Gardeners may have different opinions on fertilizers, compost, and soil, but when it comes to gardening tools, it’s something they can all agree on. The best gardening tools are the ones with good quality and can last longer. There are a lot of types of gardening tools and their uses. Not knowing which is the right one for you and your garden can be a bad investment and cost you a lot.

Gardening tools have different purposes for making the job easier. It can be for planting, digging, weeding, harvesting, etc. Some of the basic gardening tools every gardener should are listed below.

  1. Gloves

When working outside, you’d want to use a durable pair of gardening gloves, not too bulky, not too thin. It should fit your hands perfectly, not too loose a not too tight to avoid hassle and keep your hands from sweating. Longer cuffs are recommended to protect your wrists and forearm from scratches. Choose a pair that can resist thorns.

  1. Trowel

The most common gardening tool is a trowel. Often used for transplanting bedding plants, transferring soil and taking out weeds. Choosing a broader trowel is a wise decision; it can load more when transporting garden soil. Trowels made of stainless steel can last longer and accumulate less rust.

  1. Watering Can

If you’re planning on spending less on gardening tools, you can make a DIY watering can from a milk jug or a 6-liter water bottle. Drill holes on the cap of the bottle to make a watering bottle. If not, you should purchase a watering can that is light but durable, has two handles for easy carriage, if it’s metal it should be galvanized to resist rust and fits according to your need. You might need two, one for heavy duty watering and another with a long neck for hard to reach areas.

  1. Watering Hose

A watering can take up too much or your time, especially if you have a big garden. Consider buying a water hose to make watering easier. Estimate the length you’ll need from the water supply to the farthest point of your yard. A hose made of rubber can last longer than one made of vinyl but is also heavier. Store your hose somewhere out of sunlight to avoid causing the material to become brittle.

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  1. Hoe

Gardening hoes come in different shapes and sizes; it all depends on what’s best for your garden. A vegetable garden will need a heavy-duty hoe; a perennial garden would require a thinner hoe. A gardening hoe is mostly used for breaking new ground; it’s so much easier than with a shovel. It also helps pull out weeds until the roots.

  1. Shovel Or Spade

Spades and Shovels are used for digging holes, edging, lifting, and moving piles of dirt. They are both useful tools. However, gardeners choose the spade over the shovel. Whichever you prefer, always choose the one that wouldn’t rust easily and the sharper, the better.

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  1. Rake

A Rake is mostly used for clearing debris and fallen leaves from your garden. Some rakes have adjustable handles to reach into farther spaces when gathering piles of leaves. Then again, choosing a stainless-steel rake is expensive but would be a better investment.

  1. Fork

Garden forks can dig better into dense soil than a spade. It can also be used for loosening packed up soil and divide the soil into portions for planting vegetables.

  1. Pruning Shears

Pruning shears or Secateurs are a pair of scissor-shaped cutters with one edge curved. Commonly used for pruning or cutting small diameters of branches to the size of your finger.

  1. Loppers

Another cutting tool, long-handled for more leverage and farther reach. Used to trim thicker branches.

Final Word

Gardening tools come in different shapes, sizes and is forged from different materials. The important thing is, choose the best type of gardening tool according to your gardening needs.

By Sawyer Cole Harris

Sawyer Cole Harris: Sawyer, a DIY enthusiast, shares home project tutorials, woodworking tips, and creative ways to personalize your space.