A Few Tools for Basic Lawn Care

by Rebecca Gardener

When considering basic tools for lawn care, we should consider that it was just over a century ago grass was once cut with a hand scythe - if folks cut it at all. Lawn care was not an important chore back then. However, today you will find dozens of tools. The come in varieties that are hand held, use electricity or are gas powered. Each is considered vital if you want to keep your lawn green and in shape.

Your most basic lawn care tool would be the lawnmower. Look at cutting your lawn along the same lines as cutting your hair. It needs to be cut to stay healthy and look good, at least to domesticated society at any rate. d So you can either call in a pro or you can do it your self with the help of a good lawnmower.While it will be one of your largest yard care investments, if it is properly maintained, it will last a long, long time.

You will need to keep the blade sharp and inspect the spark plug to keep it clean. Check to see if it has and air filter as you will need to change that. Every year you should also change the oil just as you would in your car.

Moving right along, in order to keep your lawn neat, it is most times just a a matter that you can not completely carry out only by mowing. You will also need a trimmer and an edger. You will find that there are two basic types of these tools on the market. You have the long handled two blade model or example. You run its blade along the edges of the patio, your steps and any other edges to keep the lawn looking good.

The other type is a powered whirling device that shoots a plastic string out a few inches. The string whacks off grass or other plants wherever you aim it. They're lightweight, inexpensive and can last for years, though the coil of plastic string needs to be replaced every couple of months. At a cost of only a few dollars, it saves a lot of effort.

Next on your list of basic lawn care tools is a spreader. It is important so that you can evenly lay down your weed killer, fertilizer, or other spreadable compounds that assist you with keeping your lawn weed free. One type of spreader looks like miniature lawnmower but without the blade. It is more like a tub that has some small holes along with a roller that will spread the material. You can adjust them for use for a variety of compound applications.

The second type of spreader is a hand-held unit, usually plastic with a rotary handle. They're perfect for specialized applications of seed for patching small lawn areas, distributing dry fertilizer beads and so forth.

You will find that your rake is one of the most basic lawn care tools on your list. It is useful for projects other than just piling leaves in fall. While it is important to use it for that of course. You don't want to have leaves left on the ground during winter as it can cause lawn grass to overheat or not get enough water. Areas that get accumulations of winter snow will have the problem of grass that will be compressed into thatch once the snow melts.

This means that your grass blades are overlaying one another as on a thatched roof. This will prevent air circulation needed to keep the lawn healthy. So it is helpful to de-thatch the lawn using a special power tool, but really, if you have the back for it than your rake will work fine.

You will also want to consider the purchase of a long-handled shovel spade, either with a long fork or narrow blade. This is good for removing weeds, post hole digging, moving soil around and a dozen other tasks around the yard.

Go out in early spring and stock up on your basic lawn care tools. By keeping them in tip top shape they will last for a life time of lawn projects. They will save you time and make your work easier. Easier that is than cutting with a scythe.

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