The Excavating Tools a Professional Landscaper Should Own

In landscaping, not every landscaping tools need complex, high-tech machines. Majority of landscaping hand tools are surprisingly simple. You may need a bunch of manual used landscaping tools, including trowels, shovels and a lot more.


A shovel is one of the most simple garden tools out there and you’ll probably use it all the time for digging holes, so you want to get one of good quality. Although wood-handled shovels work fine, most landscapers prefer a fiberglass or steel handle for commercial work. A shovel is usually an excellent tool to splurge a bit on for improved quality. It’s advisable to use a shovel with a head made from stainless steel. It’s light, durable, and easy to clean. It’s also good practice to sharpen your shovel a few times each year.  


For tougher jobs such as moving soil, gravel, compost, or mulch, use a steel headed rake . The lighter leaf rake is used for leaves, twigs, and similar lightweight debris.  Wooden handles are also just as fine for both types of rakes.

Pruning Shears

These are typically used to remove branches. Generally, hand-powered pruning shears can cut through branches up to one-inch thick. For anything larger, you’ll want gas or electric-powered shears. Always ensure that there is a power source for your electric powered shear.

Not all tools used in commercial landscaping are simple hand tools. You’ll also make use of some power tools, too.  While you don’t want to exhaust your funds, it’s usually a good investment to buy good-quality power tools. Well-made tool work more conveniently and are less likely to break down. Always choose power tools from large, well-established brands. It’s easier to find replacement parts if anything happens. Power tools are either gas or battery-powered. They are mostly preferred because they are more quieter and they are much more powerful compared to simple hand tools.

Lawn Mower

A lawn mower might just be the most powerful piece of equipment. As much it is expensive, putting a chunk of your budget for a lawn mower can be a good investment in several ways. A high quality lawn mower allows you to complete work faster and efficiently. And, it also helps convey an image of expertise. For professional use, you want a blade with a diameter of 30” or more. Anything smaller will prevent you from mowing quickly. Plus, smaller mowers usually break down easier and generally require more maintenance.  

Grass Trimmer

This is often used  to tackle weeds and grasses. It’s used to provide a finishing edge against trees, sidewalks, and other lawn features. Just like lawnmowers, trimmers are either gas or electric powered.