Congrats on your new home! Homeownership has a lot of ​positives like having a predictable payment that’s going toward building equity. Unfortunately, gone are the days when a landlord was responsible for that outdoor upkeep. Now that’s all you. Of course, getting outside and planting some flower beds or putting in a veggie garden can be enjoyable aspects of owning your own pad. If you’re new to home ownership, you might be wondering what lawn care essentials you need to stash in the shed for the basic yard to-do’s.

We’ve got lawn care equipment list to get you started, and you can always add to your tool stash once you settle in to your new digs. No lawn? Check out our list of toolbox essentials.

Lawn mower

Even if you hire someone else to do the cutting, you’ll want one of these staples on hand for an emergency trim before the in-laws visit or in case of a landscaper no-show.

String/lawn trimmer

This tool gets those hard-to-reach spots your mower can’t muster, like around tree trunks. But it can also double as an edger (along your driveway or landscaping beds) if you turn it on its side. 

Leaf rake

Of course a good rake will be enough to handle your fall duties, but that doesn’t mean you can’t buy a blower-mulcher combo as an extra toy for tackling your chores.

Soil rake

Firmer than a leaf rake, a soil rake will even out your garden or push around your mulch. You can even use it to groom a pea gravel path or drive.

Spreader

Buy a small hand-held or a wheeled spreader to distribute grass seed and fertilizer, and wow your neighbors with your killer lawn.

Snow shovel

This is a must-have for snowy climates, but it’s worth buying a fold-up option even if you live in warmer regions in case of travel. Plus, a snow shovel makes a great outdoor dustpan for project cleanup.

Long-handled spade shovel

Some day you will wake up and need this for moving a shrub, planting a tree or digging a random hole for whatever landscaping reason.

Soil knife

You might think you need a bucket-full of hand-held gardening tools, but this one does a lot of the tricks of the trade. Use it to dig, transplant, design container gardens, weed, and get into all the nooks and crannies that other tools just can’t reach.

Double hand hoe

If you invest in a second go-to gardening tool, the double hand hoe should be it. It’s a digger on one side and a hoe on the other and works for loosening soil when starting flower beds, hacking up large weeds and more.

Hand pruner

These small shears are your workhorse for caring for and shaping your decorative shrubs and flowers. Keep ’em sharp and your yard will shine.

Lopper

Extended handles and larger blades on these shears help you keep your tree branches under control, a must for protecting your home and maintaining curb appeal.

Hedge shear

Your neighbors and your hedges will thank you for owning a pair of these.

Hose

Add a spray nozzle attachment for watering flower and veggie garden beds and invest in a sprinkler if necessary. If nothing else, you can let the kids run through it on a hot day.

Protect Your Property

Keeping your yard in tip-top shape is one way to make your property shine. To ensure your property is protected learn more about how to cover your property with homeowners insurance. Your local Farm Bureau agent will work with you to find the coverage that fits your needs.