Basic Lawn Care

Lawn Mowing

5 Tips for a Great Lawn

Basic lawn care for handymen, how to mow your lawn.

Mow Dry Grass

For the best lawn, you should mow your lawn when it is dry. A dry lawn will stand up straighter and won’t clump as it does when your lawn is damp. This is a basic lawn care tip.

Mowing a damp lawn won’t hurt it, but it does make it harder to mow as the wet grass will cling to your mower and bog down the mower it the lawn is long.

By mowing your lawn when it’s dry also helps if your are not using a catcher to catch the clippings. As you mow, discharge the clippings over the areas of the lawn that you have already mowed and let the clippings mulch into the lawn.

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Mowing HEIGHT

The height you should mow your lawn depends on the type of grass you have. Heights vary from 1/2″ to an 1″ or 2″ depending on what sort of grass in your lawn.

A general rule for mowing height is 1/3 of the length of the grass blades, leaving 2/3 of the length. This helps with suppressing weeds and delivers a healthier lawn. If your lawn is overdue for mowing and has become fairly long, gradually lower the height of your mowing blades a 1/3 of the length per pass.

In shaded areas, allow the height of the grass to be a bit longer than sunny areas, as this will help your grass with its photosynthesis and is the secret to a great lawn in shady areas.

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mower blades

Keep your mower blades sharp, dull blades make for ragged cuts and doesn’t cut as efficiently as sharp blades.

If you are not catching the clippings, you may be better off putting mulching blades on as these cut your grass into small clippings enabling better mulching of your lawn.

Ensure your blades are balance as this helps reduce the vibrations from your mower.

best times to mow

The best time to mow your lawn is when you only have to remove 1/3 of the length of the blade. Another basic lawn care tip.

Never mow your lawn during the heat of the day, as this produces unnecessary stress on your lawn and on yourself. If you are able to mow when your lawn is shaded, you will have a healthier lawn.

Mowing your lawn on a regular basis will help keep your lawn in good condition and the grass will never get to long.

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new lawns

If you are just starting a new lawn, allow your grass to grow for 3-4 weeks before mowing it the first time. When you do mow your new lawn the first time, cut it to about a 1″ above the recommended height for the type of grass you have.

 
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What basic tools does a handyman need?

Basic tools for a handyman

 

Hammer 

A hammer is one of the most basic tools a handyman needs. With a hammer you can drive in nails and remove bent nails from your work.

There are many styles of hammers for different applications, but a claw hammer is generally the best for a Handyman. Hammers come with different handles, wooden, steel and synthetic. From experience a synthetic handle will last a every long time and won’t break easily or need fixing, I’ve had my synthetic handle hammer for over 30 years.

Other styles of hammers can be bought when you require them for special jobs, but when beginning a basic tool kit, a claw hammer is the best buy.

Power Drill

A power drill will make your handyman life so much easier. These days a cordless power drill is a handyman’s best friend. Check out our buying tips for a cordless drill.

Cordless power drill

You can use a power drill for drilling into wood, steel and concrete. But you can also use it to drive in screws and tighten bolts with the correct adapters.

Your power drill can also be used to grind, sand and polish with the right attachments.

Your basic tool kit will not be complete without a cordless power drill.

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Screw Driver set

A set of screw drivers will come in very handy for many jobs you will carry out. Screw driver sets have both Flathead and Philips head drivers, of various sizes.

Using the correct size screw driver makes a handyman’s job so much easier. Besides screwing and unscrewing, screw drivers can be used for prying things apart and are a necessity for the basic handyman’s tool kit.

Measuring Tape

Almost every job a handyman does requires some sought of measurement and a tape measure is needed. To cover most jobs you’ll do, a 25ft or 8m measuring tape is the best option.

Measuring Tape

There’s nothing worse than going to measure a job and your measuring tape is not long enough. With a 25ft measuring tape you’ll be able to cover most jobs.

Pliers

Pliers come in handy for many times when your trying to grasp something in an awkward place of that are difficult to grip with your fingers.

Set of Pliers

You should get a normal pair of pliers, and a pair of needle nose pliers when starting out. 

As your build your tool box or kit, you can add vise grips and adjustable jaws pliers.

Level

Levels come in handy for so many jobs that a handyman will carry out, from hanging picture frames to leveling concrete jobs.

4ft Level

You can get many different sizes of levels, but a 4 ft level is the most useful and be used all around your home.

Utility Knife

There are hundreds of utility knives on the market, which one you use will come down to your preference.

Utility Knife

You’ll be amazed how many times you will use your utility knife, from cutting rope or cardboard to using it around your workshop.

Adjustable Spanner

You’ll need a adjustable spanner for all the nuts and bolts you have to loosen and tighten. Used with pliers you can get most nuts and bolts tightened or undone.

Adjustable spanners

I have a small and medium size adjustable spanners, you probably best off getting the medium size to start your basic tool kit. 

Tool Kit 

Another option is to buy a ready made tool kit. These may have more tools than have been discussed so far, but do contain all the basic tools a handyman will need for most jobs.

There are many tool kits to choose from, from different brands names to different requirements.

Always buy the best tools you can afford, as they will be with you for a long time if they are quality made.

Maybe you have a tool you think should be included in a basic tool kit, let us know and we can include it to future tool kit posts.