Top 10 Must-Have Gardening Tools

watering can

This top 10 list of must-have gardening tools is for both beginner or intermediate gardener.

1. Hand Trowel

A hand trowel is essential for digging small holes for seeds or seedlings. It is also very useful for any gardening activity involving planting or preparing your soil. It is very useful for scooping out soil and turning over hardened soil.

hand trowel

 

2. Gloves

Gloves can protect your hands from callouses and blisters. It is very likely that you’ll get blisters and callouses when you garden for long hours. It will also prevent your nails from staining. It is better to wear gloves, even advisable when you handle fertilizers, both organic or chemical fertilizers.

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3. Kneeling Pad

A kneeling pad is not really essential. But it can be, especially if you are gardening for long hours. Kneeling in a bad position can cause pain and may damage your knees. It is advisable to use a kneeling pad if you already have existing knee pains and can’t avoid kneeling while doing garden work. A kneeling pad can make your gardening work more enjoyable and comfortable.

kneeling pad

 

4. Spade

A spade is a multi-purpose tool. It can be used as a digger or you can use it to chop some tough roots or stems. Those are just some of the things you can use a spade with.

garden spade

 

5. Hoe

Hoes are available in different sizes. This is an essential tool for gardening. It is used for plowing, preparing your garden plot and more. They are relatively inexpensive and are durable. A hoe is also perfect for destroying weeds.

garden hoe

 

6. Rake

A rake is a very useful gardening tool. When preparing your patch of soil for gardening you can use the rake to get rid of rocks, dirt, dried leaves etc. You can also it for preparing your soil and planting. And during autumn you can also use for raking the dried leaves. 😀

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7. Shovel

A shovel is an efficient scooping tool. The blade/scooper is much bigger than a hand trowel. It’ll make your digging faster if you are planting a tree or big plant. It is also very useful for prepping your garden plot, fertilizing or digging a compost pit.

shovel

 

8. Soil Knife

A soil knife is a Japanese tool. It is a very useful tool for dividing bushes or perennials, cutting through tough roots, transplanting, cutting tough weeds and a lot more. It is a versatile tool.

soil knife
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9. Weeders

Weeds, everyone has them…in their gardens or backyards. This is an efficient tool to get rid of weeds. It is simple and uncomplicated. There are different types. Get the one the fits your needs.

10. Watering Hose or Watering Can

If you are a beginner and not yet ready to invest on a watering hose, a watering can will be very useful to you. Of course, plants need water. But if you have a bigger garden and a budget, investing on a good quality hose will be a good decision. It is efficient. Because you’ll be able to water a lot of plants in one go and don’t have to refill it.

garden hose

watering can

Bush and Hedge Trimmers

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Bush and hedge trimmers are a garden or yard staple, specially if you have bushes or hedges to trim. These trimmers are safer to use, than using ordinary gardening to shears to shape your bushes and hedges.

There’s a high chance that you’ll mess up the shape of your hedges if you use ordinary scissors or gardening shears. Unless you are well experienced in shaping bushes and hedges, then you’ll have perfectly manicured & trimmed hedges.

These trimmers are also adjustable so you can trim off little by little instead of accidentally cutting off more than you should. Because most of the time hedges are grown for privacy purposes. So it’s important to not over-trim.

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Compact Hedge Trimmer

There are various types of hedge trimmers. There are small ones, big ones, compact ones, cordless and with cord. Depending on what you need you’ll be able to find which will suit you the best.

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Hedge Trimmer

With the right hedge trimmer, trimming, shaping or pruning your hedges and bushes can be fun and enjoyable.