Maintaining and having a clean garden is essential as a homeowner if you want to achieve your ideal home. These tools are not just to help you but to protect you from injuries in maintaining your garden. Here is a list of the tools you will need to take care of your garden.
- Gardening Gloves
- Hand Pruners
- Hand Trowel
- Garden Hoe
- Gardening Hose
- Watering Wand
- Bow Saw
- Lawn Mower
#1 Gardening Gloves
Wearing gardening gloves goes a long way in protecting your hands from potential injuries in gardening. Maintaining your garden takes time hence, your hands can be bruised up due to the prolonged use of gardening tools.
Gloves will be needed when pulling shrubs or digging the soil; There is a chance of you getting injuries from thorns, splinters, and bug bites. It is best to avoid these to have a more enjoyable gardening experience. There are two types of gardening gloves you need to have, which are:
- Light Gloves are best for gardening tasks that require dexterity like weeding and seed sowing.
- Heavily padded gloves are for high-intensity manual tasks like landscaping or additional protection from thorns and splinters.
#2 Gardening Boots
Wearing regular footwear during gardening can damage it due to the manual work involved and a high chance of it getting wet. Gardening boots are durable and water-proof.
Having high-quality gardening boots protects your feet from getting wet and can serve you for years. Gardening boots are built to get dirty but at the same time easy to clean.
#3 Hand Pruners
Hand Pruners or Pruning Shears are essential cutting tools for your garden, from trimming the bushes to cutting out those dead hanging flowers. Hand pruners are the go-to for cutting branches and stems for healthier growth.
Maintaining the pruning shears goes a long way in helping your garden-cutting needs; It calls for sharpening and repairing its parts for longevity. It is best to get familiar with the two types of pruners to know their purpose.
- Bypass pruners are the most common and are best for a cleaner cut; It works like scissors where both blades cross or “bypass” one another to make a precise and cleaner cut.
- Anvil Pruner—while bypass pruners work like scissors, anvil pruners act like knives on a cutting board. This pruner tends to crush plant tissue, hence it is much more ideal for cutting deadwood.
#4 Hand Trowel
A hand trowel is an essential tool in gardening for digging through small holes, transplanting plants, and digging weeds. Gardening trowels can be made from various materials such as wood, metal, and plastic. Although materials such as plastic and wood, are available on the market; Stainless steel metal trowels tend to be much more durable and are resistant to rust.
Hand Trowels are one of the essentials in gardening, hence the need for proper maintenance and storage. Always clean the trowels after the usage for longevity.
Rakes are best for getting all the dead leaves and yard debris into one place. Rakes are broom-like tools shaped like a fork and emulate human hands digging through the soil. You will need two types of rakes for gardening—one is for taking out yard waste debris, and the other for smaller-scale gardening.
- Garden Rake—A standard broom-like rake that can take out dead leaves and is used to level out soil. This type of rake is usually what comes to mind when talking about rakes.
- Hand Rake—A scaled-down version of a standard rake. Hand Rakes are used for gardening, weeding, or working on garden pots. Piling the dead leaves on a corner is only one part of the job. You will have to dispose of it as well. Local junk removal companies generally accept these types of organic waste for removal.
A garden hoe is a staple gardening tool primarily used to cultivate the garden. A hoe is also a broom-like tool that can help you with gardening tasks such as—digging the soil, tilling to prepare for the crops, and taking out all the weeds. Just like the rake, the hoe also has variations for different gardening needs.
- Draw hoe is a common type of hoe is used for moving and digging through the soil.
- Scuffle Hoe is a hoe with an open-loop attachment is best used for skimming under the surface of the soil. It is used for weeding small areas and cultivating small weeds.
- Warren Hoe is an excellent digging hoe with a flat triangle attachment. It is used for creating a furrow for your seeds.
Wheelbarrows help transport soils, debris, and other materials for garden projects. This ancient tool can carry out gardening tasks that require heavy lifting. Like other gardening tools mentioned, wheelbarrows need to be maintained for longevity.
You have options to choose from when choosing your wheelbarrow. From a standard wheelbarrow that requires you to use both hands to; two-wheeled wheelbarrows and yard carts that are available on the market.
Keeping it clean and maintaining the wheels goes a long way in having that wheelbarrow help out the manual gardening work.
#8 Gardening Hose
An essential tool for your garden, you will need to provide water for different parts of the garden. A gardening hose works best to provide water to your garden. A general rule for the garden hose is to get one that is long enough to get around the garden.
An option to consider for storing your garden hose is through a hose reel. A hose reel can allow you to roll your hose in and out. This tool can help your hose avoid entanglements which also helps the maintenance and longevity of your garden hose.
#9 Watering Wand
Watering wands are a simple and effective tool that you attach to the end of your gardening hose. Watering wands give off a soft shower to your plants directly to the soil, It avoids damaging fragile seedlings and flowers.
Most Watering wands are adjustable so you could reach your hanging plants and anything that needs reaching around the garden.
#10 Bow Sow
Having a bow saw to keep in your shed can be helpful whenever you require cutting large branches that your pruners can’t handle. This tool is used for heavier and larger cutting tasks; since your trees and shrubs will need some trimming and cutting.
The spade works for digging through large parts of the garden. Due to its straight edge, the spade is used for slicing through, lifting sods, and edging lawns.
Both the shovel and the spade have similar functions and are sometimes mistakenly interchanged by some. The shovel is mainly used for scooping and is more efficient due to its sharp-edged shape, while the spade can be much more versatile for your gardening needs.
If you want to have a healthier and cleaner lawn then having a lawnmower is the easiest to achieve that. Lawnmowers can efficiently cut out the grass from your yard—cutting it out and leaving all those grass clipping provides nutrients for the grass.
Like most gardening tools, Lawnmowers need to be maintained—from changing the oil, replacing the spark plug, cleaning the air filter, sharpening the blades, and keeping the lawnmower clean. Regularly maintaining the lawnmower at least twice a year ensures that it will serve you for more years to come.
To wrap things up gardening is undeniably a therapeutic and fun activity, though it would be much more enjoyable if you don’t have to worry about getting any unwanted injuries.
These tools can help you be more productive and efficient in your gardening activities.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced green thumb already, you will need a wide array of tools to aid with your gardening needs.