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If you have ever been lucky enough to cast your eyes on the magnificent splendor of a golf course, then you know what a perfectly manicured lawn looks like. And while you may not have the manpower they do to get that look, you can buy supplies to get you close. All you need are the best lawn care products from the best lawn care brands. In other words, things like fertilizers, timers, hoses, and of course, grass too. You can be a weekend warrior when it comes to your lawn with just a few quick things and a little know-how. Just don’t forget to wear sunscreen.
The Best Sprinkler Systems
1. Melnor Multi-Adjustable Garden Above Ground Sprinkler System Kit
Like humans, your grass will need lots of water to rehydrate it; AKA get it looking green. And if you are coming off a long and nasty winter, you have a lot of work to do. In order to have a good-looking lawn, you will need a sprinkler system like the Melnor Multi-Adjustable Garden Above Ground Sprinkler System Kit. It is simple and easy to set up. The only thing you will need to do is decide how many sprinklers to buy, based on your yard’s size. This comes with three adjustable sprinklers and two 15-foot durable hoses.
2. Quick-Snap In-Ground Adjustable Sprinkler
3. Orbit Port-A-Rain Hose Watering Sprinkler System
But if you are not that handy, you can go old school and buy hoses and attach the sprinkler. Orbit Port-A-Rain Hose Watering Sprinkler System is an affordable option that allows you to choose where you want to water. The biggest drawback of going this route is that you often end up with missed spots which can lead to brown dried-out areas on your lawn.
The Best Timer
4. Toro Lawn Master
To ensure that you water your lawn at the necessary frequency — in spring and summer, that’s usually about one to two times weekly — it helps to have a timer. In other words, that means that you will have one less thing to think about. A timer like the Toro Lawn Master allows you to set it and forget it. The timer has three separate watering programs, allowing three different start times per program; you can adjust the range of time you want it to water. You can choose one minute to six hours. You pick to program it based on specific days of the week, odd or even days, or even intervals that take water restrictions into consideration.
Grow (and Care for) Your Lawn
5. Scotts Turf Builder Rapid Grass Sun & Shade Mix
Even if you already have grass down when you first open your lawn for the season, you are going to need to get some new seeds to fill in sparse areas and also thicken what is already there. Before buying grass, you want to do a quick check to see which type grows best in your area. For example, if you live in Florida where it is sunny pretty much year-round, you are going to want a more durable type of grass such as St. Augustine. But if you are in a state like New York, the Kentucky bluegrass works really well and you may also find that some brands sell a mix of grasses. Scotts Turf Builder Rapid Grass Sun & Shade Mix does just that. The brand offers a proprietary combination of sun and shade mix of seed and fertilizer. One bag covers up to 8,000 sq. ft.
6. Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Spreader
This may be an item that you overlook but trust us, if you’re doing serious lawn care, you’ll want a good grass spreader. You want to make sure that you get an even spread of grass so that your lawn looks uniform. The size you need is dependent on the size of your yard but a good option is the Scotts Turf Builder Broadcast Spreader. It holds up to 5,000 square feet of grass seeds.
7. Scotts EZ Patch Lawn Repair
From time to time, you may notice brown spots on your lawn, which can be due to several things, including too much sun or fertilizer or a dog urinating on your lawn. When that occurs, you do not want to spread seed all over, just in a small area, and Scotts EZ Patch Lawn Repair can help. Just like when you are buying grass, you want to choose the suitable type for where you live. This particular combination of mulch and fertilizer repairs St. Augustine grass.
8. Scotts Turf Builder Thick’R Lawn Tall Fescue Mix
One of the first and last things you want to do when you open and close your lawn, depending on the season, is to use fertilizer. And having one like Scotts Turf Builder Thick’R Lawn Tall Fescue Mix can help you get a thicker lawn by improving your soil.
9. Algreen Products Soil Saver Classic Compost
A natural way of getting your grass to look green and lush is to enhance the soil’s life. One of the better ways of doing that is through composting, a natural fertilizing method that is great for the environment and all the animals that inhabit it. The Algreen Products Soil Saver Classic Compost bin allows you to turn your food scraps, kitchen and garden waste into rich organic compost in about eight weeks.
10. Weed Killer/Preventer
One of the most frustrating parts of perfecting your lawn is that once you’re finished, and your lawn is amazing, you’ve essentially created the perfect setup for weeds. To make things worse, weed killers tend to be extremely harsh and full of chemicals that will do damage to more than just your weeds. Luckily, Sunday exists. Sunday‘s Weed Warrior and Dandelion Doom boast an iron chelate solution to spot treat weeds and dandelions without exposing your lawn to harsh chemicals.