10 Must Have Yard Tools

As you may know we do our own yard work around here. Henry loves it, but me…I enjoy it, but maybe not as much as he does. However, it does save us lots of money. It also ensures us that it will be done properly and to our expectations.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about some landscaping tips. So today I’m going to share with you the ten must have yard tools. When doing your own yard work, you have the right tools. It is so worth investing upfront in these tools which in return, will make your time more efficient. Im sure there are many more to add on here, but we are just covering the ones we use frequently.

Edging Spade

Edging Shovel

Henry would definitely say this his number one favorite tool. An edging spade is a must have when doing your own landscaping. It is the tool that creates the nice clean edge along the mulch, flowerbed, sidewalk, or lawn.

Garden Rake

A garden rake can be used for multiple purposes. We normally use it to spread mulch, topsoil, or rake leftover grass. This is a very handy tool to have when sowing new seed and spreading the tops layer of soil.

Leaf Rake

Most everyone probably already has a leaf rake. This is commonly used for raking leaves in the fall. If you live around lots of trees, this will a must.

Hedge Trimmers

Hedge trimmers can be human powered, gas powered, or electric. We prefer to get a good workout and use human powered. It is kind of funny and we really don’t prefer them to get a good workout, but we do like manual hedge trimmers much better. They are cheap and environmentally friendly. Manuel trimmers allow you to have more control over job and you don’t have to worry about cords or gas. They are also very small in size and much more manageable.


A spreader comes in handy when both sowing grass seed and fertilizing a yard. We have almost 6 acres of land that we mow. We try and fertilize a couple acres of this which is closer to the house. Henry also reseeds the yard every spring for new growth. This keeps the yard looking green and cuts down on weeds.



A wheelbarrow is a definite must when you do your own yardwork. It can be used for several things. It will lighten the load of hauling and carrying any yard debri. It can also be used to haul material while doing outside projects.

Portable/Expandable Water Hose

I love a good water hose. My favorite hose is the smaller ones that expand when they fill with water. This makes for an easier transition to and fro around the house. These are normally inexpensive and are worth having at least two around the house.

Expandable Water Hose

Garden Gloves

Garden Gloves

Henry doesn’t always use gloves, but I love them and would say they are a must! Gloves will prevent you from getting chemicals and unwanted outside residue on your hands. It will also help prevent from splinters and blisters from all the hard work you will be doing.

Small Gardening Shovel

A small gardening shovel is great for planting flowers or very small shrubs. This is the one tool I use more of while Henry would more than likely use his bare hands for something like this.

Watering Can

Watering Can

I use a watering can most every day. I just have a cheap plastic can that was similar to the one my grandmother always used, but some like to go for a more decorative, cutesy look. There are so many stylish water cans out there to choose from.

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  • Reply Salli James

    Yes to all of the above. 🤗

    February 19, 2020 at 10:33 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Sallie! Good to know you are reading our blog, you are such a great supporter! Yes, all of those are must have yard tools for sure.

      February 20, 2020 at 2:45 pm
  • Reply Shey

    I prefer pruning shears to hedge clippers–more control. I never use automatic hedge clippers–it’s too easy to go overboard on the trimming. And I also think a weeding tool–the little forked kind–this is my most used too in my arsenall, but maybe I just have more weeds than you? Love the simplicity and quiet elegance of your house and landscaping.

    March 16, 2021 at 3:03 pm
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