Everything you need to keep green spaces neat and tidy
Maintaining your existing lawn or eager to create a new one? Either way, having the right hand tools will make a world of difference. Beautiful, manicured lawns don't happen without a little hard work. But with the right tool it really only is a little effort for big rewards.
So, if you're keen to make the most of your green, let us help you find exactly what you need.
To find out more about caring for your lawn, including how best to feed and weed grassy areas, read our helpful guide.
Before you begin
Are you laying new lawn or working with what you have?
Established lawns need a lot less work than new lawns – and as such require fewer tools. If you’re planning to lay a new lawn, make sure that you've prepped the area properly – our helpful guide gives you all the information you’ll need to get started on this project.
What kind of lawn do you have?
Are there a lot of weeds in your lawn? Is your garden turf a bit dry and patchy with a lot of thatch? Or does it get waterlogged easily with water not being able to drain away?
Depending on the state of your lawn, as well as the type of soil the grass is growing in, you may have to take certain measures in order to ensure that your lawn is looking at its best. Knowing this before you begin will help you choose the appropriate tools.
Types of tools
There are two types of rake: garden rakes (also known as flat-tined rakes) and lawn rakes (also known as spring-tined rakes).
These are useful for clearing fallen leaves and other debris from the surface of the grass. You’ll also need a garden rake if you’re laying a new lawn. This helps ensure that the surface is level before you lay your new turf on it .Carbon steel blades offer durability.
Designed for drawing out thatch and moss which prevent light, water and nutrients from reaching the roots of your grass. They have finer teeth than garden rakes, making them gentle but effective on an established lawn. Lawn rakes can also help to aerate the soil.
Also known as a broadcast spreader, these are used for distributing lawn seed, granular weed killer or fertiliser evenly and accurately over large areas. For smaller lawns, a handheld model can be most convenient.
Look out for features such as pneumatic wheels for dealing with difficult terrain, screens and rain covers to allow you to work in all weathers and adjustable feed control that puts you in charge of how much product you use.
If deep-rooted weeds are spoiling the look of your lawn, a weeder helps you remove them quickly and easily - the steel head plunges into the soil allowing you to remove them from the root.
Look for models with a zinc-coated head for superior rust resistance.
Used to level or flatten soil before sowing grass seed or laying turf. They can also help to flatten patches of turf lifted by the frost in spring.
Aerating your lawn improves drainage and stimulates the root growth of the grass and should be done in autumn when the ground is getting compacted. Steel tines (spikes) put holes into the ground.
Hollow tine aerators lift out cores of grass and soil, and are recommended for clay lawns or grass with obvious drainage problems. Improve the drainage of your soil further by adding horticultural sand.
If you’re looking to create brand new beds in your lawn or want a neat edge for your pathways, driveways and patios, opt for an edger. Use them to cut away worn or uneven lawn edges, as well as for cutting new turf – make a rocking, sawing motion as you press down for the best cutting result.
When choosing lawn edgers, look for those with corrosion-resistant steel blades for durability. Wide blades are best for larger lawns whilst small blades are ideal for trimming details such as curved edges.
Also known as grass shears, use lawn shears around tree stumps or uneven areas of lawn. They can either be short or long-handled, with carbon steel blades that are horizontal to the ground – letting you cut grass which is difficult to mow.
Similar to lawn or grass shears, edging shears are for trimming lawn edges, garden borders and pathways. They have carbon steel blades at a right angle to the ground that help create a really neat finish. Cushioned, no slip-grips make edging shears easy to use.
You might need
Now that we've discussed the range of hand tools available, let’s explore the other things you might need to maintain your grass.
Lawn feed and seed
Lawn feed is vital for ensuring that your lawn stays lush and green – most lawns should be fed in spring and autumn for the best results. Tackle any bald spots with lawn seed to help promote new growth.
If your lawn continues to struggle after feeding, consider replacing patches or even the whole lawn with new turf.
Lawn weed killer
If using your weeder isn’t enough and you need more help getting rid of troublesome weeds in your lawn, a lawn specific weed killer may be in order. This will only attack the weeds, not your lawn, and you can choose from solid or liquid forms.
Most of our range also includes feed too, ensuring that the area where the weeds had once taken hold will soon be replaced with healthy grass.
If you’re looking for a lawnmower, read our buyers guide before you make a decision – it takes you through all of our range and breaks down the technical talk.
Whilst established lawns will flourish without watering, a new lawn will benefit from regular watering throughout its first season.
Water early in the morning or late at night, using a sprinkler, to minimise evaporate in the daytime sun. A watering timer will turn your sprinkler on and off for you, saving effort and making it easy to water at cooler times of the day. Be aware that sprinklers should not be used during a temporary use (hosepipe) ban.