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Summer Highlight Tip! How to Keep Your Grass Green

Homeowners everywhere want a perfect lawn. Maybe it’s to impress your neighbors. Maybe it’s to give your kids a place to play. Or maybe it’s just for the satisfaction of having created a beautiful space that you can take pride in.

Regardless of why you want to have the perfect lawn, here are our tips on how to keep you garden clean and grass green.

Pick Up Regularly

Obviously, the first step to have a clean garden is regular pick up. We recommend setting aside at least one day a week to do some general lawn tidying. This involves everything from putting away your children’s balls and ride-on toys to gathering fallen branches.

When this sort of everyday debris and clutter is allowed to accumulate for too long, it makes your lawn look messy. But worse, it invites weed growth and prevents proper mowing.

Have Fun When You Mow

Mowing your garden doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be an escape. Think of it as a guaranteed 30 minutes or so that no one is going to bother you. No kids whining for a snack. No spouse asking you to do something.

Heck, throw in some head phones and your favorite jams, and mowing your grass can actually be a bit of fun. The point we’re trying to make is that if you find ways to actually enjoy mowing, you will be less likely to put it off.

Don’t Mow Too Short

We have a tendency to set our mower to the shortest cut possible. We hope, of course, that this means we will get to put off mowing again for the longest time possible. But nature doesn’t actually work that way.

For starters, your grass will go into survival mode if it is cut too short. It may actually spring up faster than otherwise because it thinks it’s going to die out.

Additionally, medium length grass provides more shade to the floor of your lawn. More shade means slower growth.

Aerate Your Lawn Twice a Year

Every spring and fall you’ve got to add a new job to your list: aerating. Don’t worry, you’ve only got to do it once each season.

You can avoid hefty upfront costs by just renting an aerator from your local home and garden store. Aeration helps your grass and soil to breathe, collect nutrients, and drain excess water.

Water Just Right

Your grass needs water if it’s going to get that verdant lush look. But if you don’t water right, you may be doing more harm than good. Here are our tips:

  • Instead of watering every day, water every three days.
  • Don’t water at night or the early morning.
  • When you are reseeding, you can water more frequently until the grass sprouts.
  • When it rains, count that as a watering.

When you overwater your lawn, you encourage the roots to avoid digging deep. Thus, your grass will yellow at the slightest bit of excess heat. By watering less frequently, you train the roots to thrive even when drought or the dog days of summer hit.

OUR TEAM

Meet the team behind VA Tool & Home Improvement Guides!

Karen W.
Editor

Karen has years of experience working on construction sites in both supervisor and worker roles. She has a BA in English, and enjoys writing about commercial construction projects and providing advice for homeowners looking to improve their DIY skills.

James K.
Owner, Editor

James is an avid believer in home improvement projects, and loves documenting his undertakings. He has experience working as a residential contractor specializing in renovations and interior design work.

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Imagine that you had to drill a hole in your wall using a manually driven tool. You would have to spend quite some time on it and maybe give up at some point. But you don’t have to go through that struggle. Power tools are made to make your work easier. If you find that you’re looking for more options than are presented on our list, you can check out the tool guides in our blog section.

Power tools are devices that are powered by a force different from one’s manual labor. Most power tools are propelled by electric motors, compressed air or inbuilt combustion engines.

In this post, you will read about 5 power tools that you should have in your garage and what each of them is used for.

5 power tools you should have in your garage

A lot of tasks in the home require the use of power tools. And while some tasks can easily be realized manually, others would be extremely tedious without the aid of a power tool. Here’s your list of tools that are a must-have in your garage

Cordless drill

Drills can be corded or cordless. Corded drills will need to be plugged to function. A cordless drill is a better choice because you can use it in different situations, even without electric power. It is usually powered by a lithium-ion battery.

Cordless drills are used for their original purpose of making holes in walls, wood, and other dry materials. However, if you do not have specific tools for screwing, fastening, and sanding, cordless drills will stand in and do a perfect job.

Ensure that you buy one that is high quality with a variety of heads and drivers so that you can use them in a wide range of tasks.

Circular saw

When you want to cut through dense material, the circular saw is your best deal. A circular saw is a hand tool that has a circular blade. Once powered and placed on the surface of the material, the circular saw digs into the material to complete the cut without any effort from the user. Be extra careful with your hand as the blade is extremely sharp.

Circular saws can be used to cut through a stack of wood, cut and shape wood while framing of building a shelf among other woodwork tasks.

Table saw

As the name suggests a table saw is a saw mounted inside a table. The cutting side protrudes to allow you to pass the material you need to cut along the saw once it is in motion. One can accurately rip wood boards from one end to another on a table saw.

A good table saw is handy when you are doing home improvement projects such as changing wall framing or constructing a gazebo in your backyard.

Miter saw

Also known as a drop saw, the miter saw uses a circular blade and works more like a table saw but faster. One reason you should choose a miter saw instead of a table saw if your budget only allows one of them is that a miter saw makes perfect angle-cuts.

You’ll need a miter saw to make neat wood finishes, mold, and trim wood and install base woods.

Reciprocating saw

The reciprocating saw is a must-have in your garage. It is a multipurpose saw that can cut through both wood and metal. If you are dismantling a metal shelf, this saw is your perfect tool. It can also cut through nails if you are pulling down a wooden cupboard.

Reciprocating saws have a range of replaceable blades depending on the task. You can have a fine-tooth blade to cut metals and a bristly one for sawing wood.

Other uses of the reciprocating saw include sawing through metal, plastic pipes, ceramic tiles, and stone.

Honorable Mentions

The list of power tools you should have in your garage is endless. The Jigsaw, the Paint Sprayer, the Random Orbital Sander, the Router, the Nail and Staple Gun, and the Hammer Drill are among many other power tools you should consider including in your power tool collection.