From DIY to finding the right professional team, proper lawn care starts with a basic understanding of the right equipment. We’ve got the essential lawn care equipment checklist to get you started.
Mowing your lawn regularly is essential, and now more than ever there are plenty of options to choose from:
Cylinder / Reel mowers: these are traditional motorless push mowers, mostly used prior to the 1950s. While they’ve made a comeback as a clean alternative to gas mowers, they work best for smaller, level lawns, and they are often ineffective for taller grass.
Rotary mowers: these are your typical motor push mowers, whether gasoline or electric, with horizontal rotating blades. Choose one with a bag attachment for picking up excess grass!
Riding mowers: these lawn mowers are ideal for larger properties, whether you invest in your own or hire a professional service.
Also known as weed wackers, string trimmers, and grass edgers, these are the best option for trimming grass in hard-to-reach areas, especially at the edges of your lawn. Available in either gas-powered or electric / rechargeable, weed trimmers use a spinning string to cut your lawn.
Hedge Trimmers vs Garden Shears
Hedge trimmers are powered, either via a cord or a rechargeable battery, while garden shears are manual, resembling giant scissors. Both are good options for shaping greenery around your lawn. It just depends on which you prefer!
Seeding & fertilizer
Both are great for preparing your lawn. Seeding in the fall will lead to a greener lawn in the warmer months, just as caring for your lawn during the winter will make it easier to care for in the spring.
Start with a spreader, such as a broadcast granular spreader, to spread seeds or fertilizer evenly across your lawn.
Mulchers & Wood Chippers
Mulchers turn shredded material, such as grass and branches, into fertilizer for your lawn. Mulcher mowers, or lawn mowers with bag attachments, are a helpful place to start, or your can try other mulching equipment.
Wood chippers are used specifically to shred tree limbs and branches. They are available in a variety of sizes, but it’s usually best to use a professional service for larger projects. Having a small, portable chipper is good for more regular use.
An easier alternative to raking, leaf blowers help you push leaves to the edges of your lawn, whether for trash pickup or fertilization. You can choose from a backpack blower to smaller alternatives depending on your needs.
Aerators & De-thatchers
Both of these tools break up turf in your lawn, allowing your soil to breathe. Aerators (also known as core aerators) use spikes or cores to create small holes in your lawn and are often the first step to seeding. De-thatchers often resemble lawn mowers and are used to rake your lawn, removing dense thatch buildup.
Last but certainly not least on our lawn care equipment checklist is proper protection:
- Eyes: Always wear safety goggles any time you’re dealing with flying debris, but especially for weed trimming and wood chipping. Some sunglasses offer protection from projectiles and UV rays.
- Ears: wearing proper ear protection is essential for any loud equipment
- Hands: wearing gloves can help improve your grip and keep you from developing calluses. Gloves will also protect your hands from sharp equipment, chemicals, and harmful plants such as poison ivy.