Essential gardening tools

Gloves

Yellow fabric gloves

This is an absolute must-have. It is very important to protect your hands, because it is quite easy to cut yourself or get an infection from the soil. I would not recommend buying rubber gloves, because you will most likely need a new pair after the first weeding session. You would rather buy a pair of quality fabric gloves that are water-resistant and breathable.

Oscillating hoe

Oscillating hoe

 

 

 

The only difference between this tool and a regular hoe is that its head is pivoted on the end of the stick, so it can move forward and backwards. I would recommend buying the one with the detachable blade, so you can replace it quickly. Also, the detachable blade is easier to sharpen. Because the blade can oscillate and the blade is double-sided, you can pull as well as push to cut the weeds.

 


Wheelbarrow

Metal wheelbarrowsIf you need to move around soil, compost or mulch, a wheelbarrow if the best helper. It is an effective tool for transporting stuff around your garden. When buying one, try to find one that is light and durable. I would recommend looking for a wheelbarrow with a polyethene plastic tray and steel frame if you want it to be more durable or aluminium if you want it to be lighter.

Trowel

Garden trowel

 

 

 

If you are a beginner gardener, then this is the essential gardening tool. Does not matter whether you have a small home garden or an allotment, it will come handy. It is similar to a spade, but much smaller, thus can be used in hand. Select one with broad blade and durable metal, like steel.

Spade

Shovels with square blades are better for landscaping and edging your garden. A square blade is better than a round blade, also, because it covers more surface area. Therefore, it is better for moving dirt from one area to another. Consider the length of the handle: longer handles provide more leverage.

Shears and secateurs

Secateurs cutting rose

These are great for cutting leaves off the bushes and trimming trees. For example, anvil pruners are better for cutting dead wood, they can damage green brunches. Bypass pruners are the opposite and are good for live plants. Ratchet pruner is a type of bypass pruners and can cut through material, which is thicker than 2 centimetres.

Dibber

Dibber is useful for planting seeds and separating seeds from one another. You do not necessarily need to buy one, you can make one yourself. Also, you can use a stick or even a toothpick instead.

Garden fork

Garden tools

 

 

Used for loosening and turning the soil. You can use a hand garden fork or a bigger one. The smaller one is better if you have a small or indoor garden. Slightly curved forks are better for distributing and separating mulch or compost.

Rake

It is quite handy for collecting leaves or weeds. A rake with a long handle is definitely better, because you will not need to bend as much.

Hose

Your plants will not survive without water and irrigating them with a bucket is quite laborious. A watering wand can come handy too, but it is not essential. Instead, squeeze the hose to create a powerful stream.

Sometimes new tools are painted to cover up cheap wood and metal. Therefore, get the ones with bare metal. Cheap tools are more likely to be of poor quality, so stay away from those. Buy a few good quality tools that will last long. Remember to maintain your tools, so they last even longer. Clean and oil them after each use. This will prevent them from rusting.