Tools & Equipment For Your Lawn
First, you need the correct tools and equipment and these will depend on
the size of your lawn and the use you make of it.
As in all things in
life, the type of tools will also depend on how much you have available to
spend. Maintaining and caring for your lawn is definitely easier with a bit of knowledge and the
Without a lawnmower, maintaining a lawn is going to be extremely
hard work. Luckily enough there is a range of lawnmowers to suit most
pockets and don't forget that adverts for cheap second hand lawnmowers
can be found in many magazines.
Lawnmowers are available in many types, the choice is very varied and
it's important to select the best one for you and your garden. The most
common types are:
manual side wheel mowers
manual and electric roller mowers
electric and petrol rotary mowers
electric and petrol hover mowers
petrol cylinder mowers
'sit on' petrol mowers
Click here to go to our
page which describes the advantages and disadvantages of each type
of lawn mower in more detail.
EDGE TRIMMER / STRIMMER
You need some method of tidying up the edges of the lawn. The ideal tool for
trimming lawn edges is a powered 'strimmer'. This can be either
electric or petrol powered.
The next best tool for
this job are edging shears. Special shears are required because using
normal shears would be a back-breaking job on all except the smallest of
Essential for scarifying the lawn. See the picture on the left for the correct
type of rake to choose for this job. Other types of rake are not nearly
so good at the job.
A rake is also great for clearing up
leaves and other debris from the lawn
A good way to
get air (aerate) into the soil beneath the lawn. Simply dig the fork into the lawn
every 30cm (1 foot) or so to open up the soil and improve drainage.
also possible to buy what is called a hollow tine fork. This is simply a fork
but normally has only three slightly larger but hollow spikes. Each time you
dig, it removes three
small cores of soil from the ground This type of fork is especially useful for heavy or compacted soil.
REEL AND SPRINKLER
If local laws permit, a hose reel and sprinkler are essential for providing additional
water in dry conditions. The range of sprinklers is immense, but often
the cheapest and simplest types are the most reliable.
Does the same job as the rake of scarifying the lawn, but in a third of
the time. This really become an essential unless you have a small lawn.
As well as scarifying the lawn this electric tool is very good at
picking up small amounts of leaves.
It is possible to buy attachments for many lawnmowers
which convert them into scarifiers. These are a very good option.
Using an edging iron is definitely the best way of digging out a neat
edge to your lawn. Best done only once a year in Spring.
A spade can be used instead of an edging iron, but it's not as good at the job.
Having dug out your edges neatly with an edging iron, plastic
edging is the ideal way to keep them neat and tidy.
BLOWER / VACUUM
These are often bought because people believe they can be used to vacuum leaves up
from a lawn. In fact their main use is to blow large amounts of leaves
into piles making it easier to pick them up by hand. Useful only if you
have a large lawn. A rake is just as effective on small to medium sized lawns.