Turf & Irrigation Blog

How to Conduct an Effective Irrigation Audit

It’s that time of year again! July is Smart Irrigation Month, the Irrigation Association’s annual initiative to promote the social, economic and environmental benefits of efficient irrigation technologies, products and services. The Irrigation Association (IA) is an organization that advocates for and provides services to the irrigation system and equipment makers, end users, designers and contractors. The Smart Irrigation Month initiative encourages and reminds these professionals to collect data, verify systems are working properly and identify ways to improve water use efficiency. Not only is this an environmentally conscious undertaking, it’s an excellent way to reduce costs and save money.
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Five Reasons to use Toro myTurf Pro Fleet Management Software

Does your company have stacks of thick binders for every model and machine in your fleet? How about antiquated spreadsheets to keep track of hours, parts and maintenance costs? These fleet management tools are cumbersome and inefficient at best. Fortunately, the Toro myTurf Pro fleet management software provides a better solution if you care about your fleet, your staff’s welfare and its maintenance. Here are five benefits of enrolling in the Toro myTurf Pro management system for your business. 1. Track Operating Hours Tracking operating hours on every piece of equipment in your fleet probably takes hours of transposing figures
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Busting Frequency of Clip Myths

When it comes to good turf management, sometimes having all the facts makes a big difference. Recently, a study done by Michigan State University helped dispel some myths about how important Frequency of Clip is to turf health. FOC is defined as the distance between “clips” (the smaller the FOC number, the greater the number of clips). As it turns out, the study found that FOC had no impact in three important metrics: green speed, disease or amount of clippings collected. The two-year study, which began in 2012, was designed to investigate the effect of three different FOCs. The researchers
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Kenney Machinery Announcement Regarding the Sale of KOS

Kenney Machinery recently entered into an agreement to sell Kenney Outdoor Solutions, the residential landscape and irrigation supply part of our business.  The following is a letter from Kenney Machinery President Mike Kenney about the decision and what it means for our customers. To Our Valued Customers, I am writing to inform you of some changes that are on the horizon for our company. Earlier this month we entered into an agreement to sell our residential landscape and irrigation supply business (Kenney Outdoor Solutions) “KOS” to Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply. This sale is targeted to close at the end of February. The
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Get a Free Trial of MyTurf Pro

We have exciting news for any turf equipment fleet managers who are not yet subscribers to Toro’s popular myTurf Pro fleet management system. For a limited time, you can try out the system for free for six months! No catches, no obligation to purchase anything, just the chance to experience what it’s like to maintain your fleet without the use of binders, whiteboards, or other cumbersome and outdated methods, while also being able to keep your eld compliance correct with less manual input. Your free trial of myTurf Pro includes: 6-months myTurf® PRO Subscription for 1 Location (not currently subscribed)
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Winter Irrigation Service Special

There’s nothing worse than turning on your irrigation system in the spring only to find problems such as damaged sprinkler heads, piping breaks, or other issues that necessitate repairs before the system can be used. That’s why Kenney Machinery has put together a special offer for our customers for preventative maintenance on irrigation systems this winter. Our comprehensive service includes: Clean satellites – boards and inside controller box Check solenoids Voltage checks, both input and output Check fuses Lubricate switches Tighten or redo wire connections Test communications Secure boards All work will be performed by our experienced and certified technicians,
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Kenney Machinery Winter Service Special

Great news!  You can now save up to 15% on labor, 15% on parts, and 50% on transportation when you have your equipment serviced at Kenney Machinery this winter! Not only that, we’ll also give you May 2019 terms, so you won’t have to pay for the service until next year. The sooner you bring your equipment in for service (or have us pick it up at your location), the more you save, as per the table below: Your discounts will be applied based on the date your equipment is received at the Kenney Machinery service department. We have the
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Kenney Corporation Presents Check to Chad Tough Foundation Thanks to Sales of TOUGHEST Ice Melter

Thanks to robust sales of a custom ice melt product over the past 12 months, Kenney Corporation was recently able to donate $5,310 to the Chad Tough Foundation, an organization that funds research and raises awareness for Pediatric Brain Tumors with an emphasis on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. The product, called the TOUGHEST Ice Melter, was developed last year in partnership with the foundation and the Jackson, WI-based manufacturer Spring Valley as a fundraiser.  Kenney Corporation pledged to donate fifty cents to the foundation for every bag of the ice melter sold, and their recent donation was possible thanks to
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How OPE Dealers Can Make the Best Use of Their Showroom

One of the challenges faced by outdoor power equipment dealers, especially those with smaller stores, is making the best use of space in their showrooms.  In order give some ideas to our dealers, many of whom are in rural areas, we thought we’d pay a visit to dealers in an urban area where space is at a premium. After all, if those dealers can make it work with very limited space, then so can rural dealers with more space to work with. During our visit to several dealers in the Chicago area, here is what we observed. Dealers with limited
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Ice Melter Products

Winter is right around the corner, so now is a great time to stock up on Ice Melter products from Kenney Machinery. We have three options to choose from: Calcium Chloride Crystals Calcium Chloride crystals are the standard when it comes to ice melters.  It works by depressing the freezing point of water, and it’s relatively harmless to plants and soil.  When it comes to de-icing, it is much more effective than calcium chloride. Premium Performance Formulation Our premium performance formulation ice melter is a unique-sized sodium choloride crystal enhanced with magnesium chloride and CMA.  It makes for an economical
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