Accessories for the Yard that Beautify Your Property

Besides the lawn mower, these tools will help keep your lawn looking beautiful.

from Householder's Survival Manual

The right equipment will keep your lawn looking healthy and neat. In addition to a good mower, your basic lawn-care tool kit should include these items.

Portable sprinkler Driven by water pressure through a garden hose, inexpensive portable sprinklers come in many designs to suit the shape of any garden or lawn. Shown from left to right are a ring sprinkler, an oscillating sprinkler, two pulse sprinklers that are staked into the ground, and a revolving sprinkler.

Edger To create a crisp, neat edge between drives, sidewalks, or flower borders and the lawn, you need a long-handled edger. It cuts a distinct line, which you can fill with an edging material or simply let stand.

String trimmer Spinning a nylon string fast enough to slice through weeds and grass, the string trimmer can cut grassy slopes and small lawns. Gas-powered models are heavy and loud. Electric models, lighter and quieter, have a cord to contend with. Keep these trimmers away from tree bark and shrubs, which they can damage.

Grass shears Operating like a big pair of scissors, these shears are good for small jobs, such as trimming around posts and under fences. Short- and long-handled versions are available. The blades will last longer and be more useful if you have them sharpened annually.