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(ARA) - Ready to trade the traffic, sirens and streetlights for privacy, crickets and stars? Or maybe you've already bought your dream estate and are now wondering how to turn several unkempt acres into the picture postcard image you wished for. More and more people are moving away from the city, whether looking for a place to raise kids or an escape to a quieter life after the kids are grown. Most new buyers didn't grow up on a farm and may be more familiar with concrete lawns than acreage. But a lack of country experience shouldn't keep anyone mired in city ways. Here's a guide to equipment that will help you turn suburban dreams into back-porch realities.

Equipment Essentials

Riding lawn mower

With all the comforts of your car, like cup holders, power outlets and sunshields, you may never want to get off a riding lawn mower. Generally recommended for attending to five acres or less, these mowers are sturdier than you think and can handle literally dozens of jobs from plowing to snow removal. A utility cart is a must-have for versatility.

Zero-turn radius mower

For cutting grass across multiple acres in less time, these commercial-grade mowers literally turn on a dime to reach every bit of your property. The most popular models are seated versions, but stand-up or walk-behind models are also available. Worried that rock-filled terrain may beat up your mower? Check out a 7-Iron deck made of seven-gauge steel that's nearly a quarter-inch thick, letting your mower tackle almost any terrain.

Portable power equipment

As you transform your property, a chainsaw is a must have to selectively remove greenery and recycle it into winter firewood. To give your property the finished look, an edger and a blower will help you keep the non-grassy areas of your yard neat and clean. And, don't forget to keep the shrubbery under control with a hedge-trimmer.

Utility vehicles

You've got to have a way to get around the property and bring gear and materials with you, whether you're planting the garden, fishing in the pond or exploring the outer-edges of your property. Using your SUV just isn't practical, but a Gator utility vehicle or utility ATV carries whatever you need over all sorts of terrain while limiting impact on precious land.

Compact utility tractor

These machines give you the power and versatility to do any job, from building a fence to digging a pond. There's no need to feel intimidated -- new equipment is easier to handle than ever, and some companies even design controls specifically for the first-time buyer. John Deere offers a Performance Tracking System that looks and operates just like your car's dashboard and features "smart" controls that help you keep the tractor from stalling and alerting you of any problems.


When you add attachments to any machine, whether a utility vehicle, mower or compact tractor, you increase the value and utility of that equipment exponentially. Loaders, post-hole diggers, graders, sprayers, tillers and snow-removal tools are just a few of the dozens of attachments available. And you don't need the strength of a wrestler to use this equipment. The iMatch system, available on John Deere compact tractors, allows you to connect and disconnect attachments in seconds without leaving the driver's seat. Get home from your commute and spend time working on the property instead of hassling with equipment.

Additional Considerations

Worried that after you purchase the land you won't be able to afford the equipment? Check out financing options available at your local dealer. From package deals that offer discounts to revolving credit plans, your dealer will work to get you the machines you need at a monthly payment price you can afford. You can literally drive home with the equipment you need today to start creating the property of your dreams.

Courtesy of ARA Content