Are you thinking about upgrading your collection of landscaping tools and equipment? Now’s the perfect time to do it, with warmer weather on the way, nature in bloom and our desire for outdoor space on the up. An early-pandemic survey found 9 in 10 people believed natural spaces to be good for mental health and wellbeing, while new buyers increasingly sought gardens or balconies.
All that means little if your toolkit isn’t up to the job, of course. While they say a good workman doesn’t blame his tools, having quality equipment will help you produce neater, longer-lasting results in less time. Better satisfied customers should also boost your referrals, keeping you in business all season long.
So which items should you add to your shopping list? Read up on some solid options worth considering below.
A Cordless Strimmer
A strimmer is likely to be one of your most regularly used tools, making light work of overgrown areas and weeds as well as grass edges. Investing in a quality cordless strimmer will make your work even quicker and easier, as they’re lighter to carry and manoeuvre than petrol options, and don’t restrict your movement like corded models do.
And while early cordless options had limited battery life, modern editions will run for more than long enough – especially if you carry spare batteries.
Better Hand Tools
You’d be forgiven for thinking hand tools are just hand tools. How much can they really improve? But if you invested in basic options when starting out, upgrading will make your work more efficient and comfortable.
Tools with wood or coated-metal handles are good options, but tubular steel or fibre-glass handles will last you a lifetime. Similarly, tools with seamless construction will never come loose, while long-handled tools with D-shaped handles are easier on your body over time.
A Battery-Powered Lawn Mower
Every gardener dreams of a lush, neat lawn, so lawn mowers will always be in demand. But just like the case for a cordless strimmer, a battery-powered lawn mower could make your life a whole lot easier – especially when working on medium-to-large plots.
Battery lawnmowers are also quieter than their petrol counterparts, reducing the risks of riling your clients’ neighbours. Modern lithium-ion options last longer than nickel-cadmium versions, though they cost more too.
Setting Out Tools
Setting out is essential in landscaping for ensuring neat results that are faithful to design plans and specifications. If you overlook this step or rely on poor equipment, you risk wasting expensive materials and causing delays.
Laser levels are great for guaranteeing accuracy over long distances, making them a must-buy if you want to deliver on larger commercial projects. Set squares meanwhile are vital in setting out right angles for paths and borders.
Could any of these tools help take your projects to the next level?