact. Some Cub Cadet and Simplicity tractors will have a quick attach mount that allow for an easy, one or two pin installation. The attachments are very heavy so a “drive-on” connection can be worth the extra money!

- Weight kit and chains.  Adding tire chains to your garden tractor may be helpful if you are clearing snow from hilly or uneven areas. Adding a counter weight to the back of the tractor may help the tires dig in, but be cautious of adding undue weight and stress to the machine. 

Buying the right tractor is an important factor. A rugged lawn tractor with the K57 transmission for example is better suited for attachments.  More often than not, once a wheel weight is installed, it will stay on the machine all year. 

- Stay dry! Adding a protective snow cab to a lawn tractor is a way to avoid wind and snow. Snow cabs are available in two versions: expensive and cheap. If you can afford to spend a little extra, an upgraded cab will have doors that seal and keep heat in – some even have a wiper to see where you are going. The cheaper cabs will keep you dry but the effort involved with constant adjustment, clearing off, and lack of protection make a strong case for the upgraded version.  

Is there a down side to using a lawn tractor as a snow blower? You’ll be clearing huge paths of snow with minimal effort, but clearing narrow walkways, around cars, and other elements that cause frequent turning, can restrict the snowblower. So, don’t throw away the snow shovel, there will still be shoveling involved. 

Keep in mind that the lawn tractor was designed to cut grass on a warm sunny day! Adding another season of use means increase wear and tear. Water and salt can take a toll on the front end, wearing away at the clutch and wheel bearings. Running the machine in heavy, deep snow is possible but will require preventative maintenance to ensure you get the most of the lawn tractor.  

Adding a snow blower to a lawn tractor is a great way to put the mower to good use and tackle an otherwise unpleasant task. In short, the tractor snow blower is a tool that requires a bit of planning and diligent preventative maintenance. You will look forward to seeing a rough weather forecast when you have a 20HP engine throwing snow!

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