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Updated on December 28, 2023

Pro Tips

7 Essential Tools to Help with Your Backyard Clean Up

The first step to getting a beautiful yard is to equip yourself with the right landscaping tools. Follow our guide to determine what you need to maintain your lawn, flower beds, trees, and vegetable garden.

Before You Start

Many of the tools you commonly use indoors (such as a drill, hammer, and screwdriver set) are bound to come in handy for your outdoor projects too. Discover our 10 must-have tools for new homeowners to make sure you have everything you need.

1
Lawn Mower

For mowing and maintaining a healthy green lawn, every homeowner should have a lawn mower. Manual, electric, push-reel, cordless, gas: buying a lawnmower is essential, but it is also important to choose the product that suits your lawn and your lifestyle. Check out our buying guide to find out how to choose the right lawn mower.
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2
Leaf Blower

A leaf blower is a tool that propels air to clear away leaves and other debris on the ground. It’s much faster and less tiring than sweeping! There are high-power motorized models, and electric or battery-powered ones that are suitable for smaller yards. Battery-powered models are also lighter.
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Pro Tip

There are also blower/vacuums which can blow, vacuum, and shred. In addition to blowing air to remove leaves, the tool can also suck them up to shred them.

3
Pressure Washer

Cleaning your dirty asphalt driveway or your shed’s exterior walls has never been easier thanks to high-pressure water spraying. Kits often include a flexible hose, built-in detergent tank, 2-4 quick-connect nozzles, built-in storage for accessories, puncture-resistant wheels, and a retractable handle.
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4
Hedge Trimmer

When manually trimming hedges, shrubs, perennials, or other ground cover becomes too difficult, a gas or electric hedge trimmer allows you to trim with precision without breaking a sweat. There is a wide range of models, blade types, and accessories to choose from. But how do you make your choice? Check out our buying guide on choosing hedge trimmers.
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5
String Trimmer

A string trimmer is the ideal garden tool to cut grass in areas the mower can’t reach, such as near buildings, fences, flower beds, and more. They are available in gas, cordless, and electric models. Here are their key features:

Gas

Cordless

Electric

  • 16-17” cutting width
  • Curved or straight shaft
  • Select models have a commercial grade engine, an s-start starter system, and a 2-wire cutting system
  • Ideal for tall people
  • 9-12” cutting width
  • Select models have an adjustable handle and rotary head, and a telescopic shaft that adjusts to the user’s height
  • 10-14” cutting width
  • 3A to 6A motor
  • Requires access to nearby power outlet 
  • Select models are eco-friendly and feature a lock-off safety switch
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6
Chainsaw

From pruning trees and shrubs to cutting firewood, a chainsaw can tackle any job, big or small. Electric chainsaws are lighter and perfect for light- to medium-duty tasks, while gas-powered models are ideal for more intensive jobs. To make your choice, think about how often you plan to use it and which tasks you will use it for most often.
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7
Wheelbarrow

A wheelbarrow is a practical tool for transporting soil, plants, and other materials around your yard.

A few features to consider before making your choice:

  • Capacity varies from 4-8 sq. ft. depending on the material to be transported
  • Steel tank (more resistant and durable) or polyurethane (corrosion-resistant and lighter)
  • Different tank shapes: rounded, straight, or with spout
  • Wooden or steel handle ranging from 60-64″
  • Wheel sizes from 14-16″
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Additional Outdoor Tools and Accessories

To achieve or maintain your landscaping projects, especially flower and vegetable beds, certain tools are essential. Since the work is usually done on the ground, select ergonomic tools to maintain good posture and avoid repetitive motions that could lead to injury.

Lawn care

Gardening

Pruning

Other

  • Leaf rake
  • Weeder
  • Cultivator
  • Shovels (round and square)
  • Trowel
  • Weeder
  • Gloves
  • Knee pads
  • Pruner
  • Shears
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Garden waste bags
  • Tarp

Want to learn more? Read our guide on how to choose the right gardening tools.
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And An Extension Cord?

To operate your electrical appliances easily from one end of your property to the other, don’t forget to purchase an outdoor extension cord at least 50’ long. You’ll find a wide range of extension cords made of a tough, weather-resistant cover. With their bright colours, they are made to be seen!
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