• How Often Should You Mow your Lawn?

    Springtime is growing season for grass in Northern California. During this time it’s best to mow every five to seven days. Just be sure never to cut more than one third of the grass blade off at a time, as this stresses the grass, especially when the weather heats up. It’s okay to mow a little bit less during the summertime, because your grass will not be growing quite as fast as it did in the spring. Watch the video clip for more tips on how often to mow your lawn.

    At A Tool Shed Equipment Rentals, we have a range of walk-behind and rider mowers that will help you accomplish your next project. Call us at (831) 359-4769 for more information, and visit our website to see our equipment rental and sales inventory. You can also contact us online if you are looking for a specific equipment rental. 

  • Tools Needed to Plant Your Lawn

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    Establishing a lush, healthy lawn requires proper planning, attention to detail, and a bit of elbow grease. It also requires the right tools. Because you only need to seed your lawn twice a year, you can save a lot of money (and a lot of space in your garage) by renting your tools instead of buying them. To help you keep your lawn looking great year round, here is a look at some of the essential tools you will need to plant your lawn.

    Grass Seeder

    The key to having a magazine-quality lawn is spreading an even layer of grass seeds during the recommended planting dates . A manual or motorized grass seeder is the best way to quickly and evenly seed your lawn. Your equipment rental provider will have various types of seeders to choose from based on your budget and the size of your lawn.

    Lawn Aerator

    Although a lawn aerator is not required, it is an essential piece of lawn equipment that can have a big impact on the health and appearance of your grass. Lawn aerators poke thousands of tiny holes in your lawn, which increase the soil’s ability to hold moisture and make it easier for young grass roots to grow strong.

    Hand Tools

    There are some essential hand tools that every homeowner should have in their garage or tool shed. If not, you can get the tools you need from your equipment rental provider. In terms of lawn care, a rake, shovel, garden hoe, and pickaxe will help keep your lawn looking great.  

    From push-behind mowers and hydraulic drive tillers to rakes and shovels, A Tool Shed has everything you need to keep your lawn looking great all year round. Visit our website to see all of our lawn and garden equipment rentals, or call us today at (831) 359-4769 to find the equipment rental location nearest you .

  • Simplifying Summer Lawn Care

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    If you want your lawn to look green and healthy this summer, it’s important to know what to do and what to avoid. Too much water or too little shade can mean the difference between a wilting lawn and one that thrives. Read to learn more about summer lawn care and how tool rental can help you achieve a beautiful summer lawn.


    In late spring, before your grass starts growing, go to an equipment rental shop and get the tools you need to aerate and fertilize the lawn . Sharpen the lawn mower blade thoroughly so that the grass is cut rather than shredded. When mowing in the warm weather, cut one-third or less of the glass blade to keep the lawn healthy. The lawn should receive one inch of water per week, including both irrigation and rain, ideally in the morning.


    It can be hard to keep a lawn green during the hot, dry summers in San Jose. If you have cool-season grass, it will probably turn brown in midsummer and won’t come back until the weather the rain comes and the weather cools off. Try to keep the grass a bit longer in the warmer months, as it creates extra shade that protects the roots, reduces water loss, and inhibits weed growth. As summer comes to an end, be aggressive about attacking lawn weeds.


    If you see weeds this summer, do not apply an herbicide to large areas of the lawn, as your lawn will already be parched from the heat. Instead, spot treat using a gentle soap herbicide. Many types of weeds, including clover, chickweed, and dandelions, should be removed by hand using the right tools.

    A Tool Shed Equipment Rentals has a massive selection of tools that will help you get on top of summer lawn care. Visit our website to check out the rental tools and equipment we offer, as well as the new and used equipment we sell at one of our six locations in Northern California. For more information about our lawn and garden rental tools, call us at (831) 359-4769.

  • Tips for Mixing Your Own Concrete

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    Dry, ready-mix concrete is easy to use, but its cost can sometimes be prohibitive for homeowners on a tight budget. It is possible to mix your own concrete if you understand the concepts involved and use the right equipment. For a standard concrete mix, combine 2 ¾ parts stone and gravel aggregate, 2 ½ parts sand, 1 part cement, and ½ part water in a gas or electric concrete mixer. Determine the square footage of the area you are pouring concrete over to determine how much sand, gravel, and cement mix you will need.

    A Tool Shed of San Jose offers all of the equipment and tools you need to lay down concrete around your home. We have concrete mixers, bull floats, power trowels, electric concrete vibrators, cement wheelbarrows, and more. Visit our website to see all of our tool and equipment rentals, or call us at (831) 359-4769 to speak with one of our equipment rental experts.