You probably have most of the edging tools you will need in your garage or shed, for a project like this. If you are using a sod stripper, you can find them at most tool rental places.
Here is a list of some other tools that you will need, but you should protect yourself with the basics first.
Gloves (high dexterity gloves are best), steel toed boots, safety glasses, knee pads, and long pants.
Caution tape or ribbon - This is to mark off your excavation site.
Drill - For drilling holes in the edging at the lowest point to allow water to drain.
Hammer - Any type that will drive stakes into the ground.
Pick-axe - These can come in handy if you to dig in a rocky yard.
Rakes - A good bow rake (steel tine), but a landscape rake is nice to have too.
Sharp knife or cutters - To cut the landscape edging and landscaping fabric. Extra blades are needed. Don't cut fabric with a dull blade.
Shovels - A square nosed shovel, and a good digging spade.
Stakes - 10 or so should be enough (2 to 3 ft high).
String level and string - Used for checking grades over distances between stakes.
Wheelbarrow - If you have one, great. If not get a good one with a rubber tub and a good rubber inflatable tire.(It's worth the money over a cheap one.) You may be moving large amounts of landscaping gravel, mulch or decorative rock.
Now that you have all the tools for your project, it's time to start
selecting and estimating materials.
Table of Contents: Edging and Decorative Rock
A. Edging Site
B. Edging Tools
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