April 16

5 Tools All Homeowners Need for Tree Care



If you are a homeowner, you might feel that there are times when you need to take your tree care into your own hands. While we don’t always advocate this – and it can be quite dangerous at times – you do need to take care of your trees when there are little tasks that won’t put your life in danger. In fact, we encourage people to interact with their trees because it allows them to know and understand their trees better.

However, the one thing we do hope is that you have tools that are high quality and that you know how to use them – don’t be afraid to ask for help or do some reading.

What are some of the tools we recommend you keep in your garage? Here are a few:

5. Irrigation Systems

Credit: Nate Steiner
  • For Daily and Deep Watering
  • Can Be Used in All Seasons
  • Timed Systems Even Better

Watering your trees, and really all plant life in your yard, is important, so the first tool we suggest is the regular garden hose. When you have a dry summer, or a colder winter, you have to worry about your trees getting enough water to survive, especially fruit trees. An irrigation system is even better than a garden hose if you have a vast garden or lawn, but a regular garden hose should be enough for most people.

If you aren’t sure what type of hose you need for your home, . The Home Depot has a great guide to buying a garden hose that you can peruse before you shop.  Remember that everyone has different needs, but you should be able to find one that works for you fairly easily.

4. Short Pruners

Hand sheers
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  • Don’t Make Too Many Cuts
  • Be Careful About Blisters
  • Clean Them Properly

This one might come as a surprise, but we do suggest that homeowners have some short pruners or hand pruners for their tree care tool kit. These are the tools that won’t dramatically change your trees, but they can allow you to trim down plants and bushes. You don’t want to get too over the top when you use them, or try to cut something that is thicker than an inch, so you can’t really do too much damage to your trees.

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.”

Still, we don’t recommend that you use these pruners to completely change your entire tree, simply to make small upkeep cuts if absolutely necessary.

3. Rakes

Credit: Woodley Wonder Works
  • Clean Up In All Seasons
  • Use to Expose Roots
  • Spread Mulch

Another tool that you might have or you might not have is a rake. Many people have graduated to the leaf blower, and we can understand why. However, a traditional rake does a lot of things that a leaf blower cannot do.

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 throughout the year to help you clean up your gardens, keeping your tree healthy. Of course, manual raking is also just a great workout that you can do in the summer, fall, and spring. During the winter months, you should use it to keep any debris away that might freeze up and prevent water from getting to the roots of your trees.

2. Wheelbarrow

Credit: Erich Ferdinand
  • Helps With All Landscaping Projects
  • Can Last a Lifetime
  • Will Never Become Obsolete

While a wheelbarrow might seem like a strange option for a tree care project, they are actually helpful. The truth is that wheelbarrows tend to help you do a job that you might not have wanted to do before because it would be too much for you. While you will still have to do the work, such as raking around your trees or cleaning up debris from a storm, it will make it just a little bit easier.

Even though it isn’t high tech, wheelbarrows are a good investment because they are always going to be useful. In fact, according to research by the University of Houston, the first wheelbarrows may have had sails, and they have been around for a very, very long time.

You want to get a sturdy wheelbarrow that you can really pack full because you never know what life will throw at you.

1. Flashlights

Credit: Sure Fire
  • Check After Storms
  • Use Light to Scare Away Pests
  • Deep Checking of Trees

The final tool that should be in your tree care kit is a flashlight. Why a flashlight? They can help you to spot any problem areas where the foliage is thick or the tree is a bit gnarled.

Get a stronger flashlight so that you can spot damage from a distance if you think there may be any danger. According to The Flashlight Guide, you definitely want to get yourself a flashlight with an LED bulb so that you can see the true colors on your tree. If you use an older one, everything takes on a more yellow tint.

Have some jobs that you don’t think you have the right tools for – either physical tools or skill wise? It is is important not to try to take care of your trees by yourself if you don’t know what you are doing. Contact Menchhofer Tree Care 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 317-661-4240.

Header photo courtesy of Steve Snodgrass on Flickr!

Menchhofer Tree Care

About Steve Menchhofer

Steve Menchhofer has been caring for the trees of the Indianapolis, Indiana metro area for over 40 years. Steve and his team of experienced, certified arborists are members of the International Society of Arboriculture and the Indiana Arborist Association.

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