Gardening can be a fun and relaxing pastime, but it’s important to have the right tool for each job. Many tools are quite versatile and can be used for a variety of jobs.
Although some people who garden have a shed full of tools, it’s easy enough to plant a garden with just a handful of essential tools. To get started, there are some basic tools that every gardener should have.
If you have no outdoor space, consider indoor plants as an alternative.
Gardening Tools List
When planting a garden, there are some basic tools that should be kept on hand.
- Gardening Gloves
- Spade or Shovel
- Leaf Rake or Shrub Rake
- Medium Level Garden Hose, unless you prefer to go straight for a Heavy Duty Garden Hose
- Long hoes or short hoes
- Of course, you can make it easier on yourself and start off with a popular 5-piece toolset or an 8-piece toolset.
- Plus, it’s much more economical buying the basic tools as a set!
And once you’ve decided that you love gardening, you can go ahead and buy some advanced gardening tools such as these.
Gardening Tools Names with Pictures
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Tips for Buying Gardening Tools
It may be tempting to buy some bargain tools, but in the long run it’s best to buy quality tools that will last. Steel tools that are tempered or heat-treated are among the best.
Even better are stainless steel tools because they don’t rust, although they can be rather pricey. Be sure to look at the handles on the tools.
Wooden handles are preferred by most people who garden. Make sure there are no flaws, such as knots or splinters, in the wood. In addition, stay away from tools with loose joints, as this is a sign of poor craftsmanship.
Check the weight of the tools. Try holding different ones before buying any as it would be unwise to buy anything too heavy. Also, keep in mind the handle length. Tools should be comfortable to use – otherwise, you’ll hate gardening.
Buying a Garden Hose
The two main essentials to look for when purchasing a garden hose are durability and length. A good hose should coil easily, without kinking.
Hoses come in different lengths, so choose a hose that is long enough to be able to water all areas of the garden. For a sound investment, purchase a hose that comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Shovels and Hand Trowels for Gardening
A round-nose shovel has many uses for gardening. It can be used for digging holes, mixing, turning the soil over, and moving materials. A hand trowel is needed for digging smaller holes, transplanting seedlings, and mixing.
The best hand trowels are ones that have been forged or cast. Forged trowels may cost more but won’t bend at the tip.
Rakes for Gardening
Different rakes have different functions in the garden. A lawn rake is used to remove leaves, sticks, and clippings. A shrub rake performs the same function as a lawn rake or leaf rake but because of smaller tines it can get to areas leaf rakes can’t.
A good steel bow rake is used for spreading and leveling soil. It can also be used to break up small clumps of dirt.
Pruners and Hoes for the Garden
A pruner is a basic tool for cutting flowers, small twigs and branches, and shaping shrubs. A good bypass pruner may be expensive, but it’s worth it.
A garden hoe is used for turning soil, pushing soil, and weeding. Garden hoes can have short and long handles. Think about what the hoe will be used for and which kind of handle will be the most comfortable.
Weeds! A problem every gardener has to deal with. There’s no way to escape weeds, but thankfully there are quite a few varieties of weeders available in the market.
And if you suffer from back pain or can’t bend down too long, there are long-handle weeders such as grampa’s weeders that have been used for weeding since 1913.
Gardening Gloves To Prevent Cuts and Bruises
In addition to these tools, be sure to get a good pair of gloves to protect the hands or elbow-length gloves to protect your forearms from thorns.
Pay attention to the material the gloves are made of – water-resistant, breathable, durable, not bulky. They need to be tough and made of pigskin or leather to protect you from cuts and scrapes. For other chores, breathable such as gloves made from bamboo are perfect!
And if you’re like a friend of mine who loves gardening, but hates playing in the dirt, try these garden gloves that have claws for digging and weeding.
With the above-mentioned tools, it’s time to start a garden! With the right set of tools, gardening can make a great hobby, provide a creative outlet, and allow for some relaxing time outdoors.