Accessories for the Yard that Beautify Your Property

The right equipment will keep your lawn looking healthy and neat. In addition to a good mower, your basic lawn-care

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.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest