Beginners get overboard when buying gardening tools. Not only will it cost a lot of money but it could eventually eat up a lot of space. To guide you through the process of shopping for gardening tools, we come up with a list of some of the must-have tools for beginners. These are the following:
1. Working gloves/garden gloves – as you work in your garden, your hands get exposed to a lot of things including thorns and splints. The ideal gloves to choose should have the following characteristics:
- Highly durable
- Not too bulky
- Fits perfectly
- Made from breathable and water-resistant fabric
- Long cuffs to protect not just the hands but the wrist and forearm too.
2. secateurs/pruning shears – choose a pruning shear that is made from high-quality materials. There are various types of shears to choose from. They are the following:
- anvil pruners – for cutting dead woods.
- Bypass pruners – for cutting live plants and green wood.
- Ratcheting pruner – it is perfect for people with reduced hand strength.
- Loppers – they are long-handled pruners used to trim hard to reach areas.
3. Garden fork – It is used to turn the soil and has the ability to dig into dense soil. There are different variations to choose from.
- Slight curve – It is used to scoop mulch and turn compost piles.
- Straight tines – It is used for digging soil, especially rock and compact soil as well as clay soil.
- Square tines – It easily bends when get in contact with root or a rock.
4. spade – It is a short-handled square shovel used for digging holes for plants. It is also used to move a small mound of dirt from one place to another. When buying a spade, make sure you choose the one made from stainless steel as it is strong and rust-resistant.
5. hand trowel – It is a must-have hand tool as it is useful for transplanting bedding plants and herbs. It is also used to take out weeds.
6. Rake – It is used to whisk away leaves and debris. For beginners, buy the standard leaf rake.
7. Hoe – If you are growing a veggie garden, you should buy a sturdy wide hoe. On the other hand, if you are growing a perennial garden, buy a hoe that is thinner, long reach, and comfortable handle.
- Weeding hoes/Hula – It has an open square head and can be pushed back and forth under the surface of the soil.
- Flat hoes – It is used to turn the soil in rows in a vegetable garden.
8. Garden Hose – Watering your garden is a must and so it is important to include garden hose in your list of garden tools. Choose a garden hose with an adjustable nozzle so that you can reach every area of your garden.9. Watering can – As much as possible, you should choose a watering can made from metal. It is more expensive than the plastic one but it will last for a very long time.
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