Landscaping adds value to your property; it combines aesthetics with functionality, creating a beautiful lawn that is easier to maintain. However, do-it-yourself landscaping is a sizable project, and requires specialized landscaping equipment. You may need anything from a basic shovel to a professional-quality excavator to help you create the outdoor space you've envisioned.
The most basic piece of landscaping equipment is a shovel. From adding soil to your flowerbed to clearing out a space for decorative stones in your yard, the shovel is a primary and important tool that can be used for all the stages of do-it-yourself landscaping.
Another piece of equipment that you might already have is a rake. Rakes use their teeth to gather leaves or grass and can be used throughout the landscaping process for clearing dead grass from your yard, loosening soil and performing light weeding or leveling tasks.
The third basic tool that every landscaper needs is a wheelbarrow. Often, you'll be working with a considerable amount of heavy materials, and the wheelbarrow makes transporting them much easier. Sod, stepping stones, mulch and lawn edgings are good examples of common landscaping materials you may need a wheelbarrow to transport.
All three of these tools can be used to prepare your yard for landscaping by removing elements you don't want while making it easier to distribute elements you do want. Additionally, you'll get plenty of use from your shovel, rake and wheelbarrow during your regular yard maintenance.
You'll find that there are just some parts of your landscape plan that can't be done with the tools already in your garage. When this happens, you'll need to rent or buy some specialized landscaping equipment.
A stump grinder is essential if you're planning on removing trees and bushes. While it's extremely time-consuming to dig out the stump of a tree, renting a stump grinder can be expensive. However, when you have many stumps to clear, getting a stump grinder to help you is often the best option.
A garden tractor can quickly and efficiently mow large plots of land. If the yard or field you're landscaping is large, investing in a garden tractor can save you lots of time in the long run. The garden tractor can also help during the landscaping process by tilling or turning soil.
Finally, an excavator is used for heavy-duty projects. Compact excavators are used to dig ponds and lift or place large rocks.
While all these tools can be purchased both new and used, they're also usually available for rent at home improvement stores and industrial equipment retailers.