Yard Tool Essentials

New project this weekend? We’re not surprised. But first, see which of these must-have items you already own, then head to a local home-improvement spot to check off the rest. With the right tools, you’ll be marking projects off your DIY to-do list in no time.

Lawn Mower: Like any good DIY-er, we’re sure you have this one covered. Be sure to give it a good cleaning every spring to keep your lawn weed-free.
Pruners and Loppers: Use a combination of pruners for small, delicate chores and loppers for larger jobs such as removing big branches or sculpting shrubs to ensure you have the right tool for the right job.
Hose: Water is essential for healthy grass, which provides soft, weed-free places to play and much-needed relief from hot summer days outside.
Gloves: Find a sturdy, waterproof pair of gloves made with gripping material that cover your wrists, so you can tend to your yard and get back to play without the mess of cleaning up.
Hand (Garden) Trowel: Hand trowels dig up weeds and separate dirt and roots in small landscapes. Opt for one with an easy grip to avoid being slowed down by wrist pain during longer projects.
Rake: A rake makes clearing leaves and debris from your play areas quick and easy.
DIY Pest Products: Your local garden center offers pest control products for reliable solutions when you’re faced with a pest problem inside or outside of your home. Read label directions to use and store the products accordingly.
Long-Handled Shovel: A garage basic at its finest. A sturdy shovel can help you tackle all of your outdoor challenges – digging holes, moving dirt, even clearing unexpected spring snow.
Hammer: Ah, a DIY-ers best friend – perfect for mending a fence or swing set and other every day challenges that require extra muscle.
Toolbox: Store all of your tools in one place, so you don’t misplace one of your go-to quick fix tools. Keep it stocked with nails, screws, screw drivers, an adjustable wrench, pliers, a utility knife, tape measure and level.
Ladder: From pruning hedges to cleaning gutters, a dependable ladder will be there for you for all your yard improvement projects.
Extension Cord: A weather-resistant extension cord can power up your outdoor lighting and power tools while surviving spring showers.

Time Saving Tools

Rototiller: We know you’re not one to shy away from a challenge. Tillers turn soil quickly and can be rented at your local garden center, so you can replant your landscape with ease.
Dibber: This little guy will be your right hand man when it comes to upgrading your garden. They’re particularly useful for pricking out seedlings and making small planting holes.
Canes: Keep your plants growing tall and strong with a little extra support from bamboo canes for heavier fruit-bearing plants or windy areas and pea sticks for lighter weight-free support.
Chicken Wire: A great option if you need to fence off areas in your yard from pets or play and can be used for DIY-inspired décor.
Wheelbarrow: A wheelbarrow can save your back and keep you going one project after another!
Portable Work Bench: We know you have a lot to tackle this weekend – fly seamlessly through your projects with a portable work bench, so you can stand or sit as you like.
Blower: Choose a handheld blower for yard and patio clean-up.
Power Washer: This may be your best friend. Use it to clean your garage, driveway, outdoor patio area and windows.

Labels and Directions: Not for Skipping and Skimming

When you’ve decided how to nip your weed and bug problems in the bud, many solutions are available. When it’s time to tackle these problems, knowledge is power. Here’s where The AND Approach comes into play. Start by identifying exactly what has invaded your space. Turn to an immediate solution to take care of the problem at hand. If that includes heading to the store for pest control help, be ready to read – labels, that is. Even if it adds a few minutes to your trip, reading labels will help you determine the best product for a sustainable solution.

Intended Use: First things first, find a product that’s intended for the problem at hand. Check the product’s uses to understand whether it will be an effective choice.
Directions For Use: Even if asking for directions isn’t your favorite thing, take a close look at this section. The directions will explain how to prep, how much to use, when to apply, and what to avoid.
Storage and Disposal: Learn the dos and don’ts when it comes to storing products for future use and disposing of them to keep your kids, pets, and the environment safe.
Precautions: Be informed. Read this section closely to get a better idea of the safety precautions specific to the product.
First Aid: Read label directions, including the first aid section. Read the first aid warnings to understand exactly what to do in case of emergency.
EPA Registration: U.S. EPA-approved products have a registration number on their label. Registered products show you they have been thoroughly evaluated by EPA and can be used safely when you read and follow all label directions. Whether you choose an EPA-registered or another type of solution, it’s still important to always read and follow all directions.

Create a Yard to Fit your Lifestyle

Whether you want a green lawn for your family to enjoy or the title of “Best Lawn and Garden” in the neighborhood, the first step is discovering what you have growing and learning how to care for it. Then, decide what mix of varieties can help you achieve the look you want.

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