Essential Mower Attachments to Get in 2019
Mowing is just one of the many lawn maintenance tasks that keep your grass green and healthy, but it's not always easy to get all the different tools you need for every job. Luckily, you don't have to. With these attachments and accessories, your lawn mower becomes more than just a lawn mower. It becomes the tool you need to tackle all your landscaping needs.
Adding a mulch kit to your lawn mower transforms it into a mulching machine. Every time you mow, the mulch kit chops up the grass clippings into tiny pieces as you go, creating instant lawn food. By using a mulch kit and leaving the grass clippings on your lawn, you provide your grass with free, natural fertilizer that includes essential nutrients like nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus.
There are a few ways to deal with thatch – the layer of dead grass that can build up between the soil and living grass. If you're looking for a workout, you can remove thatch manually using a sturdy leaf rake. You can also resort to chemicals, but there's a better way. Add a small dethatching blade to your lawn mower, or invest in a tow-behind dethatcher that loosens thatch from your lawn as you pull it behind your lawn mower.
Aerating your lawn involves perforating the soil with thousands of tiny holes that allow air, water and nutrients to reach the roots of your grass more easily. It's especially helpful when you need to reduce soil compaction, and is often an important first step before re-seeding your lawn. You can buy or rent a standalone aerator (manual and powered options are available), or you can add an aerating attachment to your lawn mower which you can pull behind your mower to make the process much easier.
Baggers and Catchers
Forget about raking and bagging your grass clippings. A grass catcher (sometimes referred to a bagger) attaches to your lawn mower and collects your clippings as you go. Once you've collected the trimmings, you can recycle them or add them to your compost bin where they become perfect lawn and garden fertilizer.
Snow Blowers and Snow Plows
If you live in one of the snowier regions of the U.S., you've probably wondered if it would be easier to turn your lawn mower into a snow blower or snow plow rather than shelling out the cash for a separate machine. The answer is complicated – there are arguments to be made for and against using your lawn mower to clear away the snow – but it's definitely an option. Snow blower and snow plow attachments are available, and easily attach to the front of a zero-turn mower or lawn tractor, and you can also install wheel weights and tire chains to give your machine extra traction in the snow.
Bumpers and Guards
Much like your car, there's always the chance of a collision when you are driving a lawn mower. While the results of such a collision are less likely to be life-threatening, you can still cause a lot of damage to your machine by accidentally running into a fence, lamp post, bird bath or any other solid object. By investing in a bumper or guard attachment to your mower, you can protect your equipment in the event of an accidental collision.
Pull-behind spreaders attach to any lawn tractor or zero-turn mower. Several different types of spreaders are available, so whether you need to disperse grass seed or apply fertilizer, there's an attachment to help get the job done.
Sort of like miniature steam rollers that attach to your lawn mower, lawn rollers have a few uses. Most commonly, they are used to compact the ground after you've tilled and spread grass seed and can help the seed take root and keep the loose soil from blowing away. They are also used to level out landscapes, flatten out new sod and remove molehills and similar blemishes.
Lawn sweepers are similar to bagging attachments, but with a few key differences. While baggers attach to the discharge of your lawn mower and catch grass clippings as you mow, lawn sweepers are towed behind your lawn mower. They use a rotating brush to gather up clippings, leaves, sticks, twigs and other lawn debris for easy disposal. While they aren't necessary tools for every lawn, they do a great cleanup job, especially in fall when lawns often get cluttered with leaves and twigs.
To learn more about finding the best attachments and accessories for your lawn mower, contact us today and locate a Hustler retailer near you.