Landscaping tools can be found in garden shops, hardware stores, and other shops throughout the world. There are so many tools that it can be difficult to know what landscaping tools are useful and needed and which will probably remain in your garage. To have a great garden you really only need a handful of tools. The following are five tools that are essential for any landscaper or gardener.


The most important landscaping tool of them all is the shovel. In order to put in plants you need to dig holes, and this is where the shovel is most important. It is handy to have a full-size shovel in your tools but if you only have a patio garden or small area to work in you may only need a hand shovel. Shovels can be used to plant large plants like trees or shrubs and can be used to make the small ridges when planting seeds.


If you have a large area or extensive lawn then a wheelbarrow will save you a lot of time and backache. Wheelbarrows are key to transport leaves, rocks, dirt and other yard waste that you want to remove. Wheelbarrows will come in handy when you least expect it and can easily be stored when not in use. You may not need it all the time but when you do, you will be glad it is in your landscaping tool collection.


A rake is the best tool for gathering dead leaves, grass clippings, pine needles and other lawn debris. Rakes are the most eco-friendly tools, as they don’t use gas like leaf blowers and are very quiet. Besides gathering leaves rakes can be used to spread straw and mulch on large beds. It is an important tool for your lawn as well as your flower, fruit or vegetable beds.


To keep your lawn looking its best you will need to trim or prune your shrubs, lawn and other plants. Pruning is important for certain plants to grow and trimming can keep unruly plants from growing all over the place. There are many types of pruners with small, hand held pruners being the most popular. You can also find pruners that will take care of larger shrubs and small branches; these have much longer blades then a hand held pruner. Shears and saws can also be handy if you have a lot of large trees and shrubs in your garden.

Watering Can

Sometimes garden hoses just won’t reach the area you need to water and that is when the watering can comes in handy. Depending on your garden you may not have a garden hose and will use a watering can to do all of your watering. If you have container plants or newly planted seeds then a watering can is a must. The watering can gently waters plants and will not wash away any newly planted seeds.

These are just the top five basic landscaping tools you need to care for your garden. As you get more specialized you’ll be buying more specific tools as you need them.

Cindy Heller is a professional writer. To learn more about landscaping tools, please visit backyard landscaping ideas.

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