Essential Tools for Easy Lawn and Garden Maintenance

Whether you have a big or small lawn, a garden area or a wide array of shrubs and flowers, there are essential tools that you need that will allow you to keep the area looking its best. Here are some essential tools you should have on hand:

Rake

A rake is a basic tool that just about anyone with any yard area around their home will have on hand. It is especially critical if you live in an area where trees and bushes flower or shed their leaves. In the Fall, your rake is likely to get a big workout, so make sure you keep it clean and maintained.

Mower

If you have any amount of lawn or grass around your home, having a mower is important for keeping that area trimmed and beautiful looking. There are mowers available in many sizes, and for many types of lawn and ground. If you have a small amount of lawn around your home, then a small mower that is just for lawns would work fine. If you plan on mowing an area that has a lot of weeds or is on uneven ground, then you might go for a mower that is more powerful and has larger wheels for better traction and stability.

Trimmer

Another essential tool is the trimmer, also called “weedeaters.” A trimmer is an upright tool that you carry around instead of push around. A trimmer will allow you to get into areas that a mower simply can’t get to. A trimmer is also great if you have a lot of tall weeds or need to trim tall shrubbery or fauna for fire protection purposes. A trimmer will also be essential if you have a slope on your land which makes it impossible to use a mower safely.

Pruner

A pruner is a hand tool that you can carry around to cut bushes, flowers or anything else in your garden. You can also use a pruner to pick fruit from your fruit trees, including cherries, plums, apricots, figs, lemons, oranges and just about anything else. Pruners are an essential tool for any garden and for even the smallest yards.

Hose Sprinkler

If you have a home, you surely have water spigots around your home. You can attach a hose with a sprinkler to any spigot and walk around with it to water any of your lawn, plants or trees that need watering. You can also use your hose to wash off your sidewalk, paths, outdoor furniture or even wash your car. A hose sprinkler is a handy tool for many things.

Hedge Trimmers

There are many types of hedge trimmers, including manual style and electric trimmers. The best type for your use really depends on what type of hedge you have. If you don’t have a hedge, you don’t need this tool. If you have a tall or long hedge more than a few feet long or tall, then consider investing in an electric hedger, it will make your hedge look great with little work. If you have just a few bushes or a small hedge, then a manual trimming tool would work fine.

Shovels

Lastly, you never want to forget the shovel. You should have a large one and a small one. A shovel will have many purposes in your yard, from digging new holes for planting to turning over garden soil. No homeowner should be without a shovel.

Garden Maintenance in Spring – Get a Colourful Garden

The spring has again arrived and it is time to take some good care of your beautiful garden. Most landscapers plan it in such a way so that the flowers seed in the autumn. By the time spring arrives, the ground looks messy and obstructs other seedlings. Spring is the best time to prune the plants. Cut the dead branches when the new leaves are about to born.

Spring – the season of fresh air and new growth

This is the season when we love to roam in the garden with our near and dear ones. It is worthy to devote time in spring garden maintenance so that you can enjoy the summer. Reap the benefits and save money in the coming seasons.

Get a clean lawn

Primarily, the lawn should look good. Hire a landscape maintenance professional who will remove the dead grass, weeds and moss. Sow new grass seeds, water it adequately and keep the birds off during germination.

Plants grow in warm weather and make sure the professional applies water-soluble fertilizer. Go slow if there is frost as it tends to kill new growth.

What should you do if you own a rose garden?

Roses have their own class and elegance. Prune all the criss-cross branches and dead wood. Keep the centre of the rose-bush open for proper air circulation.

Enjoy splash of colour

Spend some time with the landscapers by going through the flower borders. Make sure he clears the weeds, removes the dead branches and dead foliage. Enjoy a colourful stretch of land by planting seasonal plants.

Caring for the hedges and trees

Secure the hedges and fences so that pets or other animals cannot get in. He should check the trees whether they damaged due to snowfalls and storm. A qualified tree surgeon can help you with the right advice.

Managing the irrigation system

It is essential to support the irrigation system. The drained out system needs re-filling in spring. Make sure the irrigation system can take care of the budding plants. It needs supervision of an expert.

Do you have a pond?

Pond maintenance is what you need. Hire a landscapers who will check whether the water is clean, keep the healthy fishes out of the water, and remove unwanted waste, perform pond filtration and clean the pond pumps.

Get the outdoor lights checked

Hire a qualified electrician to get the garden lighting system checked once a year. Do not take risks with electrics.

Scrub the garden furniture – a small DIY task

Give your garden furniture a good scrubbing with a mild soap. Let it dry in sunshine. If the furniture looks dull and drab, apply a fresh coat of paint.

Give your outdoor space a new look and fresh feel.

Spring Garden Maintenance: Ignore the Weather

On the 20th March the sun officially passed the equator on its annual northern trip for the summer. This means that spring is officially here, but with this March breaking records in many countries for the cold weather that they have experienced, many gardeners will be worrying less about the melting of sea ice at the pole this summer and more about whether the pond ice is ever going to recede. For those with existing ponds, spring is an important time of year and there are a number of maintenance tasks to perform before the growing season gets underway – assuming it does. Here are a few seasonal checks to get you started.

Aquatic Planting Overload

Aquatic plants contribute to the overall health of your pond but can also become a problem if they are over enthusiastic. While most people will have cut back some of the plants in autumn, spring is a good time to check the balance of plant life and remove excess planting. Once the growing season starts existing plants will spread rapidly and in well-established ponds it can be important to remove some of the planting to avoid creating too much shade. This is particularly the case in ponds which provide a home to fish, but be sure to leave enough planting to provide some shade. When removing or restocking, remember to take extra care when touching the pond liner. While a modern epalyn pond liner will be robust it should always be handled carefully. Also check the liner for any damage at this time of year to avoid problems over the summer.

Water Servicing

Spring means it is time to remove nets if you’ve used them over autumn and winter. Specialist pumps and vacuums can also be used to remove sediment that has built up over winter. When clearing sediment again take care of the pond liner; completely cleaning the pond is not entirely necessary but reducing dirt and sediment will help to keep the pond healthy once you start to feed fish more regularly. Spring is also a good time to introduce some new water into the pond. Most experts recommend a twenty-five percent change, which should refresh the ecosystem and create a healthy ‘summer ready’ pond environment.

Practical Maintenance

If you’ve removed your pond pump for the winter, now is the time to give it a quick check and service if necessary. If you accidentally forgot (or put off) cleaning the pump in autumn then it’s time to forget the excuses and thoroughly clean and check the filters. Replace any parts as required and get the pond pump back in and working. As light increases this will help to keep the pond oxygenated and encourage fish to become more active. As temperatures begin to rise, hopefully at least, both plants and aquatic animals will become more active. Ensuring that your pond is in peak condition will allow you to relax and enjoy the garden to the full this summer.