Whether landscaping is your profession or your hobby, it can be a lot of hard work. To make it a bit easier on yourself, and potentially find yourself with better and more beautiful results, let’s discuss some helpful equipment and tools that landscapers need to make their landscaping more efficient, effective, and much easier on your body.
Rakes and Pruning Shears
Rakes and pruning shears have always been basic staples of landscaping, but are you familiar with their varieties? Do you know when to best make use of each variety? For instance, there are two kinds of rakes you should have in your arsenal: a steel rake and a leaf rake. The steel rake is used for tougher jobs like moving soil, gravel, compost, or mulch, while the leaf rake will be used to remove debris, such as twigs, leaves, and other loose, lightweight fauna. This will give you the versatility you need to properly prepare the soil and other materials that will form the foundation of your landscaping without causing you too much strain or effort.
Manual pruning shears will allow you to remove branches up to one inch in thickness. If you want to prune branches bigger than that, you’ll need an electric-powered shear. Beyond that, however, a normal manual pair of pruning shears will be ideal for the majority of landscaping work.
Electric vs. Gas Power Tools
Speaking of power tools, automatic tools are one of the best innovations in helpful equipment and tools that landscapers need. They remove a lot of the hard work and tedium that would otherwise be necessary to do everything manually. Power tools come in two forms: electric and gas-powered. You don’t need power tools of both types as you would have both steel and leaf rakes. Instead, the primary considerations are that electric tools are a bit quieter and rechargeable, whereas gas-powered tools are typically more powerful.
Personal Protection Equipment
Landscaping can be hard on the body, and the tools you use can potentially injure you if you’re not careful. To protect yourself, two basic pieces of protective equipment you’ll need are leather work gloves and kneepads. The kneepads will spare your knees as you work on the ground, and the leather gloves will keep your hands from becoming injured from accidents or strenuous tasks. Whenever you use power tools, you should also have eye protection to ensure nothing like sawdust or dirt flies into your eyes while you work.