Lawns are a big part of a home’s curb appeal. However, about 69 percent of Americans admit their lawn could use some help.
Do you have what it takes to keep your lawn looking good? Which lawn care tools do you REALLY need to have a great looking yard?
Read on for a list of essentials.
Each season, your lawn will get debris like leaves or branches, and this debris scattered on your lawn is a real eyesore. Cleaning up the mess is much easier with a wheelbarrow. You can pick a smaller or larger wheelbarrow, depending on the size of your lawn.
When it’s time to get a new tire, buy a non-pneumatic tire because this type of tire does not go flat.
2. Leaf Rake
As we mentioned above, you will get yard debris. You should have a leaf rake because the tines are much longer than those of a garden rake. This makes a leaf rake much stronger and flexible, and it allows you to pick up debris with less effort.
Look for handles that are more ergonomically safe and help prevent strain on your back. You may still want to wear garden gloves if you are raking for a long period to avoid getting blisters.
3. Shovel and/or Spade
This is one of the most versatile tools, and the blades come in several shapes to help remove debris. If you have a dog, a shovel is a necessity to keep your lawn nice because you need to remove the worst kind of debris.
Shovels are rounded and can remove large quantities of material like mulch, soil, or sand. Spades are flat and have curved blades to help edge, plant, and remove turf.
You need to apply fertilizer to help keep weeds away and help your grass stay green. A spreader helps you get the fertilizer on your yard evenly. You must apply the fertilizer in a uniform pattern to make sure the grass is even and not damaging one area with too much fertilizer.
Do not use your spreader for any other applications than fertilizer. You don’t want to use this cart to spread salt in the winter on your driveway or sidewalks because any leftover salt can damage your lawn.
A sprayer makes it easier to spot treat your weeds. You can get a canister or backpack style. You can also get interchangeable nozzles to vary the spraying application.
You can also use sprayers to attack pests like ants. This sprayer will help you spray on target so you don’t damage other areas of your lawn.
When you are mowing, there will be areas your mower cannot reach. The string trimmer is a handy tool to hit those spots. You can easily cut areas around mailboxes, bushes, fences, lampposts, and under a deck.
You can find trimmers that have an adjustable head. This edging tool will give your lawn the complete manicure look by getting all those hard to reach places.
You can choose between a gas, battery, or electric model so you can find one that fits your budget. Make sure you have some extra string on hand to refill when it runs out.
7. Leaf Blower
Take a few moments to clean up your debris on your driveway or in your garage with a handy leaf blower. You can clean up in seconds versus taking the time to sweep. It is much more efficient than using a broom.
You can also use a leaf blower to clean out leaf buildup under bushes and landscape. There are electric and gas models. You can also get a backpack style or hand-held model depending on the size of your yard.
Electric blowers are typically quieter if you don’t like the noise. They also have no emissions for a cleaner environment.
A leaf blower is two tools in one, so you won’t have to dirty up your broom or break your back trying to get all the leaves out from your landscape.
8. Lawn Mower
You can’t list the tools you need for a yard without mentioning mowers. This tool is the most important of all to care for your lawn. It is the most expensive, but you can trim down your costs depending on the model you buy.
To determine which mower you need, you have to look at the size of your yard first. Determine which features are a necessity for you to do a good job.
If you are really worried about the budget, consider a battery-operated mower. These mowers do not have an electrical cord. They also do not create pollution from burning gas, and they are pretty easy to use and push.
At the end of the mowing season, get your blades sharpened and clean your mower to keep it working properly.
Other Lawn Care Tools
There are some tools that you will still need, but some are better to rent because you won’t use them as often. These tools include:
Don’t forget you will probably need some work or garden gloves to protect your hands.
You will also need a hose to keep everything watered. If your lawn is dry, attach a sprinkler to your hose and water before 10 a.m. You can tell your lawn needs watered if your footprints do not disappear immediately as you walk around the grass.
You may also need pruning tools to keep your bushes and trees attractive. You can then use your wheelbarrow and rake to clean up the debris.
Want to Hire a Professional Lawn Care Service?
Even if you have all the right lawn care tools, you still need help. Your landscape is important to the look of your home and can add up to 15 percent value.
If you find your schedule is too demanding, there are professional services to make your home landscape and yard look as beautiful as possible. Whether you just need help getting ready for the new season or mowing your yard, contact High Class Lawn Care for a free quote today.