5 Most Essential Gardening Tools You Should Have
A beautiful garden is a place we can enjoy with family and spend time with friends while leaving the stress of the working week behind. Before you can enjoy your garden though, you have to cultivate it and that requires the right tools for the job. Not to worry, all of the gardening tools you’ll need are readily available and easily available.
Here are the top 5 most essential gardening tools you should have:
If you want to tackle weeds, but you don’t want to pollute your garden with harmful chemicals the best solution is a simple weeder. These are small hand tools with a forked end that’s ideal for digging individual weeds and removing them by the root.
If used correctly you can remove all of the offending plant so that it doesn’t come back to haunt you! Be ready for some hard work though – removing weeds one at a time is a time consuming process. On the bright side you’ll get to spend quality time outdoors, soaking up that valuable vitamin D!
The Vremi Garden Weeder is a really sturdy, comfortable to use weeding tool. It’s great for loosening and pulling up those long, hard to reach dandelion roots!
2. Garden Scissors
Scissors are an essential, but often overlooked tool for any real gardener. The reason is simple – they’re a highly versatile piece of equipment that can be used to do a lot of simple chores.
You can use them for opening seed packets, for delicate pruning jobs of small flowers, and at a pinch, you can even use them for digging out weeds if nothing else is available. (Just make sure you clean them thoroughly afterwards!)
A gardener has to be ready to improvise when the right tool is not at hand – with a little imagination you can accomplish anything in the garden with very few tools.
The Very Sharp Multi-Purpose Scissors by RiverView Enterprise, with their reinforced blades, are suitable for both left and right Handed people to use. A no-nonsense, durable pair of scissors for the garden at an excellent price.
3. Soil Knife
A soil knife is another versatile tool, but surprisingly not one that the average gardener has in his/her tool box. These tools are of Japanese origin and are sometimes referred to as a Hori-Hori.
They’re ideal for all kinds of jobs that involve digging and cutting. However, the serrated blade is usually sharp on both ends and at the point, so it’s probably a good idea to keep it out of reach of small children.
If this is the first time you’ve ever heard of one of these then you may want to head out to the local hardware store and pick one up – you’ll be glad that you did.
The Japanese made Nisaku NJP650 Hori-Hori Weeding & Digging Knife, is made from high quality stainless steel, features a full width, bend-resistant tang with a concave blade for easy digging. It has a serrated side and a sharp side which makes it a versatile and very useful garden tool. It comes in a strong leather sheath.
4. Hand Trowel
When my wife and I bought our first home one of the first tools we bought was a trowel. Our garden needed a lot of work as the previous owners weren’t exactly green fingered!
You can use a trowel for digging out areas for plants and flowers as well as refilling the holes when you’re finished. They’re also ideal for digging out any weeds that have encroached on your garden plots. I’ve even used one for a little edging work from time to time – there may be more specialized tools for this, but they’ll do at a pinch.
The True Temper Hand Transplanter Trowel is a well-made, nice sharp pointed trowel for transplanting work that requires precision cutting and digging.
The Fiskars Big Grip Trowel is an extremely durable, cast aluminum trowel which will stand up to heavy duty handling, unlike many other trowels which often break at the weak spot between the handle and shovel end. By contrast, this Fiskars trowel is extremely robust and won’t let you down.
5. Pruning Shears
We have a beautiful Chinese Cherry tree in our front yard, but every spring it’s an unholy mess to behold. After a winter of very little attention, the branches have a habit of sprouting all over the place. That’s why I always make sure I have a good pair of pruning shears in the garage ready for action.
They have to be sharp though if you’re going to use them on small trees. It’s a good idea to sharpen them every spring so that you’re not frustrated by trying to prune with a dull pair of shears.