Good quality tools are essential for ensuring a healthy lawn and using the proper tools for the job makes maintenance a breeze. Whether you’re a lawn care company performing seasonal lawn maintenance or a homeowner caring for your own lawn, there are a few tools you should always have on hand. Here are the lawn care basics you’ll need to keep your yard looking its best.
Landscaping Hand Tools
Not all landscaping tools need to be sophisticated, high-tech components. Many landscaping tools are refreshingly low-tech and simple. You’ll want to ensure you have a variety of hand-powered basic landscaping tools such as shovels, rakes, and pruning shears. The weight of each device and how the weight is distributed directly impact how the landscaping tool feels when you use it. Be sure to try before you buy and ensure your tools are comfortable and fit your liking.
The most crucial piece of lawn care equipment a homeowner should own is a lawnmower. A powerful, well-made mower allows you to complete work quickly and precisely, keeping your yard looking fresh and healthy.
The type of lawnmower you purchase will be personal preference as they all get the job done; however, the method by which they do is different. Many mowers are rotary or push mowers, meaning they’re self-propelled and often powered by electricity or gas. For smaller yards, we recommend a push or smaller electric mower for better ease. If you have a larger land area, you may want to consider buying a ride-on mower to get the job done quickly.
Grass trimmers, also known as string trimmers or weed whackers, are handy tools that allow you to cut grass and weeds growing in places that your mower can’t reach. A good grass trimmer allows you to remain flexible around lawn care obstacles like fences, mailboxes, bushes, trees, or sidewalks. As with lawnmowers, trimmers are either gas or electric powered and sometimes feature an adjustable head. With a simple pivot, you can equip yourself with an edger and give your lawn a perfectly manicured look.
Leaf blowers can be used for more than just blowing leaves off the yard in the fall. You can use a leaf blower to quickly clear debris from your yard or patio. Some types of blowers can also be converted into outdoor vacuums, ideal for gathering dead leaves and turning them into mulch. It’s the fastest and most efficient lawn care tool to make cleaning up easier.
Spreaders and Sprayers
To properly distribute fertilizers, seeds, and pesticides around your lawn, you’ll need a spreader to complete the job. The two types of spreaders are a broadcast spreader and a drop spreader. A broadcast spreader scatters the material in a circular motion as you move across your lawn, whereas a drop spreader drops material through a line of openings in the bottom of the spreader to better control where the material lands.
In yards where weeds are common, it’s crucial to invest in a sprayer that will target weeds more successfully. A small-capacity sprayer is ideal for spot treatment of weeds, while larger capacity sprayers work best in larger yards.
Other Helpful Yard Equipment
Aside from lawn care equipment, you may find the following landscaping equipment helpful but not necessary:
- Sprinkler heads
- Snowblower and salt
After battling a long and cold winter, spring is finally here. However, is your yard as prepared for warmer weather as you are? It’s time to get your lawn back in tip-top shape, and Watermaster is here to help. Our knowledgeable and helpful staff can walk you through all our products and, together, find your perfect fit. And if you’re a try before you by type of person, we’ve got you covered. Visit “The Yard,” our new grass area right outside the store that allows you to test a product before purchase!