Essential Tools to Tackle Home Lawn Care
Having a well-maintained lawn is a year-long task that involves everything from fertilizing, and mowing, to trimming, and watering. It’s essential if you want to keep your property clean and organized. That’s why the landscaping industry is a $44.7 billion conglomerate.
But, instead of handing over your hard-earned money to someone else, why not start taking care of your own lawn by investing in these essential tools?
Blower/Vacuums: There are gas and electric leaf blowers which makes piling leaves a breeze, instead of raking them. There hand-held, wheeled, and backpack style models. Some models can be converted into vacuums, which are great for cleaning your yard and mulching small quantities of leaves.
For larger jobs you may want to invest in a leaf vacuum that can be attached to a riding mower, such as the vacuums offered by Cyclone Rake.
Chain Saws: If you own a large piece of property with trees, then a chain saw is a wise investment. For small jobs, an electric saw will work just fine; some models can even cut firewood. And, electric saws emit no exhaust fumes, are low maintenance, affordable, quiet, and ready to go as long as there’s power. For larger jobs, you will definitely need a heavier gas-powered model.
Fork: There are two types of forks; hay and spading. Hay forks have round tines and are used to move materials like compost. Spading forks have flat tines and are great for turning soil, lifting plants, and separating perennials.
Garden Rake: This is also called a landscape rake and used to move and spread topsoil, gravel or sand evenly across a surface so that it’s prepared for planting a new lawn or garden.
Grass Shears: These are used to clip grass along the edge of a garden bed and are usually used for people who have prized flowers.
Hoe: Thanks to the wide, heavy-blade of a hoe you have an ancient and effective way to break ground and weed. There are a variety of head sizes and shapes for you to consider depending on the job.
Hose: Watering your lawn, typically once or twice a week when it’s dry, will keep it lush, green, and healthy. It will also help strengthen roots so that winter damage won’t be prevalent. You’ll also need a hose to water your plants and trees daily.
Lawn Mower: There are a variety of mowers to consider for your lawn. For smaller yards, a gas or electric push mower will work perfectly. For larger lawns, investing in a riding is definitely worth the money.
Manual Aerator: These foot-powered and easy-to-use tools are to break down your lawn’s soils so that it can breathe. It’s great for small lawns and if you have some spare time on your hands.
Pruning and Lopping Shears: If you need to cut branches that are up to a ½ inch diameter, the use pruning shears. Lopping shears (loppers) are used for branches between ½ to 1-½-inch diameter thick.
Pruning and Bow Saws: A pruning saw is used for cutting branches up to three inches in diameter, while a bow saw is for larger branches.
Shovels: Round-point shovels are the perfect tool for moving large quantities of material like sand, soil, or non-fibrous mulches, from Point A to Point B. Long-handled shovels, however, are used for digging holes, while D-handled shovels are best-suited for digging trenches.
Spades: Spades have a flat or gently curved blade and are needed for planting, transplanting, edging, and turf removal.
Sprayer: Sprayers typically come in canisters or backpack styles that dispense insecticidal soap or oil solutions and fertilizers.
Spreaders: There are two types of spreaders, drop and rotary spreaders. A drop spreader will distribute seed, fertilizer, and lime in broad strips. A rotary spreader can cover larger areas.
String Trimmer: Gas-, electric-, or battery-powered models have a plastic line that trim grass and weeds because it rotates at a high speed. Battery-powered units cut swaths between 6- to 10-inches for cordless units, 8- to 15-inches for corded electric models, and 15- to 18-inches for gas-powered trimmers.
Thatching Rake: This rake will remove thatch such as stems and roots from your lawn without damaging the turf.
Trowel: This hand tool contains a pointed, scoop-shaped metal blade that is perfect for breaking up earth, digging holes, mixing in fertilizer, and transferring plants to pots.
Turf Edger (Lawn Edger or Stick Edger): With a half-moon-shaped steel cutting head, you can use this tool to keep your lawn edges neat, like separating your lawn from a walkway. Edgers can also be used to trim away excess sod when laying sod along irregular lawn edges.
Utility Cart: If you want to keep your tools organized, and move them from your lawn to shed or garage, then you’ll need a utility cart.
Weeder: With a forked steelhead on a short handle you can use a weeder to pry weeds from turf.
Wheelbarrow: This is the traditional garden standby since wheelbarrows can tip up for easy unloading of clippings, leaves, mulch, and compost. Plastic models are suggested since they’re pretty much weatherproof, and won’t rust like metal versions.