Yard Tool Essentials

Planning the next block party? This list of essential tools and gardening must-haves can help you spruce up your yard before sending out the invitations.

Lawn Mower: Make a good first impression with healthy green grass by mowing weekly to no shorter than 1/3 the length of the grass blade.
Hose: A coil hose for easy storage pairs nicely with a green thumb to give your grass and garden the water it needs.
Hand (Garden) Trowel: Look for a hand trowel with a wooden or coated-metal handle for quality and comfort – perfect for digging up weeds and breaking up dirt in your landscape or potted planters.
Garden Gloves: Meet your green thumb’s new BFF. Find a sturdy, waterproof pair that covers your wrists and is made with gripping material to handle all plants.
Broom: A soft broom clears walls of cobwebs and bugs while a broom with harder bristles is perfect for pathways or a quick clean-up after potting new plants.
Rake: Moving leaves and garden debris from your landscaping is easy with a rake you can maneuver in large or tight areas of your yard.
Toolbox: Life’s full of surprises – keep your toolbox stocked with a hammer, nails, screws, both flat-and Philips-head screw drivers, an adjustable wrench, pliers, a utility knife, tape measure and level.
Extension Cord: Find a cord made for outdoor use as these are typically insulated and waterproof to withstand outdoor conditions. They’re great for powering your patio lights.
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.

Time Saving Tools

Water Breaker: Not all plants are created alike; some may require a gentler hand. Add a multi-setting water breaker to your hose to control how much you shower your flowers.
Gardening Spade: Not to be confused with a shovel or trowel, a spade can quickly slice through soil and roots to move soil and loose material. It’s great for potting plants, too.
Gardening Fork: This go-to tool turns soil and rakes out stones and weeds your spade might miss to keep your garden light and airy.
Shovel: There’s a shovel made for every job. Round-headed shovels are great for digging holes and moving dirt, scoop shovels can be used for clearing snow from your walkway and drain spades are best for smaller projects like adding a plant to your garden!
Hoe: A must-have to cut and clear bothersome weeds and vegetation from your garden.
Pruners and Loppers: Small pruners are great for working in your garden, and larger loppers can help shape your shrubs and remove branches that may have succumbed to the winter snow.
Canes: The picture-perfect plant is tall and strong. Give your plants an extra hand to look their best with bamboo canes or pea sticks for support.
Scissors: Nothing beats freshly-cut stems! Quality scissors are essential for cutting flowers for the table, trimming window box liners, and more.

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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