Guide for Homeowners: Top Tools for Your Lawn

Are you a new homeowner? While having your own home provides endless possibilities, it also requires some job to do. If you have a lawn to take care of, it becomes your responsibility right away. You have to get outside, plant flowers, bushes, and even trees, use a walk behind string trimmer, cut the grass, and kill the weeds to make it look gorgeous.

Although this is tough work from time to time, it is totally worth your efforts. An attractive lawn adds value to the house, while working outside grants you strong physical and mental health. Consider it as free-of-charge therapy sessions. You choose the way you want to decorate the lawn and can always change the design if you don’t like it.

If you want to start working outside, you have to take some tools with you. There are some basic tools you may already have, and some specific ones you have to buy. Don’t worry, it is a beneficial investment since you will use these instruments for years.

1. Lawnmower

It is not the cheapest item on the list, but it is an essential one. A lawnmower is a must-have for everyone who has a lawn, no matter whether it is big or small. The grass grows so fast that you risk to run out of money by hiring a professional with his own tools. There are two types of lawnmowers, corded and cordless. Corded lawnmowers are usually powered by electricity and are less mobile. The cordless tools are mobile and powered by gas.

2. String trimmer

The spots you miss with the lawnmower can be taken care of with the string trimmer. It acts more accurately than a lawnmower and is necessary to have for owners of flowerbeds and bushes. You will be able to cut the grass under the trees and near the flowers without cutting them.

3. Leaf rake

Even if you already have a leaf blower, you may need this instrument in your collection. It is pretty affordable, does not require any additional knowledge, and its working speed depends directly on you. This tool is a classic measure against fallen leaves and old grass.

4. Soil rake

Soil rake is different from the leaf rake. It is also a hand tool with a wooden handle and spikes on the end, but it works miracles with airing the soil, evening the garden, and spreading the gravel. Make sure it is made of reliable materials.

5. Lawn spreader

You don’t have to buy a gigantic powerful machine that is attached to the tractor. All you need is a handheld spreader on durable wheels that can hold enough seeds or fertilizers for your lawn. There are lots of options on the market.

6. Snow shovel

If you live in a snowy climate, you have to buy a shovel to dig the snow. It helps to clean the road to your car. Unlike snow cleaning machines, the tool is totally environmentally friendly. Besides, it costs way cheaper.

7. Shovel

The shovel is the instrument you need to have at home. While this instrument is not new and was not significantly digitalized or even improved during the last years, you can still plant a tree, flower, or even grass with its help. The main benefit of this old-fashioned but still classy instrument is that you don’t need any electricity or power source to use it.

8. Knife for soil

You may not even know how much you need it before you decide to plant some flowers or loosen the soil. You will not be able to go through the big territory with it, but it is perfect for small activities. Soil knives can be used for getting rid of the weed with strong roots.

9. Double hand hoe

A hoe is a great option for dry soil. Consider it as a gigantic soil knife. A double hand hoe is a beneficial tool with a digger on one side and a hoe on the other. You will be able to remove weeds from the flowerbeds in no time.

10. Hand pruner

A sharp hand pruner can help to cut slim branches, shrubs, and leaves. It looks like the shears and is incredibly powerful. You will need it for your flowers as well. If you have a grapevine in your yard, this tool will be extremely handy to cut it when the time is right.

11. Lopper

If you don’t want to waste your hand pruner on the tree branches, you can buy a professional lopper. It has large blades and comfortable long handles. You will have to cut the branches once in a while to get rid of unreliable old branches.

12. Hedge shear

This tool is beneficial for hedge owners. If you don’t want to quarrel with your neighbors about the beauty of your hedge, you have to take care of it. This instrument is developed specifically for thick bushes and is simple in use. Make sure you use only sharp shear to avoid dangerous situations.

13. Hose

You can experiment with nozzle attachments using a simple hose. It is necessary for dry regions. You have to water the grass and soil to avoid over-drying. Check out the diameter of the hose and make sure it fits the tap before you order it. If you don’t want to stay outside for a long time, moving from one area to another, you can buy a sprinkler. Just make sure that the sprinkler is attached reliably to the water supply.

14. Gloves

Always wear gloves when you begin to work outside. It is a simple but important measure that provides safety to your hands. There are numerous small injuries you can avoid, including the cuts from the grass or even the wounds from spikes. Gloves cost almost nothing, but in the end, you will be able to work in your yard for as long as you want.

The Right Choice of Tools

Choosing the gardening tools is a simple and fast procedure if you know your demands. The first thing you have to think about is the size of your lawn. The second factor is the size of your budget. After that, think about the way you want to design your yard. Whether it will be a simple lawn with neatly cut grass or a masterpiece decorated with exquisite flowerbeds, you have to use reliable and proper tools for your work.

Use this list of the essential instruments to find out which tools you have to buy in the first place. You don’t need to buy all the instruments at once, since you may not need some of them for some time. Fill your shed with beneficial tools step by step and watch the progress on your own lawn. You don’t have to be a professional gardener or garden designer to achieve advanced results. All you need is to love what you do and to use the proper instruments in your work.

Amelia
 

Amelia Robinson is a lover of plants and gardens, as well as an educator on this topic. It’s her goal to make sure that you get the chance to learn what you need to about gardening to succeed with your own home garden at the blog RobinsonLovePlants.com. You’re not going to find just a collection of basic articles about gardening here. Instead, she wants to answer the difficult questions for you. She tweets at @robinsonplants

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