Save on recurring rental and professional landscaping costs by investing in some DIY machines of your own. According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, backyards are the favorite staycation destination of homeowners nowadays. These 10 new tools—many of which are quality compact versions of heavy-duty commercial machines that are easy to store—will help you make your yard a beautiful and relaxing oasis that welcomes loads of fun.
1. Zero-Turn Mower
We know you love your lawn, but hate mowing it. If you want to make the job quick and easy, you’ve got to be willing to invest. This residential zero-turn mower gives you the comfort, maneuverability, and speed of a commercial machine for just about what it’d cost for a run-of-the-mill tractor. Sitting through the job on a cushioned sliding seat while handling foam-grip controls sure beats pushing around your dinosaur of a mower in the hot sun.
2. Cordless Mulching Mower
For smaller jobs, like mowing an urban lot, consider this zero-emission 24V model that’ll cut about 1/3-acre on a single charge. Going electric means no difficult pull-cord start, no fuel, and no maintenance or tune-ups. The machine features a 1,200-watt permanent magnet electric motor and can fully charge overnight. Set your mower to discharge refuse, or have it collect in the included mulching plate or bag. The push handle folds down for space-saving storage.
3. Chain Saw
Live on a wooded lot? Got a fire pit? Then a chain saw is a must. Get one that is equipped with a Smart Start decompression valve that ensures an easy, smooth start-up. These machines feature the desirable combo of high power (3.2 hp) and low weight (11 lbs). Add an ergonomic rear handle, fuel-efficient and low emission X-TORQ engine with vibration reduction technology plus enhanced safety features, and you’ve got yourself one impressive cutter.
4. Electric Leaf Shredder
If your beautiful tree-lined property just means you’ve got a horrendous mess of soggy leaves to clear, consider shredding them for quick compost. This machine features five settings (from coarse to super-fine) and will turn 11 bags of wet or dry leaves, pine needles, grass clippings, or paper into a bag of mulch in no time. A variable speed motor (5 AMP to 8 AMP) allows you to customize the power you’re using, and the included stand makes room for a collection bin beneath.
This machine may look like an ordinary mini-cultivator, but it’s much more than that; it’s a multi-tasking yard care system. This all-in-one will lend its ergonomic, folding handles and Easy2Start system, which eliminates the need for a fast-pull starting cord, to all of its soil and yard prep functions. This is another high-power, low-weight tool out-of-the-box, but you can add weight to it as needed for tough or rocky ground that’s harder to work.
6. Alligator Lopper
If you’re not quite living in the wilderness, and only have small tree and shrub branches to handle, this reptile will do the trick. The clamping jaw design grabs and prunes tree branches up to four inches in diameter, behaving like a shear with a bite. Use it for in-between jobs that are too big for manual pruners and too small for chain saws.
7. Hedge Trimmer
What’s worse than finishing a hedge shape-up, only to look down and realize you’ve got an hour-long clean-up still ahead? The Garden Groom Pro trims, shreds, vacuums, and collects waste into an attached oversized collection bag. This tool offers a safe alternative to trimming, with completely concealed blades to protect you and the power cord from accidental cuts. Two-hand operation with large top and rear handles makes for even more safety and precision.
8. Outdoor Sweeper
If you’re all for getting your hands dirty in the yard, but less enthusiastic about the clean-up. This people-powered, push machine features a dual-action sweeping system with rotating brushes and can pick up wet and dry debris, including everything from dust and cigarette butts to pulled weeds and hedge clippings, to even bigger debris, like the Junior’s stray juice boxes. Everything gets brushed into a built-in collection unit, stirring up very little dust. This lightweight model is great for walks and drives.