A What’s What of Power Lawn Equipment

With summer just around the corner, homeowners all over the country are getting ready for a fun-filled season of block parties, barbecues and backyard play dates. Spring flowers have blossomed, kids are counting down the days until school gets out and the sun grows just a little bit brighter with each passing day.

Preparing your lawn for summer and maintaining it all year doesn’t have to be a chore that reminds you of the pioneer days. Fortunately, power lawn equipment takes the heavy lifting out of caring for your lawn. If you’ve only used manual tools in your yard or garden before, you will be amazed at how much time four of our favorite power lawn equipment can save you.

1.) Lawn Mower

Keeping your lawn properly mowed helps it grow healthy, strong and weed-free. Electric lawn mowers allow homeowners to mow large areas at any given time. If you can mow your front yard and backyard on one charge, you and your family can spend more time reconnecting outside all summer long.

2.) Landscape Edger

Although mowers are great for keeping the inside of your lawn trimmed and tidy, ensuring clean edges requires a unique approach. That’s where an electric lawn edger comes in handy. Edging your lawn requires more precision than mowing its interior. An edger allows you to clean up just the outside perimeter, giving your lawn a clear boundary. Consistent edging may prevent unsightly weeds from popping up in your driveway or sidewalk and increases the curb appeal of your home.

3.) String Trimmer

Keeping weeds and vines at bay is always important, especially when spending time with loved ones outside in summer. Electric string trimmers are great for tackling weeds that sprout up seemingly overnight (and can grow to impressive heights if you go away for the weekend). Be sure to avoid dangerous plants such as poison ivy, as a string trimmer can send small pieces of irritating leaves flying off in all directions.

4.) Hedge Trimmer

Whether your home has mature greenery or your plants from your spring landscaping are starting to flourish, pruning helps your plants stay lush, green and beautiful. Although a pair of pruning shears can be great for small shrubs, a power hedge trimmer makes short work of shaping, tapering and smoothing out larger hedges that provide shade and privacy. Additionally, their long blades can reach high and wide, letting you quickly take care of areas that you might otherwise need a ladder or special shears to access. Electric trimmers are great to keep on hand for those times when life happens and a quick win will help you get back into your lawn care routine.

Gas vs. Electric Lawn Equipment

Some power lawn tools, such as trimmers and edgers, are available as either electric or gas-powered models. Each type has its advantages, as well as other key facts to consider before making a decision. Depending on your lifestyle and preferences, either electric lawn equipment or gas may be a clear choice for your home and family.

Although electric tools are more environmentally friendly than their gas-fueled counterparts, corded electric models can only reach as far as the cord will allow. It’s worth noting that some brands have addressed this concern by offering cordless models that come with one or more rechargeable batteries. This way, you can use your battery-powered hedge trimmer while charging its backup in case you have a lot of work to do. Electric lawn mowers and trimmers also produce less noise than gas-powered tools and do not produce strong fumes.

If you have a large yard and are concerned about maneuvering around extension cords, a gas-powered trimmer might be the best fit for your lawn care needs. When it comes to power, lawn care equipment powered by gas packs a bigger punch than those powered by electricity. With gas-powered lawn equipment, it’s important to consider that you will need a cool, well-ventilated place away from heat to store gasoline and oil.

Have you made the switch from manual lawn equipment to power lawn equipment? How did it change your lawn maintenance routine? Let us know in the comments!

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