How to Laser Level Landscaping like a Pro

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While construction workers and other craftsmen have the most opportunities to use laser levels, there are tons of reasons that landscapers, both professional and casual, can benefit by having one in their tool kit. A decent amount of landscaping is knowing what plants to put where as well as where they will thrive, but it is primarily about creating aesthetically-pleasing lawn and garden areas. What is more aesthetically pleasing than having a level area? You definitely don’t want to finish your landscaping project and realize that the whole thing is kind of leaning to the left. It just doesn’t look nice and it can actually create drainage and irrigation problems for the whole piece.

How to Use a Laser Level in Landscaping Projects

Like in many projects, a laser level’s use begins in the planning stages. However, in landscaping, a laser level can have its uses all the way up to when you are putting on the finishing touches.

First and foremost, a laser level should be used how it is used in many construction projects – grading the ground. By setting the laser level on a tripod to get a level beam, you are then ready to take measurements from the beam to the ground. If any of the measurements differ by more than a fraction of an inch, soil will need to be added or removed and the whole work area needs to be smoothed over until you get a level result. Landscapers need to be sure to do this again when adding any planting soil as well.

As well as grading the work area, line lasers can be used to set up straight perimeters. This is especially helpful if you are using stones or bricks as a border for your project as you can make sure that it is level quickly without wasting time taking a traditional level to every single section.

Finally, one of the more common applications of laser levels outside of actually building or grading the work area in landscaping is to make sure the landscaping is actually even. You don’t want professionally trimmed bushes to be trimmed at a slight slope instead of a nice straight line, right? If you are trimming or shaping bushes, a laser level perched up on a tripod can be one of the best tools you can have. By having a visible and level line running across your project, you can not only make sure you have perfectly level trimming each time, but you can actually trim those bushes faster since you don’t need to stop and look to make sure you are trimming a straight line.

So next time you are out in the garden and think your laser level is just for building projects, think again. If you want even landscaping without all the trouble of having to judge it by eye, don’t let your laser level just sit in your tool box. You better believe that professional landscapers already have one along for the ride in order to quickly get eye-pleasing results for their clients, so why shouldn’t you?

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Howze it? I'm Raf. Been living and working construction in Hawaii for about 10 years. Just recently started doing some handy man work around my neighborhood and then got the itch to review equipment that makes my life easier and hopefully yours too.

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