10 Types of Lawn Tools

A large part of caring properly for your lawn is having the right tools on hand. Here are our top 10 recommendations.

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Besom

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.

Beasom Broom Effectively Used on SurfacesEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Leveling rake

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.

Leveling Rake For Even SoilEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Spring-tined rake

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.

Handy Spring Tined RakeEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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