Keeping the outside of your house is super important because it is the first thing people see when they arrive at your home. I have always thought that the outside of the home might even be more important than the inside because as the old saying goes, "you never have a second chance to make a first impression." It takes a lot of work to keep the outside of a home looking clean and neat but anyone can do it on their own without hiring a professional. Below is a list of the basic tools that every home needs to keep their yard looking fabulous!
Lawn Mower-How often you mow your grass depends on the season and how high the grass is. It also depends on what kind of grass you have. Cut grass should range from 1-3 inches depending on how short you like your grass cut. You should also cut the grass in different directions each time that you mow. One time you might cut it diagonal and the next time you might just stick with a traditional horizontal cut. There some amazing earth-friendly mowers on the market today like Ryobi's 40v Mower. It runs off of a 40v lithium ion battery and NEVER requires gas or oil. It's super easy to start and is really quiet so it's a great choice for those who live in areas with close neighbors. Nobody likes a neighbor who mows at 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning but they won't mind if you are mowing with the 40v mower from Ryobi. Keep in mind that these types of mowers are recommended for smaller lawns. If you have a large lawn, you might want to consider a riding lawn mower.
*Weed eater-This tool is great to go where the mower cannot. Typically they are used to cut grass and weeds around fences, the edge of the driveway, etc. When buying a weed eater, the most important thing you can do is make sure you are able to comfortably carry it around. You have to hold a weed eater for extended periods of time so you want to make sure it's not too heavy for you.
*Blower-Blowers are great because you can use them in many ways to keep your lawn looking great. Use it to blow the leaves into piles and to clean off the sidewalks and driveway after mowing.
* Edger-Lawn edging gives a crisp, clean, professional look to any lawn. Edging can be done anywhere that you want to add an exclamation point to your lawn including around the edge of sidewalks, walkways, driveways and even gardens.
*Fertilizer Spreader-It is very easy and much less expensive to fertilize your lawn yourself. Just remember the more nitrogen fertilizer you put down, the more often you will have to mow. Grass should be fertilized once every 6-8 weeks between late Spring/early Fall for optimal growth and appearance. If you fertilize too early in Spring, you might promote the growth of unsightly weeds. Do some research on the optimal times to fertilize in your area.
*Rake-A rake makes cleanup of messy yard jobs much easier. A rake is also essential in the Fall when the leaves are falling!
*Garden Hose-A garden hose is used for multiple jobs including water plants and grass, spraying off the driveway and sidewalks, etc. Be sure to buy a hose long enough to reach to all of the potential places you might want to use it.
*Wheelbarrow-I never realized how important a wheelbarrow was until we did our first big mulch job of the season. We laid out a huge tarp and had a lawn care company deliver a truckload of mulch to us. We then used our wheelbarrow to get the mulch to the various locations in our front and back yard. It made the job so much easier. They are also good for carting off any type of yard waste. We recently trimmed the dead limbs out of the trees and we used the wheelbarrow to help us clean up and carry off all of the sticks and limbs in the yard.
There are plenty more tools you can buy to keep the outside of your home looking nice and approachable but these are the basics that every home needs. Since some of these products can be pretty pricey, be sure to do your research prior to making a purchase so you can make sure you are getting the best product for your money. It is very smart to read reviews as well so you can make sure the products are going to do the jobs you need them to.