Monday July 23, 2018
If you have recently transformed from an apartment renter to a homeowner, congratulations! You are now able to reap the rewards of homeownership such as tax savings and the ability to do what you want with your property. The very small downside is that now you are responsible for home maintenance. You are the landlord. It is true, though, that a well-maintained garden and home exterior not only add to the beauty and value of your home but will also increase the enjoyment of your property.
Tools for Lawn Maintenance
Everybody loves a lush green lawn in their front and back yard. They are rather high-maintenance, but if you don’t want to do it all yourself, you can always hire a gardening service or a neighbor’s kid to either help you with it or take it completely off your hands. There are special tools you or your maintenance people will need. Lawns require water, fertilizer, reseeding, weeding, and of course, mowing. Keep these tools on hand so you won’t procrastinate maintaining the lawn and your helpers, if any, will always have them available:
- Lawnmower, either hand, electric, battery driven, or ride-on
- Wheelbarrow for carrying fertilizer and lawn food
- Lawn seeder
- Trowel to help in weeding
- Watering hoses
- Sprinklers to attach to the hose
If you don’t wish to have a sprinkler system installed in your lawn and garden, you will need the type of sprinklers that spray a large area and move back and forth across the area to be watered. Unless your yard is small, you will need to physically move the hose and sprinklers to different areas of your yard to ensure adequate water coverage.
Flower, Tree, and Plant Tools
Bushes will undoubtedly require trimming to keep them from overtaking the space. Flowers need their beds weeded; roses need pruning. Trees may someday need to have a broken or dead limb removed and all of them will require watering. It is always wise to have the required tools on hand for upkeep, so you won’t put off the tasks that need to be done. Neglect makes gardening much more difficult and time consuming, so keep these tools available and put them to good use:
- Pruning shears
- Hedge shears
- Pole pruning saw for tree limbs
- Knee pads for weeding flower beds
- Weeding tool
- Watering can for flowers and plants that cannot be reached with a hose
If you are into DIY projects like building walls to terrace a garden, paving a patio, or building a pergola or arbor, these are some of the basics you will need:
- A level
- A measuring tape
- A float for smoothing cement or concrete
- A saw
- A power drill with bits
- An extension cord for power tools
- A screwdriver
- A wrench
- A hammer
Using these tools will make yard maintenance easier and more efficient. They will also provide you with a sense of accomplishment for a job well-done. You will find that owning a home and maintaining it properly is good exercise for both mind and body. The body aspect is evident. The mind will get a healthy boost as keeping a lovely home is something tangible – you can immediately see the results of your efforts.
Landmark 24 Homes offers many options for homeowners to express their creativity and garden to their heart’s content. Contact us today to see what our communities have to offer.