The Equipment Your Lawn Needs

January 20, 2014 | Lawn Care, posted by Sasha

Every skilled lawn artist could benefit from the help of a few trusty tools. If you’re just getting started and aren’t exactly sure what to stock your shed or garage with, chances are you’ll learn along the way what specific tools your lawn can benefit from. However, there are a few staples you might want to consider purchasing off the bat:

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  • Wheelbarrow– Sometimes there’s hauling that needs to be hauled. Which tool are you going to turn to when the need arises? Hopefully you’ve considered keeping a wheelbarrow as one of your essential lawn tools. A wheelbarrow can be helpful in transporting all sorts of things including weeds and brush you’ve just cleared, or other lawn tools and fertilizers you’re about to put to use.
  • Shears– While these can be helpful for pruning and shaping a variety of plants, they can be particularly helpful in maintaining the edges of your lawn. When grass grows just a little too close to a wall or fence it can be difficult to keep the edges clean and trimmed. A pair of shears can be used to keep this area’s growth under control. They can also be helpful when grass grows near other plants that make mowing feel risky.
  • Rake– A rake can do more than just clear your lawn of fallen leaves! In fact there are several different types of rakes that can help with various tasks. A thatch rake is designed to help manage thatch, which is a layer of dead and alive grass shoots, and other organic matter, that essentially “chokes” a lawn. It does this without damaging the turf at all. Removing thatch helps maintain a lawns health. It’s also necessary if you are planning to reseed. A garden rake is used to prepare smaller sections of soil for the planting of seeds. A landscape rake is used to level and remove debris from a fresh layer of soil that a new lawn will be planted on. Lastly, a lawn and leaf rake (probably the one you are most familiar with) is a very lightweight rake that is used to gently remove leaves and any other light debris that settles on a lawn.
  • Gloves– If you’re going to get down to work be prepared to protect yourself! You don’t want blisters to be what stands between you and a beautiful lawn. A sturdy and durable pair of work gloves can help protect your most valuable tools (i.e. your hands) while also providing you a better grip.
  • Aerator– An aerator helps keep soil loose and also helps prevent thatch. Many lawn artists consider soil aeration a complete necessity. A manual aerator will always be cheaper, and is a good option if you’re willing to put in the work or have a smaller lawn. A powered aerator runs on gasoline and can be very expensive. However, if you’re really looking to get some aeration done and quick, you could consider renting one from a contractor or company that lends them out for a more reasonable price.
  • Mower– Of course you’ll need a mower. So long as you’re the one cutting your own grass a mower is one of the most basic necessities in keeping a lawn. There are all sorts of options when it comes to buying one. You can choose whichever energy source best suits your lifestyle and what sort of blade system best suits your lawn. Here’s a post to help you make the big decision, but speaking with a lawn specialist can also be helpful!

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