Less than 200 years ago, grass was cut by means of a scythe. And that was providing anyone actually bothered to cut it. Lawn care equipment has progressed a great deal since that time. There are more types of lawn equipment than you can count, some of which are absolutely essential for maintaining a luxurious landscape.

The place to start when purchasing lawn care equipment is with a lawnmower. A healthy lawn needs consistent trimming if you want it to remain dense and green. This piece of equipment will likely be the most costly thing you get in order to keep up your lawn. Yet if you look after it well, it should last you for many years to come. You can choose from electric, both conventional and cordless, gas powered or riding mowers, subject to your finances and the size of your yard.

But you need more than just a lawnmower in order to groom your lawn. A lawn trimmer is necessary for areas where the lawnmower won’t fit. One option is the conventional lawn clippers that look like oversized scissors. The latest variations of this device feature long handles that extend toward the ground, with the blades parallel to the lawn, which makes it easier on your back. Another option is an electric unit that utilizes a spinning plastic cord to slice off grass and weeds. The string rotates at ultra high speeds and is very powerful, so use caution when using it.

A spreader can also be a useful tool to have around. It is helpful for the even distribution of granular products such as fertilizer, weed killer and grass seed. You can get a spreader in a push style, similar to a small wheelbarrow, with small perforations in the bottom and a mechanism that releases the contents as you go. The other kind is a hand-held spreader, generally plastic with a handle that turns to discharge the contents. It is most appropriate for smaller areas that might need a little reseeding or spot fertilizing.

You’ll also require a rake so as to remove all the leaves on the lawn in the fall. If left intact, the leaves will very likely do harm to your grass during the winter. In the spring, once the snow begins to melt, your grass will be smothered by this layer of leaves, and rain won’t be able to reach the roots. Even if you raked up the leaves in the autumn, you’ll still probably find that your grass has become matted over the winter months. This means that it’s hard for water, air and other nutritional requirements to reach the earth. Your rake will turn out to be useful once again to get rid of the thatch and permit the lawn to breathe.

When it’s time to go shopping for lawn maintenance equipment, get the best you can afford and maintain it properly. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safety, maintenance and operation. Keep in mind that the sharp cutting edges on this sort of equipment have the potential to result in serious injury.

Everyone wants their property to look its best and one of the ways to do that is with an attractive landscape design. You might be interested in pond landscaping or adding a rose garden. Find more landscape design ideas here.

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Title: 21st annual catalogue of seeds & plants for 1906
Identifier: 21stannualcatalo1906germ
Year: 1906 (1900s)
Authors: Germain Seed and Plant Company; Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection
Subjects: Nurseries (Horticulture) Catalogs; Flowers Seeds Catalogs; Plants, Ornamental Catalogs; Vegetables Seeds Catalogs; Fruit trees Catalogs; Greenhouse plants Catalogs; Poultry Equipment and supplies Catalogs; Gardening Equipment and supplies Catalogs
Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Germain Seed & Plant Co.
Contributing Library: U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Digitizing Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library

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V 326-330 S. MAIN ST., LOS ANGELES 81 Grapes. Campbell’s Early. Each 25e. Grapes, Foreign Varieties. Black Hamburg, Tokay, Mission, Muscat, Sultana, Thompson’s, Seedless, Emperor, Rose of Peru, Zinfendel, Black Prince, Cornichon, Malaga. Each 10c; 3 for 25c; 14 for $1.00. Grape Fruit, or Pomelo. Fogg’s Improved, Triumph. Balled, each $1.00. Guava, Strawberry. In cans, each 10c to 35c; large plant., 3 to 5 ft., 75c. Guava, Lemon. In pots, Yz to 2 ft., each25e. Lemons. Eureka, Lisbon, Villa Franca. Balled, each $1.00. Logan Berry. Per doz., 50c; 100, $2.00. Loquats. Grafted. 2 to 3 ft., each $1.00. Loquats. Seedling. In pots, 2ft., each 25c; 3 to 4 ft., 40e; balled, 5 to 6 ft., 50c to 75c. Nectarines. On peach roots. Lord Napier, Bos- ton, Harwick. Each 35c. Olives. Mission, Manzanillo. Each 35c; doz., $3.50. Oranges. Washington Navel, Thompson’s Im- proved Navel, Valencia, late. Balled, each $1.00. Peaches, White Free-stone varieties. Briggs’ Red May, George IV., Stump 1he World, Alex- ander. Each 25e; per 100, $20.00. Peaches, Yellow Free-stone varieties. Foster, Early Crawford, Globe, Whetaland, Elberta, Wager, Late Crawford, Lovell, Salway, Bilyeu’s Late. Each 25c; per 100, $20.00. Peaches, Gling-stone varieties. Orange or Golden, Tuscan, Lemon, Heath. Each 25c, per 100, $20.00. Pears, Early varieties. Madeline, Bartlett, Seckel. Each 35c, per 100, $25.00. Pears, Winter varieties. Beurre Diel, Winter Nelis. Each 35c, per 100 $25.00. Persimmons Japanese. Eight standard varie- ties. Each 25c, per 100 $20.00. Plums and Prunes. Burbank, Botan, Green Gage, Kelsey Japan, Satsuma Blood, Simon, French Prune. Each 25c, per 100 $20.00. Prunes, Burbank’s new varieties. Climax, Sugar. Each 50c. Quince. Orange, Champion. Each 35c, per 100 $30.00. Raspberry. Cuthbert, red. Per doz., 50c; 100, $2,00; 1,000, $15.00. Strawberry. Brandywine, Lady Thompson, Lax- ton’s Noble. Per 100 50c, 1,000 $4.00. Walnuts. Soft-shelled, 3 to 4 ft, each 35c; 4 to 5 ft., 40c; 6 ft., 50c; 7 to 8 ft., 60c. LAWNS AND TERRACES. Lippia Repens. Excellent. Requires much less care than other lawn materials. In flats, enough to cover about 250 square feet, $1.00 each; 10"flats for $8.00. Mesembryanthemum. (Ice Plant.) This is ex- tensively used for creeping over stone walls and terraces. Its foliage is fine and apparently cov- ered with frost or dew. It bears a small pink flover. In flats as above $1.50 each; cuttings $5.00 per 1000. Mesembryanthemum (Cerese.) Foliage is much coarser than the above and the flower much larger and of a cerese color. In flats, each $1.50; cuttings $5.00 per 1000. CACTACEAE.—SPECIAL COLLECTIONS. The home of many if not quite all varieties of Cac- ti, native to the United States is in the arid and mountainous regions of Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and Western Texas. Con- ditions of soil and climate being naturally favor- able, the species from other countries—Old Mexico and South and Central America, flourish and are of easy growth. Owing to these advan- tages, we are enabled to offer first-class plants. In order to stimulate a keener interest and a wider appreciation of these denizens of the des- ert we have made a couple of collections from our stock, as follows: For lack of space here we cannot catalogue the full list in stock but make up a few collections for mailing and expressing to those loving this family of the desert. THE SUNSET COLLECTION: Of our own selection, and sent prepaid by mail or express to any part of the United States and Canada upon receipt of price:

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No. 1. 6 plants named and labeled for $1.00 No. 2. 12 plants named and labeled for $1.75 No. 3. 18 plants named and labeled for $2.50 No. 4. 24 plants named and labeled for $3.50 No. 5. 36 plants named and labeled for $4.50

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