With the weather now becoming nice for outdoor activities, it is inevitable that most of us will spend time outdoors doing our favorite pastimes. Obviously our favorite pastime is gardening and we figured there is no better place to start this year than the most essential gardening tools you will need to tackle the dirt this year. In this article, we have prepared an essential gardening tools list that will knock your socks off.
A weeder comes in handy for organic gardeners. If you prefer to stay away from weed-killing chemicals, use this tool instead. Weeders are small and handheld with forked ends. The forked bits are ideal for uprooting an individual weed plant.
A weeder will obliterate the entire root of the plant so that it doesn’t sprout again at the same spot. The only disadvantage of the weeder is that it is quite tedious to use. The tool plucks weed plants one at a time. Be sure to wear sunscreen when using this tool in the sun!
There are a variety of handheld weeders in local retail stores and online. Handheld weeders are sturdy, easy to use for loosening and pulling out roots.
2. Multipurpose Garden Scissors
- Opening packets and sacks
- Digging out weeds
- Cutting twines
- Piercing holes
- When the scissors are taken apart it transforms into a knife for cutting large items.
Most of the scissor gardening tasks involve improvising when the right tools for the job are not available.
A good example of this tool is the Fiskars Multi-Purpose Garden Shears. The titanium reinforced blades cut a variety of items without becoming dull. The Fiskars will stay in your toolbox for many seasons! We also have a great article where we go more in-depth on the best gardening shears, you can check out that article here.
3. Soil Knife
“Hori” means digging in Japanese.
The Hori-Hori is ideal for digging and cutting jobs. The soil knife has both a serrated blade and a cutting end.
Note: It is very easy to injure yourself with this knife if improperly handled. Keep it out of reach of children.
This soil knife does the following:
- Digging precise holes
- Bulbs transfer
Hori-Hori isn’t confined to gardening only. Hunters, campers, and gold miners find it a useful tool. The knife comes enclosed in a strong leather sheath.
4. Hand Trowel
Hand trowels are ideal for preparing the ground to plant your garden. Use them to fill up holes after planting as well. Hand trowels perform a decent job of uprooting weeds when a weeder is not available. Lastly, when you need to transplant or pot your flowers, this is the right tool for the job.
Since the hand trowel is a common gardening tool, there are several brands in the market. Choose one with a comfortable handle and strong jointing between the blade and handle. Trowels often break at the spot between the blade and handle if the material used is not strong.
5. Pruning Shears
When spring arrives, most shrubs and small trees sprout beautifully but uncontrollably. It is, therefore, good practice to have a pair pruning shears on the ready.
Sharpen the pruning shears regularly especially if you have to prune small trees. A dull pair of shears breeds frustration. There are many wonderful reasons to have pruning shears:
- Spring-loaded shears push themselves open with little pressure, therefore, reducing hand fatigue. This type of shear is ideal if you have arthritis, carpal tunnel, or other hand issues.
- Grip handles made for comfort further reduces hand fatigue
- Open and lock safety features prevent accident during transport
- A non-stick coating on the cutting blade prevents the shear from accumulating sap and gum.
- Most shears withstand heavy use on stems and small branches
Gardening shears are widely available in retail at your local hardware store and online vendors.
6. Water Hose/ Sprinkling System
So you have planted your flowers and trees, congratulations! That is just half of the gardening done. As you admire your hard work, remember that gardens thrive on maintenance. To keep the garden looking nice throughout you must care for the plants regularly.
Plants require sunshine and water to thrive. It will not rain all year round, so a water hose or a sprinkling system is necessary.
A garden hose ought to be lightweight to haul across the length of the garden. Furthermore, the metal components should be rust-proof for durability.Make sure your garden hose has all the components upon purchase, especially the spray gun.
A lawn sprinkler system is easy to install and use. For example, the Kadaon Garden Sprinkler connects a joint to a tap. It rotates 360 degrees and covers 3000 square feet.
7. Curved Blade Digging Shovel
The shovel is a gardening staple. A gardener can have more than one type for different functions. The curved blade digging shovel performs heavy digging jobs around the garden.
- Planting trees and large shrubs
- Scooping a lot of soil and mulch over a short time
- Loosening the soil for planting before you rake them into finer soil with smooth finishing for planting.
- Spreading mulch
- Transplanting perennial plants
The edge of the curved blade is sharp to easily slice through the soil and mud. Mini curved shovels are convenient for digging around tight spots or while kneeling.
8. Flat Digging Shovel (Spade)
Remember we mentioned that there are many types of shovels, each with a distinct function. The round shovel especially has its limitations as it cannot be used for some edging work.
The flat digging shovel, however, is the perfect tool for edging work. If you need to move sections of grass and the trim edges, the flat shovel will come in handy.The flat edge of a spade allows you to shape out your yard exactly how you want it because you have full control of the shapes.
The ideal spade head should be made of stainless steel, rust-resistant blade. Highly polished blades also tend to experience the least soil adhesion.
9. Leaf Rakes
In the fall and spring, most trees and plants shed their leaves. The garden is likely overrun by foliage during this time. Winter when almost no gardening activities take place results in an accumulation of debris. To deal with this build-up in the garden, a leaf rake with a fanning blade is the best tool for this job.
The fanning bristles of the leaf rake are typically made of plastic of soft metal material. The flexible metal allows you to lightly rake through all the layers of debris but still leave the soil undisturbed.
Some brands of leaf rakes have an adjustable handle to suit your height. The rake head can also be adjusted by locking and unlocking the locking lever. Adjusting the head allows you to clean out corners as well as to quickly clean wide spaces.
10. Garden Rakes
If you need a finishing tool for your soil before planting, consider the garden rake. A garden rake head is more rigid than leaf rake heads, which is precisely what is needed for cultivation.
The garden rake consists of a long pole with a sturdy flat metal blade placed at an angle. The ends of the blade split into several heads that stick out at the ends of the blade.
- The garden rakes are ordinarily made of bright colors to make them easy to find against the green grass.
- At the tip of the long rake pole, there is a non-slip vinyl coating to allow for easy grip and comfort during use.
- The rake handle is polished to weather-resistance. As a result of this, it is very durable.
- The strong nature of the blades and tines make it ideal for digging up the topsoil to give it a neat look.
Garden rakes with fiberglass handles are a good investment that can last a lifetime, or until you get tired of it! Wooden handles are equally good but will chip or break over time.
11. Pruning Saw
A pruning saw packs enough cutting power to cut through large branches of bigger trees in your garden.Pruning shears may be able to cut through the smaller stems and branches but have limited cutting power with thicker branches.
- Hand pruning saws are designed to cut a branch at the pull action. This gives you better control when you are getting rid of branches.
- The cutting blades on a pruning saw are double or triple ground. This provides multifaceted cutting edges for maximum efficiency.
- An ergonomically designed handle with a non-slip cushioning is a bonus as it allows better grip and control.
Some gardeners prefer to improvise using a tiny chainsaw. If you already own one, sure, why not. However, purchasing a chainsaw for pruning is unnecessarily expensive as it is not suitable for any other gardening tasks.
Note: Pruning saws are extremely sharp and great care is advised when handling them.
12. Garden Hoe
The garden hoe was invented during the medieval agrarian revolution. Even though it was only a primitive version of the one we have now, it saved the farmers from tons of backbreaking work during planting.
The current garden tool we use is still essentially the same, just made of better materials. The modern garden hoe is also made to last longer.
Garden hoes are ideal for digging shallow holes and planting seeds. If you want to start your own vegetable garden, having a good hoe is crucial.
Other duties of the garden hoe include the following:
- Removing weeds
- Shaping soil
- Clearing soil
- Harvesting root vegetables
Modern hoe blades are made of sharp stainless steel and rust-resistant material. The handle is usually made of polished wood.Hoes are widely available in local retail outlets.
13. Gardening Gloves
Gloves are necessary when using other gardening tools even if you love feeling the dirt in your fingers.
Digging with a shovel is an easy enough task for the first few minutes. However, after some time, blisters will start to form on your hands. To avoid all this, simply wear some gardening gloves.
There are different gardening gloves for both men and women. The gloves are about three times thicker than normal winter gloves.
- Despite the thickness, the fabric allows proper air circulation to keep your hands cool.
- On hot days when you perspire, the fabric absorbs the hand perspiration and keeps your hands dry.
- Gardening gloves are made of strong, puncture-proof material. The glove coating is further resistant to cuts and scratches.
- Despite the thickness of these gloves, they have excellent grip so that your tools do not slip from your hands.
- If you are performing tasks that require hand sensitivity, they can be as sensitive as working with bare hands.
You do not have to remove the gloves to feel with your bare hands. Some gardening gloves even allow you to operate your smartphone screen. Use these gloves for the following tasks:
- Harvesting fruits, flowers, vegetables
Do not worry about how to clean such tough fabric as they are machine washable. All hand sizes can find a snug fit of gardening gloves since they come in small, medium, and large sizes.
14. A Wheelbarrow
When you commence gardening after winter, you will undoubtedly generate a lot of waste. A lot of this will be from weed infestation, and they have to be disposed of somewhere.
Even if you only have to take them to your backyard’s composting site, you still have to carry it there. The ideal method for carrying large amounts of garden wastes quickly is to use a wheelbarrow. Or do you prefer to transport debris by the shovel?
The wheelbarrow saves a lot of time and effort in the garden. All you have to do is to make sure that the tire is properly inflated.
- The body of the wheelbarrow is usually made out of steel coated with powder, rubber, and polyurethane to be completely rust-resistant.
- Wheelbarrow handles are padded for comfortable lifting and pushing. Some have loop handles for effortless lifting, pushing, and even tipping over.
- Pneumatic wheelbarrow wheels tend to do well over various surfaces of the ground.
A wheelbarrow greatly eases all burdens of transporting awkward materials as you work. So, lump everything on it even if you are not weeding and move them around with you. You can find a durable wheelbarrow in your local hardware store.
15. Garden Stool and Kneeler
Yes, a gardening stool is a tool because it makes the processes easier. It reduces the effort it takes to stand or kneel in the garden for hours. A gardening stool makes your life easier, and it is therefore considered a tool.
A small gardening stool is for those who love their gardens and spend hours on end every week. Small stools alleviate the risks of getting chronic joint and back pain. It is definitely easier to sit for hours than stay on your knees for hours.
If you however choose to kneel rather than still, the stool transforms into a kneeler. The thick padding protects your knees from excessive weight.
Garden stool and kneeler comes with thick padding for resting your knees on. This cushioning also protects the pant’s material from tearing due to abrasions.
The garden stool cum kneeler has a sturdy metal frame to offer support for your hands and back. The frame can also fold when not in use for compressed storage.
16. Knee Pads
If you don’t fancy the idea of sitting or kneeling on a stool, the alternative is a pair of knee pads. Knee pads cushion your keens from the toll that prostrating for hours will eventually take on them. Pads alleviate the pain of exertion and cuts on your knees and will enable you to work for longer. The cushioning on a good pair of knee pads consists of a gel core and a quality foam pad. These dual cushions provide comfort for the length of time you will be kneeling on uneven terrain.
Quality knee pads are ergonomically designed to flex with the natural joint movement of the knee. Knee pads stay in place with tractable Velcro straps.
17. Leaf Blower
Getting rid of the leaves in your backyard also boils down to a method of personal preference. Maybe you prefer to take your time raking away the leaves. Other people find raking a tedious endeavor and prefer the leaf blower. Leaf blowers simply blow away all the leaves into a corner. After collecting everything together, the leaf blower sucks them up into a bag. You can easily make a compost heap from all these leaves.
A typical leaf blower comes with three settings:
A leaf blower clears places that you typically cannot rake such as sidewalks, garages, decks, and driveways. Lawn debris such as twigs, grass cuttings, etc. also gets sucked up on the vacuum setting
The mulching mode finely grinds up the leaves that have been cleaned up. It can reduce 16 bags of leaves to just 1 bag of mulch.
18. Weed Trimmer
A weed trimmer is an easier and quicker way of getting rid of weeds, unlike the manual weeder.A weed trimmer is sometimes called a strimmer. It is a great option if you do not have a lot of time to clear the weeds.
Weed trimmers are powered through either of the following four energy sources:
- Corded Electric
A brush cutter, on the other hand, is a heavy-duty version of weed trimmers. They are ideal for maintaining rougher areas and tougher weeds.
Though these machines get the job done fast and conveniently, they have one major drawback. Brush cutters and weed trimmers do not cut off the roots so the weeds will grow back.
19. Lawn Mower
The garden will stand out only if the lawn looks good. This is why lawn maintenance and gardening are not mutually exclusive.Always keep a lawnmower in your shed to maintain the neatness of the grass. There are electric, gas, and manual mowers.
The choice of a mower is decided by the kind and size of lawn you have. Gas lawn mowers are convenient to use on a large piece of garden. On the other hand, if you only need to mow a small patch of land, an electric mower does a quick job.Manual mowers are fine on flat expanses of land because pushing on the uphill is potentially very dangerous.
Some modern mowers have the mulching feature and rear discharge which collects the cuttings into a bag.
20. Digging Fork
The digging fork loosens up the soil more than the usual garden rake. If you need to dig up to a certain depth, use this tool.
Garden digging fork does the following functions:
- Mixing mulch
- Turning compost
- Loosening and lifting soil
The ideal digging fork is constructed with welded steel as opposed to wood or fiberglass.If the fork has a D-style handle the better. An angled handle keeps the wrist in an inert position to avoid strain.
These are the twenty tools that every gardener should have if they want to stand out. This gardening tools list upgrades you from a hobbyist gardener to a serious one.
There might be a couple more tools that you would like to add, but these tools are the foundation.