9 lawn and garden tools every new homeowner needs in their garage
Buying a home is like getting into golf: there is a steep learning curve, but you have to start somewhere.
And what better place than that in your backyard. You know you need a mower. But what else?
Matt Guilfoil is the manager of the Desert Canyon Golf Club, in Fountain Hills, Ariz., And the co-host of Jingweeds, a podcast dedicated to the lawn care business.
Here is his list of 9 lawn and gardening tools that new homeowners shouldn’t try to live without.
1. Garden hose
It is said that the ancient Greeks made garden hoses by disemboweling oxen and using their intestines. Nowadays, accoutrements are more effective and less disgusting. You’re going to want one if your new home doesn’t have a working irrigation system, which there’s a good chance it doesn’t.
2. Mobile sprinkler
Do you remember jumping in the spray when you were a child? Here is your chance to relive this experience. Think of it as a one-time watering gimmick that doubles as a retail buying fountain of youth.
3. Weed and feed applicator
Inexpensive and efficient, these spray nozzle fittings attach to your hose, allowing targeted fertilizer and weedkiller applications. The best have trigger lock handles for added ease of use. Look at mom, one hand!
4. Backpack sprayer
Ideal for quickly covering a lot of ground and for getting to hard-to-reach places with water, fertilizers, wetting agents, etc.
5. Small pump sprayer
It may sound like overkill. But that’s exactly the point. When looking to kill weeds and other intruders, you’ll want to pump these things into a separate sprayer, not the same one you use when you water or feed your lawn.
6. Spring rake
Unlike your garden type plastic leaf rake, a spring rake has flexible metal tines which give it more versatility. You can use a spring rake to pick up the leaves. But it’s also great for breaking up thatch, a layer of dead stems, roots, and other organic material that grows on the surface of the soil. When the thatch becomes too thick, it prevents the free passage of water, nutrients and air. Time for stubble cultivation. A good rake with a spring rake will do.
7. Hula hoe
With a head that swings back and forth like a hula dancer, a hoe isn’t the sexiest tool, but you’ll fall in love with it when it’s time to weed. It is particularly useful for tidying up mulch or gravel beds. Just slide it across the floor and the wiggling head does all the work.
8. Leaf blower
No need for a gasoline-powered monstrosity that annoys neighbors and clogs the air with exhaust fumes. “They make great little electrics these days,” says Guilfoil.
Nothing glamorous here. But extremely practical. At some point you’re gonna need one, are you digging?