Getting Your Lawn Ready for Spring

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Your lawn probably looks the saddest it has all year, but it certainly doesn’t have to stay that way, especially with spring arriving in San Jose. With the right advice (and the right equipment), you can turn your lawn into a lush, green haven that will be the envy of the neighborhood. A Tool Shed supplies all the gardening and landscape equipment rentals you need, and we’d like to offer all of the advice you need as well. Here are some of the best tips for getting your lawn ready for spring and summer.

Cut Your Grass Low

If you have a warm-season lawn such as Bermuda, St. Augustine, or Zoysia grass, you will need to move that old, brown grass low to remove the dead stems and leaves that accumulated during the winter months. Heavy thatch prevents water and nutrients from reaching the roots. If you are not sure how to change the setting on your rental lawnmower, the staff here at A Tool Shed will be happy to show you.

Aerate Your Soil

Once you give your lawn a haircut, you will need to aerate it. Your local equipment rental store has aerators that you can borrow for the day. This machine uses steel tubes to take plugs of soil from the lawn. This allows water, air, and roots to penetrate compacted soil, which promotes healthy growth throughout the spring and summer months .

Stop Weeds in Their Track

Ideally you should apply a pre-emergence lawn weed preventer in late winter, but it’s never too early to battle weeds at the source. You can rent a seeder to disperse lawn weed preventer evenly. A word of caution; if you are sowing grass seeds this spring, don’t put down a pre-emergence treatment, as weed preventers keep grass seeds from coming up too.

From push mowers and aerators to seeders, edgers, and tillers, A Tool Shed has everything you need to keep your lawn and garden looking its best this spring and beyond. Visit any one of our six equipment rental stores in San Jose and the surrounding areas. For additional information about our tool and equipment rentals, call us at (831) 359-4769. 

Building an Outdoor Kitchen

If you love cooking as much as you love being outside, build an outdoor kitchen and bring your two passions together! With the right materials and the right knowledge, you can have the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. In this video from HGTV, you’ll learn what you need to build a beautiful outdoor kitchen. 

You can find everything you need to get the job done at A Tool Shed . We carry a huge selection of hand tools and power equipment for rent, including nail guns, circular saws, table saws, and more. Visit our website to see everything we have to offer, or stop by one of our six equipment rental locations in San Jose and the surrounding areas. If you have any questions about our tool and equipment rentals, call us at (831) 359-4769. 

How to Use a Lawn Edger

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Do you ever wonder how your neighbors get their lawns to look so perfectly manicured? Chances are your most landscape-savvy neighbors are using a lawn edger. The thin strip of grass that lines your driveway and walkways and surrounds your flower bed and patios is just as important (if not more so) than the large expanse of green inside it. Riding mowers and push mowers are too wide to get a crisp edge around your lawn. Here are some tips on how to use the lawn edger you just got from your local equipment rental store .

Safety First

First and foremost, consider your safety and the safety of those around you before you operate a lawn edger. Wear long pants and closed-toed shoes when edging your lawn. Before you take the edger home from the equipment rental shop, have the staff show you where the safety guards are located and make sure they are working properly. Also, never use a lawn edger at night unless the area is well light by good artificial light.

Watch Out for Obstacles

When edging, point the blade between the edge of your sidewalk or driveway and the grass. Keep the blade away from trees, mailboxes, flower bed edging, and other obstacles, as these objects can wear down the edging blade. Also look out for rocks and other pieces of debris as you move along. A lawn edger can sometimes shoot small pieces of debris outwards after running them over.

Choose an Edging Material

To give your lawn a professional finishing touch , choose an edging material to fill in the outline you just made around your lawn. Concrete and brick pavers are very durable and will give your lawn a formal, professional appearance. You can also use unconventional edging materials, such as seashells, bottles, or even roofing tiles.

Here at A Tool Shed in San Jose, we have gas lawn edgers available for rent for as little as $33 per day. We also have a large selection of gardening and landscape tools that will help you keep your property looking great. Visit our website or call us at (831) 359-4769 to learn more about the tools and equipment rentals we offer

Caring for Your Lawn in April

April is here, which means it’s time to start taking care of your lawn and garden after coming out of the winter months. Even though some homeowners prefer to re-seed their lawns during the fall, early April in Southern California is moderate enough to apply new seed to your lawn before the warm temperatures set in. In this video, you will learn how to re-seed your lawn, including what fertilizers and compost mixtures to use and how often to water your lawn. 

If you need tools or equipment to care for your lawn this spring, come to A Tool Shed Equipment Rentals in San Jose. We carry all of the lawn and garden tools you need to maintain your home’s landscape. From hand tools to heavy-duty equipment, you can rent it all from us! Call us today at (831) 359-4769 to find the location nearest you