The Tools You Need to Successfully Grow and Keep a Lawn

Stuart Wellbert
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Gloves

Wearing gloves while mowing your lawn not only protects you from the mower but will give your manicure a fresh look for weeks on end.

Gloves can help protect your hands from: cuts, nicks, scrapes, blisters, sand, thorns, splinters, and heat.

There are many different types of mowing gloves on the market with various levels of protection. Some gloves are just for comfort and do not offer much protection. Other mowing gloves can protect your hands from sand, thorns, and cobblestone.

Lawn Mowers

A corded lawn mower is a cylinder mower. Just like it sounds, lawn mowers are cylinders with wheels and a handle attached. The wheels help move the mower and the handle helps you push it along.

They have smaller motors and the simplicity in design means that they are often cheaper than other options. The downside is that they have less power and can struggle to get through heavier grass if the blade on the mower is dull.

Recreational Mowers

The idea of a recreational mower is to give you good value for your money. They are a bit more expensive than a cylinder mower, but they have additional features and offer more power. They are normally easy to maneuver and have an easy start system.

A lot of up-to-date models come with electric start engines, which lets you push a button to start rather than having to pull the cord. You can get a lot of power for your money with a recreational mower, and they’re a very user friendly option for those that are looking to step up from a cylinder mower.

Hoses

Hoses are a vital tool for watering your lawn. You’ll need a good quality hose to ensure you get a long life out of it. I don’t have a specific brand I’d recommend, but my picks are:

  • A rotary nozzle to create a nice shower pattern
  • A solid (sometimes called straight) nozzle to provide steady, easy-to-control water flow
  • Sprinkler attachments to water your lawn

Top Hose Features to Consider If you’re getting a new hose, your next step is to search for the best quality hose you can find. Here are a few features to consider when selecting a hose:

Material … You have a variety of different hose materials to choose from. While the materials don’t affect the price or watering performance, they may affect the longevity of your hose. A shatterproof hose means your hose will stand up to anything. It’s great for those rough, rocky, or thorny yards you might have.

Lawn Rakes

We have 4 different kinds of lawn rakes around our house, from the large, metal, metal roof -crushing kind to the smaller, delicately-placed-flower petals -gently-lifted kind.

We use them all.

For grooming and spreading fertilizer, a heavy leaf rake is great but so much fun. It is fun to crash and crush leaves, twigs, branches, and more all while aerating the soil. It’s a lot of fun, like a little souvenir from summer.

For raking up all the grass clippings and leaves, we prefer a lightweight plastic rake. Easy on the back, and easy to clean. A thin metal rake can look great if used for cutting lawn edges, while a heavy duty one is also great for scraping moss off the driveway and patio.

For raking leaves, we have a green mesh rake (not pictured) for leaves obviously, and a nice, little, tiny-leafy-kind-of-rake for picking up dead flowers.

Lawn Spreaders

A lawn spreader will cover a prescribed amount of grass seed at one time, enabling you to distribute the seed at the optimum rate and get the best results.

When spreaders were first invented, they were pulled by horses, and they were similar to the wagons we use now to transport goods. They had a box to store the seeds, a seat for the driver, and a wheel on both the left and right. These wheeled spreaders would distribute the seeds as they transferred from one wheel to the other.

The development of technology brought about the design of the gas-powered lawn spreader. The use of gas in lawn and garden equipment was developed in the 1970s, and this allowed for faster and more efficient use of gas. The gas-powered lawn spreader was created to help aerate the soil and to distribute the seeds equally. This design is largely the same today, with the only major changes being in the capacity.

The more you have to spread, the more you need a larger capacity spreader. This is because you want to spread the seeds at the most uniform depth and rate to ensure you get the best results possible. When purchasing a spreader, it is important to make sure it has a strong chassis. You want a spreader that has wheels that are secured to the frame of the machine and are not held on by a bungee cord or any other similar method.

Lawn Aerators

Most aerators come in either a pull behind or a push model. Some models work well on pushed patterns, but if you have a lawn that’s relatively flat, push models are better.

Pull Behind

Garden Tractor: While large and expensive, garden tractors are very powerful and will take the smallest amount of time when aerating.

Lightweight Push: If you plan to aerate your lawn several times a year, you may want to invest in a lightweight push aerator so you don’t have to buy a new one each time. If your lawn is larger than ten thousand square feet, you’ll want to buy a manual aerator so you don’t damage your soil by digging too deeply

Manual: If you have the ability to lift the weight, a manual aerator is a great option that is more time than the other options, but is much cheaper than a tractored option.

You can even find garden aerators that double as a lawn mower and come with an extra tall handle so they’re simple and easier to push.

Wheel Hoe: A wheel hoe is a traditional tool that combines both a shovel and a hoe. This allows you to break up the soil using the shovel-end while slicing it at the same time using the hoe-end.

Lawn Edgers

A lawn edger (also known as a grass trimmer or turf trimmer) is a piece of gardening equipment used to make straight cuts in grass. Lawn edgers are mainly used to maintain the edges of borders, sidewalks, garden beds, and landscaping. Lawn Edgers make it easy to maintain your yard without all the bending, kneeling, or getting on your hands and knees like you would have to when using a string trimmer.

A lawn edger is usually a smaller version of a lawn mower and its cuts are very close to the ground. They have blades like a string trimmer, but instead of metal, they use plastic so they do a better job on edging. Lawn Edgers are much more precise than a string trimmer and make a cleaner cut as well.

Lawn edgers don’t take up much space and are lightweight, so you can carry them around easily. They are also super easy to use by just plugging them in, starting it up, and making straight cuts from edge to edge.

  • Pick a Safe Location to Spray Roundup, And Cover It Well. Make sure to have a few rags or newspapers near by in case any of the herbicide spray gets on your hands.
  • Spray the Safely Shaped Roundup. You can safely spray Roundup anywhere you see Japanese Knotweed, so make sure that you spray it all.

Edging Shears

Why should you purchase, own, and use edging shears? They work great for cutting and edging around rocks, fences, or any unusually shaped area in your yard.

Finding a quality set of edging shears isn’t that hard if you pay attention to the specific features. The best edging shears are the ones that are made from forged steel. While you’re at it, make sure that the blades are sturdy. This is to ensure that the blade doesn’t get bent out of shape.

You’ll want to look into a set of edging shears that is easy to handle and works for whichever hand you use. If you’ve ever used something that’s hard to grip, then you know how frustrating that can be.

Another useful thing is a lock. If you cut grass or dirt around the flowers, you’ll want to be able to keep the blades from coming into contact with the flowers. Likewise, if your garden has hard or thorny edges, you’ll want to make sure that the edging shears don’t press into the garden bed or thorns will puncture the blades.

Scarifiers and Dethatchers

Scarifiers and dethatchers are not the same tool, but they do similar jobs to keep your mower blades from pulling out your grass. Both of these kinds of tools remove built-up thatch and dead grass from your lawn, so you can start fresh on a blank canvas.

To be clear, a scarifier breaks up and even tears debris to expose the soil thatch below. A dethatcher scrubs the ground and loosens debris to get your mower blades to reach the underlying soil thatch. The two tools work together to break up the thatch, dirt, and other debris in your yard. This helps relieve compaction and exposes the soil to air, water, and sunlight.

Scarifiers are used with rear-engine push mowers. These scarifiers generally come equipped with a heavy metal comb to break up built-up thatch and turn over clods and other debris.

A dethatcher, on the other hand, is the right choice for front-engine walk behind mowers. These dethatchers have a rotating or drum-like wheel that removes debris. Both scarifiers and dethatchers are powered by a motor that strikes the ground. A similar tool you may see is called a core aerator. A core aerator is sold on the market to decompose thatch and soil and is powered by a handheld or riding mower.