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Lawn & Garden Equipment to Get Started with DIY Lawn Care

By DoMyOwn staff

If you're just getting started doing your own lawn, you'll need some equipment to get the job done. Follow our pro tips on what equipment to buy and basics of using it.

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My name is Kyle with DoMyOwn. Today we're going to be talking about what kind of equipment you'll need to get started doing your own lawn.

One of the most important pieces of equipment you may need is a liquid sprayer or a granular spreader. With these pieces of equipment, you can apply fungicides, pre-emergents, pest control and fertilizers just to name a few. When you're looking for a granular spreader, a couple key things to keep in mind is to make sure that that spreader has a calibration tool on it. These are very important in applying the correct amount of material that you're wanting to apply to your lawn. Also make sure that spreader has a spreader guard so that you can keep the product out of the areas that you do not want to apply the product to. Another key feature to look for but not something necessarily you need to have is that that spreader holds at least 60 pounds of material. Most products are going to come in 50 pound bags but also you want to make sure that you have enough material in your spreader so you're not continually filling back up your spreader. This will help you have a more even coverage over your lawn. Spreaders also come in handheld spreaders. These are great for around your flower beds, your gardens, hard to reach areas, and ponds. When applying your granular products, always remember you're going to need to water those in. You can do that by applying it on a day that's going to rain or you can use your sprinkler system and your water hose to water those in. Also remember if you're going to be using your water hose or your sprinkler system, make sure you do it early in the morning.

If you choose to use a liquid product, you're going to need a lawn sprayer. Lawn sprayers come in all shapes and sizes. They really range from one gallon to four gallon in your handheld or your backpack sprayers. Backpack sprayers make carrying large amounts of liquid much easier. When you have a larger lawn and you have a backpack sprayer, you want to make sure that the straps are comfortable for you when you're applying your product. You want to make sure your sprayer has a filter. These are very important to keep unwanted debris out of your sprayer and clogging your sprayer. Some sprayers will even have multiple filters to keep the debris out. Your sprayer will either have a hand pump or be battery powered and this will help you have an even application.

Personal protection equipment, also known as PPE, keeps you safe while you're working in your lawn. Read the label of any lawn care product to see what PPE is required. If you like this video and you want to see other ones like it, click on the button below to subscribe or check out these other great videos.