One of the “luxuries” of being a home owner is having a yard — having the space to grill, garden, and maybe even build a moat (it is your castle, after all). Sadly, that yard is just waiting for you to turn your back so it can start creeping and growing past its carefully manicured boundaries. You need an arsenal to fight back; luckily, the weapons are a lot of fun, one of the many stress-relieving, get-it-done perks of being a man. Below are just the tools to help your yard from turning into a Discovery Channel episode of “Life after People”.
Smoke some grass
Though you might dream about dropping lotto-winning cash on a pimped-out riding mower, the truth is that you don’t need to spend more than $2k for a mower that you can captain with pride. Whether you plan on doing your best Bill Murray (Caddyshack, not Lost in Translation) impression on your own personal links, or hope to trim a more modest green acres, we’ve got the riding mower for you.
While every man hankers for a tractor to motor around the yard, not every lawn is of a size to justify a riding mower. For the middle ground between a farm and a weed-whackable urban postage stamp, the Husqvarna AWD Push Lawn Mower ($500) is a great choice. I took the bright orange cutter — just released this month — for spin and found “push” mower to be a poor descriptor.
Shhh, be quiet...
Built with noise dampening materials and a uniquely designed exhaust tube, the Husqvarna 356QT Quiet Blower ($495) emits just 64 decibels making it a veritable Lexus amongst its peers. And in case you’re not savvy with decibel ranges, 60 dB’s is the equivalent of a dishwasher on rinse cycle and 70dB’s is roughly your average…
Trust Us, It Has Nothing to Do With T-Pain
Chainsaws and Husqvarna are pretty much synonymous. So when the venerable brand declares a chainsaw to be their most advanced you know it’s time to expect performance. Utilizing an all-new X-Torq 5.7 HP engine the Husqvarna 576 XP AutoTune Chainsaw ($910) utilizes an onboard AutoTune sensor to monitor the engine 20 times per second constantly…
Tame That Yard
For our green-thumbed readers, the Husqvarna brand needs no introduction. For the rest of you, just think of them as the BMW of lawn & garden equipment. The Rider 175′s zero-turn-radius will make you the neighborhood’s LeBron James of yard work by taking advantage of articulated power-steering (the rear wheels swing underneath at full lock)….