Get some power into your yard care with these tools: from trimmers to mowers to edgers, there are power tools specifically designed to solve the problems of a homeowner and gardener. They can make short work of those normally arduous jobs, and if maintained properly, can last for years for a small initial investment. Safety is always most important when using power yard tools; safety glasses are a must to protect your eyes, and it's a good idea to wear heavy-duty leather work gloves to protect your hands as well.
Perhaps the most common power yard tool, the lawn mower comes in a number of colors and styles but all of them serve the same basic function: to cut your grass quickly and evenly. Gas-powered lawn mowers are the most common, but for those with smaller lawns, electric mowers can be a great alternative. No matter what the type of power, all lawn mowers have a few features in common: a mower deck; mower blades that spin beneath the deck; a transmission that converts energy from the power source (engine and/or battery) to the blades; and a handle, which is how the user controls the mower.
Though trimmers are often called weedeaters, Weed Eater is actually just one brand among many available: others are Stihl, Toro, Troybil, Ryobi and Homelite. Trimmers take care of all those spots where a lawn mower can't quite get: around tree trunks and tight curves, next to landscaping stones or walls, around the sides of houses or outbuildings, along the edges of driveways, sidewalks, raised beds and garden structures. A trimmer is composed of a trimmer head, a shaft and an engine. The engine powers the trimmer head, which feeds a hard plastic line through two holes and spins them rapidly, creating, in effect, a blade that slices through weeds and undergrowth.
Blowers come in two styles: handheld and backpack. The handheld blower is a favorite among homeowners, while the backpack blower is more popular among lawncare professionals who have to use it all day long. Homeowners with a larger yard and lots of big, deciduous trees also benefit from the ease of use provided by a backpack blower, which is worn backpack-style and reduces strain on the user. Handheld and backpack blowers are useful for clearing the yard of fallen leaves and debris; their powerful stream of air forces fallen leaves where the user directs them. Blowers are also nice for blowing grass clippings off of sidewalks and driveways after mowing.
The edger is a less common power yard tool, but it can save the homeowner a lot of time and work. An edger can be either a walk-behind style or a handheld style. The walk-behind style is supported on two small wheels and has bicycle-style handles. The user simply holds onto the handles and walks behind the edger, keeping it on track. The handheld style is used more like a trimmer; the engine and edger blade are mounted on the head of the shaft, and the user holds the shaft and walks along, directing the edger blade as desired. Edgers are great for, well, edging. They create neat trenches along flower beds or gardens, and when used often enough can eliminate the need for any permanent edging material. They also do a great job of keeping encroaching grass back from sidewalks or driveways.