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Used tractors can help deal with wild violets

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

While some flowers may be welcomed in a yard, other species can be handled by employing a used tractor properly during the year.
While some flowers may be welcomed in a yard, other species can be handled by employing a used tractor properly during the year.

How a consumer handles their used tractor can affect their lawn, whether it be grass health or invasions from unwanted plants.

A recent report from Missouri's Springfield News-Leader featured a question from a reader whose lawn is always overrun by wild violets. The paper said one option would be to dig up the plants, although property owners need to make sure they get all of the root system to be successful.

How people have used tractors can also affect a lawn's ability to deal with weeds or other unwanted plants.

"Good, healthy lawns, mowed high all season are the best way to defeat this enemy," the paper noted.

Experts note property owners should not cut off more than one-third of a lawn's height with a used mower in any one session. Any more than that could place the grass in danger by weakening it.

Furthermore, consumers should make sure their used tractor blades are sharp when mowing a lawn. Dull cutters can rip grass out - rather than cut it - which can also lead to turf damage.

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