One of the best ways to get more productivity out of a riding lawn mower actually has nothing to do with mowing. A riding lawn mower can do more than just mow – that is, when paired with the right attachment.
Most riding lawn mowers like John Deere lawn tractors have a standard hitch for attachments or can be compatible by adding a hitch kit, even some ZTR mowers.
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From cleaning up the lawn to prepping space for a garden, these five riding lawn mower attachments get common spring yard projects done quickly.
A blower attachment can be used to clean away grass clippings, leaves, and debris from the yard. A blower can also be used in the same way to clear out and prep an area of the lawn for a garden.
Pair the blower with a bagger and together they can act as more of a lawn vacuum, picking up unwanted debris to be disposed of later. John Deere, for example, offers a combination bagger, chute, and blower for use on several models of its line of riding lawn mowers.
Speaking of a bagger, this attachment can be paired with a blower or offer great value on its own. The bagger collects grass, tree trimmings, and other debris for a clean, manicured lawn.
With John Deere mowers, the Power Flow bagger is one of the most popular and highly-utilized attachments. Not only does it work well for spring yardwork, it is great for fall cleanup projects, too.
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3. Utility Cart
Another popular attachment, the utility cart is designed to haul a variety of materials. Use it for everything from landscape and hardscape projects to gardening. It works equally well for simple tasks like tidying up objects left on the lawn such as kids’ games or sporting goods.
Excessive thatch buildup can damage a lawn’s health, which is why a thatcher is a frequently-used attachment with a riding lawn mower. In the spring, homeowners and large property owners can use this tool to prep the area for new seed, or as an aerator, allowing air, nutrients, and water into the soil.
A sprayer attachment offers a great way to apply liquid material to a lawn, including fertilizer and weed management products. In addition to broadcast capabilities, some sprayers include a spray wand that can be used for spot spraying, helpful for plants and shrubs, or spraying a targeted area, ideal in several areas of a lawn or garden.
One final note – an attachment won’t be any good if the riding lawn mower itself isn’t in prime operating condition. Riding lawn mowers need a thorough inspection before spring begins and routine maintenance year-round. RDO Mobile Maintenance is a program that conveniently provides lawn mower service at customers’ homes. Watch to see how one customer maximizes time and ensures worry-free operation with RDO’s Mobile Maintenance program.
Be ready for all the yard projects that come your way this year with these must-have riding lawn mower attachments.
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