Tools Every Do-It-Yourself Landscaper Needs
There's no doubt that choosing to do your own landscaping is the best way for a lot of people to go. Not only do you save a lot of money by not hiring professionals to do a job, you're also going to enjoy a lot of time outside. Landscaping is a good practice and a great way to spend the afternoon. Any custom landscape design will need a variety of tools, from basic to0 high tech, to get the job done right. Here are some of the tools you need to do your own landscaping. Software: Yes, believe it or not, a good landscaping program can be essential when designing the layout of your lawn and garden. I use the Punch! Master Landscape & Home Design software. I bought this program back in 2003 for my wife, and we've been using it a lot since then. The 3D Photoview technology allows us to take digital photos of our home and garden and then make any changes to the screen before we put them into effect in our yard. The PlantFinder allows us to find plants that are best suited to the soil and climate conditions in which we live, and even has a calculator to help us estimate the costs of plants from different stores. This is just as high tech as I get when it comes to landscaping, though. Lawn mower: You may not realize it, but mowing the lawn is an essential part of any landscape. A lawn mower is therefore a critical part of your own landscaping. Buying a lawn mower can be a tricky business-you can get models with everything but a kitchen sink. The fact is, a second-hand lawn mower that works can be just as good as a brand-new model right from the catalogues. If you have a large area to mow, you'll probably want to invest in a riding lawn mower to save time and aching muscles. Weed Whacker: There are points on your lawn that your mower will not reach, around the fences and right next to the patios, around any fruit trees or berry canes. You're going to need a good weed wacker for these. The best models come with a number of attachments, suitable for cutting down a variety of weeds-especially if you've slackened and allowed some of the tougher varieties to grow. These could be the death of the average string-and-coil whacker, and you'll need some good plastic to stand up to them. There are several other tools that every landscaper needs, most of them relatively low tech compared to the ones mentioned above. A variety of shovels, rakes and tools are essential, as are a good pair of gloves. All of these tools will depend on what you have planted in your landscaping, and even more complicated designs may require some basic knowledge of electricity, carpentry, and hydroponics.