Choosing lawn care equipment can be a daunting task because of all the options available. But really it's a matter of judging what you need; you can break a lot of the decision down based on the type and size of your yard and with a little help from Lowe's and the Home 101 team. If your yard is on the large size, gas-powered tools will afford you more freedom of motion. If you have a lot of hardy scrub or weeds that just won't quit, a gas-powered engine will also give you more fire-power It's vice-versa if you have a smaller yard with more manageable growth. Electric tools require enough extension cord to reach all corners of your yard. The upside is you don't have to deal with re-fueling and engine maintenance and operation is greener with electric tools Same rule-of-thumb applies to your tree and hedge trimming needs. If you have a lot of vegetation around your yard, a powered trimmer is your best bet. A few, easily reached shrubs can be managed with a pair of hand trimmers. So, now you may need to know how to use an edger. Edgers are pretty easy to use point-and-shoot tools. There's a guide rail that helps you keep in line with pavement to create a nice trim line where grass meets concrete. Before you start, make sure your path is clear of obstructions like rocks, hoses, small animals. The blades on an edger really crank, and they can cause unwanted damage. Trimmers are prime for taking down large patches of weeds. They're also a great tool for getting into those tight spots that your mower doesn't reach like along a fence or landscape edging. Trimmers work by spinning short lengths of line to cut back growth. These tools can kick a lot of stuff around, so wearing long pants, gloves, protective eyewear and ear plugs is a must when you're working. Also keep in mind that the trimmer's line spins really fast. It's hard to see how far it reaches, so aim about 2 inches back from your target so that you don't accidentally weed-whack the paint off your fence or house. These trimmers can also take your grass down to dirt in seconds flat, so work with a slow, careful, and even approach. Be sure to keep an extra spool of trimmer line or a spare set of blades on hand too -- you don't want to run out mid-cut! Find lawn edgers and weed trimmers at http://www.Lowes.com/
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