Manual Landscaping Tools

Using manual landscaping tools in your garden allows you to achieve the results you want while maintaining a green lifestyle. Because manual tools are operated by hand, there is no use of fuels that cause environmental pollution or the expenditure of energy. Additionally, you hold the power to determine each cut and result for more precise design.

Pruning Shears

Pruning shears are one of the most significant landscaping tools to have in your collection, notes the University of Minnesota Extension. For cuts up to 3/4 inch in diameter, you can keep shrubs, bushes and small trees neat and healthy.

Lopping Shears

Like pruning shears, lopping shears trim landscape plants but allow you to cut branches up to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. The longer handles make cuts easier in taller or denser plants, according to the University of Minnesota Extension.

Hand Saws

Hand saws have a sharp, serrated edge that cuts through thick branches with a back and forth motion that slowly grinds through wood. Hand saws come in a variety of styles for branch diameters up to 4 inches, according to the University of Minnesota Extension.

Lawn Rake

Particularly in areas with a large amount of leaf litter from trees, a manual landscaping tool for the collection of fallen leaves is essential. As an alternative to the electric leaf blower, garden rakes have teeth made of plastic or metal with a long handle for ease of gathering leaves, particularly those caught in grassy areas.

Shovel

When it comes to digging and moving soil in the yard, a shovel is a necessary manual tool. Shovels provide you with the ability to transport large amounts of soil from one area to another and to dig large holes. Particularly when covering areas of your landscape with mulch, shovels offer a substantial metal scoop to haul heavy soil or manure.

Spade

A spade is a smaller shovel-like manual tool for digging smaller areas. If you're transplanting one small plant, for example, a spade gives you the right digging action.

Wheelbarrow

A wheelbarrow helps hauling large amounts of soil, manure or other materials across the landscape. Wheelbarrows are generally made out of metal and have two handles to hoist the wheelbarrow up while pushing it forward on a central wheel.

Push Mower

Push mowers are human-operated lawn mowers. The benefit of a push mower is that there is no need for electricity or fuel. Because push mowers are powered completely by the strength of the person pushing it, it is both a benefit and a potential drawback. Though you may appreciate the physical workout, children must realize the lawn mower has sharp blades and is not a toy. Additionally, those told to avoid strenuous work or who suffer from a severe health condition should take caution and contact a doctor before use.

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Tarah Damask's writing career, beginning in 2003, includes experience as a fashion writer/editor for Neiman Marcus, short fiction publications in "North Texas Review," a self-published novel, band biographies, charter school curriculum, and articles for eHow. She has a love for words and is an avid observer. Damask holds a Master of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of North Texas.