Common Tools Every Do-It-Yourself Landscaper Needs

Choosing to do your own landscaping no doubt is the best way to go for many people. Not only do you save a lot of money, you also will get to enjoy a lot of time outside. Landscaping is good exercise, lowers your stress level and is a great way to spend an afternoon.

For the avid do-it-yourself landscaper, having the right tools are important. After all, if you what to do a good job it is best to make sure that you have all of the tools you need to create an attractive landscape. By understanding which tools are the most common tools for basic landscaping needs, you can make sure you have what you need to keep your lawn and garden in the best possible shape. This will bring delight and distinction to your yard, no matter whether it is large or small.

Here are some of the essential tools for doing your own landscaping.

Common Landscaper ToolsAny do-it-yourself landscapers will require shovels, rakes, trowels, and hand cultivators. Regular household tools such as hammer and nails, levels, and drills can also be helpful if you have landscape features like patios, decks, pergolas, and trellises. They can also be useful in building things like containers and creating raised beds. These are the most basic of tools when it comes to landscaping. Every home should have them. They make just about every landscaping endeavor possible. With a shovel you can remove sod and turn soil, as well as dig the holes necessary for planting trees and constructing hardscapes. Rakes are essential to smooth out planting beds and prepare the ground for things like sod without packing the dirt. Trowels and hand cultivators allow you to perform the fine work that requires more attention to detail. All of these tools are necessary for you to properly care for your landscape.

Other indispensable tools:

Lawn mower: This is perhaps one of the most common and most obvious of landscaping tools. You might not realize it, but mowing the lawn is an essential part of any landscape. A lawn mower is therefore a critical part of doing your landscaping yourself. Buying a lawn mower can be a bit tricky with all the accessories available today. The fact is a second hand lawn mower that works well can be just as good as a brand new model. If you have a large area to mow, you will probably want to invest in a riding lawn mower to save time and aching muscles.

Common Landscaper Tools Weed Whacker: They are a great add to the lawnmower in the trimming department in keeping the edges that can’t be cut nice and neat by a mower. They are essential for trimming around fences and beside patios, and around any fruit trees or berry canes. The best models come with attachments, appropriate to chopping down a variety of weeds of the hardier varieties especially if you have slacked off lately and allowed some to grow bigger. These can be very difficult for the average string-and-coil whacker.

Common Landscaper Tools Pruners and shears: These tools are used to keep the appearance of woody plants and trees trim and neat. They are also used to keep plants from encroaching on another’s area, and they promote the overall health of the plants. They help maintain a neat appearance, and in maintaining a set shape. There are hand pruners , tools that help with the smaller branches and are easier to use, loppers for getting thicker branches that are too large for pruners, and even pruning saws that can help you with the toughest of branches. You will also need some hedge shears to keep your hedges trimmed and looking good.

Wheelbarrow: A wheelbarrow will always be of infinite use for the avid landscaper. They make it possible for one person to carry a load that otherwise one person would not be able to handle. They are indispensable for moving debris as well as bringing plants and tools to where they are needed. For the serious landscaper, a wheelbarrow is indeed necessary.

Over time you will discover you never have all of the tools you want to take care of your landscape. But then some of us are never satisfied. Buying quality tools can save you money in the long run, if you take care of them as they will last you for years. Proper care of your tools ensures that you will be able to properly care for your landscape.

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