A large part of caring properly for your lawn is having the right tools on hand. Here are our top 10 recommendations.
Good quality tools are essential for ensuring a healthy lawn, and using the right tool for the right job will make creation and maintenance simple. As well as common garden tools there are many specialty lawn tools that are designed to make lawn care easy.
This is the essential tool for any lawn. Different types are available, with rotary or cylinder blades, and some collect grass clippings as they go. Mowers can be gas-driven; more environmentally friendly types run on batteries or are push-propelled.
Essential for cutting grass that the mower can't reach, they are excellent for use around walls, fences, and patios. They are also useful for tight corners and very long grass. They cut the blades of grass with nylon string that rotates at high speed.
A neatly edged lawn is an attractive feature in the garden, and edging shears make trimming easy. Push the soil away from the grass edge, and then use the shears like scissors—only the cutting blade should move, while the other blade remains static.
This useful tool is used to remove turf from existing lawns. After the square of turf has been cut, the turfing iron is used to slice underneath it, severing the grass roots. It has a sharp point for cutting and an angled handle to produce level pieces of turf.
Used for creating sharp, crisp edges or neat cuts, the half moon cutter is designed to slice efficiently through the turf with a flat blade that ensures a straight line. When cutting an edge, pull a line of string taut and follow it with the blade, chopping downward.
Good for a variety of uses, a broom is a common garden tool. Using a stiff broom is one of the most effective methods of brushing top-dressing into the holes created by aeration (although brooms with softer heads should be used on finer lawns). Brooms are also useful for sweeping hard surfaces, like patios and paths, after lawn renovations, and for keeping the garden neat.
Often referred to as a witch's broom, this is a useful alternative to a stiff broom since the coarse brushwood is effective for sweeping leaves off the surface of the lawn in fall, removing grass clippings after mowing, and sweeping top-dressing into the holes after aeration. Besoms are easy to make: tie brushwood (usually birch) to a sturdy wooden stick such as hazel, using string.
Sometimes called landscape rakes, these large rakes can be bought with either wooden or stainless steel heads. When preparing the ground for laying turf or seed sowing, they are used for the general leveling of the soil, usually after it has been turned over or rotavated. To get a smoother finish, the head of the rake can be turned over and run over the surface of the soil.
These wire-tined rakes are used to remove the dead pieces of grass at the base of the plants, known as thatch. They should be used to vigorously scratch at the surface of the soil and should be used twice, in two different directions (the thatch can then be gathered up using a wide-headed plastic rake). Spring-tined rakes can also be used to remove leaves from the lawn.
A long, extended "whippy" rod, a switch is brushed over the grass in a circular sweeping motion to remove the dew each morning and to help dry out the lawn—running a bamboo cane horizontally over the surface of the lawn can have the same effect. This action is performed to deter fungus and diseases, which thrive in moist conditions, and it is also beneficial since having a dry lawn makes mowing easier. An alternative popular tool to reduce damp fungal problems is a dew brush, which is also used to sweep the morning moisture off the lawn. Drying the lawn is particularly important in shady areas where the sun won't dry the lawn naturally.