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40 Best Lawn Care Products You Need This Spring

Get you lawn in shape this spring with the best lawn tools available. Check out 40 of the best lawn care products you should pick up this season.

Every editorial product is independently selected, though we may be compensated or receive an affiliate commission if you buy something through our links. Ratings and prices are accurate and items are in stock as of time of publication.

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Super-Easy String ReplacementFamily Handyman

Super-Easy String Replacement

I loved my string trimmer—except when it came time to replace the string. Then I hated it! Replacing string was practically a two-person job. So I was pretty excited when I ran across Oregon's new string trimmer head. The Gator SpeedLoad Cutting System attaches to most popular trimmers and makes string replacement super easy. The heavy-duty string comes coiled on a disk. All you do is plop the disk into position, feed out the two string ends (and not through tiny little holes, like on my old one), and snap on the cap. My property is several acres, so if I'm close to running out of string, I slip a replacement spool in my pocket before I head out. That way I don't have to walk all the way back to my shop to reload. — Mark Petersen. Get it today!
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Eley/Rapid Reel Two Wheel Garden Hose Reel Cart

You might not need another garden reel after buying Eley’s portable garden hose reel cart. It’s made from rust-proof alloy-aluminum and is backed by a 10-year warranty. It can reach 150 feet with a 5/8-inch hose but with an extra-capacity kit, that extends to 225 feet.

Find the right hose for the reel by knowing the only test you need to do in the store.

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Gardena ZoomMaxx Oscillating Sprinkler

Gardena’s oscillating sprinkler can adjust to cover a ton of ground. It can spray in four directions with its 16 rubber nozzles and the degree of the spray can be adjusted. It works great on hills because it can be secured on surfaces with up to a 15 percent incline.

Think twice about throwing out old sprinklers after you learn how to properly clean clogged sprinklers.

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Preen Garden Weed Preventer Plus Plant Food 16-pound pail

Preen will keep plants in the garden well fed and prevent weeds from sprouting for up to three months. It will also help plants avoid insects and disease. The 16-pound pail will cover 2,560 square feet.

Fight the spread of crabgrass by practicing these five things.

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Black+Decker GH3000 Electric Corded String Trimmer

This string trimmer comes equipped with an automated feed spool and a 7.5 amp motor. Its Groom N’ Edge allows you to switch from trimming to edging quickly.

When it comes time to replace the string, check out this tip so easy a kindergartner can do it.

Pick up this string trimmer at Amazon to get ready for spring.

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Gardenite 63-inch Adjustable Garden Leaf Rake

This rake is pretty versatile because it will reach places other rakes can’t. The 63 inches assure that but so toes the adjustable head, which can go from 7 inches to 22 inches. It might run a little more than a conventional rake but there is a reason why it’s Amazon’s best seller.

Check out other awesome tools to make yard work easier, like aerator shoes.

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Honda

Honda HRX217K6VYA Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

Honda’s self-propelled, variable speed mower comes with a limited lifetime warranty for the deck and a five-year warranty for the mower. The four speeds make it easy to work and the Roto-Stop allows you to step away from the mower without having to restart the engine.

Know how much mower you need for your yard. Make sure you know these tips to get your lawn mower running right away in the spring.

Photo: Courtesy of Honda

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Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue

Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue has been in the U.S. since the 1800s and has been used primarily for pastures but it makes for a nice turf lawn. Its considered drought resistant and is more heat tolerant.

Sick of the way your lawn looks? Learn what you’re doing wrong.

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Osmile Professional Series Soaker Hose

Take care of shrubs, gardens, plants and lawns with this soaker hose that can function below and above ground. It comes in 100-foot lengths so it will cover a lot of ground with its 1 gallon per foot per hour drip at low pressure.

You might not even need a soaker hose after learning this lawn care secret.

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Toro SmartStow 20339 Gas Single Speed Self-Propelled Mower

The nice thing about this Toro mower is that it can be stored upright, which will save considerable space in the garage that a bulky mower typically takes up. It also comes with a two-year full coverage warranty and a three-year guaranteed-to-start warranty.

Find out the one thing you absolutely have to do before storing a mower for the winter.

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Troy-Bilt Gas Brushcutter with JumpStart Technology

Troy-Bilt’s string trimmer has got all the capabilities and features to tackle the job. Make a cordless tool last longer by knowing how to make batteries last longer.

Order on online at Amazon to get trimming.

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Ego LM2102SP Electric-Battery Self-Propelled Mower

Ego’s Power+ 21-inch self-propelled lawn mower has the power to go with its 7.5Ah ARC Lithium battery. That battery will run up-to 60 minutes and will recharge rapidly. The mower will cut as low as 1 ½ inches and up to 4 inches.

Not charged up about battery powered mowers? Check out 10 other awesome mower options.

Amazon has this model available for you to grab.

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Round Up Pro Concentrate

Round Up has been one of the go-tos for weed control for years and its Pro Concentrate provides great protection for your yard. It will take care of an array of weeds, woody brush and trees. The advantage of Round Up Pro Concentrate is that it won’t leave behind any residue. Get the post-emergent weed killer at a good price.

See the height you need to set your mower at to prevent weeds from spreading.

Make sure you put some in your cart next time you shop Amazon.

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Echo SRM-230 Gas Straight Shaft String Trimmers

Echo ranks high in terms of quality and this string trimmer maintains that standard. It has a cutting swath of 17 inches and holds 19.1 ounces of fuel to allow you to power through the biggest of projects. It’s also light weight at 12.2 pounds and comes with a solid .095 Cross-Fire line.

Find the best gift for a DIYer with a cordless outdoor tool.

Check one out at Home Depot today.

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Troy-Bilt Wide-Cut Lawn Mower

For those with larger yards, this Troy-Bilt provides a good solution for a good-looking lawn. The walk-behind mower is powered by an easy-starting 195cc OHV engine. It naturally adjusts to your speed for precise speed control more traction over rough terrain.

Keep your lawn looking great with a vacuum. Yes, a vacuum.

Check out the rest of the specs at Amazon.

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Compare-N-Save Concentrate

Compare-N-Save is Amazon’s best seller for its crab grass killing. It will travel to the roots of weeds and kill them in two-to-four days. A gallon of Compare-N-Save post-emergent weed killer will last a long time because it is a 41 percent concentration of glyphosate and needs to be diluted correctly before using.

See how to solve the problem of shade on your lawn.

Add some Compare-N-Save today at Home Depot.

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LawnmowerHome Depot

Yardmax Gas Push Mower 3-in-1 Mulch, Side Discharge, and Rear Bag

Yardmax’s lawn mower features a high-rear-wheel design, and all wheels are equipped with durable 1.5” wide treads and with double ball bearings, all of which makes for easier pushing and for even cuts.

Find out the three things you aren’t doing to keep a mower running longer.

You can get this mower at Home Depot.

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Scotts Wizz Cordless Spreader

Last summer, editor Mark Petersen couldn't find his spreader. (He's pretty sure he lent his old one to someone who never returned it). But his loss turned out to be a good thing because he stumbled across Scotts spreader called the Wizz. Instead of a hand crank, it runs on four AA batteries, so there's not another charger to keep track of for a tool that doesn't get used all the time. In fact, he's filled his at least 20 times and is still on the same batteries it came with. It works great at spreading seed, week killer, fertilizer and even ice melt, and it has a little sliding shield called an EDGEGUARD that causes the product your spreading to be broadcasted only straight forward and too the right, which is perfect when working next to the driveway, sidewalks, etc. The one handed operation is the biggest benefit. On windy days you can hold the spreader close to the ground to avoid nasty chemicals being blown back in your face, and you don't have to bend completely over like you probably did with your old spreader. And sometimes, when you're working a ways from the house, you can use your free hand to bring extra seed along in a small bucket. This eliminates half the trips back to the seed bag for refills. Scotts Wizz spreader is available at many home centers and hardware stores. Need to cover a large area? You'll want to check out a broadcast seed spreader. If your lawn is too far gone, it may be best to start over. Here's our complete guide on how to reseed your lawn. Pick up the Wizz at the Home Depot.
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Stihl FS 38 Gas Curved-Shaft String Trimmers

For those who prefer a curved-shaft string trimmer, Stihl ranks toward the top with its FS 38 gas model. Stihl markets it as an entry level trimmer because it’s lightweight and handles the bulk of residential jobs with its 15-inch cutting width.

Take some time to clean up your garage with an amazing rack for your string trimmer.

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Ego LM2101 Electric-Battery Push Mower

Consumer Reports heaped praise on for Ego’s LM2101 electric lawn mower because its power is on par with gas-power counterparts. The 56V Lithium-Ion battery accounts for much of that power and it will allow for 45 minutes of run time with the 5.0Ah battery. It ranks near the top in electric lawn mowers but comes in at twice the cost of gas-powered mowers. But an electric mower eliminates many of the issues that can arise with gas-powered mowers.

Save big bucks by rebuilding a cordless tool battery.

Check one out at Lowe’s today.

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Craftsman Premium Rubber Garden Hose

Craftsman’s rubber garden hoses can handle temperatures as low as minus-25 F and 160 F and comes with a lifetime warranty.

See when the best time is to water a lawn and other helpful hints.

Get this hose at Amazon today.

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Troy-Bilt Mustang 42 Zero-Turn-Radius Lawn Tractor

Power up and mow in style with Troy-Bilt’s Mustang 42 XP Zero-Turn Rider. That style will cost you $2,299.99 but with 22 horsepower and 42-inch twin blades, this mower is made to last.

Find out how to save $150 in one morning with lawn tractor maintenance. 

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Oregon 22-895 Gatorline Heavy Duty Professional Trimmer

This string is built to last and as the heavy duty suggests, it’s up to the task. It comes highly regarded by users for its durability and cost.

Out of garage storage for your lawn care equipment? Check out a sweet backyard storage locker.

Get some today at Amazon

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KKmall 2-in-1 Soil Moisture Sensor Meter and pH Acidity Tester

Keep a close eye on your soil with the KKmall 2-in-1 Soil Moisture Sensor and pH Acidity Tester. It’ll help you diagnose issues going on in the soil before the become wide-spread. Get the tester at Amazon.

Use the tester to determine soil health and avoid the top mistake people make with their lawn.

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CraftsmanLowe's

Craftsman T240 Turn Tight 46-in Riding Lawn Mower

With 22 horsepower this Craftsman riding lawn mower has a lot of giddy-up. This has everything you need to tackle your lawn this spring. Shop it now at Lowe’s.

See how Bluetooth can be used for watering systems, too.

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Husqvarna Rear Tine Tiller

Invigorate your garden with Husqvarna’s rear tine tiller. This tiller will dig through tough ground with ease and utilizes a counterweight to improve balance.

See why tilling is important during reseeding.

Check one out at Amazon.

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Unco Industries Wiggle Worm Soil Builder

Go organic with your garden or houseplants with Wiggle Worm Soil Builder. The earthworm castings provide rich nutrients for the soil.

Check out the things you must do for a healthy organic lawn.

Get some of this soil builder at Amazon.

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Ryobi R48110 Rear-Engine Rider

Ryobi’s riding lawn mower is battery powered but it holds up like a gas-powered model in tests. The beauty of battery power is the reduction of the noise with cutting. The battery holds about two hours of run time on its 75Ah batteries.

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Spectracide Weed and Grass Killer

Beat those pesky weeds that crop up in between pavers with Spectracide’s Weed and Grass Killer 2. Spectracide claims results as soon as three hours with its product that is designed to kill roots. It is a non-selective herbicide so watch out for drift.

Pick some up at Amazon.

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Nelson Raintrain Traveling Sprinkler

You’ve seen these sprinklers since you were a kid but the Nelson Raintrain Sprinkler will travel around your lawn for watering. It will cover up to 13,500 square feet and travel up to 200 feet. It comes with an automatic shutoff and three speeds.

Get your piece of Americana at Amazon.

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Family Handyman

Great String Trimmer for the Money

I needed a new string trimmer but didn’t want to spend the $300 to $400 that most home centers were charging. Then I found this one made by Jonsered (model GTS 2228; jonsered.com). It works great and has plenty of pro-quality features like a straight shaft, an adjustable handle and a “Tap’n Go 35” head—which makes dispensing new string a breeze. It also has lots of power and starts right up with a pull or two. I bought mine for about $220 at Menards, a Midwest chain of home centers. You can also find them at Tractor Supply Co. and many independent dealers.

—Jason White

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Kink-Free Hose

Watering my garden is a big enough hassle without having to bend over to attach the hose to the spigot and stop to unkink it every three minutes. The Swan Hose Swivel solves both problems. Attached to the spigot, it can swing up and down 180 degrees and rotate 360. This means securing the hose requires fewer contortions, and it’s less likely to kink as you move about your yard. You can also attach it to the other end of the hose to make hand sprinklers easier to use. Best of all, it doesn’t leak. You can find the Hose Swivel for about $6 at hardware stores and home centers.

—Spike Carlsen

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Family Handyman

Smart Irrigation Saves You $$$

Do you know what’s better than a sprinkler timer with a rain sensor? A smart timer that knows the exact rainfall in your area so it can adjust future schedules to avoid overwatering. The Orbit B-hyve Wi-Fi irrigation timer grabs local weather data via the internet and computes how long each zone should run to keep your plants and turf healthy while conserving water. You can also program it with a tablet or smartphone. It comes in two models: a six-zone unit for about $100 and a 12-zone model for about $120. They’re available at home centers and online at Amazon.

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The Little Burros

The Little Burros

The Little Burros wheelbarrow storage accessory is perfect for a sweetheart who loves to garden or tackle other landscaping projects. There's room for plants, hand tools, power tools, buckets, etc., and there's even a small covered compartment to keep a smartphone clean and dry while working in the yard! Click here to buy it now.
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People-safe, Pet-safe Mosquito KillerFamily Handyman

People-safe, Pet-safe Mosquito Killer

Do the West Nile and Zika viruses have you dressing like an Eskimo in the summertime? Here's an all-natural pesticide to help control the mosquito population in your backyard. Terminix AllClear Mosquito BAIT & KILL is made from nothing but sugar and garlic. The sugar attracts the pesky bloodsuckers, and the garlic oil kills them. (If it doesn’t solve your mosquito problem, at least you won't have to worry about a vampire infestation.) The manufacturer claims that one 30-oz. twin pack can eliminate more than 90 percent of the mosquitoes in up to a 5,000-sq.-ft. area in two to three weeks. Find some of this product at Amazon.
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Spray-can Extension PoleFamily Handyman

Spray-can Extension Pole

Some spray cans of wasp/hornet killer can reach a nest more than 20 ft. away. That's helpful, unless the nest is in your eaves and half the spray ends up running down the side of your house. And spraying on a windy day might just result in a face full of pesticide. Here's a better solution: Strap a spray can of wasp/hornet killer onto the 12-ft. Gotcha Sprayer and take the battle right up close to those winged stingers. The extension pole also gives you an extra 12-ft. running head start when you're spraying an aggressive hornet's nest. Note: It's best to spray at dawn. Wasps and hornets are less active in the early morning (just like teenagers). The Gotcha Sprayer has a string to activate the trigger, and works with all sorts of cans. Strap in a can of lube and quiet a squeaky weathervane or spinning roof vent. Accessories sold separately include flashlights, scrapers and a puffer bellows for applying powder chemicals. The Gotcha Sprayer is available online for about $35.
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H.D. Hudson NeverPump Bak-Pak Sprayer

We love this backpack sprayer for lawn and garden stuff as well as cleaning up job sites (and killing spiders). It's made by HD Hudson, is powered by lead-acid batteries, and will spray for up to 10 hours on a single charge. You can pick one up at Amazon.
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Oil ExtractorFamily Handyman

Oil Extractor

I have a lawn mower, snow blower and pressure washer that all work great, but they weren't designed for easy oil changes. It's impossible to change the oil in any of them without making a colossal mess. So I was thrilled when I found this Briggs & Stratton oil extractor pump. Now I just stick the hose down in the reservoir and pump out the old, dirty oil. When I'm done, I set the bottle on the ground and clamp the end of the hose onto the edge of my workbench and leave it like that for a while. That way all the oil drains out of the hose down into the bottle. I still lay down some cardboard even though I haven't spilled a drop since I got it. This 1.6-liter version costs $24 online at Amazon. Briggs makes a 4-liter model as well. — Mark Petersen, Associate Editor Want to see what auto mechanic's top tools are?
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Leaf Blower

If you don't have many leaves but they are still a nuisance on your driveway or deck, a fall tool leaf blower can help to quickly clear things up. And, cordless electric models are fast, eco-friendly and easy to charge up.

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