What Lawn Equipment Does My Yard Need for Spring?

This time of year, it's hard not to be excited about getting back in the yard, with longer, warmer days on the horizon. The signs of new life outdoors also mean it's time to tend to yard tasks - like aerating, mowing and trimming ' that help prep the lawn for the seasons ahead. And while it may take time and effort, the upfront yardwork of spring helps enrich the strength and health of your lawn so it's able to take on a summer full of backyard barbecues, lawn games and good old-fashioned R&R.
 
Make sure your lawn is spring-ready with the right tools equipped for the job
 

  • Plug Aerator - Spring is all about preparation, which is why aerating is critical. Aeration helps take in nutrients to strengthen grass roots. 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 yards. Remember, it's best to use a core or plug aerator rather than a spike aerator; a core or plug aerator removes plugs of soil versus punching holes into the ground, which may contribute to additional soil compaction.
     
  • Lawn Mower - A 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. The 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 Just Check & Add' which makes oil changes a thing of the past. The are also other walk-behind, riding and zero-turn mowers you can choose from, depending on your specific yard size, terrain type and personal preferences.
  • String Trimmer - String trimmers are effective in removing 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 can easily and efficiently maneuver around low hedges and get into tight spots lawn mowers can't; curved-shaft string trimmers are ideal for larger, more time-intensive jobs, helping reduce strain on your body. Aside from maneuverability, string trimmers are great for cleaning up the edges along your driveway or walkways, creating a clean, manicured look.

 Whatever tools you rely on, make sure you take the time this spring to give your lawn a refresh and prepare it for all it will endure moving forward.