It is easy to go overboard when purchasing gardening tools. They can take up a lot space and cost a lot of money, but staying focused on the basics can keep your shed or storage area from becoming overcrowded. There’s always bigger and better, but buying the best quality tools that your budget will allow, and maintaining them, can go a long way in getting the most out of your investment.
Here are the essentials to get you going on any garden project you have in mind.
Gloves – while gardening can be a wonderful hobby, it can be quickly turned into a thorny and splintery hassle without the right pair of gloves. Gloves should be durable but not too bulky, especially for working with seed or transplanting seedlings. Fit is important, fabrics that are water-resistant but also breathable will help keep hands cool and comfortable. Longer cuffs protect wrists and forearms from scratches and keep soil from getting in-store gloves out sunlight, away from water and safe from insects.
Pruning Shears – hand pruners, also called as secateurs, help reign in plants that are getting out of control and taking over. Anti-style pruners cut with a sharp blade meeting a flat surface, similar to a knife on aboard. Bypass pruners cut with a sharp blade passing a sharp-edged flat surface more like scissors.
Loppers – another cutting tool, loppers are basically long-handled pruners used to trim hard to reach areas and cut thicker branches. The long handles provide the leverage it takes to cut through branches up to an inch or more diameters.
Garden Fork – an efficient tool for turning soil, garden forks can dig into dense soil better than a spade. Forks with a slight curve to the spines are useful for scooping mulch or turning compost piles, much like a pitchfork.
Hand Trowel – the essential hand tool, trowels are wonderful for transplanting bedding plants and herbs, planting containers and taking out weeds.
Spade – these short-handled square shovels are garden workhorses. They make easy work of digging holes for plants, edging, lifting sod, and moving small mounds of dirt from one area to another. This tool can be more on the pricey side but a good space will last you the rest of your gardening life.
Rake – when leaves and debris fall, your sturdy rake is there to whisk them away. Rakes come in a wide variety of styles and sizes but a great starter is a standard leaf rake.
Hoe – your type of garden will dictate what type of hoe is best for you. A veggie garden may require a sturdy, wide hoe. If you have perennial gardens, a more delicate tough and a thinner hoe may be. Hoes are useful in preparing garden and flower beds and cutting down weeds.
Garden Hose with Adjustable Nozzle – water is the foundation of your garden’s life and it is important that your garden hose can reach and spray every area.
Watering Wand – give your plants a gentle rain shower with a water-breaking wand. The extended reach is also helpful to get out of the way containers, hanging plants or the back edges of borders. Watering wands come in a variety of lengths.
Watering Can – there are two basic types of watering cans, plastic or metal. There are hundreds of styles and colours, sizes and nozzle options.
Wheelbarrow – if your backyard has extra soil to be moved around, compost or mulch that needs to be added to garden beds, or any other heavy lifting and moving project, a wheelbarrow can help you haul hundreds of pounds.
By investing in these essential gardening tools, your shed will house everything it needs to keep your garden beautiful and growing.