Tree Care Tools: What Your Garage Needs

If you are a homeowner, you know that there are some tree care related ventures that you might have to do – things that you don’t really need to call a tree care service provider for, but you do need to do for the health of your trees. While some people may put these items off, we know that you don’t.

However, we also know something else: you don’t always have the tools for the job.

We appreciate this and know that there are some responsibilities you want to handle on your own – but we also know that you can only do that if you have the best tools in your hands. That is why we collected this list, to allow you to see what you should have in your garage or tool shed.

You do have to make sure of a couple of things: you know how to use the tools, they are high quality, and you only deal with what you can handle. If you have any problems, it is better to err on the side of caution.

So what do you really need? Let’s take a look:

4. Wheelbarrow

wheelbarrow
Credit: Michael Coghlan
  • Lasts a lifetime
  • Always useful
  • Helps with all projects.

Another tool that people have renounced too soon is the cart. It is something that we all need, even if we don’t want to admit it. They will serve to help you to do a project that you might not want to do because it seems like too much work. While there is still work with a wheelbarrow, you are able to do merely a little bit less.

Whether you are cleaning up after a storm or moving some garden items, it makes your job just a little easier. Even though they aren’t high tech or cutting edge, carts are a good purchase because they are always going to be useful and we can’t really see a way to greatly improve upon them too much. In fact, according to an analysis by the University of Houston, the first wheelbarrows may have had sails, and they have been around for a very, very long time.

Invest in a higher quality wheelbarrow and it will last you a long time.

3. Short Pruners

pruners
Credit: FD Richards
  • Be sensible when using
  • Do not cut into blisters
  • Always wash properly

This one is a more difficult tool to recommend because you do have to be very careful when you use them. Still, it is an important part of any yard service plan. However, we recommend hand pruners because they can not do any of the big cutting that can be really hurtful to your trees. You should still take care not to cut too much and never cut with contaminated or rusty pruners.

You won’t be able to enormously change your trees, but you can make some maintenance trims that will help with some of the bushiness or extra pieces.

Per Garden Products Review, “Pruners (also called clippers, pruning shears, or secateurs) are used to trim and shape plants, deadhead, prune out dead or damaged foliage and small branches, and cut back perennials. They’re one of the most-used gardening tools so it’s important to get a pair that works best for you.”

Once again – do not go over the top with this or you will do more harm than good.

2. Rakes

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Credit: Dwayne
  • Helps in all seasons
  • Spread mulch or new soil
  • Expose roots

One of the most helpful tools for all parts of your yard is the common yard rake. Many people have exchanged in the manual labor of the rake for a leaf blower, but that doesn’t have to be the situation at all. Other than being great training, basic rake can do so much more.

According to The Seattle Times, ” Among landscaping rakes, metal bow rakes are used for moving soil around the garden, mounding dirt to create raised beds, picking up garden debris and tamping the soil. The sharp steel points can dig too deeply into a lawn, however, and, when used to rake leaves, those same points spear the leaves and get clogged easily.”

You can use a rake at any season of the year to clean your gardens, which will certainly keep your tree healthy. Of course, you want to be conscientious that you aren’t too hard or do too much wreckage. For this purpose, you want to use a reliable rake that won’t cause marks to the roots.

1. Sprinkling Systems

hose
Credit: Kristine Paulus
  • Helps with basic watering
  • Useful in all times
  • Invest in a timed system for improved results

Dry summers are the major danger to healthful, satisfied trees. You want to have a garden that is nourished and watered all over, not just around your trees. When your yard looks a little crispy or brittle, you might have to invest in an irrigation system, landscape sprinkler, or at least a hose. While you do have to be mindful of the quantity of water that you use, you should have something help out your trees – even if it is reused water.

The Home Depot has an excellent report for shopping for a garden hose that will work with your yard and all legal requirements on using water. Make sure to put it to good use – this doesn’t have to be a huge expenditure.

Whether you have one tree or many trees, a line of shrubs or a single one, you don’t want to allow your trees to stand without getting some help. We can help you there, with everything from regular maintenance to see if your tree is experiencing any problems or with the pruning and cutting of your trees. We can even work with you during the planting stage, so that your trees can get off to the great start they deserve.

Give us a call today at (269) 216-6811 and we can set up a time to visit you and your trees.

Header photo courtesy of Nic McPhee on Flickr!

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