Lawn care and maintenance can be a major line item for any homeowner’s budget. Time and money are both major considerations when determining which tools and equipment you need to maintain your lawn.

Below are some things to consider when purchasing lawn care items.

  • Time investment. Maybe a half-acre lot doesn’t seem like a lot of real estate, but if you’re mowing with a push mower, it can take a couple of hours to complete the job. Do you have a lot of items to work around, excessive landscape or garden beds to work around? A ride-on mower may be worth the investment if your time is at a premium.
  • Longevity. A mid-priced ride-on mower for a smaller lawn can last many years with proper use and maintenance. The time saved per mow over years may be well worth the initial investment.
  • Quality. The age-old adage is true: you get what you pay for. For a better end product, you may spend more, but it will pay for itself in effort saved. For example, if you have many landscaped or paved areas that require edging, a well-made and versatile trimmer can save time and frustration while creating a beautiful end product.

There are many considerations when choosing lawn tools and equipment, but with a little thought and research, you can find the right balance of cost and quality.