In continuing our discussion of essential tools for the month of October – those pieces of yard equipment that help accomplish everything on your outdoor to-do list – we’re introducing five more. Whereas the previous five revolved around trees and their maintenance, the following five items have to do with your lawn and garden specifically. Continue reading for the second set of essential yard tools and why they’re important for your fall maintenance schedule.
Aerating removes a patch of grass and soil from the lawn, called a plug. This method can achieve fantastic results with regard to soil compaction. In addition, aerating has several major benefits:
- Aerating perforates the soil with small holes, helping to alleviate soil compaction
- Aerating helps air and water to penetrate lawn thatch or built-up organic debris so it doesn’t starve the roots
- Aerating breaks up soil layering, allowing water to reach the roots
- Aerating allows vital nutrients to reach the soil beneath the grass
- Aerating helps the roots grow deeply, producing a stronger, more vigorous lawn
2. Lawn Vac
This gas-powered device is used to help clean up leaves, as a practical alternative to painstakingly raking your leaves. Thus, it’s a huge time saver. Lawn vacuuming also helps with lawn maintenance. A high capacity leaf vacuum can do almost all the work in one pass, with additional benefits including:
- Ease of use: the tough, manual yard work is a lot easier on the body.
- Removes leaves from corners and tight spaces: eliminating the inconvenience of manually raking, gathering more leaves in less time.
- Creates ready-to-use mulch: leaf vacuums also have the ability to shred and bag fallen leaves, ultimately saving money.
- Gathers other debris in addition to leaves: rid your yard of litter, too.
- Relatively quiet: the noise won’t wake the neighbors.
High performance tillers are perfect for breaking new ground and cultivating soft soil. That said, tillers are particularly ideal for raising garden beds, tilling in tight spaces, tilling close to existing plants, not to mention they’re easily transported and stored. However, keep in mind that your tiller will perform best if you adjust it to match the soil conditions. To optimize your tilling, we recommend following Honda Power Equipment’s acronym ESTER:
- Evaluate your soil conditions. Is the ground hard, or are you working in loose soil?
- Set the tiller according to the conditions. Depending on your model of tiller, you can adjust the depth bar, the tine configuration, throttle, or gear selection.
- Till the area briefly.
- Evaluate the tiller’s performance.
- Reset the depth bar or other controls as necessary, and continue tilling.
4. Slice Seeder
Slice seeders cut vertically through existing grass and thatch, into the soil, dropping seed in the rows cut behind. Slice seeding makes direct contact with the soil for the seed to germinate quickly. The technique literally slices into the soil, creating rows for the seed to fall into, all in one motion.
Especially if your lawn turf was planted years ago, re-planting with today’s improved grass varieties can help your mature lawn resist disease and insect damage, making it stronger and more adaptable to the changing conditions of your yard due to landscaping, sun and shade.
One of the best ways to make dramatic improvements to your lawn in short order is by slice or slit seeding. Conventional and over-seeding are great for helping to thicken an existing lawn. Use slice seeding to make direct contact with the soil for the seed to germinate quickly. The technique literally slices into the soil, creating rows for the seed to fall into, all in one motion.
An over-seeder’s design allows seed to be delivered directly to its curved-shaped discs. This helps place the seed directly into soil slits, allowing ultimate seed to soil contact and consequently, better germination. You can seed at a variety of rates for different grass varieties and applications. You control the seed flow rate right from the operator’s station. The flow stops automatically when you raise the reel, allowing for maximum control and precise operation.