Spring weather is here and many Chicago-area homeowners are excited about preparing their landscaping, flower beds, and gardens. Below, you can discover five of the most important tools to help you achieve your springtime landscaping goals.
#1 – A Great Pair of Gloves
Believe it or not, things like pulling weeds and moving plants can take a toll on your hands. Not only can you find species like stinging nettle, which will prick your skin and leave a fiery burning sensation behind, but you might also run into poison ivy, sumac, or oak – all of which can leave you miserable. What’s more, certain weeds have very strong roots, and attempting to pull them with your bare hands can lead to cuts and abrasions. Invest in a good, strong pair of gloves made especially for gardening and landscaping to protect your hands while you work.
#2 – A Wheelbarrow
Whether you’re pulling weeds, moving your starter plants to the perfect area of the yard, or even hauling paving stones from the back door to the edge of the lawn, a wheelbarrow will make these tasks much faster – and it will also save your back from the repetitive bending motion. Wheelbarrows may appear to be one-size-fits-all, but not all were created equal. Some give you incredible control over the movement, some are collapsible for saving storage space, and some are even self-propelled. There’s a wide variety from which to choose, so get a wheelbarrow that best suits your needs.
#3 – A Lawnmower (with Extras!)
It may still be a few weeks before the combination of warmer temperatures, longer days, and more rain brings your lawn back to life, but now is the perfect time to make certain that you have the best lawnmower for your needs. It’s critical for maintaining your landscape, and you can choose from several options. If you have a very small lawn and you want to reduce your carbon footprint, you might choose a cylinder mower that requires no gas or electricity. On the other hand, if you have very large lawn, you might want to opt for a ride-on lawnmower or even a lawn tractor.
#4 – A Weed Trimmer
Trimming is an essential part of a well-groomed lawn, and like wheelbarrows and lawnmowers, there are several different trimmer options from which you can choose. Ideally, you’ll want to invest in a cordless option that gives you the freedom to move from place to place without being tied to an outlet. You can find rechargeable electric options with removable batteries, but you might also choose a standard gas-powered trimmer. If your lawn is very small, though, corded electric trimmers tend to be the most affordable options. Weigh your needs and your budget to choose the trimmer for your needs.
#5 – A Garden Hose
Once you have your plants in their perfect places, you will need to find a way to keep them hydrated. Some homeowners rely on sprinkler systems that come on automatically to provide a drink at just the right time of the day, but most use a garden hose for more accuracy and control. You can find highly affordable hoses online and in most home improvement stores, but these can be frustrating when they kink and leak. A quality rubber hose that is thick enough to resist kinks and also comes with heavy-duty brass couplings at either end will not only reduce frustration but will also last for years with proper care and storage.
These five essential spring landscaping tools will provide you with the basics to groom your lawn back to life. Of course, you can also rely on a trusted professional to help you design, create, and maintain the landscape of your dreams – even if you still like to get out and care for it yourself now and then.