The warmer months are coming, and now is time to get your lawn back into shape by mowing, weed eating, edging, and blowing away the yard waste. The size of your lawn and how much you enjoy hard labor may make all the difference when buying the right equipment to get the job done. For this reason considering the climate, your type of grass, the size of your lawn, and how much effort you want to put into each weekend are all important factors that need to be considered.
- Choosing a Lawnmower
Lawnmowers are typically thought of by their size and how much power they have when cutting a lawn. It is generally thought that the larger the yard you have, the bigger the mower you should own. That means if you are living in a brand new community townhouse with a five foot by 10 foot lawn, you might not want to invest in a riding mower. Basically, you have several different types and sizes to choose from that can fit your needs: you can have an old fashioned hand powered mower for smaller yards, a gas powered walk behind for your typical residential property, a riding mower for a larger size residential property, and a zero-turn riding lawn mower for commercial use and lawns that are over an acre in size. Factoring in the mobility of your lawn, the amount of money you wish to spend, and the amount of work you want to do will determine which mower you should buy.
- Buying an Edger
This question is like a will he won’t he question that you would ask about a character in a sitcom. This piece of equipment is not vital to taking care of your lawn, but it sure helps make it look fantastic, which can cause some back and forth when deciding on purchasing one. On one hand you can opt to use your weed eater to edge your property, but on the other an edger is specifically designed to do this and leave an even line. After seeing what an edger can do, many people ultimately decide that buying it is worth the money. Giving your lawn a defined line always looks good, and if you have never edged your lawn before you may need the assistance of an edger over a weed eater to make a better looking line. It may be an extra expense when your weed eater is capable of doing the job, but there is now comparison when a lawn is edged with an edger or not.
- Weed Eater Options
Weed eaters are pretty straight forward when it comes to deciding on which one to buy. Sure, there are minor differences and the more you pay the better quality weed eater you will get, but the only other significant difference is at the head of the weed eater. Weed eaters come in two different styles, one with string and one with plastic blades. The blades came about for homeowners who do not use their weed eaters as much as a commercial landscaping business, and they are easier to maintain. You simply load the blades and work with them for the rest of the season. Furthermore, the string on the other kinds of weed eaters wears down much faster and you will constantly have to buy more to load into the head of your equipment. Loading it can be quite a pain, because you have to wrap the string in a particular way or it will not work. While these points may make it seem clear that blades will be your best option when it comes to a weed eater, the truth is that blades simply do not work nearly as well as their string counterparts. Weed eaters using string have mobility that the bladed tools lack, they cut better, and you don’t have to be as careful near your house or hard surfaces because the string will wear down where the blades could cause damage or break. You may have to buy more string and learn to load it properly, but overall a weed eater with string works better.
- Clearing Yard Waste
Once you are done with mowing, weed eating the missed spots, and edging your yard, all that is left is cleaning the dirt and clippings from your driveway, patio, and walkways. Like the rest of the equipment, size is a big factor when it comes to what you need for the job. If you have a small area to clean up then it’s possible that a broom from your local store is all you need. Then again if you have a very long driveway, a front and back patio, walkways, a garage, and a whole list of other surfaces you want clean, a back pack blower may be more beneficial for you. As many homeowners are aware, cleanup equipment can range from simple manual tools to those that run on gas and have a several horse-powered engine. Determine the amount of work you have to do and how much you can spend to see whether you should use a broom, an electric hand powered blower, a gas hand powered blower, a gas powered backpack blower, or a walk behind gas powered blower.
If you are confused or not sure about what is the right power for you, discussing your options with a lawn care professional or sales clerk in the lawn and garden department of your neighborhood store can always be helpful. Deciding what is the best lawn care equipment for your property is all about testing out the equipment and feeling comfortable while using it.