DIY Lawn Maintenance: Tools You’ll Need

The secret to a beautiful lawn is maintenance. With the proper tools and substantial effort, you can make your landscape look fantastic all year round. Here are some of the tools you’ll need if you intend on doing the gardening work yourself.

  1. Lawn mowers

The mower is the most important tool for lawn maintenance. There are different types of machines, including:

  • Riding
  • Self-propelled
  • Push-along
  • With rotary blades or rollers
  • Gas-driven
  • Battery powered
  • Cuts and collects grass trimmings
  • Leaves a striped design
  • Mulches grass to pieces for compost

The right model for you is one that should be able to handle the tasks that you need done and cover the size of your lawn.

  1. Trimmers and edgers

Edgers are used to shape the borders of your lawn, while trimmers ensure you have a good length of grass around the edge of the house. These machines can reach areas that lawn mowers cannot.

  • String trimmer. This machine uses a nylon string that rotates at high speed to cut grass around walls, fences, and patios. They are great for accessing tight corners and trimming tall grass.
  • Edging shears. Edging shears make trimming the borders easy. Push soil away from the grass edge and cut around like you would with scissors. Hold the shears upright so you don’t dig into the soil and create slanted edges. Keep the blades well sharpened to avoid ripping the grass.
  • Edging iron. The blade of an edging iron is shaped like a half moon, slicing efficiently through the turf. When cutting an edge, pull a line of string taut and chop with the blade downward. Remove unwanted grass with a fork.

  1. Turfing iron

The turfing iron is used to completely remove turf from underneath an existing lawn. Once the turf square has been cut, slice under it with a turfing iron to cut away the grass roots.

  1. Hand weeder

Instead of using weed-killing chemical, pull out the weeds from your lawn with this manual tool. This way you are able to remove both the weed and the root, and you won’t accidentally kill the grass.

  1. Rake

Every landscaper needs a lawn rake to remove unwanted dead weeds, moss, and thatch. If you don’t rake these away, they can block sunlight and moisture and grow more weeds and moss. Do not rake your lawn when there is frost as this could damage the grass.

  1. Lawn spreader

It can be time consuming to apply feed or seed on your lawn by hand. A lawn spreader lets you distribute fertilizers, herbicides, and grass seeds evenly and in bulk. You can also use a lawn spreader to treat the landscape with weed killer and moss killer without overdosing.

  1. Hose

Even if there are sprinklers installed, you must have a garden hose to water parts of your lawn that are hard to reach. Give your lawn a quick watering every day, and a good soak once or twice a week to grow deep, strong roots. Do this in the morning to keep the soil moist and avoid evaporation.

  1. Wheelbarrow

Use a wheelbarrow for cleaning up and transporting garden materials. The most efficient way to gather and dispose of dead leaves, dead grass, and accumulated debris is by loading them on a wheelbarrow.

Contact a Rental Equipment Company Today

Looking for a place to get the above tools? A reputable equipment rental company can provide these tools for you for a price that’s friendly to your pocket. No need to buy new equipment. Contact us today to inquire about available lawn maintenance equipment and tools.

Written by Lindsey Rentals. Lindsey Rentals offers the best equipment rentals in Columbia, MO.

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