Yard Tool Essentials

You don’t need to sacrifice your next lawn project to enjoy the weekend. We can to help! Save some serious time by keeping these go-to lawn care items on hand and ready to use.

Lawn Mower: Maintaining a barefoot-ready lawn is the easiest way to keep your yard looking fresh, and the right mower makes all the difference.
Pruners and Loppers: Together, these clipping companions can keep plants and shrubs looking their best. Pruners are one-handed tools for small, delicate jobs. Loppers can take on the bigger branches and more intense clean-up efforts.
Hose: Watering the right way keeps dying plants away! Opt for a compact hose that coils back up after use for quick and easy clean up.
Gloves: The need to get your hands dirty doesn’t have to be taken literally. Find a sturdy, waterproof pair of gloves that cover your wrists and protect your hands.
Hand (Garden) Trowel: Hand trowels do more than plant flowers. They dig up weeds and break up dirt and roots in small spaces. Opt for one with an easy grip to avoid wrist pain.
Rake: A rake makes clearing pesky leaves, sticks, trash and other rubbish quick and easy, getting rid of places insects (like mosquitoes) can thrive.
Hammer: Fix a fence or pound in pesky nail – a quality hammer puts power in your hands.
Toolbox: Don’t waste time searching for a lost tool – keep your toolbox stocked. A few toolbox essentials to have on hand: nails, screws, both flat-head and Philips screw drivers, adjustable wrench, pliers, a utility knife, tape measure and level.
Ladder: Make it easy to store and retrieve camping gear and hang holiday lights. Ladders make for easy gutter cleaning, tree trimming and tire-swing hanging.
Extension Cord: Be sure to grab a cord made for outdoor use as they are typically insulated and waterproof to better survive various weather conditions.
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

Chicken Wire: Use as a quick, cheap fence to protect pets from the driveway and plants from pets (or kids)! Chicken wire can create cages packed with straw or newspaper to protect plants from frost, too.
Wheelbarrow: Lawn care doesn’t have to be back-breaking work. Use a wheelbarrow to haul heavy objects around your yard.
Blower: Choose a handheld blower for yard and patio clean-up.
Rototiller: Clear out and replant overgrown flower beds fast. A tiller can save time by turning the soil quickly. Rent one from a local garden center to save cost and storage headaches.
Long-Handled Shovel: More leverage means better work. Shovels with a rubbery, circular handle offer extra comfort.
Lightweight Trimmer: Why trim hedges branch by branch? A lightweight, cordless hedge trimmer will solve all those unsightly hedges in a simple sweep.

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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