Trimmer, edger, blower and hedge trimmer. The trimmer is used to get to grass that grows in places the mower can’t get to such as around mailbox posts or trees. An edger eliminates the grass that grows over the edge of sidewalks, driveways, and other borders.
A backpack blower is for directing stray clippings back onto the lawn. Lastly, a hedge trimmer puts the final touches on your stately borders. A commercial electric model can be a pain since you have to look around for an outside electrical outlet. You may want to pick up a cordless rechargeable model instead, which you can get at a home improvement store.
Here are some basic tools you might need to work on flower beds, gardens, berms and other areas as a lawn care professional:
Pick: for piercing
Mattock: for cutting and chopping roots
Hoses: 50-footers are typical
Dandelion tool: a chisel-like tool that can fit in your pants pocket
Pointed and square-edged shovels: for breaking up loose earth
Spade: for digging up just about anything
Spading fork: square-tined implement that doesn’t bend or lose its shape
Hoe: long-handled for cultivating; scuffle hoe for chopping weeds
Pruning saw: for getting in between branches
Hedge shears: the low-tech manual ones for shaping topiaries, gas or electric shears for hedges
Commercial tool and blade sharpener: to keep edges neat and sharp
Pruners: with a sheath
Loppers: for cutting off heavy branches
Chalk wheel: for making temporary lines
Flagging tape: for surveying, mapping, tagging, and other marking applications
Marking paint applicator: a tool used to put down lines on concrete, grass or many other surfaces
According to the experts, if you’re purchasing everything new, a $5,000 to $6,000 budget will cover the costs of your essential tools.