Every landscape gardener needs their own tools and equipment. There is a significant capital outlay at first, or you could hire some of the more expensive equipment—particularly if you initially don’t use it that often. You can then purchase more as the money starts rolling in.
You’ll need to do a lot of research and scouting in order to get the best deals for your equipment or tools. But whether you’re looking for a skid steer for sale, or a garden rake, be sure to get the best quality. They’ll last longer, so you’ll spend less money in the long run.
A skid steer is a great option for your business. It’s a piece of machinery that can make tight turns and fit into small spaces. You can clear a space very easily with it—you can cut down tall grasses, and even small trees with the rotary brush.
Not only that, but you can grind stumps, chip wood, till the ground, aerate the soil, level an area or move ground. You can also carry equipment and materials, and move soil instead of using a wheelbarrow.
A hedge trimmer can be battery-driven or connected to the mains. It’s used to easily trim hedges. All you do is hold the machine sideways, close to the hedge, and the work is done for you.
This marvellous piece of machinery is used to blow the leaves in a certain direction. It eliminates the need for labour-intensive raking. Once you’ve gathered the leaves into a pile, all you need to do is place them in a bag.
An edge trimmer can be used to trim any grass verge. It’s useful particularly around flower beds, where you wouldn’t be able to use a lawn edger. You simply hold the machine on the edge of the grass, and the nylon cord cuts it. You can either rake up the grass cuttings, or leave them in the beds to provide natural compost, depending on the homeowner’s preference.
Machines like the tiller make life so much easier for the gardener. If you’re going to be tilling any land for planting flowers or vegetables, it’s invaluable. You dig up the soil—even clay soils—with this machinery, with great ease. You can go far faster than hand-tilling tools, and it means less back-breaking work.
A lawn aerator is a long rotating steel unit with spikes on it. You can get manual aerators, but a more efficient tool is a power tool, so invest in this. It makes the soil below the grass less compacted, allowing water, oxygen and nutrients to flow freely.
The lawn edger enables you to cut the grass precisely. It’s used next to paths, or places where you need an exact edge. It will enable you to create very neat paths. The ground has to be more or less the same level on both sides of the edger, so don’t use it near flower beds.
A chainsaw is used for cutting branches and trees. You do have to have some muscle strength, to prevent it jumping out of your hands and injuring you. There are protective mechanisms preventing it from operating if this does happen, but it’s better to have a strong grip all the same
You need to wear goggles when working with a chainsaw, to prevent splinters of wood flying into your eyes.
An electrical pole pruner is a tool that allows you to cut branches higher up without the use of ladders. The saw blade is on the end of a very long pole, which facilitates tree surgery.
A garden shredder safely enables you to take garden waste, such as branches and leaves, and mulch them into usable chips for the garden, or for mulch. It’ll certainly save you money, because you cut down on waste, and those trips to the rubbish dumps.
There are a host of tools which you’ll need in addition to this:
- Secateurs for cutting small branches.
- Spades and forks for finer digging, lifting and transplanting.
- A rake for raking stones and chippings.
Watering cans, hoes and weeders, hoses, gloves, buckets, wheelbarrows, a retractable safety knife, and safety gear are further essentials.
There is a huge investment to make before you start a landscaping business. However, the investment will be worth your while in terms of both speed of work done and ease of work. You’ll be able to get far more done with power tools, and therefore get paid more. This means that your investment won’t take long before it pays off, and you start reaping the profits.