It will be a lot simpler if you keep your store room fully equipped with gardening tools and accessories. Make sure that these essential tools don't overcrowd your storage.
There will always be better and efficient tools worth investing in. Check out a few gardening tools you require the most.
Gardening is a wonderful hobby, but it will quickly become a prickly splintered hassle without the right gloves.
- Gloves have to last long without being bulky, specially while seeding or transplanting.
- Gloves that are too big or too small can cause blisters or cause accidents if they slip off.
- Waterproof but breathable fabrics will keep your hands cool and comfortable.
- Longer will cuffs keep dirt out and protect your wrists and forearms from scratches.
- Keep gloves away from direct sunlight, water and insects.
2. Watering Can
Watering cans are classified into two types: plastic and metal. There are numerous styles, colours, sizes and nozzle configurations you can choose from.
- In comparison, plastic cans are lighter and less durable than metal cans.
- Metal cans must be galvanised to prevent rusting.
- Pour in as much water as you're able to hold on.
- The handle of the can must allow you to carry the full can while also ease in pouring out.
- Another type, Two-handled designs can provide greater stability for children and the elderly gardeners.
- You might need two: one with a sprinkler head for outside and one with a long neck for indoors.
3. Gardening Gloves
Thorns and splinters are as painful as they are avoidable with a good pair of gardening gloves. Gardening tasks can wreak havoc on your hands, causing them to become sore and irritated. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of gloves available that provide greater protection and comfort than ever before.
The square shovels are the gardener's savior. They are made use of digging holes for plants, edging, lifting sod, and moving small mounds of dirt from one location to another. This tool is comparatively expensive, but a good spade will last you for the rest of your gardening life.
- When you need a little extra push, just the treads on top of the blade provides a sturdier and comfortable footing.
- Ash hardwood handles are long-lasting, effectively absorb shock and vibrations.
- There are two types of handles available, longer handles offer more leverage, but they are heavier but shorter ones are sturdy and lightweight.
- Stainless steel heads are durable and will not rust.
5. Garden Fork
Garden forks are a more effective tool than spade as it digs deeper into the soil and is also used for overturning.
- Forks with slight curves to the spines are much used in scooping mulch or turning compost piles.
- Straight tines are better at digging and work well in compacted, rocky or clay soil.
6. Pruning Shears
Hand pruners, also known as secateurs, are used to control out-of-control plants. Anvil pruners work similarly to a knife on a board, with a sharp blade meeting a flat surface. Bypass pruners, which are more like scissors, cut with a sharp blade that passes by a sharp-edged flat surface.
- Anvil pruners are best suitable for dead wood, but will crush down fresh, green stems and branches.
- For live plants and green wood, bypass pruners are preferable.
- Pruners should fit comfortably in the palm of your hand.
- Ratcheting pruners increase cutting power, which is ideal for people who have arthritis or have limited hand strength.
Before planting, use a rake to remove stones, rocks, and clogs from the ground. It is also used to level and smooth the soil's surface, as well as to collect debris such as leaves and weeds. You may want to add a few different types of rakes to your collection to best meet your needs. For example, a lightweight, fan-shaped rake is ideal for covering large areas when sweeping up leaves, while a heavier duty bow rake is best for dealing with stony ground.
Shrubs and trees will need shaping and pruning from time to time, as well as those woody weeds like briars and grasses. When secateurs just won't cut it, a bow saw will get you through most of the tougher cutting duties in the garden.
9. Watering Wand
Using a water-breaking wand, give your plants a light rain shower. The extra reach is especially useful for reaching out-of-the-way pots, hanging plants, or the back margins of borders. Watering wands are available in a range of lengths ranging from 10 to 48 inches.
- Choose a length that is adequate for your needs: longer for high hanging baskets, shorter for tighter places.
- Built-built shut-off valves in the handle save water while allowing you to control the flow.
10. Pruning Shears
No matter how you garden, you'll need this tool. With a good set of pruning shears, you can tackle a variety of cutting and trimming tasks. They are quite useful for harvesting herbs, fruits, and veggies.
They're also useful for removing thick stems and short branches. Later in the summer, when vegetable stems and vines are thick, they're very useful. I also use them to clean up and put the garden to bed at the end of the season. They're excellent for harvesting plants for the compost pile.
What type of hoe you need depends on the type of garden you have. A sturdy, wide hoe may be required for a vegetable garden. Perennial gardens may require a more delicate touch and a thinner hoe. Hoes are useful for weeding and preparing garden and flower beds.
- Look for a handle that is pleasant to hold and has a lengthy reach.
- A sharp blade is more effective and easy to use.
- Weeding hoes, also known as hula or stirrup hoes, have an open square head and are used to trim down top growth by pushing them back and forth just beneath the soil surface.
- In vegetable gardens, flat hoes are useful for turning the soil in rows.
12. Digging Shovel
A digging shovel is an extremely handy equipment if you're gardening in your yard or a raised bed. It's not just useful for digging holes; it's also useful for carrying dirt from a wheelbarrow to your garden without having to dump the entire load.
Shovels can also be used to stir compost piles or to mix potting soil before adding it to containers. A robust shovel is ideal for turning dirt or removing it if you need to build a garden or level ground. For digging, look for pointed shovels like the one shown. If normal shovels are too heavy for you, certain designs are built of lightweight materials that are also suitable for digging in gardens.
13. Garden Spade
While a hand trowel and a digging shovel can handle all of your digging needs, a garden spade can be quite useful in your garden bed.
The square-shaped blade, designed for use in narrow places, is ideal for digging holes for plants and bushes, particularly in established gardens where you don't want to damage existing plants. I also use them to get rid of weeds with deep root systems that I can't pick out by myself. If you need to transplant a perennial, a spade is ideal for "cutting out" the plant from the earth and then digging a new hole for it.
You may also use it to transfer soil and dig in your yard or garden bed because it functions similarly to a shovel.
An edger, as the name suggests, is used to create edges in your garden. An edger is a tool that is used to create a neat line in the soil between grass and a sidewalk, road, or garden bed. They're usually half-circle in shape, with a lip on top where you can press the tool down with your foot. To use the tool, position the blade where you want the edge to be created, then step down to cut into the dirt and rock the edger side to side before going down to repeat the processes.
An edger is a special tool with very few uses, but it's ideal for creating precisely defined lines in your yard and separating the grass from your garden. The drawn lines will make your yard and pathways appear neat and well-planned..
A simple set of pruning shears will not enough if you have trees or bushes that require pruning. Hedge trimmers and loppers are ideal for maintaining hedges and removing diseased branches.
You can chop branches up to 1-2 inches in diameter with a good set of loppers (like the one shown). When shopping, keep an eye out for the maximum thickness the loppers can cut. Longer loppers may usually cut through thicker branches. If you can afford it, get one that can handle 2′′ branches.