It is that time of the year that you begin to really start working in the yard and preparing for fall. If you’re going to do your own yard there are a few things you’ll want to get. Lawn equipment is a must and if your new to it you will want to have everything before you start. No one wants to have to leave and go the store while in the middle of working in the yard.
First things first , you need a lawn mower. There are many different kinds of mowers. The 2 most common are electric or gasoline-powered models. You will want to make sure you keep the blades nice and sharp and that you keep it serviced and tuned up properly so it will be reliable and ready to go. Be sure not to mow when the grass is wet though, all of that wet grass can kind of clog up your mower, often causing the motor to stall and keep the blades from cutting quite as effectively.
After you mow, you will want to use a power edger or a string trimmer. Some people refer to them as “weed-eaters.” They’re used to clean up the edges of your lawn and to get to hard to reach spots that your mower just can’t get to. For instance, near flower beds, up next to sides of buildings or structures and near trees. The string trimmer uses a small, spinning head with plastic twine to cut the weeds, grass, etc. An edger is a similar tool that has metal blades. Both of these can also come in electric or gasoline- powered versions.
There are also hedge trimmers; electric or gasoline-powered versions. These are used to shape and trim shrubs and bushes to give them a cleaner more finished look. Once you’ve mowed and edged…..you’ll want to do a little clean up. You can leave the grass from mowing on the lawn itself as a sort of mulch and fertilizer for your yard. You will however want to clean up the excess grass clippings on sidewalks and walkways left over from the edger or trimmer. Blowers are very handy for this.
Blowers can be used to blow leaves or debris into piles, disperse clippings, or clean walkways and patios. Some blowers can act as vacuums too and can even mulch and bag leaves. A blower is quicker than a broom. You should also get a long, heavy- duty extension chord for your electric-powered tools so you’ll be able to reach as far as possible. The most recommend are ones with an 80-foot cord, you’ll be glad to have that extra length.
Now you’re ready to “dig in” – have fun and be ready for all the leaves!!!!! Know your lawn equipment and how to use them properly to ensure you stay safe from injuries and also have fun doing it.