Landscaping and yard work takes up a good deal of time for many homeowners. The home landscape requires considerable effort and the correct tools for this job make the work easier and faster. Basic tools for landscaping include items for digging, weed removal and pruning. Gather these basic tools for use around the home as part of a well-stocked shed. Clean landscaping tools after each use and store items away from moisture to ensure a long life for your tools.
A standard spade really operates as the workhorse around the landscape. Spades come in a variety of styles, shapes and designs. The best, all-purpose shovel features a grip handle to aid in digging and sharp blade. This model allows the user to place plenty of torque against the handle for lifting hard soil and root balls.
Garden hoes serve as a primary tool for light weeding in the garden. Garden hoes resemble an upside-down shovel with a straight-edged sharp blade. The blade scrapes the top 1 to 2 inches of dirt to remove loose weeds and soil. Hoes can be used for careful cultivation and weed removal around plants. Gardeners also use hand-held hoes to make quick work of weeding around tight spots in the garden bed.
Rakes don't only work well for collecting leaves. Rakes can be used in a variety of tasks throughout the landscape. Lead rakes feature wider tines and metal versions can be quite flexible. Bow rakes have 2- to 3-inch-wide tines on a curved arm extending off a solid handle. Gardeners use bow rakes for cultivation to stir up the top layers of soil or to spread mulch.
Imagine an upside down bent fork and you've got the perfect image of a three-prong cultivator. This handy garden tool works the soil to a depth of 5 to 6 inches. Three-prong cultivators have long handles to limit bending. The sharp prongs jab into the soil to stir up the top layers of dirt.
Wheelbarrows serve as a work cart for hauling all manner of landscaping materials around the property. These tools feature a wide basin-like tub with a front inflated wheel. Two handles protrude off the back with support brackets extending to the ground for balance. Gardeners use wheelbarrows to haul mulch, grass clippings, plants and some actually mix their soil additives in the scooped basin for adding to gardens.
Landscapers need sharp pruning shears to perform the inevitable clips, cuts and trimming required around the yard. Pruning shears feature slightly curved blades that can be easily angled to make pruning cuts. Pruning shears have a safety catch to keep the clippers closed when not in use and higher end models come with cushioned handles. Pruning shears should be used to cut branches smaller than three-quarters of an inch.
Pruning loppers feature longer handles and blades for the gardener to have additional leverage when cutting branches up to 2 inches in width. Loppers can trim small tree branches and gardeners often use this versatile cutting tool to prune shrubs.
Add a lawn mower to your arsenal of landscaping tools to cover regular care and maintenance of the lawn. Mulching lawnmowers chop grass clippings into small pieces to return these cuttings to the lawn. Lawn mowers also serve as an essential tool to collect and chop up leaves in the fall.