Lawn Equipment You Need for Spring
This time of year, it's hard not to be excited about getting back into the yard on the warmer days ahead. Spring is an ideal time to aerate, mow and trim your lawn back into shape so it can flourish throughout summer. The work spent tending to your lawn at the beginning of spring helps set a healthy, functional foundation for a summer of backyard barbecues, lawn games and good old-fashioned R&R.
Here's what you need to prep, trim and mow your way to a spring-ready lawn.
Spring is all about preparation, which is why aerating is critical. Aeration will help your lawn take in nutrients and strengthen its roots during the warmer months ahead. During the winter, blankets of snow and heavy precipitation can compact the soil, preventing air, water and other beneficial nutrients from penetrating beneath the surface. Aerating removes small pieces of soil from your lawn, giving water, air and nutrients proper access to the root system, aiding growth and health.
When selecting an aerator, you'll want to consider your needs first. The FLEX Plug Aerator has a 28-inch operating width, making it ideal for most lawn sizes, particularly for those who need to aerate in the front and back yard. Remember, it's best to use a core or plug aerator rather than a spike aerator because this removes plugs of soil versus punching holes into the ground, which may contribute to additional soil compaction.
Your lawn mower is an obvious must-have to keep up with spring yard care. Before firing it up for the season, give it some TLC by refreshing the oil and fuel. Proper engine and blade maintenance at the start and end of each season will help your mower run longer, and help you get the most from your equipment.
If it's time to add a new mower to your shed, there are plenty of options to consider. Troy-Bilt's new TB410 XP self-propelled all-wheel drive gas push mower offers a variable 4x4 transmission that lets you choose front-wheel, rear-wheel, or all-wheel drive to match your terrain; it also features a Briggs & Stratton ReadyStart® engine with Just Check And Add' that makes oil changes a thing of the past.
String trimmers are critical for taking down weeds and staying on top of cleanup in tight spots. When it comes to spring growth, weeds tend to sprout earlier than most grasses, making your string trimmer a very timely ally.
Straight-shaft string trimmers like the cordless TB4200 String Trimmer Powered by CORE can easily and efficiently maneuver around low hedges and get into tight spots lawn mowers can't. Besides the maneuverability, string trimmers are great for cleaning up the edges along your driveway or walkways, creating for a clean, manicured look. Most string trimmers are either electric or gas-powered. The cordless TB4200 string trimmer offers a boost mode to help you power through your tall, thick, wet grass. It also allows you to manage runtime by monitoring your performance in real time with the illuminated Power Output Display.
Whatever tools you rely on, make sure you take the time this spring to give your lawn a refresh to help you can enjoy it all summer long.
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