Justin White, Landscaping Lessons│Top 10 Landscaping Tools Every Home Needs – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Gardening and landscaping go hand in hand, but the right tool in hand can make all the difference. Whether you’re preparing a summer herb garden bed, pruning back perennials, or removing dead shrubs, safety and efficiency are ensured by using the right equipment for the job. Get to the bottom of this and dig up these landscaping tools to make sure your collection is complete.


The shovel comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and is an essential part of a landscaper’s repertoire. From digging holes to planting larger bushes and plants, the shovel is your tool in the shed. Make sure you choose a handle that fits your height to avoid back strain.


A trowel is used for smaller planting and digging and is ideal for potted flowers or vegetables. As a mini shovel, it’s another must-have for your garden tool box.


Similar to scissors, scissors help cut off small branches and twigs or remove dead flower heads.


If your shears just don’t cut it, it may be a job for the loppers! With longer handles for better leverage and larger blades, loppers are designed to cut branches that are too thick for the shears.


Use sharp scissors to cut back the bushes cleaner than Edward Scissorhands. In addition to pruning shrubs and hedges, these extra-large scissors are ideal for shaping and cutting multiple branches with a single snippet.

Digging fork

Loosen with this helpful garden tool and sift through the soil. Compared to the shovel, the digging fork can break up stubborn clumps of dirt and is great for turning compost. If your garden tool budget allows, jumping in a rototiller can help save your back here.

Garden rake

As spring approaches quickly, the garden rake will soon appear regularly. This tool helps with tillage, preparing for sowing, leveling out mulch or even used to remove straw from your grass, to name a few.

Leaf rake

Leaves aren’t the only thing rakes can remove from your garden. A leaf rake is also useful for removing other debris or dead leaves from your landscaped beds and lawns.

Garden hose

Don’t go for a cheap product, invest in a high quality rubber casting spool that will last for years. Combine it with a sturdy, multi-setting spray nozzle and hosing down your garden becomes a breeze. Don’t keep the hose away from extreme weather conditions … or when puppies are teething!


A wheelbarrow can perform a wide variety of functions for your gardening tasks. The wheelbarrow makes heavy loads seem light, from lugging around all of the above tools, to hauling piles of dirt, moving firewood, to moving large plants.

It doesn’t take the sharpest tool in the shed to know that a charming outdoor space requires routine upkeep and maintenance. Build your landscape depot with the above arsenal and you can easily handle just about any home project.

Justin White is the CEO of K&D Landscaping, headquartered in Watsonville, California, and was named Business of the Year 2020 by the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce. White is also the current president of the local chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) on the central coast. He is involved in several nonprofits across the community. For more information on landscaping, outdoor and gardening requirements, contact K&D Landscaping at kndlandscaping.com.

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