A garage can easily get cluttered with all the various
landscape maintenance equipment needed to keep a
landscape healthy, clean, safe, attractive, and well manicured.
But do you really need all those tools?
The home gardener really only needs one good spade, a square
shovel, a large and small rake, a hoe and a large and small
trowel. Of course if you have a lawn you will also need a good
lawnmower and a weed-eater.
A good shovel should be at the top of your list of landscape
maintenance equipment. A pointed shovel is referred to as a
spade. This is needed for digging up weeds, planting a tree,
and for turning over the dirt. A square shovel is used to make
a path smooth and for snow removal.
Two rakes should be adequate, a large and small one. The
smaller rake, maybe 6 to 8 inches wide is great for cleaning
out the flower bed. A bigger rake will be needed to for the
larger job of clearing leaves from the lawn.
Trowels come in large and small sizes as well. The hand
trowel with its shorter handle is used for making smaller holes
to accept smaller plants such as in a small flower bed. The
trowel that has a longer handle would be used to carve out rows
for planting a larger vegetable garden.
The home gardener would also need a set of shears and
pruners. The shears would be for keep neatly trimmed hedges and
bushes. The pruners are used for the larger job of cutting back
the dead branches from fruit trees to allow new growth during
the next growing season.
Another important piece of landscape maintenance equipment
would be the wheelbarrow or wagon. These can aid in moving
various plants, bushes, trees and rocks to the desired
location. This tool, can be helpful in saving the user from
back injury due to heavy lifting.
The lawnmower is a vital piece of landscape maintenance
equipment. There are several types of mowers, which one you get
depends on your needs. Do you have a large piece of property?
If so you would need a ride-on lawnmower. If you just have a
small side yard to mow a small push mower would do the job.
Most people need an in between size power mower.
The power mowers are very versatile. They can be used for
cutting the lawn, clearing brush, mulching, and even to pick up