10+ Tools That Every DIY Home Landscaper Should Own

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We all know that landscaping is an art. Many landscapers create beautiful gardens and art pieces for their property. Many experienced landscapers make a lot of money from the great work and art they create, and from their ability to create an aesthetic of stone, natural flowers and natural plants.

It’s necessary to plan your lawn and garden on your property so you can eventually create a beautiful setting around your house. And once your landscape is finished, it’ll turn the heads of anyone passing by.

But how can you create a beautiful landscape? You need the right tools.

In this article, I’m going to go over some of the most essential items every DIY home landscaper should own:

1. Lawn Mower

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Lawn mower

You’ll be using a lawn mower a lot as a landscaper.

For the best reliability and performance, you should invest in a gasoline-powered lawn mower, and it should have a cutting width of at least 30 inches.

Don’t go cheap when it comes to mowers; they won’t last as long, and you will likely spend a lot more money fixing and replacing parts for it.

Lawn mowers usually sell in the range of $150 to $500, but some professional mowers can retail for over $1000, depending on the brand, features and capabilities.

2. Spade

Tools Every Landscaper Should Own - Spade

This one might be obvious to you, but it’s nevertheless important to mention. In the context of home landscaping, a spade is a tool for digging, lifting, and moving materials such as soil, gravel, snow, and sand.

Along with the trowel, this is perhaps the most fundamental tool you’ll use when working with the earth on your property. Shovels are meant for larger areas of dirt and are commonly used in transplanting bushes and small trees.

You can get a good quality spade for less than $80.

3. String Trimmer

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String trimmer

A lawnmower can take care of the larger swathes of grass, but what about the edges that it can’t reach?

This is where a string trimmer comes in. Also known as a weed-eater or weed-whacker, it’ll take care of grass right up to the edges next to fences, decks, trees, and other objects on your property. It will also handle grass on steep or irregular terrain.

A string trimmer compliments the work of a lawnmower. Both are needed for a neat, complete grass cut. Trimming also makes it easier for a landscaper to tackle yard work.

You can typically get a good string trimmer for less than $150.

4. Leaf Blower

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Leaf blower

A leaf blower clears lawns of fallen leaves and similar debris. It serves a similar function to a rake, but normally does the job twice as fast.

Other advantages of a leaf blower over a rake are that it can remove leaves quickly from hard surfaces like concrete and asphalt, and it can remove leaves from places that are difficult to reach with a rake such as corners, edges, and around objects.

While noisy and less environmentally-friendly than a rake, a leaf blower will save you a lot of time. Note that gas-powered blowers are typically more expensive, more powerful and more reliable than electric blowers.

Prices vary based on the brand and features. They can range anywhere from about $30 to $300 or more.

5. Tiller

Tools Every Landscaper Should Own - Tiller

A tiller is a machine that digs and mixes hard soil into a loose garden bed. It allows you to easily create new beds for your flowers, and also to dig over existing beds. While similar to cultivators, they are designed to be used over a larger area.

The two main types of tillers on the market are front-tine and rear-tine. Rear-tine tillers are larger and designed to break up harder soil over a larger area.

Some of the best manufacturers of tillers are Sun Joe, Greenworks and Earthquake. Tillers can retail between $100 to 1000 and upwards, depending on quality, features, and other factors.

6. Lawn Aerator

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Lawn aerator

A lawn aerator will aerate your lawn, making the grass less compacted and allowing the water, nutrients and oxygen to flow more easily. This will make your grass grow healthier and be more attractive.

There are two types of lawn aerators: spike and core. Spike aerators use solid spikes shaped like wedges to punch holes in the soil. Core aerators have hollow tines that pull out cores (or plugs) from the soil.

Aerators are generally quite cheap at less than $100.

7. Lawn Edger

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Lawn edger

Edgers are used to form distinct boundaries between a lawn and a surface feature such as pavement, concrete, soil, or gravel.

It helps you keep the boundaries of your landscape neat and tidy, and it will save you time and be more efficient as opposed to edging through other means.

Some of the best manufacturers of lawn edgers are WORX, Ryobi, and Craftsman. Decent edgers cost around $100.

8. Chainsaw

Tools Every Landscaper Should Own - Chainsaw

A chainsaw can be incredibly useful for your landscaping activities. It can be used to cut down trees, cut tree limbs, buck (cut felled trees into logs), prune and more. Chainsaws handle jobs that would be very difficult if not impossible to do with hand tools.

It is important to get a quality chainsaw that isn’t too heavy, since you’ll need to pick it up and carry it around a lot. We recommend getting one with a brushless motor.

Makita, DeWALT, and Husqvarna are brands that make excellent chainsaws. Good chainsaws cost anywhere from $150 to $400 and up.

9. Pole Saw & Pruner

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Pole Pruner

These allow you to cut out-of-reach tree limbs without needing a ladder, saving time and reducing danger.

They can be powered (a saw on the end of a pole) or non-powered (a manual pruning saw on the end of a pole). Good pole saws cost around $100.

10. Hedge Trimmer

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Hedge trimmer

It is important to keep the hedges around your property trimmed and in good condition. Hedge trimmers get the job done relatively quickly and painlessly.

Electric hedge trimmers are cheaper and quieter than gas trimmers, but they’re less powerful. If you don’t have many hedges to trim, we recommend getting a lighter electric model.

Hedge trimmers can range from $30 to over $300.

11. Wood Chipper

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Wood chipper

Wood chippers, shredders and mulchers are what you need to turn the wood waste of your garden (usually tree limbs or trunks) into usable wood chips. They are often mounted on wheels on frames meant for towing behind a van or truck, and are hence portable.

Wood chippers have a very large price range, from just over $100 to many thousands of dollars, depending on the type (electric or gas-powered), size, power, capabilities, and other factors. For your home landscaping work, a cheaper and smaller wood chipper should suffice.

12. Snow Blower

Tools Every Landscaper Should Own - Snow Blower
Snow blower

As much focus as there is on your home landscape during the summer, you need to consider winter and snowfall as well. You need a machine that helps you maintain your property during the winter.

Snow blowers (or throwers) clear snow from your lawn, driveways and walkways. Snow blowing with a machine is quicker, easier, and much less intensive than manual shoveling.

As with many landscaping power tools, snow blowers come in electric and gas types. Don’t go cheap with them; it’ll cause you more problems than it’s worth.

If you’re a DIY home landscaper that wants to seriously landscape your property, these tools (among others) will make the job much easier and faster.

Get them now and start building your dream landscape. Good luck!

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2 Responses

  1. Mark says:

    This article lists a lot of bigger power tools. What about spades, hoes, picks, hoses, pruners, etc? These are smaller things but also very important, IMO. Still, good guide.

    • Scott says:

      You’re right, Mark. This list wasn’t meant to be exhaustive, and we’ve left out some things. Other items that would be suitable for this page can be found in our essential items for gardeners post. We will be adding more tools to this list soon. Thanks for your comment.

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