Each gardener chooses a particular set of tools to perform the daily and weekly tasks of landscape maintenance. The wide range of tools varies as much as the preferences of the user. The best landscaping tools offer sturdy construction, strong handles, and multiple functionality around the yard. Landscapers use both hand and power tools to maintain a beautiful yard.
The good old lawnmower graduated long ago to an efficient machine that mulches grass clippings to promote less waste and a thick dense lawn. Larger properties require the use of a push mower or lawn tractor to tackle the weekly chore of mowing. Mowers feature adjustable decks to allow landscapers to cut grass to the optimum height of 2 to 3 inches. This mowing height encourages deep root growth and limits the amount of dead grass accumulating at the soil level.
Sprinklers don't offer landscapers a comprehensive way to water grass and garden areas. Low-volume irrigation systems include pop up sprinklers, soaker hoses, porous hoses and drip systems. Sprinkler systems feature strategically spaced sprinkler heads that water specific areas of a property at the optimum time with the least amount of water necessary. Landscapers bury soaker and porous hoses in garden beds to release water deeply into the soil.
Drip irrigation systems typically serve nurseries but can be used around the home landscape. All methods work on the premise of slow application of water to an area to allow time for moisture to percolate deeply into the soil. The resulting deep watering requires less water usage over time.
Round Blade Shovel
Few tools serve as many functions as the plain round-blade shovel. Shovels have either straight handles or shortened handles topped by a D-shaped hand grip. Shovel blades feature an oblong shape with an indentation down the center that forms a gentle point in the middle of the blade. Landscapers use shovels for planting trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials. Use for the shovel includes cultivation of soil, weed removal, and trench edging.
Turf edgers offer the landscaper a quick way to neaten the dividing line between pavement and lawn. Edgers feature a rotating blade on a frame with a wheeled base. The wheels stabilize the blade to produce a sharp, straight edge. Commercial landscapers use a variation of this tool called a stick edger. This tool features the same rotating blade and only has one wheel as a stabilizing guide. Many homeowners also use a string trimmer to edge the landscape. This motor-driven tool features a rapidly spinning disc of plastic twine to cut grass blades.
The complete landscape arsenal must include a standard garden hoe. This tool features a long handle attached to a 90-degree angled blade. Blades feature widths up to 6 inches. Landscapers use this tool for weeding large and small areas of the landscape. Hoes work well between existing ornamental plants and dig about 1 to 2 inches into the top layers of soil.