If you feel you are starting to get the gardening bug, your first step will usually be to go the local garden centre. There, you will be met with an astonishing array of tools and equipment that you have no idea about whatsoever. It’s confusing, to say the least.
To help you kickstart your new lawn loving life, we thought we would put together this handy guide.
These tools are essential for lawn enthusiasts, and are a great base from which to get started.
Everything in your garden needs water to look healthy. Without it, it will be impossible to replicate your neighbour’s lovely lawn, or even your Aunt Flo’s beautiful begonias. Unfortunately, you can’t rely on the weather, either. So getting a hose should be your first step. Make sure it is long enough to get around the entire garden, including all the nooks and crannies. These areas need regular watering as they are often protected from the rain and will need to be topped up.
If you are going to take gardening seriously, your knees are going to be overworked. Make sure you protect them by buying some decent knee pads. Waterproof ones are best, and you are probably better off going for darker colours unless you want to spend hours washing the dirt off them.
A Rake Collection
Rakes are vital for many things, not least for keeping your garden neat and tidy. There are a number of styles to get, and you will need at least two or three of them. Invest in a hard rake, a fan rake, and a little rake for tight spots you can’t get to. Hard rakes are great for getting deep into weed roots and going through soil to fluff it up. Fan rakes are for removing debris and grass cuttings from your lawn.
It goes without saying that if you don’t give your grass a snip every now and again it will end up looking unruly. A lawnmower is essential unless you want to do it the hard way with garden shears and a ruler. And that can take a very long time. There is a huge amount of lawn mower types you can get, and which one you choose should depend on the size of your garden. Don’t go for the one that looks like a car if you only have a small lawn. Try Beacon Equipments lawn mower buying guide for some inspiration.
Most lawn mowers will find it difficult to get every last inch of grass up to scratch. Garden paths and edges can be notorious for making an otherwise perfect lawn look messy. And that’s where the strimmer comes in. They are simple to use, cheap to buy, and help you get to the parts your lawnmower cannot reach.
With these tools, you should be in a great place to start looking after your lawn properly. There are a few other things to think about – weeders and fertilisers, for example – but these essentials will help you learn your new skill. And, of course, set you on course for a paradise garden! Enjoy!
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