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Three Winners Take Home Exmark Mowers in ‘Farm Beautiful’ Contest

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Farmers in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin selected as winners of Successful Farming contest


Three Midwest farm families will be mowing in style, thanks to Exmark and Successful Farming magazine. As winners of the Successful Farming ‘Farm Beautiful’ contest, each of the three families has received a new Exmark Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn riding mower.

The winners of the 2013 Farm Beautiful contest were: Dave and Nikki Heying of Granville, Iowa; Wayne and Laura Dahl of Dawson, Minnesota; and Dennis and Marian Lichtenberg of Clintonville, Wisconsin.

Wayne and Laura Dahl take delivery of their new Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn rider.

Wayne and Laura Dahl take delivery of their new Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn rider from Exmark dealer, Steve’s Equipment.

The Heying family received their new mower from their local Exmark dealer, Sheldon Power in Sheldon, IA. The Dahl family worked with Steve’s Equipment in Montevideo, MN, while Weyer’s in Kaukauna, WI delivered the Lichtenbergs their new Exmark.

As part of the deliveries, representatives demonstrated the safe operation of the Lazer Z mower to each family. They also stressed the importance of always securing the operator lap belt and mowing with the Roll-Over Protection System (ROPS) in the up position.

The Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn mower each family won features a 60-inch cutting deck and powerful Kawasaki V-twin commercial engine. It gives them the same power and productivity landscape professionals rely on every day, and will significantly reduce the time required to maintain their properties.

Farm Beautiful winners Dennis and Marian Lichtenberg will benefit from the speed of their new Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn rider.

Farm Beautiful winners Dennis and Marian Lichtenberg will benefit from the speed of their new Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn rider. It will make quick work of the family’s beautiful farm!

Exmark’s Daryn Walters said that, in addition to increased productivity, the new mowers deliver the company’s signature quality of cut and include Exmark’s latest patented technologies to increase operator comfort.

“We developed our exclusive Exmark Comfort Seat with patented technologies to effectively isolate the operator from vibration and impacts. Research indicates a direct correlation between operator comfort and productivity, and because of this, we place a high priority on making Exmark mowers as comfortable as possible.”

The Farm Beautiful contest is an annual contest hosted by Successful Farming magazine. Ninety entrants submitted up to 12 photos and 500 words describing the farmstead, including history, how the land was developed and how the layout of the property accommodates farming activities. Entries were judged using a four-point criteria which included appearance, strategic layout, overall state of maintenance, and creative use of landscape in a farmstead setting.

Successful Farming staff selected the three winners.

Dave and Nikki Heying had Exmark dealer, Sheldon Power, add a number of accessories including an UltraVac collection system, before taking their Lazer Z X-Series mower home.

Dave and Nikki Heying had Exmark dealer, Sheldon Power, add a number of accessories including an UltraVac collection system, before taking their Lazer Z X-Series mower home.

Details of the 2014 Farm Beautiful contest will be released in a spring issue of Successful Farming magazine, as well as on the publication’s Facebook page.

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Leaf removal – the sequel.

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

So we asked, and we received. In our last leaf removal post, we asked you to share some of your favorite tips and techniques with us on leaf removal. We’re glad to say we got quite a few responses – some creative, some pretty funny and others that we could see coming in quite handy. Thanks to all who shared!

And, rather than just picking one – we decided to go with a few of our favorites:


I own an Exmark Turf Tracer HP. Usually I blow all the leaves out of the flower beds onto the lawn with my blower. Then I mow the lawn two to three times to mulch up the leaves. The mower is designed so well, it acts like a very powerful vacuum, sucking up the leaves and shredding them into tiny pieces! It doesn’t miss any leaves and I’m just using the normal Exmark blades. After I mow over the leaves two to three times, I attach my bagger and mow once, emptying my bagger every once in awhile. This works great for me.

Ryan McCallum

I own a Navigator. After blowing the leaves out of the gardens and tight areas I run over them with the machine equipped with the mulch plug to chop them up really fine. Then I take the plug out and bag as usual. Takes a bit more time but saves a lot of space on the trailer.

Rob Robinson

Blow out all the plant beds into the lawn and suck the leaves up from there. If there are a lot of them, it’s not a bad idea to grind the leaves up a bit to cut down on the amount you have to move.

Brennan Wright

Mulch kit probably the best investment I’ve ever made.

Ryan Nicola

The JRCO leaf plow works great moves lots of leaves quick leaving a thin trail behind which can easily be vaced up with a mower or blown easily with a good back pack blower.

Daniel Lane

For individual small yards, grab the biggest, thickest tarp you can, rake and blow the leaves onto it, and move by hand or tie off to your rider for the burn pile or truck.

Bonnie Lange Salonek

Ultra Vac – just got mine and I love it!

Kenny Farrell

Mulch over them with a Lazer and bag them up with a Turf Tracer.

Though we don’t encourage this behavior, the following posts made us chuckle a bit:

Joe Caron

Hire someone to do it for me!

Brian Smith

Cut down all the trees.

Justin Monnig

I’ve got all sorts of ideas, let’s see, how about use a speed blower or buffalo blower to move ‘em into your neighbor’s yard. No bagging needed. Then sit back in a lawn chair with an alcoholic beverage as your neighbor sweeps them up.

If you have more ideas you’d like to share, feel free to leave a comment below.

Fall Clean-up

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

As mowing season winds down, pros need to start thinking about fall maintenance and winterizing their mowers. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s talk fall clean-up.

Picking up extra debris and keeping customers’ yards clean sometimes can be more difficult than it should be. But using the right tool, like Exmark’s UltraVac system, can keep a simple clean-up job from turning into a big production.

Something else to consider is your blades. More times than not, we get calls from pros telling us that their mowers aren’t picking up extra debris, like twigs. The issue is often blade related. Regular blades do a great job of bagging grass clippings, but leaves need to be chopped up into very fine pieces to move quickly and efficiently through the tube. Extreme blades are designed for this job. They’ll get more debris in the bag, and you won’t have to stop as often to empty it.

One last thing to check is your deck setting. If your deck isn’t set at the correct level, your mower won’t be able to pick up debris. Your local dealer can help you get your deck to where it needs to be.

This blog post is by David Martin, customer service manager at Exmark.

Fall Leaf Removal

Friday, October 1st, 2010

A bit of crispness in the air. The days getting shorter. Sweaters making their way out of storage. Yep, fall is heading toward us, bringing a quiet end to mowing season and a frenzied beginning to leaf removal season. Having spoken to quite a few pros in the past, we know that each one has his trick and technique to picking up leaves. And, we’d love to know what those are. Today, we’re asking you to share your personal twist on leaf removal.

We’ll start it off by sharing our “techniques,” which come in the form of attachments and a mower.

These tools quickly and efficiently get the leaves off the grass and out of sight. The attachment you choose depends on the kinds of properties you mow and your clients’ preferences. If you want finely mulched leaves spread evenly over the grass, then the Exmark mulching kit will be the tool you’re looking for. If you want finely mulched leaves collected, then check out our UltraVac® attachment and the Exmark Navigator®.

Now it’s your turn. What’s your best technique or trick for leaf removal? We’ll select one of the techniques shared and feature it and the genius landscape pro behind it in an upcoming blog post!