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Tools Of The Trade

Landscapers use a variety of tools in their day-to-day work. Here are some of them:

Backhoe A vehicle with a large bucket attached on a movable arm that's used to dig holes and move soil and rocks from a landscaping site.

Bulb planter A metal or wood tool that makes holes in the earth in the proper size and depth for planting bulbs. Flowers grown from bulbs include tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and lilies.

Chain saw A hand-held electric or gas-powered saw used to cut down trees or branches.

Garden spade A common hand-held implement that's similar to a shovel, but has a square blade and is used for digging holes.

Plumb line A string or cord used to assure that walls and fences are erected at the proper heights or angles.

Rake A common hand-held implement, including a fan-shaped garden type, with metal or bamboo prongs, or tines, used to gather leaves. A metal rake is used to level soil.

Roller A large machine with a rolling metal cylinder used to level soil or turf (grass).

Rototiller A compact power machine with rotating blades that turn over the soil in preparation for planting.

Shovel A common hand-held implement used to dig large holes or move materials like soil or rocks.

Stump grinder A power machine that grinds down stumps after trees have been cut and removed.

Weed trimmer Also known as a weed whacker, this hand-held electric or gas-powered machine is used to trim hedges, cut down brush, or trim grass along the edges of a plot of land.

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