If you’ve just bought your first home, or do your lawn care yourself, you’ll need the right equipment. Investing in some basic lawn care tools and supplies can help you streamline lawn care. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Irrigation system: Automatic sprinklers and drip systems can be set to take care of watering your lawn and landscaping on schedule. Automatic watering helps prevent uneven watering or forgetting to water.  If you’re planning to install an irrigation system, get several estimates and check references.
  •  Lawn Mower: You can buy a reel mower, or a lawn tractor for mowing large expanses of turf grass. Most folks choose a lawn mower somewhere between the two extremes; lawn mowers come in gas or electric powered models with features suited to every type of job. Shop  prices online and visit retailers for finding a mower that is comfortable to use  and has all the features you want.
  • Weed control: You can buy “weed whacking” machines that cut weeds down with a rapidly rotating cord. In order to control weeds, you’ll likely need both pre-emergent and post emergent herbicides. You can choose from a variety of environmentally safe herbicides for lawn, garden and combined applications. Check with a local nursery or your state university extension service for suggestions on effective weed control in your area.
  • Lawn and garden hand tools: Shovels, hoes,  rakes, hoses (if you find one that doesn’t kink, please let us know!) nozzles, sprinkler attachments (in case your automatic system fails) hand tools including trowels, rakes and clippers are a few things you’ll need.
  • For you: Working outdoors can be relaxing until you get sunburned, bug bitten, or stabbed by one too many rose thorns. Use a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and have water handy. Insect repellent keeps bugs away. A pair of durable gardening gloves protects your hands and wrists.  A comfortable garden stool makes gardening more comfortable.

You’ll think of more tools, gadgets, and supplies each time you ‘re gardening or doing  lawn care!