Dale Ohren, President
First impressions count. Make sure your lawn offers the curb appeal that neighbors and visitors will envy with these tips and equipment suggestions from Dale Ohren, president of D&C Small Engine Inc.
What’s your best tip for caring for your lawn?
One of the most important things you can do for the health of your lawn is to keep it cut on a regular basis. It does more than just keep pests and vermin away; it also allows the blades of grass to get a healthy amount of sun and evenly divided moisture. Try to keep your lawn at about 3 inches, and never cut more than an inch at a time or the blades of grass can become more thatch than mulch. Remember, it is not short-cut grass that is attractive—it is evenly cut grass.
Why is buying quality lawn equipment important for the health of your yard?
Because it is more important to cut often than cut your grass short, you need a power mower that is dependable and has a good blade tip speed. The best quality cut can be achieved with a blade tip speed of 18,000 feet per minute. Make sure the mower you select is in that range.
Can you recommend a brand that will achieve these results?
The Gravely equipment we sell at our location is engineered to cut at this speed. The lifting action of the properly baffled deck and lift on the blades make a carpet-like cut on your lawn, and the comfortable seats make lawn work effortless. Models are available for every need, including models for homeowners for $2,599 or mowers for the commercial cutter up to $13,000. When you are cutting you lawn with a power mower, it’s like driving your car down the highway at full throttle fully loaded. You are putting a mower through a lot, so quality is important, and Gravely knows this and puts this quality into all their equipment.
Tell us a little about the history of and what you enjoy most about your business.
I have sold and serviced power equipment for 43 years and have sold Gravely for 30 of their 100-year history. I’m happy to say I sell only Gravely and Stihl power equipment because I feel there is no equal. I feel my staff is also second to none, and I am proud that my business has a family atmosphere and a personal attitude.
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