Tools for a garden

The garden tools we sell in our online tool shop are all tools that we, as vegetable gardeners, use ourselves. We have sourced a selection of planting, digging, weeding, harvesting, pruning, maintenance and wood cutting tools to make the job at hand that much easier. We have compiled a list of the top 10 gardening tools that we use on a recurring basis.

10. Wheelbarrow

We have a selection of galvanised and hard plastic wheelbarrows available. A good barrow is strong yet light enough to easily transport when full. Also, why not try one of these water carrying bags for wheelbarrows, they are the only way to transport water in a barrow without spilling it. Wheelbarrow – Hard plastic and 100 Litre capacity

9. Dibber Dibbers are useful for making planting holes for seeds, bulbs and seedlings. We have a nice selection of oak timber dibbers as well as some stainless steel ones, the timber ones have calibrated rings to indicate depth and take the guesswork out of planting. Oak Dibber – FSC Timber with calibrated planting depth rings

8. Digging Spade

A decent digging spade is always needed in the garden, in my opinion the best one to use is a stainless steel type. Regular spades easily rust and the soil tends to stick to them whereas a good stainless steel spade stays smooth making digging that much easier. Stainless Steel Digging Spade – Burgon & Ball

7. Garden Trowel

Hand tools like garden trowels and hand forks are some of the most used gardening tools, so the best trowel should have a comfortable handle with a well fitted blade that won’t come loose after time. This transplanting trowel from Burgon & Ball has a comfortable ash timber handle with a stainless steel blade with planting depths etched into the face. Stainless Steel Transplanting Trowel from Burgon & Ball

6. Fork Hoe

Chillington Tools (the crocodile range), need no introduction on this site, they are the cornerstone of our garden tools list. Chillington hoes all have their digging blades at a right angle to the handle, in the traditional ‘Mattock’ style, this gives better leverage making digging alot easier. The Chillington ‘Canterbury’ fork hoe/azada breaks up soil faster, and with less effort than any other digging fork. Chillington Fork hoe

5. Garden Knife

A small knife is often needed in the garden for cutting string, sticks and flowers, trimming fruit and vegetable plants and many other jobs. It’s a good habit to carry one in your pocket or garden trug. Opinel knives have a very sharp blade that folds into the wooden handle. These knives were ranked in the top 100 most beautiful products in the world by the Victoria and Albert Museum. Opinel No8 Folding Pocket Knife

4. Garden Secateurs

Any garden needs constant maintenance and a good garden secateurs is an invaluable tool to have for any pruning jobs. The secateurs we recommend is the Classic Felco no4, they are affordable bypass secateurs that will last a lifetime. Classic Felco No4 Secateurs

3. Heavy Duty Hoe

Another appearance by Chillington tools here on our list. This time it is the heavy duty garden hoe. This hoe is ideal for breaking new ground and will do so much easier than a spade or shovel. Like the fork hoe, it’s blade is set at a right angle to the handle allowing the lever action to minimise effort required. Chillington Heavy Duty Hoe

2. Golden Gark

The Golden Gark is a multipurpose garden maintenance tool, it is a rake, shovel and soil sift in one. This lightweight tool is ideal for clearing up weeds or fallen autumn leaves and much more. The Golden Gark

1. Oscillating Hoe

This is another tool that needs no introduction on this site, the oscillating hoe is a long handled garden hoe with a swivel head. The long handle enables you to hoe an entire raised bed from the same position and the swivel action head cuts on both the puch and the pull stroke sharpening itself as it goes. The oscillating hoe

For many more useful gardening tools, please visit our online tool store.

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12 Essential Gardening Tools for the Beginner

The basic tools that every gardener—beginner or advanced—needs in their shed. By Linda Hagen

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It’s easy to go overboard when purchasing gardening tools. They can take up a lot space and cost a lot of money, but staying focused on the basics can keep your shed or storage area from becoming overcrowded. There’s always bigger and better, but buying the best quality tools that your budget will allow, and maintaining them, can go a long way in getting the most out of your investment.

Here are the 12 essentials to get you going on any garden project you have in mind:

  • Gloves.

    1. Gloves

    While gardening can be a wonderful hobby, it can quickly turn into a thorny and splintery hassle without the right pair of gloves.

    • Gloves should be durable but not too bulky, especially for working with seeds or transplanting seedlings.
    • Fit is important, as poorly fitting gloves can cause blisters or result in accidents from slipping off.
    • Fabrics that are water resistant, but also breathable, will help keep hands cool and comfortable.
    • Longer cuffs protect wrists and forearms from scratches and keep soil from getting in.
    • Store gloves out of sunlight, away from water and safe from insects.

    Botanical photographer, Ellen Hoverkamp recommends Foxgloves. They are made of high-tech sport fabric that is water resistant, breathable, and provide a form fit that has been described as a ‘second skin’. Buy Foxgloves on Amazon.

  • 2. Pruning Shears

    Hand pruners, also called secateurs, help reign in plants that are getting out of control and taking over. Anvil-style pruners cut with a sharp blade meeting a flat surface, similar to a knife on a board. Bypass pruners cut with a sharp blade passing by a sharp-edged flat surface, more like scissors.

    • Anvil pruners are best for dead wood and can cause crush injuries to fresh, green stems and branches.
    • Bypass pruners are better for live plants and green wood.
    • Pruners should fit easily in the palm of your hand.
    • Ratcheting pruners provide increased cutting strength, perfect for anyone with reduced hand strength or arthritis.
    • For cleaner cuts and less injury to plants, pruners should be sharpened regularly. (See Garden Tool Care & Maintenance for more)

    For an anvil-style pruning tool, Hovercamp recommends ratcheting pruners. The increased strength from the ratcheting action makes cutting through thicker or harder branches easier. Buy ratcheting anvil pruners on Amazon.

  • 3. Loppers

    Another cutting tool, loppers are basically long-handled pruners used to trim hard to reach areas and cut thicker branches. The long handles provide the leverage it takes to cut through branches up to an inch or more in diameter. There are anvil and bypass types, just like pruners. Handles generally range from 16 to 36 inches.

    • Bypass loppers are more precise in cut location than anvil style.
    • Longer handled loppers can be heavy. Know what you’ll be cutting and how far you’ll need to reach and get the appropriate length.
    • Lightweight aluminum or carbon-composite handles can be lighter.
    • Like pruners, keep lopper blades in good condition and sharpen regularly.

    For anvil-style loppers, our editors recommend the Tabor Tools GG12 Anvil Lopper. It can cut branches up to 2 inches in diameter and is perfect for dry or woody growth. The carbon steel blade stays sharp, making cutting easy. Buy the Tabor GG12 Anvil Loppers on Amazon.

  • 4. Garden Fork

    An efficient tool for turning soil, garden forks can dig into dense soil better than a spade.

    • Forks with a slight curve to the spines are useful for scooping mulch or turning compost piles, much like a pitchfork.
    • Straight tines are better for digging; great for compacted, rocky, or clay soil.
    • Square tines are stronger than flat tines which can bend when they hit a rock or root.

    Landscape designer Genevieve Schmidt recommends the Radius Garden 203 Pro Ergonomic Steel Digging Fork. The stainless steel, square tines resist rusting and the ergonomic handle has a non-slip grip. Buy the Pro Stainless Digging Fork on Amazon.

  • Hand trowel.

    5. Hand Trowel

    The essential hand tool, trowels are wonderful for transplanting bedding plants and herbs, planting containers, and taking out weeds.

    • Select a broad blade to move more soil or a long, narrow blade to dig up weeds or for rocky soil.
    • The handle should fit comfortably in your hand.
    • Trowels forged from stainless steel, or at least with a stainless steel head, are more durable and will last longer.

    Schmidt also recommends the Garrett Wade Tulip Trowel. Its sharp blades cut through stubborn roots with ease, making it ideal for planting bulbs or planting around trees. Buy the Tulip Trowel on Amazon.

  • 6. Spade

    These short-handled square shovels are garden workhorses. They make easy work of digging holes for plants, edging, lifting sod, and moving small mounds of dirt from one area to another. This tool can be more on the pricey side, but a good spade will last you the rest of your gardening life.

    • Treads on top of the blade give a sturdier and more comfortable foot surface when needing an extra push.
    • Ash hardwood handles are durable and absorb shock and vibration.
    • Generally available with long or short handles. Longer handles provide more leverage, but are heavier.
    • Stainless steel heads are strong and won’t rust.

    Executive director of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens William Cullina recommends the King of Spades Model 38 Balling Spade. It has a virtually unbreakable handle made from alloy tubing and a heat-treated blade with a sharp edge. Buy the King of Spades balling spade on Amazon.

  • 7. Rake

    When leaves and debris fall, your sturdy rake is there to whisk them away. Rakes come in a wide variety of styles and sizes, but a great starter is a standard leaf rake.

    • Adjustable rakes do the job of more than one tool, reaching into narrow areas or gathering large piles of leaves.
    • Steel tines are stronger and may be rougher on delicate lawns than plastic tines.

    Our editors recommend the Gardenrite Adjustable Garden Leaf Rake. The rake head expands from 7 to 22 inches, and when stored in the collapsed position, it takes up less room. Buy the Gardenrite Adjustable Rake on Amazon.

  • Hoe.

    8. Hoe

    Your type of garden will dictate what type of hoe is best for you. A veggie garden may require a sturdy, wide hoe. If you have perennial gardens, a more delicate touch and a thinner hoe may be required. Hoes are useful in preparing garden and flower beds and cutting down weeds.

    • Look for a comfortable handle with a long reach.
    • A sharp blade works better and is easier to use.
    • Weeding hoes, also called hula or stirrup hoes, have an open square head and are pushed back and forth just under the soil surface to cut down top growth.
    • Flat hoes are good for turning the soil in rows in vegetable gardens.

    Our editors recommend the Rogue Garden Hoe 575G. It has a high-grade tempered steel head that holds its sharp edge well. It is sharpened on 3 sides so it can be used at all angles. Buy the Rogue Garden Hoe 575G on Amazon.

  • 9. Garden Hose with Adjustable Nozzle

    Water is the foundation of your garden’s life and it’s important that your garden hose can reach and spray every area. There are three basic hose diameters: ½-inch (avg 9 gal per minute), 5/8-inch (avg 15 gal per minute), and ¾-inch (up to 25 gal per minute). An adjustable nozzle puts you in control of the water pressure and spray radius.

    • Estimate the amount of length you will need with your hose before buying one.
    • Hose length will affect water pressure – the longer the hose, the lower the resulting pressure.
    • Vinyl hoses are lighter weight and less expensive, but kink easier and don’t last as long as rubber construction.
    • Store hoses coiled up and out of direct sunlight. Storing with kinks in them can result in weak spots.

    Schmidt also recommends the Tuff-Guard Hose and Bon Aire Ultimate Hose Nozzle. The Tuff-Guard hose is flexible, strong, and resists kinking. She suggests that it be stored on a hose hanger or manual hose reel. The Bon Aire Ultimate Hose Nozzle is light weight and has a shut-off at either end of the spray range. The fire-hose-style nozzle goes from a light flow to a drenching shower, and can be used for cleaning concrete when adjusted to a nearly solid stream. Buy the Tuff Guard Hose and Bon Aire Ultimate Hose Nozzle on Amazon.

  • 10. Watering Wand

    Give your plants a gentle rain shower with a water-breaking wand. The extended reach is also helpful to get to out-of-the-way containers, hanging plants, or the back edges of borders. Watering wands come in a variety of lengths, from 10 to 48 inches.

    • Choose an appropriate length for your needs – longer for high hanging baskets, shorter for tighter spaces.
    • Built-in shut off valves in the handle conserve water and allow you to adjust the flow.

    Kitchen gardener and cookbook author Jeanne Kelley recommends the Dramm One-Touch Rain Wand. The angled arm allows you to reach under foliage of delicate plants and also reach into hanging baskets. The valve slides easily with just the thumb. Buy the Dramm One-Touch Rain Wand on Amazon.

  • 11. Watering Can

    There are 2 basic types of watering cans, plastic or metal. There are hundreds of styles, colors, sizes and nozzle options.

    • Plastic cans can be lighter than metal, but won’t last as long.
    • Metal cans should be galvanized to resist rusting.
    • Consider the size of the can relative to your strength, a gallon of water weighs just over 8 pounds.
    • The handle position should allow you to carry a full can and also tip it to pour easily.
    • Two-handled designs allow for better stability for children or elderly gardeners.
    • You may need two: a larger one with a sprinkler head for outdoors, and a smaller, long-necked version for houseplants.

    For outdoor use, our editors recommend the Bloem Deluxe Watering Can with a dual-handle design and removable sprinkle nozzle. It’s BPA free and has a 2.5-gallon capacity. Buy the Bloem Deluxe Watering Can on Amazon.

  • 12. Wheelbarrow

    If your backyard has extra soil to be moved around, compost or mulch that needs to be added to garden beds, or any other heavy lifting and moving project, a wheelbarrow can help you haul hundreds of pounds!

    • Traditional dual-handle, single wheel styles can be harder to balance heavy or unevenly distributed loads.
    • Single-handle two-wheel models are easier to balance, better for those with limited strength or when pulling over uneven terrain.
    • Single-handled wheelbarrows can be pushed or pulled with one hand.
    • Store it clean and dry to prevent rust.
    • Keep the wheels inflated properly for easier wheeling.

    Our editors recommend the Marathon Dual-Wheel Yard Rover. At just 29 pounds overall, it weighs 25% less than a traditional wheelbarrow, and the single handle makes it easy to push, pull and dump. Buy the Marathon Dual-Wheel Yard Rover on Amazon.

By investing in these essential gardening tools, your shed will house everything it needs to keep your garden beautiful and growing.

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As a follow up to our 20 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own blog, we decided to expand to include the outdoor tools. Since summer is in full swing, the outdoor tools are being used the same, if not more, than the indoor tools during the summer.

Here is a list of the 20 Outdoor Tools that Every Homeowners Should Own:

  1. Lawn Mower: This one is a no brainer. The size and terrain of your yard determines the type you need- push, self-propelled, ride on, stand on, etc. Need to tune up your lawn mower? Check out our past blog post on tuning up lawn mowers for tips.
  2. Weed Whacker: For those hard to reach places that the lawn mower just can’t get to.
  3. Wheelbarrow: To transport dirt, rocks, mulch, and just about anything else you can think of.
  4. Gloves: To protect your hands from becoming a complete disaster.
  5. Hose/Sprinkler: For many yards, a hose should be sufficient but if you have a large yard, you may want to add a sprinkler to the essential list. Unless, of course, you are lucky enough to have a underground sprinkler system. In which case, I am jealous!
  6. Garden Rake: To evenly distribute the dirt.
  7. Trowel: A small garden hoe used to loosen the soil and help weed your garden. No matter what size your garden, this tool is an essential.
  8. Leaf Rake: For those pesky leaves and other debris from bushes, trees, etc.
  9. Gardening Shears: From cutting fresh flowers to pruning trees and shrubs a good pair of shears will last a lifetime.
  10. Pruners: To prune those tougher trees and shrubs that the shears can’t handle.
  11. Garden Spade: To help dig, loosen dirt and break up the lumps in your garden.
  12. Gardening Fork: To loosen, lift and turn over the soil. It is often used in conjunction with the spade.
  13. Gardening Hoe: To loosen the soil and help weed your garden.
  14. Edger: The edger is great because it really puts that finishing touch on your yard and makes it look neat and clean. Think of this as the explanation point in your landscaping.
  15. Hori Hori Knife: Many consider this tool the Swiss army knife of the gardening realm. Use this tool to weed, cutting roots, vegetables and sod, and transplanting and diving perennials. Some have even used for hunting and fishing. Talk about multipurpose!
  16. Gardening Shovel: To dig, till and plant.
  17. Push Broom: For cleaning up after your yard work is complete. Want an easier and quicker way to clean up? Get a leaf blower.
  18. Hedge Clippers: To keep your shrubs, hedges and bushes from becoming unruly.
  19. Shovel: Since we live in New England, it is essential to have a good shovel. While we may not have needed it after this mild winter, we all know that New England weather is fickle and this year could be brutal. Want to step it up a notch? Get a snow blower to make easy work of each snow storm.
  20. Ladder: Our Gutter Hemet and Ice Defense customers probably use their ladders far less than the rest of us since they don’t have to clean their gutters. But, for all of those hard to reach places, a ladder does come in handy.

Are there any tools we missed? What are your outdoor tool essentials? Let us know in the comments below.

10 Tools to Make Your Yard Beautiful

Make the Neighbors Green With Envy

According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, backyards are the favorite staycation destination of homeowners nowadays. These 10 new tools—many of which are quality compact versions of heavy-duty commercial machines that are easy to store—will help you make your yard a beautiful and relaxing oasis that welcomes loads of summer fun.

Zero-Turn Mower

Photo by Courtesy of Husqvarna

We know you love your lawn, but hate mowing it. If you want to make the job quick and easy, you’ve got to be willing to invest. This residential zero-turn mower gives you the comfort, maneuverability, and speed of a commercial machine for just about what it’d cost for a run-of-the-mill tractor. Husqvarna didn’t skimp on parts for the compact RZ3016: It features a long-life, reliable start-up Briggs & Stratton Intek engine, with simplified controls to meet the needs of the homeowner. Sitting through the job on a cushioned sliding seat while handling foam-grip controls sure beats pushing around your dinosaur of a mower in the hot sun, doesn’t it? And, the mower’s precision will reduce the need for a second pass with the trimmer.

About $2,199; Husqvarna

Cordless Mulching Mower

Photo by Courtesy of Black & Decker

For smaller jobs, like mowing an urban lot, consider this zero-emission 24V model that’ll cut about 1/3-acre on a single charge. Going electric means no difficult pull-cord start, no fuel, and no maintenance or tune-ups. The machinefeatures a 1,200-watt permanent magnet electric motor and can fully charge overnight. Set your mower to discharge refuse, or have it collect in the included mulching plate or bag. The push handle folds down for space-saving storage.

About $359; Black & Decker

Chain Saw

Photo by Courtesy of Husqvarna

Live on a wooded lot? Got a fire pit? Then a chain saw is a must, and you can’t do much better than Husqvarna’s 50th Anniversary 450 for landowners. It’s equipped with a Smart Start decompression valve that ensures an easy, smooth start-up. This machine features the desirable combo of high power (3.2 hp) and low weight (11 lbs). Add an ergonomic rear handle, fuel-efficient and low emission X-TORQ engine with vibration reduction technology plus enhanced safety features, and you’ve got yourself one impressive cutter. If you’re only an occasional user and don’t need quite this much power, try the new, smaller 440, 240, or 235 e-seires homeowner models.

Don’t forget your safety gear while operating chain saws: protective chaps and/or jeans, eye and ear protection, proper footwear and work gloves are recommended.

About $369 for the 50th Anniversary 450, and about $219-$289 for e-series models; Husqvarna

Electric Leaf Shredder

Photo by Courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company

If your beautiful tree-lined property just means you’ve got a horrendous mess of soggy leaves to clear, consider shredding them for quick compost. This machine features five settings (from coarse to super-fine) and will turn 11 bags of wet or dry leaves, pine needles, grass clippings, or paper into a bag of mulch in no time. A variable speed motor (5 AMP to 8 AMP) allows you to customize the power you’re using, and the included stand makes room for a collection bin beneath.

Make sure you use safety glasses and hearing protection before you get to work. Then get started on your way to having nutrient-rich compost in just one season.

About $199; Gardener’s Supply Company

Wood Chipper/Shredder

Photo by Courtesy of Bear Cat

For more forested properties, consider Bear Cat’s heavy-duty SC2206. Instead of hauling loads of brush, leaves, and limbs to the curb and paying extra for yard refuse pick-up, have this easy-to-start machine eat through it all for you. Then, add the stuff to your compost heap or use it as mulch. This wheeled, lightweight model features a 206cc Briggs & Stratton engine and a wide handle, making it easy for one person to move by hand. Six serrated and staggered reversible shredder knives ensure efficient wood processing.

Added bonus: Bear Cat is offering a rebate on this model, the SC2206, through November 30.

About $849 before rebate; Bear Cat

Cultivator

Photo by Courtesy of Stihl

This machine may look like an ordinary mini-cultivator, but it’s much more than that; it’s a multi-tasking yard care system. You can customize your MM 55 C-E Yard Boss with aerator, sweeper, edger, and other attachments (which will cost you less money and space than it would to fill your garage with a bunch of single-function machines). This all-in-one will lend its ergonomic, folding handles and Easy2Start system, which eliminates the need for a fast-pull starting cord, to all of its soil and yard prep functions. This is another high-power, low-weight tool out-of-the-box, but you can add weight to it as needed for tough or rocky ground that’s harder to work.

About $369 with Easy2Start, and $339 without Easy2Start; Stihl

Alligator Lopper

Photo by Courtesy of Black & Decker

If you’re not quite living in the wilderness, and only have small tree and shrub branches to handle, this reptile will do the trick. The clamping jaw design grabs and prunes tree branches up to four inches in diameter, behaving like a shear with a bite. Use it for in-between jobs that are too big for manual pruners and too small for chain saws. At least one homeowner we know of has replaced his high-power chain saws with this lopper because it’s quiet, gasoline-free model that stays sharp.

About $100; Black & Decker

Electric Log Splitter

Photo by Courtesy of Homelite

Nothing beats kicking back near the glow of your backyard fire pit. It’s the Paul Bunyan-style log-splitting that’s a drag. You can split logs up to 20 inches long and 10 inches in diameter like butter with this 5-ton machine. It features a 15 amp induction motor and will run on regular household current, eliminating the need for fuel and the fumes that come with it. The compact machine can be easily moved by one person and comes with a six foot extension cord for added convenience. Two-handed operation keeps your hands clear of danger, requiring you to initiate the splitting away from the blade. It’s no hardcore 27-ton hydraulic splitter, but it’s also not going to cost you three times as much.

About $199; Homelite

Hedge Trimmer

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What’s worse than finishing a hedge shape-up, only to look down and realize you’ve got an hour-long clean-up still ahead? The Garden Groom Pro trims, shreds, vacuums, and collects waste into an attached oversized collection bag. This tool offers a safe alternative to trimming, with completely concealed blades to protect you and the power cord from accidental cuts. Two-hand operation with large top and rear handles makes for even more safety and precision. If you question your Garden Groom-ing ability, an instructional video and the manual’s helpful troubleshooting section will guide you along. For smaller jobs, opt for the Garden Groom Jr. (with a smaller, built-in collection unit).

About $225 for the Pro model, and $149 for the Jr. model; Garden Groom

Outdoor Sweeper

Photo by Courtesy of <a href=”http://www.gardeners.com/” target=”_blank”>Haaga Great Lakes</a>

If you’re all for getting your hands dirty in the yard, but less enthusiastic about the clean-up, the Haaga Topsweep 255 will make quick and easy work of tidying. This people-powered, push machine features a dual-action sweeping system with rotating brushes and can pick up wet and dry debris, including everything from dust and cigarette butts to pulled weeds and hedge clippings, to even bigger debris, like the Junior’s stray juice boxes. Everything gets brushed into a built-in collection unit, stirring up very little dust. This lightweight model is great for walks and drives. It can be easily assembled without tools and stores flat. For larger spaces, consider the heavy-duty Haaga 696.

About $299 for the Topsweep; Haaga Great Lakes

Gardening Tools Every Homeowner Needs

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Whether you love it or hate it, as a homeowner, you’ll have to do some gardening a few times a year. From weeding to planting a few flowers, a little bit of gardening can go a long way in your yard. Having the right tools to do so can make all the difference.

However, knowing what to keep in your garden shed can be a challenge. Walking through the garden supply aisle can make you feel overwhelmed, even for seasoned homeowners. Stick to the basics! To help, here are gardening tools you’ll need to keep on hand for large or small gardening projects.

If you have a landscaping or gardening project you want to tackle, but not sure where to start, an expert can help. Contact a landscaping contractor today for up to four quotes from pros in your area for free.

What To Look For In Garden Equipment

For first-time homeowners, the idea of taking care of a yard, regardless of size, can be daunting. However, the first place to start, before making any changes is finding the right kinds of tools. The next time you’re walking down the garden aisle at your favorite home improvement store, observe all the options available. You can find garden equipment in almost every shape, size and color. Before wasting money on options that are likely to break, know the quality you want for your project.

Look for tools with sturdy, cushioned handles. Seamless tools are less likely to break as opposed to metal ends that are screwed on. For lighter work, these may do the job temporarily. But as your landscaping projects expand, you’ll want to make the most of your garden tool investment.

1. Garden Gloves

The number one item in my garden shed are my gloves. I don’t do any work without them. From weeding to trimming the bushes, garden gloves can protect your hands from debris, thorns and insects you might run into when gardening. While any color that matches your style is fine, try to find one with a rubber grip on the palm and fingers, for extra protection.

2. Lawn Mower

Large or small, your lawn must be mowed. By investing in a quality lawn mower, you can make this task easier and more enjoyable. There are three types of mowers to choose from: gas, electric and manual. If you have a small or medium size lawn and you’re looking to keep your yard work eco-friendly and easy, choose a cordless electric mower. Though you might invest more up front, it will certainly pay off in time invested. Manual push mowers often are where some turn for very small yards, because it’s very low-maintenance. However, for anything larger, you’ll want to stick to an electric or gas mower.

Of course, you can always leave this to the pros and you won’t need to make the investment in a mower at home. The average cost to mow a lawn is $61 depending on size.

3. Hand Trowel & Rake

While you may not realize it yet, weeds can be difficult to get out! A hand trowel and rake can be helpful in spot removal of large weeds with deep roots. They help take some of the hard work out. Look for ones with comfortable handles and sturdy surfaces. A hand trowel and rake can also come in handy if you’re planting a garden.

4. Spade

Another handheld tool you’ll want to have in your garden toolkit is a spade. Unlike a trowel, this has a square edge. It can easily break up roots and soil, without digging a hole. This is helpful if you’re moving sod or part of a plant or doing some edging. This can come in a long or short handle depending on the type gardening you’ll be doing.

5. Rake

Even if you don’t have any trees in your yard, a long-handled rake can be helpful in spreading dirt or mulch evenly throughout your yard. A sturdy rake can be a good investment for unexpected projects that may come up, especially if leaves do end up in your yard this fall!

6. Trimming Shears

For bushes, shrubs and tall plants, quality trimming shears are essential. If you opt to not have your bushes and hedges maintained by a landscaping contractor, you’ll have to do the work yourself. Trimming shears can keep all your tall plants maintained by removing unsightly branches and trimming off the dead parts, so new leaves and flowers can grow!

7. Hand Pruner

Many new homeowners get trimming shears and hand pruners confused, but it’s necessary to have both. Hand pruners are smaller, helpful for trimming smaller plants and branches. They are not strong enough to trim thick shrubs and hedges, but can easily get flower bushes, ornamental grasses and small gardens back to beautiful again.

8. Long- Handled Shovel

A standard long-handled garden shovel is a must for any gardener. From removing a large weed to transferring a plant to another part of the yard, a shovel can come in handy in many gardening situations. Be sure to find a study shovel that won’t break under pressure and has rubber padding to protect your hands.

9. Garden Hose & Nozzle

For healthy plants, they need to be watered regularly. That’s why a garden hose and an adjustable nozzle is a must for your garden. This way, you’re able to control the amount of water distributed onto your plants. It’s certainly a must for anyone looking to improve their yard.

10. String Trimmer & Edger

Even with a lawn mower, there are some corners and edges that a lawnmower just can’t reach. For a perfectly maintained yard, you’ll want to invest in a quality string trimmer and edger. Like lawn mowers, they come in gas and electric varieties. However, for the most efficiency, we recommend the cordless string trimmer.

When To Contact A Landscaping Contractor

While you may have all the basic tools, some jobs may come up where you might need bigger power tools and a knowledge of how to use them. At this point, it’s time to contact a landscaping contractor who can help. From installing large areas of grass to creating a slope, they can help you safely create the yard you’ve always dreamed of.

Conclusion

Having all the tools you need will guarantee an easier time with your gardening and yard work tasks. Don’t forget to invest in quality items that will last and get the job done efficiently. Keep your garden shed stocked with these items to make work a breeze!

Looking for more landscaping ideas? Read The Guide To Garden Maintenance & Improvement.

Hedge trimmer

Essential for keeping your clients’ hedges in pristine condition, a hedge trimmer will help you make short work of your topiary duties. You’ll be using your hedge trimmer for long stretches at a time, and you’ll need to retain close control of it even when you become fatigued, so it’s important to get a light and manoeuvrable model.

Garden shredder

Turn garden waste in to usable material with a garden shredder. This power tool will allow you to shred up your cuttings to make mulch, and the branches from trees to make wood chips for garden use. This will cut down on waste and also save you money.

Snow thrower

During winter, when your clients’ gardens fall dormant, your workload will naturally reduce. You can keep money coming in by planning all of your tree surgery jobs for the winter months, and another way you can supplement your income over winter is by offering to clear your clients’ paths and drives of snow. You can make short work of this with a Mantis snow thrower, which will clear metres of fallen snow in minutes.

More landscaping essentials

Alongside your hand and power tools, there are some other essentials you’ll need for your landscaping business. Here’s our rundown of everything you’ll need.

It’ll be a good idea to get three pairs of gloves for your landscaping duties. A pair of washable synthetic gloves are good for general maintenance, such as deadheading, weeding in dry soil, and handling seeds. Latex-coated cotton gloves are waterproof and puncture-resistant, making them perfect for working with wet soil and thorny plants. Heavy-duty leather gloves are suited to tough jobs, like digging holes and replanting trees and bushes. Replace any pair of gloves when holes start appearing in the fingers.

Buckets

You’ll struggle to run a landscaping business without several buckets, which you’ll use almost constantly to carry items, dispose of waste, and tidy up. Get sturdy models made of thick plastic, as they will stand up to years of abuse, and choose one with measurements running up its inside for accuracy when carrying liquids.

Ladders

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You’ll need a set of both step and full-size ladders to reach the upper branches of trees and tall hedges. A great option is a set of Japanese tripod ladders, which are made from lightweight aluminium, making them easy to carry, as well as only leaving light indentations in grass.

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Make sure you get a plastic wheelbarrow, as it will be lighter than its steel equivalent while still being perfectly strong. And unlike its steel counterpart, it won’t rust. A model with a single wheel at the front will allow you the maximum mobility.

Safety gear

Make sure to get all of the appropriate safety gear to use with your power tools. Every landscaper should have eye and ear protection alongside their gloves as the bare minimum. When performing tree surgery, steel-cap boots should be worn to protect your feet, and arms and legs should be covered up to guard your skin from sap, which can be a severe skin irritant.

Gardening hose

The best hoses are reinforced with a synthetic mesh layer, allowing them to bend easily without kinking. You should also choose a hose with crush-resistant couplings made of solid brass, and get the longest model available, which is usually 100 feet.

Retractable safety knife

It’s a good idea to keep a utility knife on your person at all times when you’re landscaping, as it’ll come in handy throughout the day. Buy a model that has a lock, a safety guard, and a blade you can change without a screwdriver.

Other items you’ll use on a daily basis include:

  • A watering can
  • Extension leads (if you have electric power tools)
  • Foam knee pads for planting in comfort
  • Twine for tying up plants
  • Push broom

These hand and power tools are essential items for every landscaping business. It’s important to always get the best models you can afford, as you’ll be using them every day. Furthermore, spending a bit of extra money to get top-of-the-range equipment at the start of your venture will save you money in the long run, as those initial tools won’t ever need to be replaced in some cases.

If you don’t have the funds to buy the best versions of every tool, you’ll be best off starting with a small collection of high-quality essentials and adding to it from there, rather than buying cheap versions of every tool on this list.

Follow these buying tips to get the best hand tools and power tools available. Remember when making these purchases that these tools will be the cornerstone of your business for years to come, so it pays not to scrimp on this early investment.

Lawn tools fall into three categories: basic tools you’ll want to own, specialty tools to rent or own, if you have the budget and space, and tools to rent. Our recommendations assume average lawn needs. Your needs may differ.

Basic Tools to Own

Bulb Planter: Digs a hole and pushes the bulb into the hole.

Garden Cart or Wheelbarrow: Hauls everything from lawn tools to fertilizer to lawn waste.

Garden Rake: The steel-headed type of rake is useful for preparing small areas of soil for the planting of seed, plugs, or sprigs.

Grape (grubbing) Hoe: The wide, heavy-blade of a Grape Hoe provides a low-tech, but efficient way to remove turf.

Grass Shears: A slow means of clipping grass along the edge of a garden bed, but necessary where prized flowers grow too close to use a mower or string trimmer.

Landscape Rake: A 36-inch aluminum head mounted on an aluminum or wood shaft, which removes debris from prepared soil and to level the soil prior to planting a new lawn.

Lawn-and-Leaf Rake: Useful for collecting lightweight material, such as clippings and leaves. Those made from bamboo are usually the lightest and easiest to use, however, they only last a few seasons. Steel rakes and modern plastics are more durable.

Manual Aerator: Foot-powered and easy-to-use, a manual aerator is fine if you have a small lawn and time on your hands.

Pruning and Lopping Shears: To cut branches with up to a ½ inch diameter use pruning shears. Use lopping shears (loppers) for ½ to 1-½-inch diameter thick branches.

Pruning and Bow Saws: Use a pruning saw for wood branches up to three inches in diameter and a bow saw for larger branches.

Shovels: Round-point shovels are for moving large quantities of fine-textured material, such as sand, soil, or non-fibrous mulches, from one place to another. Long-handled shovels should be selected by weight—the lighter the shovel, the easier it is to dig. D-handled shovels are suited for digging in trenches.

Spades: Often mistakenly called a shovel, spades have flat or gently curved blades and are for planting or transplanting, edging, and turf removal.

Sprayer: Used for dispensing insecticidal soap or oil solutions. Sprayers are typically available in canister or backpack styles with 2 to 4-gallon polyethylene tanks and interchangeable nozzles for varying applications patterns and rates.

Spreaders: Precision is the main difference between the two types of spreaders, drop and rotary spreaders. A drop spreader distributes seed, fertilizer, and other amendments, such as lime, in swaths the width of the spreader. Settings allow you to control the amount distributed. A rotary spreader flings seed or amendments over a wide area, thereby covering ground faster than drop spreaders. However, it is not well suited for use on windy days or with small, irregularly shaped lawns.

Thatching Rake: Designed to remove thatch from your lawn without damaging the turf. The angle of the rake head adjusts to control the depth of the tine penetration.

Trowel: A hand tool with a pointed, scoop-shaped metal blade and a handle. A trowel is used for breaking up the earth, digging small holes, mixing in fertilizer or other additives, and transferring plants to pots.

Turf Edger (Lawn Edger or Stick Edger): A half-moon-shaped steel cutting head, mounted to a hardwood handle, used to keep lawn edges neat. You can use an edger to cleanly separate a lawn from a walkway or other paved surfaces, such as a concrete sidewalk or asphalt path. Edgers offer a more finished appearance than can be achieved by merely mowing over the border of the lawn and walkway, which frequently permits tufts of low-growing grass to hang over onto the walkway, resulting in an irregular or ragged appearance. You can also use an edger to trim away excess sod when laying the sod along irregular lawn edges.

Utility Cart: This cart is a great way to keep your gardening tools organized and take them to and from storage.

Weeder: A forked steelhead on a short, hardwood handle that pries weeds from turf.

Specialty Tools to Rent or Own

Blowers or Blower/Vacuums: Gas or electric models blow leaves into piles for easier collection. Blowers are available in either hand-held, wheeled, or backpack styles, with the last two types easier for big jobs. Even if you like raking leaves on the lawn, you will appreciate a blower’s help in moving leaves out from under shrubs. Many units convert to vacuums and are quite useful for cleaning up and mulching small quantities of leaves. Electric blowers are quieter and have no emissions.

Chain Saws: An electric saw is great for cutting mall tree limbs and trunks in an average-size yard. If you can keep all cutting within 100 feet of an outdoor electrical outlet, it will handle most chores, even cutting firewood. Electric saws emit no exhaust fumes, are low maintenance, low cost, quiet, and always ready to go. For bigger jobs, you will probably need a heavier gas-powered model.

Pole Trimmer: If you need to do high pruning but do not like to leave the ground, this pruning saw at the end of a 12-foot telescoping pole will accomplish most of the chore.

Power Edger: Gasoline- or electric-powered tool with a short blade that trims grass horizontally at lawn edges, or vertically to create and maintain edges.

String Trimmer: Gas-, electric-, or battery-powered models use a plastic line that rotates at a high speed to trim grass or weeds along lawn edges and near fixtures, such as lampposts and fences. The better-balanced and easier-to-use models have the power unit at the top end of a long sharp and an adjustable handle in the middle. Cutting swaths range from 6- to 10-inches for cordless units, 8- to 15-inches for corded electric models and 15- to 18-inches for gas-powered units.

Tools to Rent

Your rental needs may differ based on the task at hand.

Earthmover: Includes power shovels, bulldozers, backhoes, excavators, and more.

Lawn Roller: Use this tool to prepare the soil for planting. The cost to own is inexpensive, but it does take up storage space.

Power Aerator: Available in several styles, aerators loosen compacted soil by making many small holes in it. The best units have hollow coring devices that lift plugs of soil and turf from the lawn as the unit passes over it. Less-effective units create holes by pushing spikes into the lawn.

Power Dethatcher: Gas-powered, this tool has heavy, metal tines that whip the lawn as you pass the machine over it. Power rakes are great for removing light thatch and for prepping a lawn for overseeding.

Power Seeder (Slit Seeder): Similar to a vertical mower, this gasoline-powered unit cuts many shallow grooves in prepared soil or turf and sows grass seed at recommended rates.

Power Sod Cutter: Cuts sod into strips. Look for anti-vibration handle models.

Power Tiller: Available in many styles and capacities, from small soil mixers to large, 8-horsepower units. Tillers are ideal for alleviating compaction in preparation for a new lawn or for mixing in soil amendments, such as lime, fertilizer, and compost. Some tillers are available with power rake and aerating attachments.

Slit-seeder: Power machine that cuts shallow slits in the soil and sows seed at the same time.

Vertical Mower: Resembling a lawn mower, a vertical mower is useful for dethatching and for scarifying the soil in preparation for seeding. This mower has several vertically mounted blades set to penetrate the soil slightly.

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Gardening tools helps us to carry out our work easily and also saves time and energy.

The basic gardening task starts with digging the soil, getting ready for plantation, watering, harvesting, moving debris and making compost etc.

Purchase good quality gardening tools because they support us longer and they don’t bend or break.

You can purchase gardening tools from local garden stores, nurseries and online stores.

Choose the best gardening tools that suits you for handling and makes you feel comfortable.

Different Types Of Gardening Tools

Rake:

It helps in clearing the dried leaves and leveling the ground by removing the pebbles.

Materials like plastic, wood and metals are used in making supporting handles.

Use long handle rakes for lawn and smaller handle rakes for container gardening.

Fork:

There are two types of forks.

Digging fork is used for breaking firm surface of soil, harvesting root crops and breaking clumps in soil.

Compost fork is used for moving composts, mulches, manure, straw and other organic manure in your garden.

Prefer slightly higher weighted digging fork because it helps in breaking soil lumps easily.

Select lower weighted Compost fork because it becomes easy for lifting and throwing organic matter.

Spade and Shovel:

Spade is used for digging the soil for new plantations and to till your garden.

For scooping and lifting soil use round edge shovel.

Rectangular blade shovel is used for preparing garden beds, removing rocks and digging holes etc.

Trowel:

Trowel is used for digging small amount of soil.

You can also use in transplanting seeds, garlic bulbs, seed potatoes and young plants.

Pruners:

Pruners which look similar to scissors are used to remove dried and damaged leaves.

Pruning helps in preventing wastage of nutrients and improves plant growth.

Pruner can replace the saw in container gardening.

Hoe:

Hoe is used for removing weeds.

Always keep the blade sharp and hoe the weeds in evenings because this prevents the weeds from germination.

Saw:

Saw is used for pruning large and small branches.

Prefer fixed blade saw for trimming and for bonsai plants.

Shears:

Shears is used for trimming the long grass in lawns.

Lighter model sheers are easy to handle.

Lawn Mower:

Lawn mower is used for landscaping.

Try to choose smart and compact lawn mower since it occupies lot of space in your storage.

Hose:

Watering must be done for plants for their survival.

Prefer long length hoses so that it reaches other end of the garden.

Hose is very important tool in all types of gardening methods. So, choose a good material hose because it lasts longer for years.

After usage of hose, drain out the left over water, roll it into rounds and store it in shade.

Buy a good nozzle with different spray options so that it makes watering easy.

Wheel Barrow:

Wheel barrow is used for shifting soil, fertilizer, plant, waste and harvest etc.

If you are having a large garden, prefer using of metallic wheel barrow.

If you are growing vegetables in containers or small garden, prefer plastic wheel barrow to fulfill your needs.

Lopper:

Loppers is used for pruning thick branches of large trees.

Garden Knife:

Garden knife is used for transplanting, grafting, opening fertilizer bags, cutting strings, harvesting, pruning and dividing branches.

Hori hori knife is used in digging, pruning etc in container gardening.

Dibber:

Dibber is used to make hole in soil to sow the seed.

You can replace dibber with wooden spoon for making holes in soil.

Edgers:

Edgers are used for creating borders or lines for walk ways in lawns.

Sickle:

Sickle is used for harvesting large crops.

If you are growing spinach in your garden, you must use sickle.

Spray Bottle:

When you are growing plants in pots, use a 5 liter spray bottle for spraying pesticides and fertilizers.

Gloves:

Gloves makes us free from harmful hidden bacteria in the soil.

It keeps our hands dry and clean.

Even weeding will be very hard with bare hands so always prefer wearing gloves.

Prefer using of gloves which is made up of good breathable material.

The gloves should not be too loose or tight to wear.

Loose gloves will not provide proper grip while working with tools.

If you are working with wet soil, use rubber gloves.

Watering Can:

They are available in plastic and metallic materials.

High quality plastic lasts longer when compared to other materials.

Containers:

Containers are used in growing new plants from seeds and transferring the plants.

Footwear:

Boots with heavy soles helps in pressing the spade or shovel while digging the soil.

They helps in preventing tripping or falling in garden.

You can reuse old aprons and small kitchen tools like small scissors for thinning seedlings, spoon for transplanting seedlings, salt shaker for sowing seeds and tweezers for picking seeds.

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15 Common Gardening Tools and Their Uses

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Technically to garden all you need is seeds, soils, sun, and water. But a lot of gardening is hard work that it made easier with the right tools. If you’re new to gardening and figuring out the basics, there are many gardening tools available that you should consider adding to your collection. For this article, we’ve rounded up some of the most common gardening tools and their uses. What you’ll need will be determined by what you grow, where you grow it, and how you grow it, but these tools are great for most gardeners.

Common Gardening Tools

Hand Trowel

Whether you’re garding in containers, raised beds, or directly in your yard, a hand trowel is a must have tool. Use it to dig, turn up the earth, or pull up stubborn leaves. A hand trowel is actually the first garden tool I bought when we started container gardening on the patio of our apartment, so it is a tool I often recommend for urban gardeners.

Hand trowels are perfect for transferring dirt into pots or planting seedlings and bulbs. Because they’re easy to set down and lose track of while you’re working in the garden, look for hand tools with bright handles that are easy to spot in the dirt or greenery.

Pruning Shears

This is another tool required no matter how you garden. A lot of cutting and trimming jobs can be handled with a good pair of pruning shears. I find them essential for harvesting herbs, fruits, and vegetables.

They’re also great for cutting thick stems and small branches. They’re particularly helpful later in summer when vegetable stems and vines are thick. I also use them at the end of the season when I’m cleaning up and putting the garden to bed. They’re great for cutting down plants for the compost pile.

Garden Gloves

You may not think of these as a tool, but I find gloves to be an indispensable item in my tool shed. Gloves not only protect your hands from getting dirty but also protect you from injury. If you have to deal with thorny branches or prickly plants, gloves will protect your hands and wrists from scratches, scrapes, and splinters.

If you have sensitive skin like I do, then gardening gloves aren’t optional. I have to wear gloves in the garden to avoid rashes and allergic reactions to plants, fertilizers, and other chemicals. Eczema prone gardeners need a nice set of gloves to protect their hands.

They even make touchscreen garden gloves now, which are perfect if you listen to music or podcasts on a smartphone while you garden.

Rake

Rakes are indispensible tools for anyone with a yard. While leaf rakes can be used for a variety of purposes, a bow rake is great to use in the garden. A bow rake can also be used to clear leaves or spread mulch. It’s also perfect for leveling soil or breaking up hard garden dirt in the spring.

When we first transitioned from container gardening on a patio to a raised bed community garden, we thought we could just get by with the hand tools we’d used previously. When spring game and it was time to work the dirt and mix in compost, we realized exactly how difficult that was with just hand tools. Another gardener lent us their bow rake to help spread our compost and now we have our own to use in the garden. This is must have for yards, raised beds, or even community garden plots.

Digging Shovel

If you’re gardening in your yard or a raised bed, you’ll find that a digging shovel is an extremely useful tool. Not only can you use it to dig holes, it’s also great for transporting dirt from a wheelbarrow to your garden without having to dump the whole load.

Shovels are also great for stirring compost piles or mixing potting soil before you add it to your containers. If you need to create a garden or level ground, a sturdy shovel is perfect for turning dirt or removing it. Look for pointed shovels, like the one pictured, for digging. If you find regular shovels are too heavy, some designs are made of lightweight materials but are still perfect for digging in gardens.

Garden Spade

While you may have all of your digging needs taken care of by a hand trowel and a digging shovel, you may find a garden spade to be extremely helpful in your garden bed.

Designed to use in tight spaces, the square-shaped blade is perfect for digging holes for plants and bushes, especially in established gardens where you don’t want to disturb existing plants. I also love them for removing weeds that have deep root systems I can’t pull out by hand. If you have a perennial you need to transplant, a spade is perfect to “cut out” the plant from the dirt and then dig a new hole for it.

Since it’s essentially like a shovel, you can also use it for transporting dirt and general digging in your yard or garden bed.

Garden Hoe

We always get a lot of use out of our hoe in the spring when we’re preparing the garden for planting. The blade is perfect for weeding, easily chopping through unwanted growth and and clearing it out of your garden beds. You can also use it to spread compost in tight spaces.

The type of hoe and the size and shape of the blade will be determined by the type of gardening you do. If you’re dealing with large areas of dirt or vegetable gardens, you may need a wider hoe. For flower gardens, a delicate blade may work better. Choose a blade width based on your needs, you may even want to buy multiple hoes of different sizes to handle a bigger variety of projects.

Hose + Spray Nozzles

Unless all of your plants are in self-watering containers, you’re going to need to water your garden. While some urban gardeners can get away with just a watering can, if you have a yard then a garden hose will be the best way to water your plants. While traditional hoses are still very common, we recommend a light-weight expandable hose that is easier to maneuver. (While there’s plenty of brands available, check out our review of the Pocket Hose to learn more about these expandable hoses.)

In addition to a hose, make sure you get an adjustable spray nozzle. These not only help you control the water so you aren’t wasting any water between your garden beds, but they also help you control the way the water is delivered. Many spray nozzles have adjustable spray patterns, allowing you to mist newly planted seeds and seedlings while soaking established plants like tomatoes or flower bushes that need lots of water in the heat of summer.

Wheelbarrow

If you’re lucky enough to have a nice big yard to garden in, you’ll find that a wheelbarrow or a garden cart will make a lot of jobs so much easier. Move dirt, compost, even piles of leaves effortlessly across your property. They’re also great for transporting new seedlings to your garden bed.

A traditional wheelbarrow design will be best if you’re often moving soil or compost as it’s easy to dump your load once you read your destination. If you mostly need to move tools or plants then a cart design might work better for you.

Loppers

If you have trees or shrubs that ever need pruning, a simple pair of pruning shears won’t cut it (hah!). Loppers are perfect for keeping your hedges under control or removing diseased branches.

A nice pair of loppers (like the one pictured) will allow you to cut branches up to 1-2″ in diameter. When you’re shopping, make sure to pay attention to the max thickness the loppers will cut. Usually, longer loppers can cut thicker branches. If can afford the extra cost, buy one that can handle 2″ branches.

Weeder

Weeds are the bane of an gardener’s existence and can be a major pain to remove. Luckily there are a few handy tools to use to battle weeds in your garden. The first is a hand weeder (pictured), which some call a dandelion digger. It’s designed to help remove weeds with a tap root, with the tines penetrating the soil to easily pull the weed out.

Some prefer standup weeders (like this one). You push the spikes into the ground, press down on the lever with your foot, and it grabs the weed and its roots (see it in action in our article on how to remove dandeliona). They’re easier to use if you have back problems or a ton of dandelions to remove from your yard.

Hori Hori Garden Knife

Sometimes referred to as a garden knife, the hori hori originated in Japan, but has become popular with gardeners across the world. It’s a stainless steal blade that is slightly curved with a sharp edge and a serrated edge. That makes it perfect for cutting through soil or roots. Some people even use it as a weeder.

Some people use a hori hori instead of a hand trowel, as you can easily use it to transplant seedlings and dig holes for planting. Many models also have measurements engraved in the blade, making it easy to measure depth when planting seeds. Campers also find a hori hori useful for digging into hardpacked dirt or prying up rocks under your tent.

Spading Fork

You may recognize a spading fork as a digging fork, garden fork, or a graip. Similar in appearance to a pitchfork, a spading fork is meant for turning dirt and soil. Usually it has four sturdy tines perfect for loosening hard dirt and lifting soil. It’s also nice to mix fresh compost into established beds.

It’s called a spading fork because there are some scenarios where it works better than a traditional spade since it’s perfect for raking out weeds or breaking up clumps of dirt in tight spaces in already established gardens.

Available in full size or handheld models, pick one that works best for the size of your garden. Container gardeners will do just fine with a handheld spading fork, but those with raised beds or traditional garden beds may find a full-size tool will work best.

Pruning Saw

If you have branches too thick for your lopper to cut, then a pruning saw is the tool you need. These tools are the middle ground between a lopper and a handsaw or chain saw. The one pruning saw pictures can cut through branches of to 8 inches thick, perfect for pruning trees in your yard. You can also use it for shrubs and plants.

If you’re trying to minimize the number of garden tools you own, I’d recommend getting a good pair of pruning shears and a pruning saw and just skip the loppers. While you may need to take care of most of your branch cutting needs with your handsaw, the design of pruning saws is perfect for slicing off branches in tight spaces, especially when dealing with small trees and shrubs.

Edger

As you might guess from the name, an edger is meant to create edges in your garden. An edger is used to cut a clean line in the soil between grass and a sidewalk, driveway, or a garden bed. They’re generally designed in a half circle shape with a lip on the top where you can press the tool down with your foot. To use the tool, you place the blade where you want to create the edge and then step down to cut into the soil and rock the edger side to side before moving down to repeat the steps.

An edger is a specialized tool that doesn’t have a lot of uses, but if you want to create clearly defined lines in your yard, it’s the perfect way to separate the grass from your garden. The created lines will make your yard and pathways look tidy and well planned.

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Feeling overwhelemed? Check out these essential garden tools for beginners.

Whether it is a home garden or a community garden you cannot do without proper garden tools. Garden tools are essential for carrying out many jobs in the garden smoothly, jobs such as cutting grass, trim trees and shrubs, plant flowers, remove trees, dig the soil, water plants etc.

There are certain tools necessary to have a healthy and well looked after garden. Although there are many tools available in gardening stores we will consider the 10 essential garden tools that every garden needs.

Trowel

The first essential item on your list should be a trowel that is well made. Whether it is container garden or a large bed a trowel is necessary to get your seedlings and plants into the soil easily.

Hoe

A hoe with a long handle helps a gardener handle difficult tasks easily. It is used to keep out weeds from your garden. This is accomplished by using the hoe to remove weeds when they start to grow.

Careful use of the hoe will help in removing weeds without damaging the roots of your plants. Hoe heads come in many shapes and sizes and you can make your choice.

Hand fork or cultivator

Hand forks are ideal for loosening the soil and cleaning up the beds. It helps to cultivate the soil, work amendment into your soil, and chop up any clumps.

These are absolutely essential in beds that are closely planted. It cuts the compacted hard soil smoothly and is also very useful for aerating, cleaning the moss and thatching.

Flower beds and vegetable plots can be easily prepared by using a hand fork or cultivator. Find the perfect model with our buying guide.

Hand pruners or pruning shears

It is wise to invest in a pair of good quality pruning shears or secateurs, as they are also known. These come in various types and sizes depending on the type of job. They are useful for pruning branches of small diameters.

These are very useful for trimming bushes and shrubs. Trimming regularly will make your shrubs bushy and in the desired shape and size. They are very useful for rose plants that require regular pruning.

Also fruit and other trees in your garden will need pruning.

Watering can and nozzles

A watering can with a nozzle that creates a fine spray of water is essential for gently watering seedlings and sprouting seeds, over a large area, without washing them away. Choose one with long nozzles.

A spading fork

A spading fork or gardening fork, is a wonderful garden tool necessary for transplanting and aerating. You can also use it to split ornamental grasses and perennials. In fact, you cannot divide and dig perennials without using a heavy duty spading fork. It can also be beneficially used as a mulch

ork, manure fork, and for sorting hay.

Shovels and spades

Shovels and spades come in many different sizes and shapes. The hand hold also comes in shapes like a “T” or a “D”. These are necessary for planting trees, shrubs, moving the soil, breaking the soil and many other jobs.

Spades are very useful for turning the soil and a shovel will help in picking up dug out soil and disposable items from your garden. Their blades should be sharp in order to accomplish the jobs easily.

Wheelbarrow or Garden Cart

Again wheelbarrows also come in different sizes and shapes and you have a wide variety to choose from. You cannot do without one especially if your garden is of decent size. With it you can carry almost anything and everything.

Whether it is for hauling soil, transporting dirt and cement or for transporting common gardening items like compost, plants, mulch, tools or hoses, you will find the wheelbarrow extremely handy.

Without a wheelbarrow you will have to make frequent trips back and forth around the garden which is really exhausting.

Gardening gloves

Even if you like the feel of soil it is imprudent to work in the garden without proper gloves. Gardening gloves also come in a lot of varieties and materials.

The type you choose will depend on the type of work involved. Leather gloves are good but you cannot use them when handling water or liquid chemicals.

Thus you may need more than one type of glove. Make sure that the pair fits you snugly or you may have to deal with blisters. Also make sure they are prick proof when you are handling rose bushes or other thorny plants.

The simple fact is that you must choose wisely.

Garden hose

You can’t do gardening without water. You will need a good quality garden hose if you don’t want to get exhausted transporting a lot of water. In fact it is the easiest way to transport lots of water quickly and effortlessly.

The best hoses for this purpose are those having 3 or 4 ply thickness and come with brass fittings. Coiled type of hoses need less storage space. They may be a bit more expensive but they are easier to store and transport.

You can also use drip irrigation or soaker hoses if you don’t have the time to water the plants yourself.

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Must Have Gardening Tools – Learn About Common Garden Tools And Equipment

If you’re in the market for garden tools, one stroll through the tool section of any garden center or hardware store can make your head spin. What kind of garden tools and equipment do you need, and what are the best tools for garden and lawn?

Information about Gardening Tools and Equipment

The best kinds of tools vary widely depending on a huge number of factors, ranging from your physical ability, size of your garden, type of soil and even your gardening style. For example, an urban dweller with a balcony full of containers requires very different tools than a homeowner with a huge vegetable garden or an orchard.

The best way to proceed is to start with a few essential tools that will serve you well for nearly any type of gardening. You can always expand your tool collection with more specialized tools later, especially as your garden grows. This is true for those seeking lawn equipment as well.

Must Have Gardening Tools

While there are essentially all kinds of tools to choose from, here are suggestions for a few basic tools for garden and lawn that are definite must-haves for nearly anyone who gardens and any type of garden.

Gardening gloves – Don’t even think about gardening until you have a good pair of gardening gloves whether you have a big garden area or a few containers. They needn’t be expensive, but a sturdy, comfortable pair will keep your hands clean and blister-free. Gloves will also protect your fingers from thorns, burs and slivers.

Trowel – You’ll definitely need a hand trowel for digging small holes for planting perennials, annuals or bulbs, or a host of other small digging jobs. Garden trowels also come in handy when scooping and moving soil during potting or repotting of plants.

Garden scissors – You may be surprised at just how often you depend on garden scissors for trimming small branches, harvesting herbs, deadheading plants or cutting flowers for floral arrangements. Again, these are useful tools for anyone to have on hand.

Shovel – Although general-purpose shovels are often used for digging, they are best for moving and lifting materials such as mulch, compost, soil or gravel from one area to another.

Spade – A spade is even more important than a shovel, so if your budget is limited, opt for the spade and leave the shovel for later. A good spade is useful for digging heavy soil, breaking up dirt, removing sod, breaking up roots or edging a flower bed.

Hoe – Hoes are used mostly for weeding and cultivating. There are many types of hoes on the market, including triangle hoes that are especially good for working in tight spots and scuffle hoes that slice weeds from the surface of the soil.

Garden fork – Also known as a digging fork, this tool may not be essential if you have a small, tidy yard, but a good garden fork will serve you well if you need to loosen up firmly packed or rocky soil, remove clumps of plants without losing too much soil, or if you need to mix in compost or other soil amendments.

Rake – A leaf rake is a must if you have trees on your property. A steel rake is required if you need to smooth out the soil surface or work in compost or fertilizer. Most vegetable gardeners depend on steel rakes.

Kinds of Tools for the Lawn

Even if your lawn is somewhat small, certain types of equipment are a must for providing adequate lawn care and maintenance. The two most common being the lawn mower and weed eater.

Mower– Among the most essential of all tools for the homeowner is a good quality lawn mower. Whether a traditional push mower, a self-propelled walk behind mower or a riding mower is up to you, and in many cases, this decision will be based on the size of the property. Those with large lots may want to look into the time-saving benefits of a riding mower, while those with smaller areas to maintain may be just fine with an inexpensive push mower. Options like mulchers and baggers can be great time savers as well. A quality lawn mower should be an investment in the appearance of your lawn, and a well-made mower can last for many years. There are many options to choose from, so it pays to shop around before making a decision.

Weed eater – A weed eater is another must have tool. These handy little machines can cut your workload a great deal, and if you don’t already have one, chances are you will be in the market for one at some point. Weed eaters are the perfect choice for those hard to reach places where the lawn mower will not reach. When shopping for a weed eater, it’s a good idea to consider its weight, power and cost. While a powerful weed eater may be great for making short work of weeds, it may also be quite heavy to carry around.

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