Basic Tools Needed to Start Your Landscaping Business
Before starting your own landscaping business, it is important to have the right tools. After all, if one wishes to have a successful landscaping business, it is best to make sure that you have all of the tools necessary to create an attractive landscape for your customers. By understanding some of the most common tools used for basic landscaping needs, you can ensure that you have everything you need to keep your customer’s lawns in the best possible shape, ensuring repeat customers for years to come.
Shovels, rakes, trowels, and hand cultivators
These are the most basic of tools when it comes to landscaping. Every landscaping company should be supplied with these basic implements. They make just about every landscaping endeavor possible. Shovels to remove the sod and turn the soil, as well as dig the holes necessary for fixtures like trees and hardscapes. Rakes are essential to smooth out planting beds and prepare the ground for things like sod without packing the dirt. Trowels and hand cultivators allow you to perform work that requires more attention to detail. All of these tools are necessary for the proper care of landscapes.
Pruners and shears
These tools are used to improve the appearance of woody plants and trees. They keep plants from encroaching in other areas, and they also promote the overall health of the plants. Prunes and shears help maintain a neat appearance, and if you have topiary concerns, they are indispensable in maintaining a set shape. There are hand pruners – tools that help with the smaller branches and are easier to use. Loppers for getting thicker branches that are too large for pruners, and even pruning saws that can help you with the toughest of branches. Hedge shears provide a way for hedges to be trimmed more conscientiously than with electric or gas-run trimmers (although these are widely available and can make maintaining hedges much easier).
This is perhaps one of the most common and most obvious of landscaping tools. It is meant to keep the grass at a reasonable level, and to keep the lawn neat and healthy. Related to lawnmowers in the trimming department are things like weed whackers, which are very useful in keeping edges that can’t be cut by a mower nice and neat. Additionally, the use of some special machinery, designed to eliminate thick brush is useful to have on hand, even it is only in the form of a machine rented once a year.
A wheelbarrow will always be of infinite use for the landscaping professional. Wheelbarrows are very useful for moving debris as well as bringing needed implements to their proper places. They haul dirt and bring in plants. They make it possible for one person to carry a load that otherwise she or he would not be able to handle.
Other tools of interest
Of course, there are specialty tools that may be needed depending upon the features of the landscape you are working with. For water fixtures, it is important to make sure that you have the proper pumps and filters, and that you have little skimmers that can allow you to remove larger pieces of debris from the water. You should have a garden hose for special watering and cleaning needs. Regular household tools such as hammer and nails, levels, and drills are necessary for building landscape features like patios, decks, pergolas, and trellises. They can also be useful in building things like containers and creating raised beds.
When you have all of the tools necessary to take care of a variety of landscaping jobs, then you are one step closer to starting your landscaping business. Acquiring the more common tools upfront can save you money in the long run, as they can be used over and over again. Additionally, many of the more common landscape tools are fairly small in size and easy to store in a garage or a shed and transport in your truck or trailer. As long as they are kept neatly arranged in place, they are easy to get to when needed, and not hard to find. Proper maintenance of your tools is important: keep them from becoming rusty, and make sure your lawnmower and other gas or electric implements are well oiled and always have plenty of gas. Proper care of your tools ensures that you will be able to properly care for your landscape and ensures that they last for many years.