40 Best Lawn Care Products You Need This Spring
Get you lawn in shape this spring with the best lawn tools available. Check out 40 of the best lawn care products you should pick up this season.
Super-Easy String Replacement
The heavy-duty string comes coiled on a disk. All you do is plop the disk into position, feed out the two string ends (and not through tiny little holes, like on my old one), and snap on the cap. My property is several acres, so if I’m close to running out of string, I slip a replacement spool in my pocket before I head out. That way I don’t have to walk all the way back to my shop to reload. — Mark Petersen. Get it today!
Honda HRX217K6VYA Self-Propelled Lawn Mower
Honda’s self-propelled, variable speed mower comes with a limited lifetime warranty for the deck and a five-year warranty for the mower. The four speeds make it easy to work and the Roto-Stop allows you to step away from the mower without having to restart the engine.
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Black+Decker GH3000 Electric Corded String Trimmer
This string trimmer comes equipped with an automated feed spool and a 7.5 amp motor. Its Groom N’ Edge allows you to switch from trimming to edging quickly.
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Pick up this string trimmer at Amazon to get ready for spring.
Toro SmartStow 20339 Gas Single Speed Self-Propelled Mower
The nice thing about this Toro mower is that it can be stored upright, which will save considerable space in the garage that a bulky mower typically takes up. It also comes with a two-year full coverage warranty and a three-year guaranteed-to-start warranty.
Eley/Rapid Reel Two Wheel Garden Hose Reel Cart
You might not need another garden reel after buying Eley’s portable garden hose reel cart. It’s made from rust-proof alloy-aluminum and is backed by a 10-year warranty. It can reach 150 feet with a 5/8-inch hose but with an extra-capacity kit, that extends to 225 feet.
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Troy-Bilt TB4200 Battery String Trimmer
Troy-Bilt’s string trimmer has got the additional power to get through a tough patch. The string trimmer sells for $178 with its 16-inch cutting swath and when the going gets tough, you can hit the on-demand boost mode to power through. It’s also a battery-powered option that will allow you to move with ease. It’s a 40V, 4.0 Ah Li-ion battery.
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Ego LM2102SP Electric-Battery Self-Propelled Mower
Ego’s Power+ 21-inch self-propelled lawn mower has the power to go with its 7.5Ah ARC Lithium battery. That battery will run up-to 60 minutes and will recharge rapidly. The mower will cut as low as 1 ½ inches and up to 4 inches.
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Round Up Pro Concentrate
Round Up has been one of the go-tos for weed control for years and its Pro Concentrate provides great protection for your yard. It will take care of an array of weeds, woody brush and trees. The advantage of Round Up Pro Concentrate is that it won’t leave behind any residue. Get the post-emergent weed killer at a good price.
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Make sure you put some in your cart next time you visit Home Depot.
Preen Garden Weed Preventer Plus Plant Food 16-pound pail
Preen will keep plants in the garden well fed and prevent weeds from sprouting for up to three months. It will also help plants avoid insects and disease. The 16-pound pail will cover 2,560 square feet.
Echo SRM-230 Gas Straight Shaft String Trimmers
Echo ranks high in terms of quality and this string trimmer maintains that standard. It has a cutting swath of 17 inches and holds 19.1 ounces of fuel to allow you to power through the biggest of projects. It’s also light weight at 12.2 pounds and comes with a solid .095 Cross-Fire line.
Troy-Bilt Wide-Deck Multiple Speed Self-Propelled
For those with larger yards, this Troy-Bilt provides a good solution for a good-looking lawn. The walk-behind mower has a 2-gallon fuel tank and a key electric start that eliminates the annoyance of the pull start. The zero turn maneuverability allows it to turn in tight spaces and the 33-inch dual blade cutting deck eats up a lot of ground.
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Compare-N-Save is Amazon’s best seller for its crab grass killing. It will travel to the roots of weeds and kill them in two-to-four days. A gallon of Compare-N-Save post-emergent weed killer will last a long time because it is a 41 percent concentration of glyphosate and needs to be diluted correctly before using.
Add some Compare-N-Save today at Home Depot.
Cub Cadet SC100 Gas Push Mower
Cub Cadet’s gas push mower is a rare mower that uses a Autochoke SureStart system that ensures a quick start because it adjusts based on temperatures. Cub Cadet is so confident that it will start within two pulls that the provision is included in the three-year warranty.
You can get this mower at Home Depot.
Scotts Wizz Cordless Spreader
It works great at spreading seed, week killer, fertilizer and even ice melt, and it has a little sliding shield called an EDGEGUARD that causes the product your spreading to be broadcasted only straight forward and too the right, which is perfect when working next to the driveway, sidewalks, etc.
The one handed operation is the biggest benefit. On windy days you can hold the spreader close to the ground to avoid nasty chemicals being blown back in your face, and you don’t have to bend completely over like you probably did with your old spreader. And sometimes, when you’re working a ways from the house, you can use your free hand to bring extra seed along in a small bucket. This eliminates half the trips back to the seed bag for refills. Scotts Wizz spreader is available at many home centers and hardware stores.
Stihl FS 38 Gas Curved-Shaft String Trimmers
For those who prefer a curved-shaft string trimmer, Stihl ranks toward the top with its FS 38 gas model. Stihl markets it as an entry level trimmer because it’s lightweight and handles the bulk of residential jobs with its 15-inch cutting width.
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Ego LM2101 Electric-Battery Push Mower
Consumer Reports heaped praise on for Ego’s LM2101 electric lawn mower because its power is on par with gas-power counterparts. The 56V Lithium-Ion battery accounts for much of that power and it will allow for 45 minutes of run time with the 5.0Ah battery. It ranks near the top in electric lawn mowers but comes in at twice the cost of gas-powered mowers. But an electric mower eliminates many of the issues that can arise with gas-powered mowers.
Gardenite 63-inch Adjustable Garden Leaf Rake
This rake is pretty versatile because it will reach places other rakes can’t. The 63 inches assure that but so toes the adjustable head, which can go from 7 inches to 22 inches. It might run a little more than a conventional rake but there is a reason why it’s Amazon’s best seller.
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Get this rake today at Amazon.
Craftsman Premium Rubber Garden Hose
Craftsman’s rubber garden hoses can handle temperatures as low as minus-25 F and 160 F and comes with a lifetime warranty.
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Troy-Bilt Mustang 42 Zero-Turn-Radius Lawn Tractor
Power up and mow in style with Troy-Bilt’s Mustang 42 XP Zero-Turn Rider. That style will cost you $2,299.99 but with 22 horsepower and 42-inch twin blades, this mower is made to last.
Oregon 22-895 Gatorline Heavy Duty Professional Trimmer
This string is built to last and as the heavy duty suggests, it’s up to the task. It comes highly regarded by users for its durability and cost.
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Osmile Professional Series Soaker Hose
Take care of shrubs, gardens, plants and lawns with this soaker hose that can function below and above ground. It comes in 100-foot lengths so it will cover a lot of ground with its 1 gallon per foot per hour drip at low pressure.
Get this hose at Amazon.
John Deere X350-42 Lawn Tractor
John Deere’s 18.5-horsepower lawn tractor will get mowing done in a hurry. It comes with a four-year/300-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty that should help allay any concerns with the 42-inch deck tractor. Of course, the main concern might be the price — which starts at $3,299. You can find this tractor online at Amazon.
KKmall 2-in-1 Soil Moisture Sensor Meter and pH Acidity Tester
Keep a close eye on your soil with the KKmall 2-in-1 Soil Moisture Sensor and pH Acidity Tester. It’ll help you diagnose issues going on in the soil before the become wide-spread. Get the tester at Amazon.
Use the tester to determine soil health and avoid the top mistake people make with their lawn.
Gardena ZoomMaxx Oscillating Sprinkler
Gardena’s oscillating sprinkler can adjust to cover a ton of ground. It can spray in four directions with its 16 rubber nozzles and the degree of the spray can be adjusted. It works great on hills because it can be secured on surfaces with up to a 15 percent incline.
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Craftsman 27055 Wide-Deck Lawn Tractors
With 26 horsepower this Craftsman lawn tractor has a lot of giddy-up. It also handles pretty well with a 5-inch turning radius, the tightest turning radius on non-zero turn riding mowers, Craftsman says. It’s even got the ability to add a snow blade for the winter and Bluetooth technology.
Unco Industries Wiggle Worm Soil Builder
Go organic with your garden or houseplants with Wiggle Worm Soil Builder. The earthworm castings provide rich nutrients for the soil.
Ryobi R48110 Rear-Engine Rider
Ryobi’s riding lawn mower is battery powered but it holds up like a gas-powered model in tests. The beauty of battery power is the reduction of the noise with cutting. The battery holds about two hours of run time on its 75Ah batteries.
Spectracide Weed and Grass Killer
Beat those pesky weeds that crop up in between pavers with Spectracide’s Weed and Grass Killer 2. Spectracide claims results as soon as three hours with its product that is designed to kill roots. It is a non-selective herbicide so watch out for drift.
Nelson Raintrain Traveling Sprinkler
You’ve seen these sprinklers since you were a kid but the Nelson Raintrain Sprinkler will travel around your lawn for watering. It will cover up to 13,500 square feet and travel up to 200 feet. It comes with an automatic shutoff and three speeds.
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Great String Trimmer for the Money
I needed a new string trimmer but didn’t want to spend the $300 to $400 that most home centers were charging. Then I found this one made by Jonsered (model GTS 2228; jonsered.com). It works great and has plenty of pro-quality features like a straight shaft, an adjustable handle and a “Tap’n Go 35” head—which makes dispensing new string a breeze. It also has lots of power and starts right up with a pull or two. I bought mine for about $220 at Menards, a Midwest chain of home centers. You can also find them at Tractor Supply Co. and many independent dealers.
Watering my garden is a big enough hassle without having to bend over to attach the hose to the spigot and stop to unkink it every three minutes. The Swan Hose Swivel solves both problems. Attached to the spigot, it can swing up and down 180 degrees and rotate 360. This means securing the hose requires fewer contortions, and it’s less likely to kink as you move about your yard. You can also attach it to the other end of the hose to make hand sprinklers easier to use. Best of all, it doesn’t leak. You can find the Hose Swivel for about $6 at hardware stores and home centers.
Smart Irrigation Saves You $$$
Do you know what’s better than a sprinkler timer with a rain sensor? A smart timer that knows the exact rainfall in your area so it can adjust future schedules to avoid overwatering. The Orbit B-hyve Wi-Fi irrigation timer grabs local weather data via the internet and computes how long each zone should run to keep your plants and turf healthy while conserving water. You can also program it with a tablet or smartphone. It comes in two models: a six-zone unit for about $100 and a 12-zone model for about $120. They’re available at home centers and online at Amazon.
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People-safe, Pet-safe Mosquito Killer
Do the West Nile and Zika viruses have you dressing like an Eskimo in the summertime? Here’s an all-natural pesticide to help control the mosquito population in your backyard. Terminix AllClear Mosquito BAIT & KILL is made from nothing but sugar and garlic. The sugar attracts the pesky bloodsuckers, and the garlic oil kills them. (If it doesn’t solve your mosquito problem, at least you won’t have to worry about a vampire infestation.) The manufacturer claims that one 30-oz. twin pack can eliminate more than 90 percent of the mosquitoes in up to a 5,000-sq.-ft. area in two to three weeks. Find some of this product at Amazon.
Spray-can Extension Pole
Here’s a better solution: Strap a spray can of wasp/hornet killer onto the 12-ft. Gotcha Sprayer and take the battle right up close to those winged stingers. The extension pole also gives you an extra 12-ft. running head start when you’re spraying an aggressive hornet’s nest. Note: It’s best to spray at dawn. Wasps and hornets are less active in the early morning (just like teenagers).
The Gotcha Sprayer has a string to activate the trigger, and works with all sorts of cans. Strap in a can of lube and quiet a squeaky weathervane or spinning roof vent. Accessories sold separately include flashlights, scrapers and a puffer bellows for applying powder chemicals. The Gotcha Sprayer is available online for about $35.
H.D. Hudson NeverPump Bak-Pak Sprayer
Now I just stick the hose down in the reservoir and pump out the old, dirty oil. When I’m done, I set the bottle on the ground and clamp the end of the hose onto the edge of my workbench and leave it like that for a while. That way all the oil drains out of the hose down into the bottle. I still lay down some cardboard even though I haven’t spilled a drop since I got it. This 1.6-liter version costs $24 online at Amazon. Briggs makes a 4-liter model as well. — Mark Petersen, Associate Editor
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