Expert Guide to Lawns (Toro): Pro Secrets for a Beautiful Yard

Expert Guide to Lawns (Toro): Pro Secrets for a Beautiful Yard

by Joseph Provey Mr.


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Toro knows lawns, and with this book, homeowners will have Toro at their side, helping them maintain a beautiful yard through authoritative step-by-step text, 350 color photos, and 101 full-color illustrations. For more than eight decades, Toro has been intimately involved in the cultivation and maintenance of turfgrass, from both a residential and a professional standpoint. Toro has invested millions of dollars in turf-related research, educational programs, and scholarships at major universities, in addition to research into the best irrigation and lawn-maintenance systems available. Over the years, the company's innovations have helped improve golf-course playability at the majority of the over 15,000 golf courses in the United States and in many of the most prestigious golf courses throughout the world. In addition, grounds crews of more than 40 professional and commercial sports fields and grounds, including many Major League Baseball fields, NFL fields, college and university athletic departments, World Cup Soccer venues, and more, use Toro equipment.

Toro's Expert Guide to  Lawns reveals the pros' secrets for creating a healthier, more beautiful lawn without spending a lot of time or money and without using toxic substances. Whether readers want to start a new lawn from scratch or just fix problem areas, the secrets to success include choosing the right grasses and using an enlightened maintenance program. This groundbreaking book includes a user's guide to tools and equipment and a listing of sources for free advice and the latest research information.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580113755
Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
Publication date: 02/05/2008
Edition description: Second
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Joe Provey is the former Editor-in-Chief of Family Handyman, Practical Homeowner, and Mechanix Illustraed/Home Mechanix. As a writer, editor, and homeowner, he has extensive experience with lawn care, outdoor power equipment, and the judging of home landscaping competitions.

Kris Robinson is a researcher and writer who specializes in scientific developments in lawn disease and pest control. She also designs and maintains gardens for the public.

Dr. Van Cline, PhD, is Manager of Turf Agronomics and Research for The Toro Company. His responsibilities include applied turf research related to commercial and irrigation product and services development, technical training and consultation in turf management for Toro personnel, and general agronomic support for professional turf managers. Van maintains an active relationship with the scientific community in the turf industry through collaborations with a number of scientists across the United States. His current research focus at Toro is the development of various sensing technologies in combination with geographical information systems to optimize water use efficiency. Van holds a B.S. degree in Forestry and a M.L.A in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in Horticultural Science from the University of Minnesota. He has been with The Toro Company for 20 years.

Table of Contents


Part I: Reviving Your Lawn

Chapter 1: Assessing Your Lawn’s Design

Design a Lawn for Your Lifestyle


Creating a Plan

More Design Considerations

Chapter 2: Rating Your Lawn’s Condition

Understanding Soil

Compacted Soil

Infertile Soil

Lack of Humus


A Three-Bin Composter

Soil Too Sweet or Too Sour

Too Much Shade

Excessive Thatch


Bare Spots, Erosion, and Standing Water

Disease, Insects, and Weeds

Irregular Surface

Chapter 3: Restoring a Tired Lawn

Improve Your Soil

Getting a Soil Test

Steps to Restoring a Lawn

Chapter 4: Planting a New Lawn

Comparing the Methods

Steps to Planting a Lawn

Chapter 5: Choosing the Right Grass

Basic Distinctions

Variations in Texture

Other Important Characteristics

Cool-Season Versus Warm-Season

Perennial versus Annual Grasses

Mixtures and Blends

Grass Seed Labels

Which Grass Where?

Cool-season Grasses

Warm-season Grasses

Native Grasses

Part II: Making Lawn Care Easier

Chapter 6: Choosing a Mower

Garden Tractors

Lawn Tractors

Riding Mowers

Zero-turn-radius Mowers

Buying a Zero-Turn-Radius Riding Mower

Walk-Behind Mowers

Buying a Self-Propelled Walk-Behind

Other Lawn Tools


Tools to Own

Specialty Tools

Tools to Rent

Chapter 7: Reducing Lawn Maintenance

Set the Right Height

When to Mow

Don't Bother with Bagging

Avoid Overwatering

Fertilizer Basics


How Much and When?

Prevent Thatch Build-up

Chapter 8: Lawn Irrigation Systems 

How Sprinkler Systems Work

Assessing Your System

Installing an In-Ground Sprinkler

Lawn Irrigation Gets Smarter

Types of ET Controllers


Improved Sprinklers


Sensor Advances

Chapter 9: Repairs and Improvements

Clean Up Fertilizer Spills

Patch Bare Spots

Repair Damage from Pets


Fix Damage from Skunks


Remove Unsightly, Weedy Edges


Let in the Sun


Remove Stumps

Repair Damage from Vehicles

Part III: Solving Lawn Problems

Chapter 10: Controlling Weeds

Identifying Weed Species

Cultural Measures Count

The Nitty-Gritty of Weed Removal


Common Lawn Weeds

Chapter 11: Fighting Lawn Diseases

Fungi: Friends and Foes

Is It Really Disease?

Identifying Diseases

Spring-Through-Fall Lawn Diseases


Summer Lawn Diseases


Fall-Through-Spring Lawn Diseases

Chapter 12: Managing Lawn Pests

Preventative Tactics

IPM, an Eco-friendly Approach

Visible Clues to Insects

Aboveground Pests


Underground Pests

So You’ve Got Bugs

Biological Insecticides


Botanical Insecticides


Insecticidal Soaps


Beneficial Insects

A Garden for Beneficials

Synthetic Toxins: A Last Resort

Taking Cover

Moles In the Lawn

Resource Guide






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