They say that a poor
craftsman often blames his tools. Well, in the landscape,
there is a whole array of equipment that you may or may not
want to buy. It all depends on the size of your property and
your personal preferences.
Generally, garden equipment
falls into two broad categories. Hand equipment is all you
need for most projects. Power equipment comes into play when
you have a large landscape or very limited time available.
A few categories of garden
tools or equipment would include:
Cables for Trees - When
that old specimen oak begins to split apart but you want
to try to keep it going a few more years, an arborist
can sometimes pull it together with cables.
Carts - From wheelbarrows
to those nice ones with bicycle tiers, garden cards help
relieve your aching back.
Edging - Many people like
to make the edges of their beds and borders more
permanent and there are an array of materials for this
purpose. Or, you can just cut new lines every spring
and, perhaps, once more during the growing season.
Irrigation - From hand
watering to automatic, in-ground systems, there are a
lot of ways of providing needed moisture to our
Pruning - Removing dead,
diseases or dying parts of plants can be a routine chore
in the landscape. Also, keeping plants to a size and
shape you desire will require some pruning.
Staking - Although not
always needed, sometimes it is desirable to provide some
extra support for our landscape plants.
Support - Certain plants,
especially vines, need support to get them up, off the
ground. There are a variety of techniques for helping
these plants head toward the sun.
Tillers - When preparing
new beds and borders, a power tiller can come in handy
to save your aching back.
Visit our image galleries for
pictures of a wide array of different hardscape features for the
landscape. Our intent is to give you some ideas about the variety of
options available in each of the categories we cover. Some are the
standard type while others may be unique or unusual. There will be
features you might want to copy and others that you may want to
avoid. Good luck!