If you have recently purchased your first home, you may not have the tools necessary to take care of your yard. As a homeowner, unless you plan to hire a landscaper to maintain your yard, you will need to purchase some tools to help you care for your yard. Where do you start? You can spend thousands of dollars buying equipment but let’s start with the basics and then you can add additional items down the road as your budget allows.
Here is a list of things you will probably need to care for your yard.
- A lawnmower
This one is rather self-explanatory. If you have a lawn, you need a lawnmower. Lawnmowers come in a variety of shapes and sizes so make sure you choose one that is appropriate for your yard. Too big will create more work in weed eating and too small will take longer so find the size that allows you to maintain your yard efficiently without adding extra time.
- A Weed Trimmer
Weed trimmers or weed whackers are a great tool for getting to those hard to reach areas where weeds and tall grass love to grow and that your lawnmower won’t reach. In addition to lopping down tall grass and weeds, most weed trimmers can double as an edger allowing you to get that laser sharp edge on your yard.
- Shovel and Rake
These two tools will be used more often than you think. The shovel is a great tool for moving earth and planting new bulbs and shrubs. The rake is essential for cleanup after a vigorous weeding session or when the leaves begin to fall.
- Garden Hose
This is an item that many people tend to forget until they end up lugging bucket after bucket of water across the yard. Make sure to invest in a quality hose that will last. Remember, this hose will spend most of its life outside in the elements so select one that offers a good quality
- Work Gloves
Last but certainly not least on our list is a good pair of work gloves. Blisters are no fun, and you are sure to get a few painful ones if you are not used to manual labor. There are a variety of gloves out there from soft jersey to rugged leather. Buy a few pair and try them out to see which you prefer. It will be the best small investment you ever make.
There are other items you may need as well but take a little time to get started with the basics and then you can add to your list of tools in future years. Taking care of your lawn can be a rewarding experience especially when the neighbors start to compliment you but it may not be for everyone. Remember, you can always hire a lawn service for the hard stuff. Contact me today at 817.690.0976 for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you with the home buying process.
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