The average high temperature in March in Atlanta sits right around the mid-60s, making it the perfect time to begin preparing the backyard for spring. As your exterior is often a first point of contact for guests, it is important to maintain the area. If you are looking forward to hosting events in your backyard this spring and summer, try a little landscaping to get it party-ready.

Here are five essential tools you are going to need.

1. Shovel 

Highland Woodworking
1045 North Highland Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 872-4466

Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat – 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

When looking to revamp your backyard, one of the first tools you should purchase is a shovel. Shovels are a common tool used for digging and moving materials around your project area. Choose a shovel that is easy to handle, as many come in various shapes and sizes. Most landscapers will use gardening shovels with longer handles, as they are better suited for digging bigger holes. Highland Woodworking is an Atlanta hardware company that provides countless materials for projects of any size.

2. Trowel

Farmer D Organics
2154 Briarcliff Road
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 325-0128

Winter Hours: Tues to Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Closed Mondays

Like a shovel, a trowel is a gardening tool used for digging. Its smaller size and scoop-shaped blade make it very popular for small gardening projects like planting, weeding, and plant potting. Use a trowel to put the finishing touches on a gardening project, like smoothing over newly applied dirt. Farmer D Organics provides eco-friendly products and supplies to the Atlanta area that maintain our social responsibility. Purchase individual trowels for the specific needs of your project or spend a little more to invest in a gardening set.

3. Shears

Hastings Nature & Garden Center
3420 Woodhill Drive
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
(404) 869-7447

Hours: Mon to Fri – 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

No landscaping project is ever complete without shears. There are two types of gardening shears to consider for your backyard project: pruning and hedge shears. Pruning shears are a strong hand tool that allow you to cut anything from a flower to tree branch (depending on the size). Keep a pair handy for when you need to make last minute touchups in your backyard. Hedge shears are a bit longer in length and are ideal for trimming shrubs and hedges. The extended length makes cutting hard-to-reach greenery easier. For over 120 years, Hastings Nature & Garden Center has provided the greater Atlanta area with the necessary resources to complete a landscaping project. Visit the showroom or shop online for all of your pruning and trimming needs.

4. Wheelbarrow

Northside Tool Rental
35 Irby Avenue NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 233-6722

Hours: Mon to Sat – 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Unless you enjoy constantly transporting materials back and forth by hand, you are going to need a wheelbarrow. Wheelbarrows can often become an extra assistant around your backyard by helping you pick up and carry heavy loads. Incorporate a wheelbarrow into your next landscaping project when considering additions that use weightier items. Rent a wheelbarrow from Northside Tool Rental if you plan to use it for a short period of time. The low cost fees make renting an affordable alternative to purchasing tools you may never use again.

5. Rake

Pike Nurseries
4020 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 843-9578

Hours: Mon to Sat – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A heavy duty rake will act as a multifunctional tool for your backyard. Use it to remove unwanted debris and leveling soil for planting. You can even use your rake to help loosen soil for cultivating new plants and flowers. When searching for a rake, choose one that has strong teeth and a sturdy grip. Pike Nurseries is a commonly used resource throughout the Atlanta area for long-lasting and reliable landscaping tools.

Tanvier Lee is a freelance contributor and lifestyle decorating expert. Her work can be found here.

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