So you just moved into a home and found a patch to start growing plants. With the number of tools available in the market, what essentials must you buy to kickstart a noteworthy project? Essential gardening tools for beginners are not really that hard to find– and they don’t have to fill up an entire shed, too. When gardening for the first time, you will need the following basic tools to kickstart a lifelong hobby.
A hand trowel or a planter is perfect for weeding and planting small plants, preparing a small flower bed, and getting compost or organic fertilizer out of a container.
This multipurpose tool is often lightweight and works like a miniature shovel. While wood is considered the best handle of gardening tools, the fiber composite design of Fiskars Transplanter makes it easy to handle yet durable for continued use. This one also has convenient blade gradation marks for easy measurement of depth when transplanting.
2. Digging Spade
When digging requires something bigger than a trowel but smaller than a shovel, a garden spade is just right. Used mainly in digging holes for tree, shrub or large flower planting, it also helps in shoveling soil, compost and organic fertilizer out of a pit, container or wheelbarrow as well as in cutting a trench or slicing off thick turf.
It can also help chop off small tree roots so make sure to keep them sharp all the time. Check out Fiskars 46-inch rust-resistant garden spade . There are smaller border spades great for flowerbed work, too.
Handier than shears, secateurs are used mainly for light pruning, cutting stem of flowers, tidying broken plants, and snipping lumps from trees and shrubs. There are 2 types of garden secateurs– bypass and anvil.
The former is for general pruning while the anvil works best for cutting branches or hard stuff.
4. Garden Shears
Shears are primarily used to cut, clip and tidy up shrubs, topiary, grass, and so on. While lawnmowers can effortlessly clean up your yard, shears like the Tabor Tools B620 Hedge Shears can best maintain hedges and topiary, large blooming plants and shrubs, and so on. It works as a scissor for plants.
The main purpose of a dutch hoe or cultivator is to weed out unwanted critters growing in plant beds and among your plants– while in a convenient standing position. You don’t have to break your back pulling or digging on weeds with a hoe like this Flexrake 1000L Hula-Ho Weeder Cultivator. When sharp, it can also be used for slicing root-balls, digging shallow trenches, and edging.
A rake’s main purpose is for the upkeep of the garden by collecting leaves, trash, debris and other piles to prevent clutter. It also helps in leveling a flower bed or dragging large stones off a planting bed. The Gardenite Adjustable Garden Leaf Rake, for instance, is the ultimate tool in raking off unwanted stuff in your garden.
Gardenite Adjustable Garden Leaf Rake
7. Hydration (watering Can + Hose + Sprayer)
Plants need water to survive. A watering can is great for small gardens, patio gardens, window boxes, indoor gardens or when you feel like lifting something as part of your fitness gardening routine. This for instance, makes an excellent indoor garden hydration companion for its unique no-drop design.
For a bigger garden space, this BriteNWay Expandable Garden Hose which comes with an 8-in-1 nozzle is more convenient.
8. Garden Gloves
Last but not least, always wear garden gloves. This helps protect your limbs from cuts and sting common when pruning or pulling thorny plants, thistles, brambles, and so on. Choose a pair that works like a second skin without sacrificing safety.
Gardening Tools List
To recap, here are the essential gardening tools for beginners and their uses:
Yes, you don’t need to have a Batman-like arsenal of tools and equipment when starting a garden for the first time. These essential gardening tools for beginners will help cover most of the jobs. From these, you can expand your collection as you also widen your gardening project. One thing to always remember though– always take time to inspect a tool’s handle. Gardening is all about good use of the hands. You would want tools that will make you enjoy and not suffer from blisters and such.