As in all types of work, the right tool will make your job infinitely easier, and this fact remains true for your garden as well. There are so many tools, both traditional and contemporary, that are a part of a gardener’s arsenal.
However, he or she might collect all the tools they can, but some tools are definitely more useful than the other and which the garden simply cannot do without.
Here are a few gardening tools that will make a definitive difference to gardening efforts.
These gardening implements have a round or pointed blade. They help a gardener to move soil, dig a hole, or even in the process of planting. You must also try and select a garden shovel that has a flat edge at the top of the blade. Your foot gets a better surface purchase this way.
Weeds and a garden go hand in hand. You can’t have a garden that does not have weeds, and they are a fact of gardening life. You can’t just get away from them, but hoes help you get rid of them. You can also use hoes to break up the soil if needed. Your selection of a garden hoe must be dependent on its strength and hence try going for a rolled steel blade that has been riveted to the handle. Such hoes are more reliable.
Hoes with a smaller blade will enable you to get in between the plants, if necessary, and clear the weeds.
A trowel is a tool that will offer immeasurable help during planting. If you are looking for durability, and most people are, then a steel blade trowel is the one to choose from. If you are looking for an easy grip then choose a trowel that has a soft rubber handle. If gardening is your passion, and you plan to spend long hours working in the garden then you would do well to get trowels that are ergonomically designed, which help in taking the stress off your wrist.
Rakes will help get rid of all the fall leaves from your garden and also enable you to collect all the debris that gets collected in the garden. You can either use a narrow rake or a wide rake. If you use a narrow rake, it’s easier to maneuver around or between the plants, but a wide rake will get rid of the fall leaves easily and quickly. So, it’s best that you have both types of rakes and here again, choose only those with ergonomic handles.
This is yet another gardening tool that a gardener cannot simply do without. This is because the process of shaping a plant, its pruning, and deadheading goes on throughout the year. So, if you want a cleaner cut on the plants then you should use pruners. They do not rip or tear the plant.
Typically, there are two types of pruners that you can choose from the anvil pruners and bypass pruners. A word of caution here; buying pruners can be a costly exercise, so be very careful in your selection.
If you want to break up the garden soil, then a garden fork is the best bet. Compared to a pitchfork, garden forks are thicker and shorter. Don’t go for ones that have flat tines, but for those who have square tines. You can use a garden fork in place of a spade if it’s of the right size and shape.
A good watering can is a must-have if you are the proud owner of a garden. Good watering can make it easier for you to water your plants. It can be easily tilted and can easily be maneuvered and balanced in your hand.
These are just some of the gardening tools that are popularly used in a garden. They are many more, but if you have these, then you won’t face any trouble in your gardening activities.