5 Tips on How To Aerate Your Lawn

The subject of lawn aeration always comes up this time of year, and its surprising to see how often the question “how do I aerate my lawn?” comes up. Lawn aeration is a necessity for anyone who wants beautiful deep green grass, so here are a few tips on how to aerate like a pro.

1. Weight Is King

The biggest key for a lawn aerator is it has to be heavy. Your lawn has been baking in the sun for years, the dirt in it has settled, any loose soil on top has washed away, leaving a hard mass of dirt behind. In order to break up this hardened dirt, you will need lots of weight placed on a small surface area like an aerator tine. Many pluggers are heavy enough when they are built, others are built with a rack for placing concrete blocks on top of or are water-fillable. The Everything Attachments lawn aerators are built with solid cast iron wheels on our independent wheel model, or are filled with heavy play sand on our drum style lawn aerator. Either one of these will be heavy enough without adding extra weight.

2.Pull The Plug

Many older models were known as “spikers” they featured many steel spikes welded onto a steel roller that would press into the dirt creating a hole. These spikers are inefficient  in aerating lawns because they compact the dirt even further than what it already is. When you pull a plug out of your lawn, the surrounding soil can decompress to fill in the open hole along with rain dissolving the plug to help refill the holes during the next rain storm.

3.Spacing Is Important

It is important that you leave 6 inches of space between rows when plugging your lawn, the goal of aeration is to allow oxygen to reach the roots of your grass, not tear up the whole yard. You want to leave most of the yard intact, a little goes a long way when it comes to aeration.

4.Twice A Year Is Enough

Aeration is to be done twice a year for maximum benefit. Plugging your yard once in the spring and once in the fall keeps soil compaction down, helps keep the thatch layer under control, and ensures that the water can penetrate deep into the root system of your lawn.

5.Seed While You Are There

Seed your lawn while the holes are fresh, before they start filling back in. The new grass will come up and help keep your yard a beautiful shade of green. You should also fertilize your lawn when the fertilizer can get into the root system, a tractor can be used for both of these tasks with a PTO fertilizer spreader.  Your grass will be healthy and green and be the envy of the neighborhood.

 

 

What Is Universal Skid Steer Quick Attach?

What is Universal Skid Steer Quick Attach?

Bobcat invented the Universal Skid Steer Quick Attach under the name Bob-Tach, and it has become the industry standard for skid steers and now even many tractor loaders. The universal skid steer quick attach system uses a plate on the back of an attachment, that has clearance for a 44″ connector on the machine between two outside walls, and is tall enough to clear 18 1/2″ tall. The universal skid steer quick attach uses two pins that protrude from the bottom of the machine side of the coupler to lock into two holes on the bottom wall of the plate that is connected to the attachment. These holes are approx. 4 1/2″ wide, and are spaced approx. 31 5/8″ center to center.

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Tire Chains and New Grapple!

Tractor Tire Snow Chains

Finally at EverythingAttachments.com

Over the years we have had thousands of requests for tractor tire snow chains, and have finally found a great source of top quality chains that can be shipped anywhere in the continental US. Our tire chains can be fit on almost any tire from 4 to 48 inch rim. You can browse the tire chain section of our website or visit TractorSnowChains.com to search for your size tire.

New Wicked Root Grapple

We have added a new Wicked Root Grapple to the already large family of tractor root grapples with our Mega Compact Utility Root Grapple. This new grapple is available in 55, and 73 inch widths, for tractors with the universal skid steer quick attach. This will be an addition that accomodates tractors larger than standard compact tractors, but not full size tractors. Please watch the video for more information.


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5 Keys To A Great Disc Harrow

Get The Most Out Of Your Disc Harrow

When buying a disc harrow, it is important to look for one that will perform the task you need for many years to come. The right disc harrow will easily handle the job you need it to, and can last for generations.

Here are some key points to keep in mind when shopping for a new disc harrow.

1. Buy a USA made harrow

The quality in a USA made attachment can greatly exceed a chinese made implement. The quality of the welds, the materials used in construction, and the pride in the workmanship are all keys to a great attachment, and a reputable USA based company will always prevail against a chinese cheaply made product.

2. Check the angle of the gangs

The gangs of discs should be angled as much as possible, or adjustable. If the gangs are in a fixed position that doesn’t have a sufficient angle, it will go over the ground very smoothly, but not tear into the soil as much as needed. The angle of the gangs is what gives a disc harrow its bite. An adjustable harrow will allow you to set the perfect angle for your soil conditions. Choose a disc harrow that can be easily adjusted without tools to save time and frustration.

3. Heavy equals better

Tractors do not have downforce on the three point hitch, so it is important to get a disc harrow that weighs enough to push the discs into the soil. If you don’t have a heavy enough disc harrow, you will have to stack blocks on top of it to make it heavier which could lead to frustration or unsafe working conditions.

4. Know what style discs you need.

Most disc harrows are offered with smooth or notched discs. If you have hard, clay like ground conditions, the notched discs are what you are looking for. If your ground more closely resembles sand, a smooth disc will give you the performance that you need. Keep in mind the style of discs can also be mixed upon request by most manufacturers.

5. Ease of use

Disc harrows require maintenance, some would even say they need lots of maintenance. To make a disc harrow a lifetime attachment, you need to keep bolts tightened and axles greased. You will also have to buy parts eventually, so a disc harrow that uses odd sized axles or discs could be a hard to find parts for later on down the road.

All of these things were considered when we started making our own disc harrows a few years ago. We looked at what makes a disc harrow great and designed ours to outperform and outlast our competitors, all while keeping the middlemen out of our sales process so you can get a world-class disc harrow for the same price most dealers are paying for similar attachments  at a discounted wholesale price.

Lawn Plugger Vs. Lawn Aerator

Lawn Plugger
Alternating depth lawn plugger

Many land owners have searched for either a lawn aerator or lawn plugger based on what they have always called them, often without realizing that there is a difference. Pluggers and aerators are different to say the least, but each has its purpose in the lawn maintenance world.

Lawn Pluggers

A lawn plugger is defined simply as a machine that physically removes a small cylindrical piece of dirt from the lawn. The piece of dirt or “plug” that is removed is dissolved the next time it rains, and flows back into the hole as loose dirt, allowing the grass roots a soft place to grow into. This process helps fight compaction and allows the roots to breathe, making for a more beautiful greener grass.

Lawn Aerators

A lawn aerator is a machine that opens holes in the ground by pushing a rod or spike into the dirt that simply cuts allowing air to reach the roots. Lawn pluggers also achieve aeration, but the key difference is how it is done. Lawn aerators do not remove a plug of dirt, and can actually make the compaction problem worse around the hole since the weight of the attachment pushes the dirt around the hole away from the spike.

Generally speaking either one of these machines can help your lawn out more than simply fertilizing and seeding every year, and will give you a better lawn overall.

Football Player Now A Farmer

Jason Brown, the former Center for the St. Louis Rams was recently featured in a CBS news story about his drastic life change from the locker room to the barn, and a truly shocking story it was.

In the short video Jason Brown describes a life of service as what he considers a life of greatness, and that he started farming with nothing more than some Youtube videos to show him how it’s done. The videos featured in the article were from Everything Attachments, and you can see Ted and Peanut in what is one of our most popular videos. We would like to tell Jason that we are glad our videos have helped him help others.

Everything Attachments Hydraulic Couplers Options

Our standard coupler size is 1/2″, however you may order with 3/8″ couplers at no additional charge.

The standard configuration is 1 male and 1 female. You may order with 2 males or 2 females at no additional charge.

Flat Face Couplers are available for an additional $75.00

 

3/8″ (left), 1/2″ (center), and flat face (right)
3/8″ male – Pioneer 4010-3P 11PT
3/8″ Female – Pioneer 4050-3P
1/2″ Male – Pioneer 8010-4 1/2-14NTPF
1/2″ Female – Pioneer 4050-4 1/2-14NTPF
Flat Face Male – 18NW Parker FEM-502-8FP
Flat Face Female – 120w Parker FEM-501-8FP-NL

5 Tips On How To Use a Scrape Blade

When snow gets dumped on you it almost never goes away as fast as it came, so sometimes we have to take measures into our own hands. Unless you want to spend a few days with a snow shovel in your hand, the best way to get rid of unwanted snow is with a tractor and a scrape blade. A scrape blade usually is mounted on the 3 point hitch of a tractor, and is wide enough to extend past the tires on both sides after it is set at a slight angle.

1. Angle For Windrows

When you are scraping a road or the middle of a parking lot, it is important to remember to angle your blade so that the snow will windrow off to one side. If you try to keep the scrape blade straight the snow will eventually start to move to both sides, but the amount of weight you will have will definitely hinder your performance. If you angle the blade, the snow will roll of to the side, keeping the weight down and the center path nice and clear.

2. Forward And Reverse

Know when to go forward and when to go in reverse. The scrape blade can be rotated 180 degrees, allowing you to push snow for short runs as opposed to dragging and windrowing on longer runs. If you are clearing out parking spaces, reverse is going to be a better option for you, if you are scraping a road, a long run in forward gear will probably work better.

3. Offset

If you find yourself scraping beside a road, whether it be for snow or not, use the offset feature. The offset feature allows the scrape blade to go off-center behind the tractor so that you don’t have to put your tractor in the mess you are cleaning up.

4. Know The Weight of Snow

Most people think of snow as pretty and fluffy, and don’t think of it as the dense heavy mess it becomes when you scrape it up. A single cubic foot of snow can weigh as much as 20 lbs., and that is only a small piece of what your tractor will be pulling. Understand that it only takes a few seconds for your tractor to take on a few hundred pounds of the white stuff, so be careful.

5. Keep The Speed Down

Since the entire ground will be blanketed with snow, you can’t see obstacles that are laying just below the surface. Even a small crack in the concrete can do damage to your scrape blade or tractor if you are travelling too fast, keep your speed down and remember it’s not a race.

Top 5 Gardening Attachments of All Time

Man has almost always cultivated the ground, whether it be your modern day garden behind the house, or a large communal effort to feed the village, but it wouldn’t be possible without all of the time saving tools that have come around throughout the years to make this heavy task one that can be more manageable. The tools used in the garden have changed only slightly over the years, but have largely remained the same, with the biggest change being what the implement was pulled by.

Turning Plow

A simple angled moldboard that tears and turns the ground making the top vegetation a fertilizer for your garden. Without a turning plow to start the ground breaking for you, it would take much more energy to break up the unbroken ground.

Tiller

Even the small hobby farms are nearly impossible without a tiller. There are many variations of a tiller, some go behind tractors, others are self propelled requiring you to simply walk behind them, yet some can be used on skid steer machines for some serious ground breaking power.

Disc Harrow

If you don’t have, or don’t need a tiller, a disc harrow is another option for breaking ground so that you can plant seeds. Disc harrows have been used to break up the dirt clods after plowing much like a tiller, but another use is to use them on unbroken ground and plant food for a deer plot.

Garden Bedder

When planting a garden, some crops do better in a raised hill as opposed to flat ground (i.e. potatoes, cucumbers, etc.). A garden bedder can be attached to the back of your tractor and create these hills for as you drive. With the furrowing attachment installed, you can have a nice ‘V’ in the top of your hills to make things even easier.

Cultivator

If you have ever hoed weeds in a garden, the single row cultivator will quickly become one of your favorite attachments. Simply drive the tractor over your rows and the tines on the cultivator will break up the hardening dirt on either side of your row, and pull out any weeds that have sprouted. A tractor can do in minutes what used to take hours by hand.

These 5 attachments can almost guarantee success in any garden, providing the weather cooperates. Everything Attachments offers the top quality of all of these tractor attachments, many being shipped directly to the customer from the factory, saving hundreds for a great quality attachment that can last a lifetime.

PTO Powered Brush Cutters

Tractor Rotary Brush Cutter

After land has been untouched for a few short months the grass and brush can really get out of control. The weeds slowly take over, the grass stands tall, and saplings even start to sprout through on their way to become trees. When the time comes to use the land, it can be plagued with heavy brush, briars, bees, and other annoyances that are hard to get rid of. The simplest way to get rid of all of the unwanted mess that comes from long-term unmanaged land is a rotary brush cutter. It only takes a short time for growth to become thick enough where your standard lawn mower will be very ineffective, meaning that a brush cutter will be the only way to clear and reclaim overgrown land.

A rotary brush cutter is an implement that has a PTO powered gearbox that connects to a spinning disc with usually 2 blades attached (sometimes 4). The blades are covered under a thin sheet metal deck for protection. The rotary cutter blades are heavy cast iron blades with a sharp edge on one side, and can cut through brush and small trees up to 2 inches in diameter. When using a brush cutter, it is important to wear clothes that will protect you from the briars and thorns that you are likely to find, they can easily cause cuts and scrapes to any exposed skin. Tractor rotary cutters are designed with guards so that they can properly mulch up the brush as you cut it for faster decomposition, but will not leave a clean finished look like a finishing mower will.

Attachments for Tractors, Skid Steers, and Excavators