A neat, well-defined edge provides the perfect finishing touch to a well-mown lawn and emphasizes the lawn’s shape and outline. There two main lawn edging tools: half-moon edger and long-handled shear. For long-handled shears, shafts are wooden, steel, or plastic-coated steel. They are all strong and you can choose any of them according to your personal preference. Half-moon edger is used with a rocking motion to cut away worn or uneven lawn edges and to remove small areas of turf for repair. Long-handled edging shears are used for trimming overhanging grass around the lawn edge. You can also use some powered edging machines and certain nylon-line trimmers for this job.
This type of trimmer is useful for trimming grass in areas that cannot be easily reached by a mower. It may also be used for slashing ground-cover plants or soft-stemmed weeds. As the nylon cutting line is flexible and easily replaced it is possible to work right up to a wall or paving without damaging the tool. It is also safer than a fixed blade if there is an accident. Nylon-line trimmers may be driven by mains-power electricity, rechargeable battery or petrol. Mains-powered electric models are light and easy to operate but their area of use is restricted by the cable length. Models with rechargeable batteries are suitable for small to medium areas where there is no external power supply. They are also lightweight, quiet and easy to use. Petrol-driven trimmers are ideal for large gardens but they are heavier, more expensive and need more maintenance than other trimmers.
Rakes and aerators
These tools are needed for clearing up fallen leaves and garden debris and for reducing thatch and soil compaction in order to keep the lawn in good condition. Lawn rakes are used to gather up fallen leaves, some types may be also helpful to remove thatch and dead moss. There are three types of lawn rakes: spring-tined, flat-tined and scarifying or aerator rakes. For large areas of lawn you can use powered lawn rakes. Aerators help to reduce thatch and let air into the soil, encouraging good root growth. You can use a purpose-built machine such as a hollow-tined aerator or a slitter, but if you have only a very small area of lawn than you can use a garden fork for this job.
Sweepers and blowers
For small area of lawn you can use the use as a leaf sweeper an ordinary besom brush or stiff broom to sweep away small debris. This kind of sweeper is also ideal for clearing pathways and small areas of the garden. For larger areas of lawn you can use a purpose-designed leaf sweeper. This will save both labor and time. This machine lifts the leaves from the grass surface by rotating brushes and then throws them into a large collecting bag that can be easily empty. For very large gardens, electric or petrol-powered vacuum leaf collectors and blowers may be used, but they are expensive to buy and are noisy to operate. Some powered models have flexible attachments designed for use among flower beds and area in the garden that are hard to reach.
These are suitable for the accurate distribution of fertilizer, grass seeds and granular weedkillers. They comprise a hopper on wheels with a long handle. When you buy one check that the application rate is adjustable and that the flow may be switched off when turning at the lawn edge. A hose attachment for applying a fertilizer with water is useful for feeding the lawn.