Lawn Equipment Bennington VT
North Adams, MA
North Adams, MA
Hoosick Falls, NY
Lawn Equipment, Garage Appliances
Maintaining that beautiful green
A beautiful lawn is something to take pride in, but it takes dedication and hard work. To cultivate a lush, green yard, you'll need a few key pieces of equipment in addition to your lawn mower .
The most undervalued lawn tool is the lawn aerator. Is your grass looking sparse? You seed regularly, but it never seems to catch well? Is there a dry, brown mat of thatch suffocating your lawn? Your problem is probably soil compaction. Grass needs loose soil in order to get enough air, water and nutrients. A lawn aerator punches holes in the ground to allow better circulation. It may look messy at first, but it will pay off.
You have several options for lawn aeration. Hand aerators are relatively inexpensive, but they aren't practical for large lawns. Mechanical aerators get the job done quickly, but they can be costly; you may prefer to rent one. Spiked aerating shoes are better than nothing, but they won't be as effective as a proper aerator. One way or another, though, all lawns should be aerated at least once a year.
Once your lawn has proper circulation and drainage, it needs water. If you have the budget for it, an in-ground sprinkler system is ideal. Most people, however, use a portable lawn sprinkler. When choosing a sprinkler, keep in mind the size of your yard and how often you will need to water it. A rotating sprinkler can cover a large radius, but delivers more water to the outer area of its reach, so the middle may not get enough. An oscillating model provides even coverage, but of a smaller area, so it will need to be moved around a lot. If you like nifty gadgets, look for a traveling sprinkler – the pressure of the water leaving the sprinkler sends it rolling along a track, covering a larger area.
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An important part of maintaining a neat, trim yard is keeping your hedges and shrubs under control. Manual hedge trimmers do a good job if you've only got one or two bushes, but for more shrubbery, you'll appreciate some power. There are three main options: gas hedge trimmers, corded electric hedge trimmers and cordless hedge trimmers.
A gas hedge trimmer offers the most power and portability. It will get you through heavy-duty jobs, but it is noisy and dirty. These models also cost more at the outset.
An electric hedge trimmer runs clean and quiet, and is lightweight compare to a gas-powered trimmer. A corded model can run continuously, but you will be limited by the length of its cord. A cordless hedge trimmer allows for good portability, as long as you keep it recharged. Either way, electric trimmers are better suited for smaller yards.
Weed trimmers or weed eaters are known by many names, but no matter what you call them, they are very handy tools. Their small cutting head and handheld design allow you to cut grass and weeds in areas where a lawn mower cannot reach. The most generic term for this type of equipment is string trimmer, since it op...