What’s in Your Gardening Shed? – Lawn Care Equipment

Your grass is healthy, green and thick as high pile carpet. But now the time has come to mow the lawn, edge the gardens and walkways, and trim the hedge. You know the lawn work needs to be done, but what lawn care equipment is available for you to use if you wish to implement green lawn mowing and maintenance? Before you spend hours at your local garden center, here are brief descriptions of standard lawn garden equipment.

Lawn Garden Equipment

Item

Description

Pros

Cons

Reel Mowers A type of mower that uses blades on a revolving cylinder; it is powered by either engine or muscle These green lawn mowers make the healthiest, most even cut and is ideal for lawn mowing Blades can be difficult to sharpen and should be brought to a professional
Rotary Mower This achieves green lawn mowing by using flat horizontal blades controlled by an engine mounted on the mower deck Sharpening of the blades is a fairly simple and can be done by using a mill file and a rotary bench grinder If not kept sharp, the blade will rip the grass instead of cutting it
Walk Behind Green lawn mowing at its best! The mower is powered by gas, electric, or by pushing the mower. They are environmentally friendly, require little maintenance and you get an extra workout every time you use it You need to be strong enough to push them.
Ride on Mower Available in a array of sizes, styles and have a variety of add-ons for your convenience and ease of use; great for large yards Can be fitted for environmentally friendly engines or electric motors They are expensive and heavier than other mowers which causes soil compaction

Additional lawn care equipment includes:

  • Ear & eye protection – Keep your eyes safe from dust or debris by weary safety goggles. For your ears, the National Institute if Deafness and Other Communication Disorders recommends that you protect your ears form sounds that are over 85 decibels—as the majority of trimmers and mowers exceed this number be sure you protect your ears.
  • No-spill gas cans – Help keep you, your family, and the environment safe and clean.
  • Watering utensils – hoses, rain gauges, sprinklers, etc.
  • Wheelbarrows – one of the simplest yet most useful pieces of lawn garden equipment
  • Rakes – A leaf rake, a metal rake, a bamboo rake and (optional) a landscaping rake
  • String trimmers
The majority of the lawn care equipment is, or can be converted to being, eco-friendly, so your choice for cutting grass is vital. Owning a green lawn mower is the best option. If you own a gas powered motor, and want to make it environmentally friendly, there are conversion kits that will retrofit your gas mower to electric. In some states, there are special rebates when you trade in your gas mower for an electric one. Benefits of an electric mower are—
  1. They are cleaner
  2. They are quieter
  3. They start with just the touch of a button
Now, it’s up to you—how will you decide what type of mower will work best? Use these quick guidelines for green lawn mower selection:
  • Powered or manual? If your yard is less than 2000 sq. ft., go manual.
  • Decide whether you want a mower with or without a bag for debris.
  • Determine whether a rotary blade or a reel mower will best suit your situation.
Lawn care equipment doesn’t have to be scary. Know what you want, take your time, then go out and hit the green!
 
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