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Fill Your Garage: Tools for Tree Care

By AK Timber in Tree Care

As a homeowner, you know that there are some tree care related jobs that you might have to do – things that you don’t actually need to call a tree care company for, but you do need to do for the wellness of your trees. We recognize this and know that there are some undertakings you want to handle on your own – but we also know that you can only do that if you have the suitable tools in your hands. That is why we gathered this list, to make it possible for 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 issues, it is better to err on the side of caution.

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

4. Watering Systems

  • Helps with standard watering
  • Useful in all growing periods
  • Invest in a timed system for improved results

Dry summers are the greatest danger to healthy, happy trees. You want to have a property that is nourished and hydrated all over, not just near your trees. When your yard looks a little brown or stiff, you might have to invest in an irrigation system, landscape sprinkler, or at least a garden hose. While you do have to be informed of the volume of water that you use, you should have something help our your trees – even if it is reused water.

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

3. Inch Pruners

  • Be careful when using
  • Do not cut into blisters
  • Always wash properly

This one is a more very difficult tool suggest because you do have to be extremely careful when you use them. Still, it is a necessary part of any yard service plan. However, we recommend hand pruners because they can not do any of the serious cutting that can be really harmful 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 considerably change your trees, but you can make some maintenance cuts 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 overboard with this or you will do more harm than good.

2. Cart

  • Lasts a lifetime
  • Always useful
  • Helps with all projects

Another tool that people have abdicated too soon is the wheelbarrow. It is something that we all need, even if we don’t’ want to admit it. They will really help you to do a job 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 violent storm or moving some gardening items, it makes your job just a little easier. Even though they aren’t high tech or cutting edge, carts are a good expenditure because they are always going to be useful and we can’t really see a way to improve upon them too much. In fact, according to 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.

1. Rakesrake

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

One of the most handy tools for all parts of your yard is the typical yard rake. Many people have swapped in the manual labor of the rake for a leaf blower, but that doesn’t have to be the circumstances at all. Other than being great physical exercise, an old rake can do so much more.

According to a recent article from 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 time of the year to tidy up your gardens, which will certainly keep your tree healthy. Of course, you want to be meticulous that you aren’t too tough or do too much damage. For this reason why, you want to use a quality rake that won’t cause bruises to the roots.

Of course, rakes are a great tool for everyone int he family, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t have more than one to get a little help.

No matter what type of trees, shrubs, or plant life you have, you want to contact a professional before you do any type of planting, maintenance, or pruning. Your soil can only do so much, and then you will need some help to back you up. Contact AK Timber Services for all of your tree care needs – we can help you at any stage of the tree process, from planting and taking care of your tree to pruning and cutting it down. Call us today at (360) 635-1076 for all of your tree care needs – we offer free estimates.

Header photo courtesy of Karen Roe on Flickr!