With the number of gardening products available to gardeners on the market, how does a new gardener decide what’s truly necessary? Not all tools are created equal, and not all are efficient at doing the job for which they are intended. This article explains which tools you will need. Use the right tool for the job and you will have many years of efficient, easy and happy gardening.
Digging trenches is made easy work with a garden hoe. What’s more, you can use it to dig up weeds in the garden.
A large metal garden rake can help to loosen the soil in your garden and to work soil amendments into the dirt.
A Hand Trowel
A hand trowel can be used in many ways, usually for planting small flower bulbs and plants in the dirt or for digging small holes. Also use it for pulling and digging up weeds.
Use a shovel for digging larger holes in the dirt, such as to plant a larger area or a larger item such as a tree or shrub.
Gardening gloves will protect your skin and nails from the damaging effects of dirt, grime and chemicals you might be using in the garden. There’s nothing worse than getting dirt under your nails — and nothing harder to get out. Use gloves and eliminate the problem before it can start.
Pruning shears are essential in the garden for cutting flowers and herbs quickly and efficiently. They can also be used for light pruning, such as for smaller shrubs and plants.
A Watering Can
Use a watering can for watering smaller plants, such as container plants, as well as to precisely measure and apply fertilizers to your plants.
A Wheel Barrow
Use this handy tool to save your back and arms from lifting and carrying plants, dirt, rocks, and other heavy items to and from the gardening shed, or around the yard. It’s also helpful when moving items from your trunk to where you want them in the garden.
For watering your garden and spraying down tools, you’ll need a garden hose.
Be sure to clean your tools well after using them; metal tools will rust if put away dirty or wet, and it’s more difficult to clean caked on dirt from gardening tools. A quick spray with the hose should eliminate most dirt from your tools; then wipe down with a clean cloth before storing. Store your tools in a designated area for quick and easy access.