If you have recently purchased your first home, you may not have the tools necessary to take care of your yard. As a homeowner, unless you plan to hire a landscaper to maintain your yard, you will need to purchase some tools to help you care for your yard. Where should you start? You can spend thousands of dollars buying equipment but you don’t have to. Start with the basics and then you can add additional items down the road as your budget allows.
Here is a list of things you may need to care for your yard.
Lawn Mower - This one is rather self-explanatory. If you have a lawn, you need a lawnmower. Lawnmowers come in a variety of shapes and sizes so make sure you choose one that is appropriate for your yard. Too big will create more work in weed eating and too small will take longer so find the size that allows you to maintain your yard efficiently without adding extra time. There are electric and gas-powered models for you to select from.
Weed Trimmer - Weed trimmers or weed whackers are a great tool for getting to those hard to reach areas where weeds and tall grass love to grow and that your lawnmower won’t reach. In addition to cutting down tall grass and weeds, most weed trimmers can double as an edger allowing you to get that laser sharp edge on your yard that will make it look its best and impress the neighbors.
Shovel and Rake - These two tools will be used more often than you think. The shovel is a great tool for moving dirt and planting new bulbs and shrubs. The rake is essential for cleanup after a vigorous weeding session or when the leaves begin to fall.
Garden Hose - This is an item that many people tend to forget until they end up lugging bucket after bucket of water across the yard. Make sure to invest in a quality hose that will last. Remember, this hose will spend most of its life outside in the elements so select one that offers a good quality
Work Gloves - Last but certainly not least on our list is a good pair of work gloves. Blisters are no fun, and you are sure to get a few painful ones if you are not used to manual labor. There are a variety of gloves out there from soft jersey to rugged leather. Take your time trying them on to see which pair fits and provides the most comfort and protection.
There are other items you may need as well but take a little time to get started with the basics and then you can add to your list of tools in future years. Taking care of your lawn can be a rewarding experience especially when the neighbors start to compliment you but it may not be for everyone. Remember, you can always hire a lawn service for the hard stuff. Contact us anytime you need a professional recommendation.
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