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Caring for your lawn - Tools & Equipment For Your Lawn

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 correct tools.

 Essential Tools

lawnmower pictureLAWNMOWER
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.

strimmer pictureEDGE 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 lawns.

picture of rakeWIRE RAKE
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

picture of garden forkGARDEN FORK
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. 

It is 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.

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.

 Useful  Tools

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.

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.

Name: jim@GardenAction
Date posted: October 27, 2011 - 03:07 am
Message: Yellow patches could be something eating the roots. The weeds could be treated with a selective herbicide, something containing 2,4-D should be OK, read the contents label.

Name: joy
Date posted: October 26, 2011 - 06:56 am
Message: Help

My lawn is full of weeds. I noticed it had these yellow patches but did not realized it was because the weeds are suffocating my grass. The worse one looks like parsley only it is very superficial. When I tried to remove it manually it turned out it has these at least 5 inches deep roots and what is worse it quickly forms an invisible network of thick threads out of which other daughter weeds form (something like a strawberry only much more viable). Is there anything that could be done or is my lawn lost?