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Your first home with a yard means taking on some yard care tasks to keep everything looking great. When it comes to yard care, it helps to have the right tools and equipment. Here are the top five items you should have in your garage right from the start.

Purchase the best quality you can afford. Do your research before you go shopping for big ticket items and ask questions. If you buy quality to begin with and take care of your equipment, it will last for years of use.


5. Rakes and shovels. You should have two rakes – a fan rake (shaped like its name implies) for raking leaves. Metal or sturdy plastic work well. You also need a metal-tine rake for helping you prepare soil before seeding or laying sod and also to smooth out garden beds.


4. Garden hose. A rubber garden hose won’t crimp or tangle. Also look for brass fittings, which will last longer than plastic. If your budget permits, get a hose for the front yard and a second for the back to make caring for your yard easier.


3. Fertilizer spreader. There are two types: Rotary (also called a broadcast spreader) and a drop spreader. The rotary spreader covers more turf by throwing the fertilizer in a broader pattern as you walk. The drop spreader – you guessed it – just drops the fertilizer right under the bucket. Unless you have a tiny yard, the rotary spreader will get the fertilizing job done faster.


2. String trimmer. Can’t live without this. Cutting the lawn without trimming is like getting half a haircut. Take your time choosing a trimmer. It should feel balanced in your hands. Have the equipment professional show you how it works and how to restring it when you run out of trimmer line. Learn whether you need a straight shaft or curved shaft trimmer.


1. A dependable lawn mower. The engine is the most important part of the mower – it’s what really gets the job done. Check out the importance of torque before buying a mower. You can also find tips on how to choose the right mower for your yard, based on its size and terrain.
Article courtesy of Briggs & Stratton