Garden Spade or Shovel
You will certainly need a spade to dig up your beds or to plant a tree or bush. A round point spade is made to easily cut through the soil for planting. A shovel is necessary to dig and prepare large holes or entire beds for planting.
This tool is a fairly new addition to the garden tool family. It's basically a long-handled cultivator. The garden claw is terrific for turning the soil and preparing beds with new soil. Soil needs to be aerated and the claw does a good job of this. This cultivator is great for mixing in fertilizers, compost, or new top soil into your existing bed.
A hand trowel is a mini spade that is used to plant small new plants and flowers. It's ideal for working in tight spots in your garden and great for digging out those weeds!
Pruners are needed to keep your plants trim. Pruning plants actually encourages proper growth and keeps the plant from getting unruly and unsightly. Bypass pruners are used for new, soft growth on bushes and flowers. To trim large branches; long-handled loppers should be used. Shears, which resemble an extra-large pair of scissors, are good for trimming bushes, hedges and smaller branches.
Hose and Watering Can
With no water there is no garden! To water large areas you will need a hose and it is worth spending the money on a good quality rubber hose. Don't forget a watering can for light watering of your new plantings or your display pots.
We need clean up tools after we finish our gardening! A rake is wonderful for getting all that debris off your lawn. Lawn and leaf rakes are perfect for this chore.
Yes, a broom does belong on this list. I don't mean the brooms you use inside your house but a straw type broom to whisk up all the debris on your walkways and patio areas. I find my broom to be very useful when cleaning up.
These are the essential tools that you should own to get your gardening done with ease. It's also a good beginner list of garden tools that will give you a great foundation to help create your beautiful garden. Enjoy!
My garden hand tools often go missing and end up damaged. A great accessory, or I should say it's a necessity, is a garden tool caddy. Check out this page for a review of the best garden organizers and totes: Garden Tool Caddy. For more information on the Garden Claw, a tool that I find is very valuable in the garden see: The Garden Claw: Super Tool
Article provided by Sharon Bellissimo