When it comes to landscaping, having the right tools is just as important as having the right materials. While it is easy to get caught up in choosing the perfect mulch, stone, sand, or soil for your project, you will save yourself a lot of time and frustration by also taking some time to make sure you have the best tools for the job. For many landscaping projects, especially if you are considering a DIY job, selecting a proper shovel can make the work quicker, easier, and also more comfortable. Don’t waste time and energy or risk injury by using the wrong tool! Our simple guide below will help you figure out what shovel you should be using for the task at hand.

Shovels come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, each with a distinct purpose. When choosing a shovel, it is important to consider: the length, the shape of the head, and the grip.

The shovel you use should have a handle long enough that you can work with it comfortably. Too short and you will be putting unnecessary strain on your back. Too long and the shovel will be unwieldy and difficult to manage.

The shape of the head is also an important consideration when choosing a shovel. This will be determined by what type of job you are doing. A round head is more effective when it comes to digging. So if you need to excavate an area, remove old soil, sand, or gravel, or dig holes for a new structure, you will need a shovel with a round head. A square head is used to spread materials. This type of shovel is perfect for applying a new layer or mulch to your garden or flower bed, or spreading fresh soil on your lawn or garden.

Shovels can also have different styles and sizes of handle. Try to select a shovel with a handle that fits your hand comfortably. If the handle is too small and squishes your hand, you may end up with blisters or other issues after using it for a while. Shovels with a D-grip handle provide an extra level of comfort, maneuverability, and strength.

Depending on the size of your project, or how often you do your own landscaping, it may make sense to purchase a few good quality shovels to have on hand. However, if you only require a shovel or shovels for a few days, or for one specific job, Greely Sand & Gravel has you covered! Our Lawn & Garden Tool Rental Kit is fully equipped with a variety of tools to allow you to complete a DIY landscaping project. From shovels, to rakes, to a wheelbarrow and lawn roller, the Lawn & Garden Tool Rental Kit is the perfect solution when you need tools but don’t have space to store them long term. We offer both 3-day and 7-day rentals, and the entire kit is conveniently delivered to your property when you need it. Once the job is complete, simply give us a call and we will come and pick up the tool kit, usually within 48 hours!

To learn more about Greely Sand & Gravel’s Lawn & Garden Tool Rental Kit, or our other range of services and products, visit our online store today or give our office a call at 613-821-3003. We are here to help!