Getting a perfectly manicured lawn isn’t rocket science, but it does take time and the right tools. As a first-time homeowner and/or someone looking to step up your lawn game to get a more beautiful looking yard, it's essential to have the right tools for the job. Here are some things that every lawn enthusiast should have in their arsenal:
The most essential piece of equipment you'll need to maintain your lawn is a lawn mower. You can opt for an old-fashioned mower with rotating blades or splurge on a riding mower. Ultimately, your choice of mower is personal and should fit your specific needs. For instance, you probably won’t need a riding mower for a small postage stamp of a yard, or you may want to entertain the thought of getting a mower that can mulch leaves if there are a lot of trees in the area. No matter what kind of mower you get, you'll need to remember to keep its blades sharp at all times.
Hose and Sprinklers
It can be easy to forget a hose, especially if you usually count on the rain to help to water your lawn. Still, a nice quality hose can go a long way toward keeping your lawn green and pristine. You’ll want to water your lawn once or twice a week when your yard hasn’t seen rain. Thoroughly soaking the grass will help encourage it to grow more aggressive roots and stay healthier. If you don’t want to be outside holding your hose, you can always invest in sprinklers. You can either buy the ones that attach to your hose and rotate around your garden or have an entire sprinkler system installed. They both have their pros and cons, so choose based on your needs.
In some cases, a lawn can try to take over your garden beds, sidewalk, or driveway. That’s where a good edger will come in handy. You can use either edging shears or an edging iron. These tools will help you cut the grass along the edges of your sidewalks, driveways, and garden beds for a crisp look. They work like scissors or a knife to cut through the grass, allowing you to remove the excess grass and reveal the lines that were hidden underneath it.
Having grass seed on hand can be helpful for a few reasons. For instance, you never know when you may have to add a little grass seed to a patch of bare soil on your lawn. Just rough up the ground a little and lay it down. Water it thoroughly and cover it with a bit of straw to protect it from hungry birds. It can be also helpful to buy seed varieties that fit your lawn's needs, especially if you happen to have a lawn that gets a lot of shade during the day.
Sometimes your lawn needs a good feeding to help it look and feel its best. Not everyone uses lawn feed on their grass, but if you’re looking to improve your curb appeal, it's a pretty good choice. Some lawn feeds incorporate weed and moss killer, while others just focus on giving the grass the nutrients it needs to grow thick and luscious. If you’re having a severe problem with weeds or moss, the latter may be a better choice, but make sure to read the instructions on its label carefully when applying it.
This item may not be considered an essential tool by everyone, but it can certainly be beneficial. Use it to apply grass seed or lawn food quickly and evenly. When you spread by hand, you run the risk of putting too much in some areas and not enough in others. In other words, it's really hard to get an even application without this tool. Just fill it up and walk around the area where you want the seed/fertilizer applied.
There are two different rakes you should own for lawn care purposes. The first is a leaf rake. This rake is typically large and made of plastic, which makes moving all those falling leaves into a pile for your composting needs much easier. It's often pretty flexible, too. The second is a lawn rake, and it's typically the sturdier of the two. This rake is used to pull up the dead grass, moss, and weeds in your yard. These dead materials block moisture and light while creating a perfect environment for more weeds and moss to grow. Getting rid of them will make your yard look nicer and help your lawn thrive. Just avoid raking your lawn when it’s frosty or really cold out, as you can easily damage healthy blades of grass during those times.
There you have it: all the essential lawn tools you’ll need to keep your grass looking fantastic. A beautiful lawn contributes to curb appeal. It’s time to let your neighbors know that the grass really is greener on the other side.