You don’t have to be a lawn and garden aficionado to know that a vast assortment of landscaping tools await the industrious homeowner. From dozens of different types of hoes to gloves for every task, edgers, trimmers, weed eaters, and other gadgets, it’s easy to spend a fortune on “essentials” to keep your yard in tip-top shape. But you don’t have to break the bank. We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 essential landscaping tools you need. These no-nonsense tools will help you get the job done more efficiently than ever.
1. Round Point Shovel
This is one of the most basic of basic tools to have on hand and an absolute essential no matter what type of yard you’re maintaining.
2. Grub Hoe and Pic
This versatile tool is great for weeding, planting and loosening up dirt in your beds.
3. Leaf Rake
Unless you live in the dead center of a city, you’ll want a leaf rake to gather stray leaves, trimmings and other landscaping debris.
A wheelbarrow might seem bulky, but it’s a must. Opt for a wheelbarrow with a plastic bucket. It will be lighter to push around and you won’t have to worry about rust.
You’ll want to choose the right lawnmower for the type of yard you have. For smaller, flat lawns, an inexpensive lawn mower will probably work just fine. For larger properties, though, you’ll want to choose a self-propelled or riding mower.
6. Utility Knife
One of the smaller items to put in your toolshed, a retractable utility knife will always be useful whether you’re cutting weed eater string or opening a bag of potting soil.
7. Hand Trowel
A hand trowel is a must-have for weeding and planting seedlings.
A standard hoe will help you loosen up flower beds and prepare the ground for planting.
9. Push Broom or Yard Brush
This will help you keep hard yard surfaces and sidewalks clean and clear of debris.
Last, but not least, a chainsaw. Chainsaws are indispensable, particularly if you have trees that need trimming or wood to cut.
Obviously, your property has its own unique flavor and landscaping needs, so this list might not be comprehensive, but it’s a great place to start!