If you've just purchased your first home and your move-in date is looming, it's the perfect time to start making sure you have all of the supplies you need for your new endeavor. A big difference between living in an apartment and living in a house is that now you have to take care of your own lawn and gardens. While there are a plethora of tools you can purchase for these tasks, you should make sure you have these six essentials right off the bat:
A lawn mower: Unless you have acres and acres of property, a simple push mower will do. You should make sure you purchase the kind with a bag that captures the grass. Otherwise, you'll spend hours raking up cut grass.
A shovel: A basic, spade-style shovel is a necessity. Look for one with a smooth handle, so you don't get any splinters when using it. Some cheap ones have rougher wooden handles that can splinter after a few uses. You'll use your spade for many tasks, including planting bulbs and trees, digging up garden beds, and picking dead birds or mice up off your lawn.
A rake: A basic rake will come in handy not only for raking leaves, but also for spreading mulch and removing seed pods from your yard. Look for a plastic rake rather than a metal one; they last longer, since they don't rust.
A big bucket or wheelbarrow: You're going to need something to hold weeds as you pull them from the garden. You'll also need something to carry mulch around the yard, or to hold your smaller gardening tools as you plant flowers. A bucket or wheelbarrow will do the trick. If you're on a budget, one of the big, drum-shaped buckets with two rope handles on the sides will do -- they only cost a few dollars.
A little spade or gardening trowel: If you plan on planting flowers, you'll need a little shovel to dig the holes. This tool also comes in handy for digging out weeds with deep roots.
A weed whacker: The grass right along your fence line, along the side of the house, or along the edges of garden beds will be tough to reach with a lawn mower. Both gas and electric weed whackers are available. Gas powered ones are easier to use since they don't need to be plugged in, but electric ones are usually cheaper.
Over time, you're bound to accumulate more lawn and garden equipment. However, if you start with the items above, you should have what you need to make it through the first few months in your new place without continually taking trips to the garden center.
To learn more, visit a garden center like Salem Feed and Grain.Share
4 June 2015
When my husband suggested that we begin growing some crops on the property that we inherited, I was very reluctant to agree. I knew nothing about planting anything larger than a small garden that I grow every year. That is why I began researching what type of equipment we would need, what it would take to maintain that equipment and how much time we would have to dedicate to planting on 30 acres. I created my blog to help others that are considering the same thing find the answers to the many questions that took me quite a while to dig up the answers to.