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How To Landscape Like a Pro With Husqvarna

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(Posted on May 29, 2015 at 10:30AM )
Make your neighbours Green with envy.

New AWD and zero-turn mowers from Husqvarna help homeowners landscape like the pros.
 

 
For Canadians looking to flaunt their lawn-care skills, Husqvarna is making it easier than ever this spring with its new lineup of all-wheel drive and zero-turn mowers. Homeowners can maintain their lawns like the pros thanks to the power and performance of Husqvarna’s professional-grade tools.
 
“We know how much pride goes into having a healthy lawn and part of achieving that involves using the right tools,” says Michelle Sordi, director of marketing, Husqvarna Canada. “We’ve reengineered our mowers for higher performance and improved the design so you can work comfortably all season.”
 
The Z200 series features a new fabricated deck that offers the cut quality and performance of a stamped deck without sacrificing durability. Select models are also equipped with SmartSwitch™ technology, an innovative operator interface offering one-touch starting, real-time feedback and keyless security. For homeowners working with hilly, uneven terrain, the all-wheel drive series offers balance and power to all four wheels to tackle even the toughest jobs. 
 
Having the right tools is only part of the equation for maintaining the healthiest lawn. Knowing the Canadian climate poses many challenges for lawn care, Husqvarna is partnering with landscaping expert Scott Duff, owner of Aura Landscaping based in St. Catharines, Ontario. Duff has tips, tricks and tool recommendations for growing and maintaining a better lawn. 
 
“Great lawns start at the root. After a harsh winter, it’s important for homeowners to examine their lawn and soil quality to maximize growth potential,” says Duff. “Much like beach bodies are built before the warm weather hits, the greenest summer lawns are built in the spring, so get your tools ready and head outside now.”
 
For Canadians looking to roll up their sleeves and get working on giving the neighbours something to talk about, Scott Duff and Husqvarna offer the following advice to get your lawn and garden ready for the warm months ahead:
 
Equipment check
 
Always check your equipment before you begin. If you didn’t drain the fuel from your machines prior to storage, be sure to replace it now and clean your equipment to prevent any chain, belt or blade issues. Also check the filters and spark plug to ensure the machine is running at peak performance.
 
Winter clean up
 
We all need a fresh start sometimes, even our lawns. Start the season right by clearing away all winter debris like salt, leaves, sticks and pet waste. Duff uses the Husqvarna 125B blower for a speedy cleanup as it features a well-balance design making it easy for homeowners to operate. Duff then gives the lawn a deep raking to remove thatch and dying grass blades to help promote growth. It also breaks up those heavy matted patches that lead to mould.
 
Aeration
 
Aerating allows oxygen to get to the roots, which promotes a healthy lawn and results in vigorous growth. It also allows for improved drainage so you don’t end up with a small lake in your backyard.
 
Growing the right grass
 
Choosing the right type of grass for your environment is key. For example, homeowners with kids may look to use Ryegrass, a good selection for home lawns, sports fields and high traffic areas, such as playgrounds. On the other hand, homeowners looking for a more lush lawn should consider Bluegrass. It has a nice colour, texture, can be easily established from seed, forming one of the highest quality lawns and is good for homes, parks, golf courses.
The chemistry between you and your lawn
The chemistry of your soil plays a large role in the development of a greener lawn. A simple soil test will determine the pH level and establish which nutrients are needed to turn your lawn’s frown upside down. Test multiple areas to ensure an accurate benchmark. There are kits out there, or I always recommend hiring a professional to help.
 
Making the cut
 
Mowing in the same direction every time can damage the grass blade which leads to ruts and bare patches. Be sure to change directions and even try cutting diagonally to achieve a cleaner cut. It’s also important to select the right mower for your property. The HU800AWD mower provides optimum traction on hills and wet grass.
To help you better understand how best to use your tools for spring yard work, Scott Duff and Husqvarna have posted how-to videos online. Head to Husqvarna Canada’s YouTube Channel 
https://www.youtube.com/user/HusqvarnaCanada.
 
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(Posted on May 29, 2015 at 10:06AM )
   

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Airbag recall affects 1.2M in Canada

(Posted on May 29, 2015 at 10:02AM )
Airbag recall affects 1.2M in Canada

 
TORONTO — Transport Canada has released a detailed list of vehicles being recalled in Canada due to faulty airbags made by Japan's Takata Corp., saying 1.2 million vehicles in this country are part of the worldwide recall.
 
The list of affected vehicles was posted online and includes the Honda Civic, Accord, and CR-V, Chrysler products, including the Dodge Ram and the Chrysler 300, BMW sedans and the X5, and Ford's Ranger and Mustang.
 
The majority of the affected models are from the 2001 to 2011 model years, although more recent Ford Mustang models are also affected.
 
The Takata airbag recall began in 2008 over concerns that airbag inflators can explode with too much force, spewing metal shrapnel into drivers or passengers when deployed.
 
American regulators say six people have been killed and more than 100 injured due to the problem, though Transport Canada says it has no reports of any deaths or injuries in Canada from consumers or auto manufacturers.
 
Last week, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Takata agreed to declare 33.8 million airbags in the U.S. defective, triggering the largest auto recall in history.
 
The full list of the 1,242,111 vehicles included in the expanded recall can be found on Ottawa's HealthyCanadians.ca website, while a list of affected models in older recalls for the same issue can be found on Transport Canada's website.
 
Affected vehicles include Honda's Civic, Accord, Odyssey, CR-V, Pilot, Element, and Ridgeline models; Acura's TL, CL, MDX, and 1.7EL models; Chrysler's Aspen and 300 models; Dodge's Charger, Magnum, Ram, Dakota, and Durango models; Ford's Ranger and Mustang models; as well as BMW's X5 and 3-series and 5-series models.
 
Consumers in Canada and the United States have launches class-action lawsuits against automakers and Japan-based Takata Corp. for failing to provide timely warnings about the problem.
 
The first recall for issues with Takata airbags in Canada came in 2008. It included 91,447 vehicles involving two Acura models and two Honda models produced in 2001 and 2002.
 
That recall expanded in 2010 to include more model years as well as Honda CRVs and Odysseys produced in 2002.
 
In 2013 and 2014, vehicles from Mazda, Toyota, General Motors, Nissan, BMW, and Subaru were added to the recall, as well as more Honda models.
 
Chrysler Canada reported a voluntary recall of more than 258,000 vehicles in January.

How to work with a chainsaw

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(Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 07:16AM )




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The Future Of Tough Takes On The World

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(Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 07:54AM )
The Future Of Tough Takes On The World
 
 
by Ammar Khan
Social Media Manager / Ford Blog Editor
@ammar_ammar
 
When it comes to the all-new 2015 F-150, you’ve already seen it perform unbelievably well in lab tests, and real world tests. You’d think that’d be enough, but come on; it’s the F-150 – we wanted to show you what this truck can really do. So where do you take the Future of Tough to really push the bar? To a world of perpetual freezing temperatures and smothered darkness. We took the 2015 F-150 to the Canadian Arctic Circle and put a search and rescue volunteer and a professional dogsled trainer behind the wheel.
 
When Search and Rescue volunteer Lorne Browne travels for supplies from Inuvik to Whitehorse a couple times per year, he’s travelling on some of the roughest roads in Canada, often in 24-hour darkness and below freezing temperatures. He needs to rely on the fact that his vehicle is going to get him there safe and sound. Without the help of city streetlights along the rural roads, darkness heightens the risk. But the 2015 F-150’s available class-exclusive quad beam LED headlamps illuminate the road ahead. Along with the new box lighting system, the new tailgate step and the fact that the truck also doubles as a mobile command centre able to power computers, smartphones and GPS systems, the world of dark doesn’t stand a chance. - See more at: http://blog.ford.ca/2015/04/02/the-future-of-tough-takes-on-the-world/#sthash.755IQE16.dpuf
 
 
 

3 ways the new Shelby GT350R Mustang makes driving a thrill

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(Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 07:47AM )
3 ways the new Shelby GT350R Mustang makes driving a thrill
 
by Ammar Khan
Social Media Manager / Ford Blog Editor
@ammar_ammar

 
Have you ever had a chance to drive a car designed entirely for the racetrack? The thrill that rushes through your veins when pressing the pedal; the excitement of taking the first turn… Now imagine the joy of lawfully driving it on the streets. With the unveiling of the new Shelby GT350R Mustang at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it’s now a reality that will make every performance car lover smile.
 
Combining exciting improvements with driving innovations, the new Shelby GT350R Mustang is so much more that just another muscle car; it’s the most race-ready road-legal Mustang ever; and, it’ll change the way you feel about driving. Forever. Here is why:
 
The new Shelby GT350R Mustang 
 
1. It’s ready for unprecedented speed: The Shelby GT350R Mustang has been optimized to get you faster than ever with a combination of changes to aerodynamics and suspension tuning. From the hood vent for heat extraction and lift reduction, to an all-new high-efficiency carbon fibre rear wing and an aggressive diffuser, Ford engineers managed to increase the car’s downforce capability, forcing the car down onto the ground to get you maximum grip at high speed.
 
2. It’s all about performance: Ford engineers delivered against aggressive targets for weight reduction on the Shelby GT350R Mustang. Anything that wasn’t going to help increase speed was removed to reduce weight. This includes the air conditioning, the stereo system and the rear seats. With these improvements, the new model is more than 130 pounds lighter than the Shelby GT350 Track Pack model. Moreover, Ford is the first major automaker to introduce lightweight carbon fibre wheels, shaving critical unsprung weight to make it easier for the suspension to plant the wheels on the asphalt and reduce rolling inertia.
 
3. It’s more powerful than ever: The new 5.2-litre dual-overhead-cam V8 engine is the first-ever production V8 from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft – an architecture typically found only in racing applications or exotic European sports cars. It is the most powerful naturally aspirated production Ford engine ever, with more than 500 horsepower and more than 400 lb.-ft. of torque. Also, an air-to-oil engine oil cooler typically found only on racecars maintains engine temperatures under the most severe conditions.



 
The new Shelby GT350R Mustang 
 
While waiting for this spirited Mustang to be available (which should be by the end of this year or the beginning of 2016), take a look at the long-awaited Focus RS or at the stunning Ford GT and tell us which one is your favourite Ford performance car by leaving us a comment below, on Facebook, or tweeting us @FordCanada.


 
- See more at: http://blog.ford.ca/2015/03/25/3-ways-the-new-shelby-gt350r-mustang-makes-driving-a-thrill/#sthash.fAeYycW1.dpuf

F-150 Farm Tested

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(Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 08:14AM )
The 2015 F-150 is officially Canadian Farm Tested
 
 by Ammar Khan
Social Media Manager / Ford Blog Editor


 
When it came to testing the all-new 2015 Ford F-150’s new features, we definitely put it through the wringer; but there’s only so much we could do in a controlled setting. So how do we test features like the hitch assist, the new tailgate and the productivity screen for real? We put Bradley Single — farmer, owner and operator of Single Bridge Ranch — behind the wheel and let him use the new truck for a full day’s work. Check out the video above.
 
“After driving the 2015 F-150, F-Series trucks are going to be on my farm for many years to come.” – Bradley Single
 
The 2015 F-150’s new features are true game changers for farmers like Bradley. The hitch assist system allowed him to safely attach a trailer by himself; the productivity screen gave him a real time glimpse of what was going on under the hood; and the tailgate handle bar made it safe to load up the back, even in the ice and snow. But the new truck didn’t just pass the farm test; Bradley even tried out the new car seat hooks to make sure the vehicle could easily transition from workhorse to weekend warrior.
 
“With other trucks on the farm, the reliability’s just not there.” – Bradley Single
 
Bradley grew up in a true Ford family in Plumas, Manitoba. He and his father have been relying on F-Series trucks for generations because of the pure toughness and durability each vehicle brings to the farm. Bradley is constantly hauling cattle and massive hay bales, and trekking across acres of land multiple times a day, so there’s really only one series of trucks he truly trusts.
 
For someone like Bradley Single, the all-new 2015 F-150 is a proven vehicle tough enough for farm life. Check out all of the specs and features of the new truck here, and leave us a comment below, on Facebook, or Tweet us @FordCanada.


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6 reasons the Ford GT supercar is driving the future!

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(Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 08:02AM )
6 reasons the Ford GT supercar is driving the future
 
 by Ammar Khan
Social Media Manager / Ford Blog Editor






 
 
When you head to an auto show, you anticipate seeing vehicles that are made for the road ahead. For the lucky crowd at the 2015 Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto, the future was right before their eyes when the Ford GT supercar made its first Canadian appearance.
 
Bringing new meaning to the term showstopper, our chins hit the floor when the curtain dropped. Although we could spend lots of time showering the stunning GT with praise, we’ve zeroed in on the six reasons why the GT is the supercar of the future:
 
It’s faaaast. And we don’t just mean because of the engine. With only one year of development, the GT is poised for completion next year. Plus, Ford expects the first production prototype to arrive in the spring. That’s superhero speed in the car production world!
Active suspension. Using an in-cabin button any caped crusader would appreciate, the GT can actually lower itself for better aerodynamics and increased stability, as well as lift its front end to accommodate ramps and speedbumps.
It’s a lightweight heavyweight. With carbon fibre body structure and aluminum subframes, the GT has one of the best power to weight ratio of any car in the market.
It controls the elements. Because it wouldn’t be a real supercar without a superpower, the Ford GT’s got wings. The flying buttresses that link the roof to the fender are curved in ways to literally control the air, creating downforce, redirecting air to the rear spoiler, and acting as intake tubes for cooling the engine.
Did we mention it’s FAST?! The GT introduces the first-ever Ford Ecoboost twin-turbocharged, direct-injected 3.5-litre V6 engine that can produce more than 600 horsepower!
It can predict the future. Since the GT already knows what’s coming, it’s equipped with a backup camera. Although it won’t make parking as fun as driving, it’ll ensure you do it perfectly every time.
 
 
And just in case you needed something else to be impressed by, the Ford GT has a Canadian twist. Ford surprised auto show patrons by announcing that the stunning new GT Supercar will be built in partnership with Multimatic, a global engineering and manufacturing company headquartered in Markham, Ont.
 
Love fast cars? Check out the Focus RS, another performance monster from Ford.

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March Ford Incentives

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(Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 07:02AM )