15 Common Gardening Tools You Must Have as a Gardener

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Soil, seeds water and sunlight are the basis of all you need to start a garden. In today's world, gardening has been made pretty easy with the use of tools unlike in the early stage of man. There are several tools for gardening you can use to ease the stress accompanied with the rigorous activities involved when gardening.

Tools Used For Gardening: The Must-haves

We listed a few that can serve as a summary of your activities in the garden. Although, one of the most effective ways to determine the right set of tools to use is by what you grow. So, in a short while, we will take a look at….

Some Common Gardening Tools

Hand Trowel

Hand Trowel

Irrespective of the nature of your garden, be it on a raised bed, container, or on an open yard, the use of a hand trowel is in-displaceable and a must-have. The tool is primarily used for planting bulbs and seeds, moving dirt and do many more. Hand trowel with bright handles are more durable and can be used to easily spot in specks of dirt.

Pruning Shears

Pruning Shears

This is one of the must-have tools in your garden arsenal. This tree grafting tool can be used for trimming and cutting. Pruning shears, are the go-to –whenever you want to harvest fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

It’s also suitable for cutting off small branches and stems. The tool becomes more useful in summer seasons when most vegetable stems ate thick and vines. The tool can be used also to clean up the garden since they are suitable enough for a compost pile and for cutting down plants

Garden Gloves

Garden Gloves

Most people don’t consider gloves as tools. Fortunately, it appears to be one of the indispensable you can have in your tool shed. Garden gloves are designed to protect the hand from getting hurt or dirty during a given farm activity. If your garden has prickly plants or thorny branches, then the tool becomes more appreciated. Gloves help to protect the wrists and hands from scrapes scratches, and splinters.

For those with sensitive skin, the use of the tool can't be optional but mandatory. Using the tool will help prevent allergic reactions that can be trigger from chemicals like fertilizer or pesticide rashes

Rake

Rake

Rakes are one of the crucial tools in the garden. The tools can be used for different purposes because of its versatility, but the most recommend for a gardener is the bow rake. The rake has dual functions: to clear spread mulch or to clear leaves.  Rakes are used to brake hard garden dirt during that are form during spring or to level up soil when needed. We recommend the tool for community gardens, raised beds and plots.

Digging Shovel

Digging Shovel

Gardening on a raised bed or yield will demand the use of digging shovels. Although the tool is not only used to create holes, it also serves as a suitable tool for transplanting and transporting waste matter from the wheelbarrow without dumping the load on the ground.

It is very useful when mixing soil, or stirring compost pile before adding it up to containers.  The sturdy shovel is the most suitable for removing or turning dirt. The pointer shovel garden tool is a suitable digging tool. Though in most cases, it appears to be very heavy.

Garden Spade

Garden Spade

You can have your need with a digging shovel and a hand trowel, but in some circumstances, the use of spade is quite different and helpful when creating a garden bed.

Spade is designed specifically for tight corners. The tool has a shape square blade which makes it very suitable for making holes for bushes and plants. The square blade can also be used for removing unwanted plants with developed roots that are quite difficult to be pulled by hand. If you want to transplant a perennial crop, then spade will be a perfect match. You can use the tool to dig separate holes for plants. It can also be used to transport dirt and to dig garden beds.

Garden Hoe

Garden Hoe

Whenever we are preparing a garden plant, the hoe serves multiple functions especially in spring; when our garden is been prepared for planting. Hoes are designed with blades that are suitable for weeding out grasses, and for preparing the garden beds. It can be used to spread compost on a particular space.

The outward appearance of the hoe, shape, and size will result in the form of gardening performed. If the area you are dealing with is littered with dirt, then you will need a  wider hoe. For gardens with flowers, the use of delicate blades will be more suitable enough. So, we recommend getting hoes with blades that are suitable for your needs or a given task. In most cases, buying multiple hoes appears to be the best option.

Hose + Spray Nozzles

Hose + Spray Nozzles

Except you grow self-watering plants, you will need to water the garden from time to time. If you have a garden yard, then watering it with can be a daunting task. In most gardens, the use of traditional hose is common, but while using a hose, a lightweight hose nozzle is perfect for any garden size; since it is easy to move.

A sizable nozzle can be very can easy your work with the hose. Nozzles are used to regulate the water outlet to avoid water wastage and also help to control the supply of water. Most nozzles are designed with adjustable spray patterns, thus giving room to mist seeds that are newly planted. The nozzle can be used to soak plants like flower bushes or tomatoes seed that requires some huge amount of water in summer.

Wheelbarrow

Wheelbarrow

If you are privileged to have a nice yard for a garden, then you will find the use of garden carts or wheelbarrow inevitable -since most of the heavy loads will be carried around on it; as a result, making things pretty easy. It used to move piles of leaves, compost, dirt, and many more items/ waste across the garden yard.

A traditional garden cart will serve best if you transport compost or soil. The tool makes it easy for you to dump your load once you get to your destination.

Loppers

Loppers

This tool is used specifically for shrubs or trees that require pruning. Loppers are suitable tools to go to when you want to cut off a diseased branch or keep hedges trimmed.

A nicely designed lopper can be used to cut off a branch with a diameter of 1 to 2 inches in diameter. So it is important to give attention to the range of thickness the lopper can withstand before buying it.

Weeder

Weeder

Weeds are unwanted plants a gardener stand to face while gardening. No worries, there are different types of hand tools we can use to arrest the situation in a garden. One of the major hand tools for beginners is the dandelion digger which is also known as the hand weeder. The tool is designed to uproot weeds from their tap root, it has two tines that penetrate deep into the soil and makes it easy to pull out weeds from the soil.

Hori Hori Garden Knife

Hori Hori Garden Knife

This is also called the garden knife, the tool was first originated and used in Japan, and it grows to become very popular among gardeners around the world. It is made from a stainless curved blade that has a serrated edge and a sharp edge which makes the tool very suitable for cutting across roots and soil. In some regions, it is used for weeding.

Some folks prefer it to a hand trowel since it can also be used to make planting holes and transplanting young seedlings. It is designed with calibration engraved on the surface of the blade; which make it easy to measure out a give depth

Spading Fork

Spading Fork

A spading fork can be called a garden fork, grip or digging fork. The tool has a similar appearance when compared to a pitchfork. Spading forks are used to loosen and turn the soil. It is designed with four sturdy tines that are used for lifting soil and to loosen the soil.

When compared with a traditional spade, the garden fork works better; since it is very suitable for breaking clumps and raking weeds on the garden yard

Pruning Saw

Pruning Saw

If there are branches on your garden yard that appears a bit harder for a lopper, considering the use of a pruning saw will be a suitable option. This garden tool serves as a middle ground for handsaws, loppers or chain saws.  Pruning saws can cut across branches with 8 inches thickness this makes the tool suitable enough for pruning trees in the garden.   It's a suitable option for both plants and shrubs.

Edger

Edger

Just as the name goes, the garden tool is designed to create out edges within your yard. Edgers are used to clean up line that appears between drive-way, sidewalk, and grasses in a garden. It is designed with a half-circle shape which has a lip located at just directly at the top where it can be pressed downward using a foot. All you need to do is to place the blade at the spot where you intend to map out edges afterward, use your leg to press it into the soil and rock edges of the tool side by side before repeating the process.

Drill planter is a new inclusion on the list of gardening tools. Though this tool has few users. But as a gardener who wants to mark out boundaries in the garden, it serves as a perfect way to plant seeds and seedlings effortlessly in the garden.

You don't need to go bankrupt to get all the garden tools needed in your garden. We strongly believe that the above-listed sets of tools can be a perfect set to leverage on, and get an optimum result you desire.


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