Six Lawn and Garden Tools for a Beautiful Lawn
There’s no question you need a lawnmower to keep your lawn looking neat and clean, but sometimes adding a little diversity to your toolkit can go a long way. Truth be told, I’ve been mowing my lawn for years, but it wasn’t until added a few new, lesser-known tools to my arsenal that I started getting compliments from my neighbors. So, here are a few of my favorite lesser-known and inexpensive tools you should consider if you’re looking to turn a well-trimmed lawn into a beautiful one.
A Half-Moon Edger for Straight Lines
Strong, contrasting lines are the unsung heroes of most beautiful yards. They guide a visitor’s eye from one feature to the next. The half-moon edger goes where your shovel can’t, helping you create straight edges along paths, around structures and plants and anywhere else you want to create a distinction in your landscape.
An Aerator to Help Your Lawn Breathe
Either from an overabundance of dead grass and leaves or from being packed down by too much foot or wheel traffic, you could be depriving your lawn from the oxygen or water it needs. Lawn aeration tools come in a variety of shapes, sizes and operation methods. They’re used to drive small holes into the soil to move it around and make channels for nutrients to sink in.
A Wheeled Spreader for Herbicides and Fertilizer
Since most chemicals for fending off weeds and poor growth come in granular forms, having a reliable wheeled spreader on-hand can make giving your lawn regular treatments a breeze. Drop spreaders, a wheeled variety that lays material on the ground as you walk, are great for treating smaller yards, while “broadcast” spreaders cast materials across a wide radius to cover larger areas quickly and evenly.
Edging Shears for Clean Edges
Power trimmers may be the norm in your neighborhood, but if you’re looking for greater precision, less noise and a smaller carbon footprint, edging shears may be the perfect addition to your lawn care arsenal. Their long handles prevent the need to bend over to reach the lawn, and they’re typically lightweight enough to keep any undue stress off your back.
A Spring Brace Rake for Clean Up
No matter how well you treat your lawn, debris like leaves, rocks, branches and twigs will get in the way. One surefire way to kill your grass is to let it stay there, blocking light and water from the thirsty blades below.
While there are hundreds of lawn rakes to choose from, we’d recommend, a spring brace rake, which provides you with ample flexibility for different types of terrain, while preventing the teeth of the rake (often called “tines”) from twisting or breaking when you’re working with heavier, stiffer materials.
A Spade for Deep Watering and Spot Repair
While putting holes in your lawn may seem like the worst thing you could do to it, the best way to check if you’re watering its deepest roots is to take a look up-close. Lawn care experts recommend using a spade to dig a small hole in your yard to check occasionally that the root bottoms are moist and burrowing ever-deeper into the soil.
A spade will also come in handy for fixing problem spots contaminated by pets and over-fertilization. Just dig into the soil under the dead patch and turn it over, moving toxins downward and bringing clean, growth-friendly soil to the surface.
Of course, there are more than six lawn tools out there that will help you spruce up the ‘ol green. The more you can add, the faster you’ll be able to work, and the more time and energy you’ll be able to devote to fine-tuning the details.
Have a favorite we haven’t listed here? Tell everyone why you love it in the comments below!