8 Essential Tools for Any Garden

8 Essential Tools for Any Garden

Home improvement and garden stores always seem to have something for everything. Whether it’s for your room, your garden, your marriage, they have something! It is so easy to get overwhelmed by all the supplies available to you for purchase when you don’t even know what to get! 

Especially gardening tools…

Well, since stores have a tool for everything, why not get every tool? You have something for any occasion. The thing is, you don’t need a tool for everything. That just wastes time, money,  and space in your garage.

Let’s boil down to the essential tools so you can spend less time getting overwhelmed in the store, and more time getting growing plants.

A pair of worn garden gkoves

1. Gardening gloves

Gardening gloves are exactly what they sound like. Gloves made specifically for gardening. They don’t seem to be that important. But, gloves are one of, if not the most essential tool you will want.

Not only do they protect your hands from getting dirty, (Because who wants to spend time meticulously getting dirt from under your fingernails?) they protect your hands from nasty cuts and scrapes. Gloves also protect your hands from bacterial and fungal infection causing bacteria like E. coli lurking in the soil you work in.

If you have sensitive skin, gloves are an absolute must. Gardening gloves help to prevent contact with chemicals that can cause irritation, rashes, and allergies.

A garden trowel with dirt lying on grass

 2. Hand Trowel

As a gardener, you’re going to do quite a lot of digging. And a hand trowel will be your best friend. Because who wants to dig up lots of tiny holes by hand, get a hand cramp, and make a mess all over?

Hand trowels are essentially mini shovels. They can be used for digging small holes, transplanting seedlings, and placing bulbs. As an added bonus, they can also be used to dig up weeds with precision. This is the perfect tool for urban and container gardeners.

Get one, you’ll need it.

A pair of blue pruning shears near sunflowers

3. Pruning Shears

Pruning shears, hand pruners, gardening shears, whatever you call them, are convenient and beneficial for your garden. Pruning shears are handheld shears made for cutting plants. It’s sharp blades provide a clean cut with minimal effort. This reduces chances of infection for your plant that could occur by using regular scissors or your hands. 

You can use pruning shears for a variety of gardening tasks. Tasks like pruning, taking cuttings for propagation, removing dead or damaged foliage, harvesting, and more. It’s like the ultimate gardening scissor. But tiny and less intimidating.

Pruning shears are designed to cut stems that are usually less than a centimeter in diameter. If you’re cutting something that is a centimeter or more in diameter, it’s better to use loppers or gardening saws. Loppers are like pruning shears, but with longer handles for more force. Gardening saws are what they sound like. Saws that are made for gardening purposes. 

It is important to choose shears that have a spring in between the blades so you don’t  work twice as hard to get the shears in an open state.

A shovel in some dirt

4. Shovel

Sometimes, there are tasks where a hand trowel just won’t cut it. That’s what shovels are for! Many kinds come in different shapes and sizes, but a good quality round head shovel will do for almost every occasion that it is required. Shovels can be used for digging large holes, moving dirt and other materials, and even turning dirt in a pinch. 

For container gardeners, a hand trowel will work just fine. Use as stated above.

A bow rake tilling soil

5. Bow Rake

Rakes aren’t only useful in the fall. Bow rakes are very useful and convenient because you can use them for gardening work, and yard work! It’s a 2 for 1 package deal that you can not miss!

For gardening, you can use a bow rake for jobs like clearing materials like leaves in large areas, spreading material like compost and mulch, and even tilling soil. Usually I use a rake to spread soil more evenly before transplanting my seedlings or sowing my seeds.

You can also use a rake for gathering leaves and grass clippings like you would with a yard rake. You save money and space!

A hand cultivator on pavement next to a rose

6. Hand Cultivator

Or as I call it, the mini garden fork.

For working in smaller areas, a hand cultivator will be best for the job. This is an essential for people who partake in urban or container gardening.

This hand held tool can be used for many tasks! You can use it for breaking and turning soil, mixing compost, spreading materials, and more. You can also use it for digging out weeds, especially in a small place or near your plants.

You can also use it as a mini rake for clearing debris in compact spaces!

Water spraying from a hose with a spray attachment

7. Hose

Almost everything that grows needs hydration. And most likely, everything that you grow in your garden requires water to grow. If you have a yard garden, a hose is optimal to reduce the hassle of lugging a watering can back and forth over and over again. It makes things easier so you don’t make a pained face whenever it is time to water your plants. 

If you are worried about tangles and knots and the heaviness, ditch a regular hose for a lighter expandable kind, like the Pocket Hose. It is also preferable to get a separate spray attachment to water your garden evenly. It also helps in preventing flooding in your garden and attacking your plants by applying the water in one concentrated area.

For container gardeners, forgo a watering can with a “shower” attachment. It will make watering in small locations easier and less messy.

Plant labels stuck in a pot

8. Plant Labels

This year, I decided to plant more seeds in my container garden instead of buying all my herbs and houseplants at the nursery. One mistake that I made was not labeling my pots. At the time of writing this, I have around half a dozen pots with little sprouts that I can not identify. 

Don’t follow my footsteps. Plant labels are extremely crucial for any garden. Especially when you are the person who likes growing from seed. The amazing thing is, it costs little to no money to acquire labels. You can even make DIY labels! It makes your garden a bit more presentable and personalized to you.

And there you have it! 8 gardening tools that are essential to any garden. You can go and get more or less items to fit your style. When purchasing tools, look for high quality material like stainless steel. It may be more expensive, but it’s an investment to your future. Therefore, your tools will last for years to come! Happy gardening, till we meet again.

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