Tools of the Trade: What Every Gardener Needs

Whether you’re a beginner just starting out or someone who has years of experience, no matter the size of your garden, there are a few tools of the trade that you need to allow your garden to thrive.

You don’t need to have green fingers to turn your outside areas into an oasis; you just need the right tools, and you can transform your lawn, yard, and garden into a green wonderland. Let’s take a look at the tools that every gardener needs.

  1. Secateurs

Pruning shears, clippers, and secateurs – whatever you want to call them, it is a tool that you cannot be without. A sharp pair of shears allows you to cut your plants smoothly and evenly rather than hacking at them and damaging their tissue. Remember to wipe your blades with antiseptic once you are done trimming and pruning to avoid spreading diseases.  Heck, if you want to get really crazy get one of these top kukri machetes.

  1. Trowel

The curved blade of this small tool is ideal for moving or planting smaller plants. It is also nifty when digging small holes, removing rocks, dividing plants, and weeding. Buying a trowel with a measure on its blade lets you know how deep the blade is when you are digging.

  1. Hand or Digging Fork

In the same way that a dining fork is an essential part of the eating process, a hand fork is a vital part of the gardening process. It helps you aerate and turn your soil so you can mix in the nutrients your garden needs, like compost or manure. You can also use it when you are harvesting your root vegetables. The flat-faced tines allow you to lift items from your garden efficiently.

  1. Shovel

Using the pointed tip of a shovel means that you can effortlessly cut through hard ground and roots. The blade has a forward angle which makes it great for digging.

  1. Hard Rake

Hard rakes are a lifesaver when spreading, leveling, and moving rocks, gravel, and soil. A hard rake is identifiable by its metal prongs and long handle. You can also use a hard rake to make a v-channel to plant your seeds.

  1. Spade

Although we have already mentioned a shovel and a trowel, and you probably think you don’t need a spade too, it has a different purpose. Spades are great for turning and breaking up soil as well as digging. Spades have a straight edge and a flat blade, and can easily slice through roots and soil to move or divide plants.

  1. Scissors

When trimming soft-stemmed plants, removing dead flowers, pruning delicate or small plants, or thinning perennials, scissors are irreplaceable. Using a pair of scissors with a spring action makes the scissors even easier to use.

  1. Wheelbarrow

Many consider a wheelbarrow the hardest working tool that you can get for your garden. Using this handy tool allows you to move loads of compost, soil, gravel, fertilizer, and rocks without breaking your back. You can also move bulky items like tree stumps, wood, or bricks from one end of your yard to the other while saving your time, energy, and injury.

Gardening may seem daunting at first, and you may not know where to begin. But with the right tools, you can grow and maintain a beautiful garden and enjoy spending time in your own lush paradise.