In February of 2005, Briggs & Stratton Corp. completed its purchase of the assets of Murray Inc., which manufactured lawn, garden and snow products. Wauwatosa-based Briggs (NYSE: BGG) and Murray reached an agreement for Briggs to buy most of Murray for $125 million. The sale involved the Murray name, equipment, tooling, patents, trademarks and other assets, but not Murray's real estate. As of mid 2006, no one is making Murray lawn moweres, but Briggs & Stratton plans to keep the brand alive, providing replacement parts and warranty support to more than 7,000 Murray dealers in the United States while it looks for a manufacturing partner to make new models in the future. There continues to be spot shortages of replacement parts such as pulleys, handles and cables for self-propelled lawn mowers as Briggs sorts out the assets and operations formerly managed by Murray.
Planning your Lawn
A well managed lawn starts with a good landscaping plan including grasses best suited for the climate zone and specific area around your house. You may choose to plant and irrigate a thicker more lush variety of grass (with higher water requirements) close-in around the house and in recreational areas, while putting a low maintenance drought resistant variety (much lower water requirements) in non-irrigated outlying areas.