When developing your landscaping plan, it's prudent to figure out how much time you'll have for lawn maintenance once the main project of installing the various elements of your landscape is complete. While there are many low-maintenance options available, almost all organic elements will need at least minimal care, and you'll likely have to invest in lawn equipment to keep your landscape looking fresh and clean.
Sometimes mowing the lawn is not enough. When you've put significant effort into your landscape, extra equipment may be necessary to keep that lawn looking its best. A grass trimmer tackles weeds and particularly tough patches of grass. Because grass trimmers are handheld, they're mostly used for precision cutting, especially in spots that the lawnmower missed. When choosing a grass trimmer, it may actually be better to choose a less-powerful model, since these won't throw loose stones around as much. Ryobi lawn equipment includes a line of reliable grass trimmers and part of its collection of landscaping equipment.
Leaf blowers clear your yard of leaves and debris in a powerful but controlled way. A leaf blower can also include a vacuum option. The concentrated air flow allows the user to easily vacuum compact and hard-to-reach places like shrubs and around trees. Gas leaf blowers increase mobility and work output, but they're also usually louder and heavier than the electric versions. Toro lawn equipment is one of the industry leaders in leaf blowers, offering a variety of cordless, electric and gas versions.
Lawn vacuums are typically used in large yards that have lots of deciduous trees or flowering trees that shed a mess of leaves, twigs and other debris. A lawn vacuum is about the size of a riding lawnmower. It eats up the leaves, twigs, flowers and other debris and compacts it all into mulch that can either be reused as a nutritious addition in planters or discarded.
Buying some of your lawn care equipment in used condition is a practical way to save money, especially if the piece you need is particularly expensive. But it's important to be a smart consumer when buying used lawn care equipment. Some items – like grass trimmers – should probably only be bought new. Most use nylon string to cut the grass, and some versions don't replenish the string as it gets dulled and used up. Always educate yourself on how the machines work and make sure the used lawn care equipment you're considering is in good working order.