We know the importance of a good lawn. Whether that is at your home, your work if you are a green keeper or groundsman or a general lawn enthusiast. However, maintaining them can be quite difficult especially if you don’t have much experience with this type of gardening. This is why we created this article that will help you learn how to take good care of your lawn without having to spend too much money on the extensive and often expensive equipment. We hope that after reading our tips, you will feel confident enough in taking proper care of your lawn.
1) The first thing you should do before starting anything related to caring for your lawn is to make sure that everything around the area is safe from water damage. It doesn’t matter whether you live in an area where there is heavy rainfall or if you live somewhere else like Florida, you still want to avoid getting flooded because then all your hard work would go down the drain, literally. Otherwise, you might end up spending a lot of money fixing problems caused by bad installation.
2) After ensuring that nothing dangerous is going to happen when it rains, you should start thinking about fertilising your grass. There are two main types of fertiliser: organic and chemical ones. Organic fertilisers come from natural sources such as composted manure while synthetic fertilisers use chemicals derived from petroleum products. Both kinds of fertilisers contain different nutrients that plants need to grow properly. But regardless of which kind you choose, you should always apply them at least once every three months. Doing this will ensure that you give your lawn the right amount of nutrition needed to thrive and stay healthy. Also, you should never over-fertilise because excessive amounts of nitrogen can cause algae blooms. These greenish patches usually appear during hot summers and can ruin your lawn.
3) When it comes to watering your lawn, you should try using drip irrigation systems instead of sprinklers since they save energy and reduce runoff into nearby waterways. Drip irrigation systems consist of small emitters placed along the length of pipes connected to a central control unit. Water flows through these lines slowly until it reaches the soil below. As soon as the roots absorb moisture, they send signals back to the controller telling it to stop delivering additional liquid. In addition, drip irrigation systems require less effort than traditional methods of watering and thus allow you to focus on other activities. Plus, they prevent excess evaporation of precious groundwater resources. Another blog on this will be coming soon.
4) Finally, you must remember to mow your lawn regularly. Mowing helps remove dead leaves and weeds from your lawn and makes it look cleaner. Either way, you should aim to trim the turf at least twice per week depending on its size. Remember that larger blades mean faster cuts.
Now, to look in more detail at the vast range of Lawn Care Tools that we offer and that you need to care for your turf.
What Is An Agronomist Tool?
An agricultural tool is anything designed specifically for use in agriculture.
The following is a list of the most common and useful agronomy tools. This information will be helpful for anyone who wants to know more about them, or if you are looking for something specific that isn’t listed here.
There are many different types of equipment used in agriculture; some of which include: tractors, harvesters, sprayers, baler twine cutters, hay forks, etc… These items can all help with various aspects of farming such as planting seeds, harvesting crops, applying fertilisers, spraying pesticides, cutting grass, picking weeds, etc…. In this article we have put together a comprehensive list of agronomy tools including their uses, prices and where they may be purchased from online retailers.
At BMS, we offer a range of essential agronomist tools, and we have been known to custom design and create a tool for an individuals specific requirements.
The Bunker rake is a great tool for raking leaves, grass clippings and other debris. It can be used on the ground as well as within bunkers if you are working as a green keeper. The bunker rake has an open design that allows you to rake together the pile of material being collected. This makes it easy to pick up large amounts of materials with one sweep of the rake. You will not have to dig around looking for what you need. A good quality bunker rake should last many years before needing repair. There are several different types of bunker rakes available including:
• Single-rake designs
• Double-rake designs
• Foldable/rollback versions
• Telescoping models
• Combination models
The Corer collector is a great tool for collecting leaves, grass clippings and other organic debris. It can be used in the garden or on your deck. The corer has an adjustable blade that allows you to cut different sizes of cores. This makes it easy to collect samples from plants with varying heights. You can also use this device as a mulching machine by simply cutting off the top of the corer when finished using it.
Remove the cap at the bottom of the corer. Insert the end into the soil where you want to sample. Turn the handle clockwise until the desired depth is reached. Then turn counterclockwise to remove the corer. Cut off the tip if necessary so that only the part below the soil line remains inside the corer.
The dew brush is a great tool for removing excess moisture from your grass. It can be used on both wet and dry areas of the yard, but it is best suited for use in moist conditions where there are large amounts of water droplets that need to be removed. The dew brush works by using centrifugal force to remove moisture from the air as well as any standing or running water on the ground surface. This allows you to get rid of those pesky puddles without having to actually go out into them!
How To Use A Dew Brush:
1) Start with a dampened towel.
2) Place the dew brush directly over the area being cleaned. You may want to place some sort of barrier between the handle and the area being cleaned so that no dirt gets transferred onto the area.
3) Hold the dew brush at an angle approximately 45 degrees away from the direction of travel.
4) Slowly move the brush back and forth across the entire length of the area being cleaned until all excess moisture has been removed.
5) Once finished cleaning, wipe off the dew brush with another dampened towel/paper towel.
6) Repeat steps 1-5 if necessary.
7) If needed, repeat step 6 again after drying completely.
8) Store dew brushes in a clean container when not in use.
9) Cleaning up should never take longer than 5 minutes per area.
10) Always wear gloves while handling these types of items. Dirt will transfer easily onto hands and clothing which could cause irritation and infection later down the road.
We have put together a fantastic video on how this tool works, it can be found here.
The Dew switch is a simple device that can be used for many different purposes. It has two modes, one being the normal mode and the other being dew mode. In normal mode it will turn on when there are no clouds in the sky or if the temperature drops below freezing. When this happens water condensation forms on your grass making it wet which causes the soil to become saturated with moisture. This makes it easier for weeds to grow because they have more access to nutrients.
The second mode of operation is called dew mode. If you set up the switch correctly then it will only activate during periods of low humidity. During these times the air becomes very dry so much so that it actually drips off the leaves onto the ground creating an environment where weed seeds won’t germinate.
To use the switch properly follow these steps: 1) Set up the switch 2) Check weather conditions 3) Turn the switch on 4) Wait until the first rain falls 5) Make sure all windows and doors are closed 6) Watering schedule 7) Repeat Steps 4-6 every time it rains 8) After about three weeks make sure the switch is still working 9) Continue using the switch 10) Once the switch stops functioning it means that either the battery died or something else went wrong 11) Clean the contacts 12) Recharge batteries 13) Use again 14) Repeat Step 4-7
The roller squeegee is a tool that you can use to remove collected water on your lawn efficiently.
Designed to push collected water quickly and effectively. The Roller Squeegee is made up of a soft sponge core surrounded by a heavy gauge flexible PVC skin to provide superior quality and strength. The old days of soft sponge squeegees falling apart have long gone. It is important to make sure that all the working parts are non-corrosive.
The first thing you need is a good quality garden rake, this will help loosen the soil and make it easier for you to dig your trenches. It should be made of metal or plastic with long handles so that they can reach into corners and tight spaces easily. You may also want one with a curved tine head which helps when digging up weeds by lifting them out from under grass roots. A small hand held version would be ideal if you are using it in an area where access is limited.
Another essential tool is the spade. This tool has two main uses: 1) To create holes around plants for planting 2) Digging trenches. For creating holes around plants we recommend something between 9-12 inches wide. We use our 6 inch wide shovel as this gives enough room at the sides but still allows plenty of space at the front end. When making these holes remember not to push too hard and damage surrounding plantings. Also try not to hit the same spot twice as this could cause root rot. 3) Trenching is done with a smaller size shovel such as 8 – 10 inches, again don’t press down too hard otherwise you might break through the surface causing water run off.
The Harvester is a great tool for removing weeds and grass from the soil. It has two cutting edges that can be adjusted as needed depending on what you are trying to remove. The harvester cuts through roots of plants and pulls them out with ease. This makes it perfect for pulling up perennials or digging around shrubs and trees.
It’s also very useful when mowing your yard because it will save time by not having to go back over areas where there was no weed growth.
This type of tool works best if you have a lot of space in which to work. If you only want to pull up one small area, then use a hand tiller instead.
Dragmat: A drag mat is similar to a garden rake except it doesn’t move dirt like a regular rake does. Instead, it just pushes aside debris so you don’t need to dig deep into the ground. You’ll find these handy at home improvement stores. They’re especially helpful when raking leaves or mulching beds.
They come in different sizes and shapes but they all basically do the same thing. Some even have attachments such as pruning hooks, shovel blades, etc.
If you live near an ocean or lake, make sure you get a good quality one since salt water is corrosive.
Drag brush: Similar to a push broom, this is another way to clean up piles of debris. Just sweep it across surfaces to gather everything together.
There are many types of leveling tools available today. When shopping for a leveling tool look for one that fits comfortably in your hands and feels sturdy. Make sure the handle isn’t slippery and the blade is sharp. Don’t forget about the height adjustment feature; some models allow you to adjust how high the blade goes while others require you to lift the entire unit up higher.
The larger BMS Levelawns have been designed for use on many fine flat turf areas, such as bowling greens, croquet lawns, lawn tennis courts etc, during ongoing programs of maintenance. The inner bars of the 2m & 3m Levelawns serve to help spread top dressing material, followed by fine levelling with the rear channel of the frames.
What is a lute?
A lute is essentially a wedge shaped piece of wood used for levelling.
The levelawn can be seen in action on this video at Wimbledon.
A sarel spiker is a heavy duty tool that we often attach to a tractor in order to aerate a large area of turf. These are not as common for home lawns. However,
Sarel Rollers have long been acknowledged by our customers, often these are done on a more pedestrian level however our Sarel Spikers allow a large area to be aerated much quicker. Often referred to as the tool that will “green up” your turf without interrupting play and with minimal upset to the the lawn surface this is a great attachment for common tractors.
If the sarel spiker is being used on a green it will typically respond within 36 hours. Our TT Sarel Spiker has been designed to give 211 holes per square metre. The large 275mm (11”) drum gives a much reduced ‘flick-up’ as the tines pass over the green.
This is a vital tool for turf managers out there who need quick, efficient and low disturbance aeration.
We have created an easy to follow video that can be found here on the Sarel Spiker.
Here at BMS, we primarily offer two seed slotters. One that is static, and a rotating alternative, both have areas of expertise.
The static seed slotter has 1/2 inch slots that allow the penetration of seed and water into compacted playing surfaces. The sizing of the static slotter speeds up the seed germination and quickens the recovery of the playing surface.
The rotary seed slotter is primarily used following over-seeding, or areas that are more worn on finer turf areas. One of the excellent advantages to the rotary slotter is that it will not tear up the surface and the correct depth is obtained as the rotary stops at each end of the slotter reel.
As the rotary tool has a flat bottomed slop it is able to work at the optimum depth of 1/2 inch. This allows the seed to turn into rapid germination within less than 7 days. This is able to happen as a result of the deeper levels of moisture that can be absorbed by the seed and encourages stronger root growth, whilst being in a protected area, not on the surface of the turf.
Soil samplers help determine what type of soil your landscaping needs. Use these to find out which types of fertilisers work best for your specific situation. For example, clay soils require different fertiliser mixes compared to sandier soils. It’s also important to know how much nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and other nutrients each soil has available. Soil tests tell you everything there is to know about your landscape soil.
At BMS we have a range of soil samplers available depending on your needs and the results that you want to gain from the sample.
- 1.5″ Soil Sampler
- Agronomist Open End Sampler
- Handy Stainless Soil Sampler
- Impact Soil Sampler
- Soil Profile Sampler
- Hand Held Soil Sampler
- Victory Soil Sampler 7/8″
One of our soil samplers can be seen in action on this video.
We hope that this article has been helpful in establishing the wide range of lawn care tools that are available.
If you have any questions about any of the tools in this article or if you have any more information to add please do get in touch.
As mentioned we are able to custom design a tool if you have a required need, so please do feel free to get in contact if this is something that you would like to explore further.