It doesn’t matter how big or small your garden is, if you’re serious about gardening, you’re going to need the right tools. The tools you buy will depend on the job in question, but there are some basic tools you’ll need no matter what you intend to do.

Before you start

Before you start to spend your hard earned cash on some garden tools, you need to consider a few things:

  1. How big the tools are – some tools come with large handles, others with smaller ones. Visit a store that sells gardening tools, and while holding them. Mimic the gardening actions so you know if the tool in question will be comfortable to use.
  2. Look for a well-made product – consider buying tools that have been built to last. Look for ones that have handles that are coated in metal. Try to avoid tools that have a painted handle, as the paint may have been used to disguise the poor quality handle.
  3. Know where you’re going to store your tools – having enough space to store your garden tools will help to prevent damage. Tools with long handles should ideally be stored upright on a peg rack, whereas smaller ones can be placed in a tool bag.

1) Hand Trowel

A hand trowel is ideal for helping you to dig in very small areas, without you needing to use a spade.

2) Hand rake

Ideal for helping you to level out surfaces, as well as rake up those pesky stones, a rake is also good at helping you to create lines where seeds can be sown.

3) Spade

A spade is ideal for just about any sized garden, and they can help you to dig up your soil, turn your compost, and generally help you to get your garden looking as it should be.

4) Secateurs

You simply cannot work without secateurs; they can be used to help you trim your plants quickly and cleanly.

5) Dibber

A dibber is perfect for those times you need to plant a seed deep into the soil. Simply push the dibber into the soil, remove it, and you should have a hole deep enough to grow your plants or vegetables from seed.

6) Trug

Trugs are very popular these days as they are very flexible, and great to use. Trugs can store a lot of garden waste, depending on the size that you buy, and they can also be used to store any crops that you’ve picked.

7) Gardening Gloves

Gardening gloves are vital at helping to protect your hands from thorns and anything else that could cause you injury as you pull up weeds or trim your plants. You should be aware that the cheaper the glove, the less protection they will offer you.

8) Plant Pots

If you want to grow plants, but you don’t have much room to grow them in, or you simply want to start a plant off, then plant pots are ideal. Available in many different shapes and sizes, plant pots can keep your delicate plants relatively safe and cozy as they start to grow.

9) Kneeling Pad

Ideal for anyone who tends to kneel a lot while they garden, kneeling pads can help to protect your knees. Providing an extra layer of comfort, and helping you to feel more relaxed, kneeling pads are vital for any gardener.

10) Netting

Although we want to encourage insects into our gardens, sometimes they can wreak havoc on our fruit and vegetable plants. Netting will help to keep insects away, without you having to resort to pesticides.

11) Garden Twine

Garden twine is essential if you need to support your plants, or tie anything up in your garden. Relatively cheap and very hardy, you’ll soon find it comes in very handy.

12) Watering Can

It doesn’t matter if you have a really small garden, you’re going to need a watering can. When you suddenly realise you need to water all of your plants, you’ll discover how useful a watering can really is.

13) Hosepipe

Ideal for larger gardens, a hosepipe will prevent you from having to carry a watering can backwards and forwards time after time. You should ideally look for a hosepipe that comes with a gentle spray setting, as plants will prefer this to a harsher one.


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