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Toro Offers Tips to Grow Healthier Lawns During Smart Irrigation Month

  Toro Offers Tips to Grow Healthier Lawns During Smart Irrigation Month

   Leader in WaterSmart^® Technology Offers Products That Save Water, Money

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- July 9, 2013

As the summer temperatures rise, make sure your yard is performing at its peak
as well. July is ‘Smart Irrigation Month’ and The Toro Company wants to help
homeowners to do their part to responsibly maintain healthy, beautiful lawns
by using water wisely.

Toro, along with the Irrigation Association, who initiated ‘Smart Irrigation
Month’ in 2005, offers these tips to ensure your lawn looks its best during
the summer season:

  *Know What’s Below. By understanding your lawn’s soil type, you can easily
    determine how quickly water can be absorbed by the soil and when to stop
    watering.
  *Aim For The Green Stuff. When setting sprinklers, make sure the water is
    delivered onto the turf, not driveways, sidewalks, patios or buildings.
  *Timing Is Everything. Homeowners can lose up to 30% of their water to
    evaporation by running their systems during the day. Avoid wasteful
    watering by running your sprinklers in the morning, never during the heat
    of the day.
  *Watch The Weather. If your region has experienced a lot of rain, you may
    not need to water your lawn. Too much moisture can result in shallow root
    penetration, weed growth, plant disease and fungus.

In addition to smarter watering practices, the Irrigation Association advises
homeowners to consider installing an in-ground sprinkler system, or upgrading
your existing sprinkler system. Toro’s lineup of new WaterSmart^® products is
more efficient than traditional irrigation products and can deliver the best
results, while reducing water usage:

  *Toro^® XTRA SMART™ EC•XTRA™ Landscape Timer with Wireless Weather Sensor
    is an interactive system that allows precise regulation of watering
    schedules based on current weather patterns. This weather-based technology
    automatically adjusts runtimes based on a wide range of environmental
    variables.
  *Toro^® XTRA SMART™ Precision™ Soil Moisture Sensor monitors the moisture
    level in the soil, wirelessly communicates that data to the sprinkler
    timer, and shuts off the system when adequate water levels are reached.
    Homeowners can enjoy up to 35% annual water savings on their outdoor water
    consumption.
  *Toro^® Precision™ Series H[2]FLO^™ Nozzles use a third less water and
    apply water at a rate of 1-inch per hour, which matches most soil’s
    natural absorption rate.
  *Toro^® Multi-Stream Precision™ Rotating Nozzles apply slow, rotating
    streams of water up to 26-feet away, which allow for greater absorption
    and less runoff.

Toro Design Services can also help draft the blueprints for success in
creating your own customized irrigation system. To get started, simply log
onto ToroDesign.com and download the “New System” form. Standard design
services start at $19.95, which can be rebated upon purchase of certain Toro
WaterSmart products.

Click here to see all of these Toro WaterSmart^® products in action.

Look for Toro WaterSmart^® products at Ace^® Hardware, Orchard Supply
Hardware, as well as online at HomeDepot.com, Amazon.com and ToroDealer.com.

To read more about the Irrigation Association’s ‘Smart Irrigation Month’
initiatives, please visit
www.irrigation.org/Resources/Smart_Irrigation_Month/Consumer_Water_Wisely.aspx%23.

About The Toro Company
The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is a leading worldwide provider of innovative
turf, landscape, rental and construction equipment, andirrigation and outdoor
lighting solutions. With sales of more than $1.9 billion in fiscal 2012,
Toro’s global presence extends to more than 90 countries through strong
relationships built on integrity and trust, constant innovation, and a
commitment to helping customers enrich the beauty, productivity and
sustainability of the land. Since 1914, the company has built a tradition of
excellence around a number of strong brands to help customers care for golf
courses, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential
properties, and agricultural fields. More information is available at
www.toro.com.

Contact:

For The Toro Company
Dave Sniadak, 952-224-2939 ext. 18
dsniadak@axiomcom.com
or
Patrice Negrón, 951-785-3439
patrice.negron@toro.com
 
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