15 Essential Gardening Tools to Have


Kai Magsanoc

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Kai Magsanoc

February 7, 2021

With the right tools, the job you need to do to care for your garden is halfway done.

Gardening may look like easy work but a lot goes on behind that beautiful garden and plant beds that you see in photos: a lot of hard work, a lot of time spent, and a lot of commitment.

If you’ve ever tried taking care of, say, at least 10 potted plants, then you can imagine how much more an entire garden requires. And the key to keeping a garden beautiful and healthy is maintaining it with a whole lot of TLC and the right tools.

Here’s a checklist for the tools you need to grab:

1. Curved blade digging shovel

Yardening Pulse deems a full-length curved blade digging shovel a must-have for a beautiful garden. It is great for heavy duty digging work (like when planting trees or shrubs) and for working and loosening the soil.

2. Digging fork

Break soil with less time and well-utilized effort with a digging fork. It can take you to greater depths, literally, than the usual garden rake. You can also use it to mix, turn, loosen, and lift garden materials like compost, mulch, or soil.

3. Full flat digging shovel or spade

This is a great tool for edging (creating clean, crisp lines between beds and other areas). It is also useful when, after removing sections of grass in your garden to create new plots, you need to trim the edges of the areas you just dug.

4. Gardening gloves

They say that touching your plants and the soil may have a good effect on your well-being, but if you need to dig and want to prevent blisters, then gardening gloves are essential. Find a pair that fits your hand perfectly to avoid discomfort.

5. Garden hoe

A garden hoe is essential if you wish to plant vegetables in your garden. It “allows you to quickly dig a shallow trench in the soil that’s ideal for planting seeds just below the surface,” according to Yardening Pulse.

6. Garden rake

Unlike the leaf rake which can often be made out of rubber, a garden rake is made of harder material, meant for finishing your soil after planting. It can also be used as a cultivation tool.

7. Garden scissors

Don’t take them for granted: garden scissors can do a lot of things in your garden, from opening packets to pruning your plants. Garden scissors are different from regular scissors in that they have a curved shape. They are also called pruning shears.

8. Hand trowel

A hand trowel can be used “for digging out areas for plants and flowers as well as refilling the holes when you’re finished. They’re also ideal for digging out any weeds that have encroached on your garden plots,” shares Andrew on Yardening Pulse.

9. Lawnmower

This is essential in every garden and yard. A lawnmower ensures that your garden looks great with a well-cared-for lawn. If you have a large garden, a gas lawn mower would be best for you. For small gardens, an electric lawn mower would be enough.

10. Leaf rake

A leaf rake with a fan-like blade is great for raking leaves that fall during spring and autumn. It is also useful during winter when debris builds up in snow and you cannot stand the “dirty” sight. A rake cleans leaves from the soil without severely disturbing it.

11. Pruning saw

A pruning saw is a small, hand-held saw made to do the work that pruning shears can’t do. Pruning shears are for fine branches and small plants. A pruning saw is for the small branches of trees. It cuts with the pull stroke. It is also cheaper than a small chainsaw.

12. Soil knife

A soil knife is not commonly seen in gardening tools lists but, once you get one of your own, you’ll be glad you did. The soil knife originated from Japan and is also called the hori-hori. It has a very sharp serrated blade so make sure to keep it away from children.

13. Water hose

Plants need sunlight and water in the right amounts to thrive. While you also have the option to install sprinklers or even a smart irrigation system, if you like the manual way of watering your plants, then a trusty water hose is your best friend.

14. Wheelbarrow

A wheelbarrow may seem unnecessary until one day you realize you need to move a lot of things from one spot to another (tools, dirt, plants, debris, compost, etc.) and you resort to going back and forth. A wheelbarrow will save a lot of your time, energy, and effort.

15. Weeder

A weeder is a “small hand tool with a forked end that’s ideal for digging individual weeds and removing them by the root,” writes Andrew on Yardening Pulse. This is a better, healthier option than using chemicals to kill those weeds. You’ll get more exercise, too.

There you go. Your gardening tools essentials list. Bookmark this page or take a screenshot for easy reference when you head out to shop for your garden needs.

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