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A man with his dog, and a mower, sit on the backyard in the sun.
As the weather warms up and people start to spend their days outdoors, there isn't a better time to get your backyard tool kit together or maybe even add a couple of extras to the shed. Don't know where to start? Australia's most trusted outdoor brand, Victa, has put together a list of backyard must haves – to ensure your outdoor area stays in tip-top shape.

1. A trusty lawn mower

The quintessential lawn mower should be a staple of every shed. Aside from keeping your lawn looking neat and tidy, regular mowing is imperative to ensure your lawn is healthy. The ideal time for mowing is mid-morning when the grass has dried from the morning dew. Victa's latest lightweight range of push-start lithium powered mowers are ideal for smaller residential yards.

A man using a Victa lawn mower to mow the lawn.

2. Secateurs or pruners

Without a doubt these should be the foundation tool in every gardener's kit. Whether you are tip pruning to encourage growth, seasonally cutting back things like rose bushes, cutting flowers for a vase or herbs for dinner – you need good hand-pruners to do any of this well without damaging your plants. Look for a pair that sits comfortably in your hand in both the closed and open position.

A person wearing gloves pruning a tree with secateurs 

3. Hedging shears

The top tool for tidying hedges, shrubs, topiary, or trimming down perennials at the end of their season. Gone are the days of using the old manual hedging shears, Victa's cordless 18V hedge trimmer is the perfect high-tech choice to quickly, easily and quietly tidy up wayward plants.

Using a Victa hedge trimmer to trim a green hedge.

4. Long-handed posthole shovel

Digging, whether it be to create a planting hole or for excavation in landscape work, is a gardening inevitability. A must have digging tool is a long-handled posthole shovel. The blade on this type of shovel is a bit of a hybrid – halfway between a spade and a shovel – making them very useful for both digging and shifting materials.

A person back-filling a post hole using a long-handled shovel

5. Wheelbarrow

Whether you are moving around dirt, mulch or just general tidying – a wheelbarrow is going to come in handy. Let this tool do the heavy lifting for you.

A wheelbarrow containing a bag of ready-mixed concrete

6. Hand trowel

It may be small, but it's a mighty addition to any shed. Even with regular use a quality hand trowel can last you for years and they are a real multi-purpose hand-tool too. You'll find them useful for the obvious things like digging small planting holes but also for scooping potting mix, spreading small amounts of manures and fertilisers and then turning them into the soil. Select a hand trowel with a blade that's nicely concave and upturned on the sides so you can scoop a load without spilling.

A person digging a hole in soil with a hand trowel

7. Leaf blower

Using a leaf blower is the most efficient way to bolster safety of walkways or to clear that endless debris in the yard; Victa's 18V leaf blower is perfect for the job as it is battery powered, easy to use and super quiet.

A man using a Victa leaf blower to blow leaves off the front porch.

Build out your backyard tool kit today

Check out Victa's full range of outdoor products and start building up your ultimate backyard tool kit.

 

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.