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Our Favorite Yard Tools for Fall

With fall right around the corner, we’re sharing a shoppable list of our favorite yard tools to get your yard in shape for cooler weather.

Our 3 day 'Flip the Yard' backyard makeover with Troy-Bilt | via Yellow Brick Home

If you’ve been following along in Stories, you know we have a lot of plans to kick our landscaping up a few notches this fall! With this in mind, we’re pulling out our yard tools, and they’ll get quite a workout in the coming weeks. We have plans to share with you the new downspout system and landscape overview, but in the meantime, these are our go-to tools to get the job done right.

A roundup of our favorite fall yard care tools.
  1. Sturdy Boots, $85 | Worn out old sneakers just don’t cut it for a day of yard work.
  2. Work Gloves, $15 | For years, Kim struggle to find solid garden gloves that fit her tiny hands well. These fit her perfectly.
  3. Pump Sprayer, $40 | Great for weed control products, cleaning solutions and any other liquid concentrates.
  4. Cordless Mower, $400 | We transitioned both of our Chicago properties over to 40v cordless yard care systems a few years ago and never looked back. This mower does a fantastic job over at the Two Flat!
  5. Root Assassin Shovel, $50 | Part shovel, part saw. This compact wonder tool is great for digging in tight garden beds and splitting hostas.
  6. Wheelbarrow, $100 | A sturdy wheelbarrow is worth its’ substantial weight in gold. Do yourself a favor and spend a few extra bucks on one that will last for years. Bonus: Store it on this hanger!
  7. Bypass Loppers, $27 | Cut branches up to 1 1/2″ thick with ease. Great for cleaning up unruly trees and shrubs.
  8. Pruning Shears, $12 | Perfect for cutting stems and light branches up to 5/8″ thick in tighter spaces.
  9. Pruning Scissors, $19 | We use these delicate garden scissors both indoors and outdoors. Great for dead-heading flowers and for floral arrangements!
  10. Soil Scoop, $16 | We reach for a scoop similar to this before a standard trowel. Great for topping up soil and digging in loose dirt.
  11. Compostable Leaf Bags, $18 | Depending where you live, these may be a fall cleanup requirement.
  12. String Trimmer/Blower Combo, $186 | When moving to battery powered yard equipment, we recommend investing in a system that offers all of the tools you’ll eventually purchase. Battery compatibility is a huge plus!
  13. Rake, $42 | Great for cleanup and soil grading, a high quality rake is a must-have.
  14. Pole Saw/Hedge Trimmer Combo, $218 | This combo tool kit is absolutely indispensable at our Michigan Tree House. The included extensions allow for easy trimming without a ladder.
Planting evergreens and perennial shrubs at the two flat after a heavy rain!

Fall’s cooler temperatures make it the perfect time to plant, transplant and fertilize prior to winter’s freeze. Each fall we split our ever-growing hostas and fill in the thin spots along the fence line. The Root Assassin makes quick work of both the digging and splitting tasks without any fuss!

Scott uses the root assassin to split our massive hostas.

Fall is also a great time to plant hardier species like evergreens that will provide year-round color and interest for years to come. Just be sure to allow for enough space to allow for future growth!

Scott plants evergreens in the front yard of our Michigan Tree House.

We can’t wait to share our front yard progress with you! In the meantime, let us know any favorite tools that we may have forgotten. We’re always looking to expand our tool arsenal with high quality products that make our tasks easier!

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  • Julie Marquez9.7.21 - 1:51 PM

    Awww, the pictures of you working with Lucy! I think we have most everything here, but my next purchase should be a pole trimmer!ReplyCancel

    • Scott9.7.21 - 2:07 PM

      Yes! The combo units like the one we linked are great. One base that accepts the battery and two heads that switch back and forth. Ours even has an additional extension piece so we can trim branches about 10 feet overhead.ReplyCancel

  • Vickie9.8.21 - 5:37 AM

    Switched to a two front wheels Wheelbarrow several years ago and it changed our lives. It is so stable that we can use it as a big washbasin or work surface. So much easier to lift/steer/use for hauling. After living with a traditional one-wheel for over 30 years, we wish we would have known a lot sooner.ReplyCancel

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