Yard work is a necessary evil for most of us. It can be a great way to get some exercise, but it can also be a source of frustration and pain. For example, if you have a large yard or garden, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of tools and supplies needed for routine maintenance.
Here are 10 tools that will help make yard work easier:
1. A power washer
A power washer is a machine that uses high-pressure water to clean outdoor surfaces. They’re relatively inexpensive and can be used to clean decks, driveways, sidewalks, and more. Before you start using it, make sure the area you are cleaning is wet. Otherwise, the pressure will damage the surface. Also avoid using a power washer on wooden surfaces—the pressure of the water stream can strip away protective layers from the wood.
2. A tiller
If you’re planning to grow herbs, vegetables, or flowers in your yard, a tiller is indispensable. Tillers are designed to break up hard ground and mix in soil amendments, fertilizers, compost, and plant food before planting. Breaking up the soil by hand can be back-breaking work for any type of garden larger than about 10 square feet. If you have clay soil or live in an area with frost heaving (a situation where the ground thaws and freezes repeatedly over winter), then a tiller is a necessity that will save you time and effort.
3. A rototiller
The best way to break up hard soil is with a power cultivator, or rototiller. It’s the only tool that allows you to turn over your soil in just one direction. This is an extremely important step in preparing your yard for planting. With the right kind of tiller, it can be done quickly and easily.
4. A trimmer
In the past, you may have been told to use “your hands” to trim small bushes and branches. But, your hands are not a tool. A trimmer can even be used for trimming some small trees! Just don’t get carried away and try to cut down an oak tree using this handy machine. You don’t want your neighbors talking about you after all!
Pruners, also known as clippers or secateurs, are a hand tool designed for pruning plants. They’re small and compact, making them easy to work with and store. Pruners can help you with anything from trimming back long tree branches to cutting flowers for your vase. There are three types of pruners: anvil, bypass (hand shears), and ratchet.
6. Grass shears
If you’re a homeowner, gardening is an essential part of basic upkeep. But the right tools can make yard work less of a chore. One way to improve the look of your lawn without resorting to gas-powered equipment is by using grass shears. Regular shears are fine for small patches of grass, but if you need to get really close to edges and trim around obstructions like flower beds, trees, or stone walls, long handled shears may be easier to use.
7. Garden Hose
A garden hose reel is one of those things that most people don’t think about until they need it most: when your plants are thirsty and there’s no water left in the hose! Having an extra long hose makes watering easier because you don’t have to carry water from inside your home to where you want to water your plants. A brass or metal connector at one end is ideal because it won’t corrode when in contact with water over time.
8. Leaf Blower/Vacuum Combo
It’s not just leaves that need blowing — sometimes there are small twigs, pine needles, grass clippings and other debris that can make raking impossible without breaking your back or bending over constantly to pick up each piece of debris by hand. A leaf blower/vacuum combo makes this job quick and easy so you can get out of the yard faster than ever before!
9. Weed whacker
A weed whacker is a handheld device that uses a spinning blade to chop through weeds without bending over as much as you would with your shovel or hoe. They’re also great for cutting down tall grass in areas where it’s difficult to use other tools like mowers or weed eaters because they’re lightweight and easy to maneuver around obstacles like rocks, shrubs and trees.
10. Garden gloves
Garden gloves and knee pads are also important when working around plants because they allow you to handle them more gently than if you were wearing regular gloves or shoes, which could damage delicate plants or leaves if handled too roughly by accident (even with good intentions).