I went to my friend’s house two months ago. I got mesmerized when I had a glimpse of his home gardening. The colorful orchids, sweet odor of roses struck my heart. That’s why I have my own raised bed garden in front of the house. Choosing flower planting tools was a vital issue I have faced earlier. As I was a newbie, I had researched how to determine gardening tools list for beginners. This yard tools are very much necessary and handy in growing plants.
List of Must Have Gardening Tools
Here is the list of top 11 essential gardening tools for beginners. If you are new to gardening, you shouldn’t leave these must-have gardening utensils.
Yard forks are usable in digging the soil. It helps to sow seeds and loosen, lift or turn over the soil. In some extents, a fork works better than a spade. Three common patterns of forks are popular in flower and vegetable gardening tools.
For scooping or turning compost piles, forks having a curve to spines are most suitable. Straight tine forks are good for digging any soft or hard soil. Those forks have square tines preferable for digging rocky soil.
Two types of forks are available; digging and lifting. You can lift hedge clippings, long grass, weeds etc. with lifting forks.
Protection of hands while digging the soil or nurturing the trees is always essential. I wouldn’t say I like to touch the thorny and splintery vegetable plants. Even the flower plants have this painful side too. Right gardening gloves is the best solution I have found. It should be included in any gardening tools starter kit.
Leather and rubber gloves are helpful landscaping vegetable garden. However, different gloves are out there made of versatile materials. I use synthetic leather gloves having reinforced tips to take care of my garden.
You should choose the gloves wisely for your hand’s safety. They should be durable, lightweight, properly fit, water-resistant and breathable. Gloves with more extended cuffs can cover the whole wrists and forearms.
Pruner or pruning shear is flexible gardening equipment. It is also known as secateurs. It is usable in cutting the unnecessary small branches, stems, unruly grown plants. It’s also helpful in removing the dead or injured branches. Sometimes, it also works to clean out the pointless weeds. This device looks like scissors having two short handles.
This one-handed cutting tool is used to cut small size branches. You can find two types of gardening shears. Anvil pruners are suitable for chopping dead shoots and branches. It may harm or crush live, green stems as it has sharp blade meeting a solid surface. Bypass hand pruners are very gentle on live plants and flowers.
Choose the pruners for gardening wisely. They should fit in their hands correctly. Also, sharpen them for regular usages.
Sometimes people get confused by matching pruners with loppers. Loppers are a bit different in their structure. They have long handles and are harder than pruners. You can use lopper for trimming the plants which hand pruners can’t do. It’s more helpful for bushy plants.
The long handles give more leverage to cut stems almost one-inch diameter. The length of the handles can be of 16-36 inches. Anvil and bypass, both loppers, are useful in gardening grossly. Bypass loppers can cut more precisely.
Sharpen the tool timely to make it ready. Choose loppers made of lightweight aluminum or carbon-composites. Avoid buying loppers having too-short or too-long handles compared to your hands.
A garden can be full of dead leaves, petals, branches and other unwanted particles. These things make the garden look unusual. I use rake twice a month to gather them into piles.
There are two types of rakes available at the market. Hand rakes are useful to smooth out the soil. They can eliminate pesky weeds and loosen soils for better planting. It’s very much friendly for a small yard garden.
Bow rake can level the ground. It makes soil more cultivable for the flower and vegetable plants. Use bow rake for more significant landscaping. Many gardeners use this tool to spread compost, clearing the fallen leaves, and also to turn the soils into pieces. Select adjustable rakes to approach tough-to-reach areas.
I had found different types of shovels. But round-headed shovels are an all-rounder in their build purposes. It can work as a digging tool as well as transplanting equipment.
The shovel is used to shift the dirt or soil, sand, compost and also the fallen leaves. It can dig or transplant soils well like the spades. Steel, stainless steel or aluminum made shovels are right choice. They are lightweight, long-lasting and very much active. Sharpen the shovel once a year to maintain the health.
The length of the handle is also a vital matter. You can choose shovels of any short to long size handles.
Spade is similar to the shovels. It is a must have tool in taking care of your home gardening. Once you have a spade in the backyard tools kit, a better result is waiting there. Short-handled square shovels or the spades have lots of advantages. You can dig holes, edge and lift sod, shift soil or compost from one place to another. The treads of a spade help to give extra push while digging.
The handle can be long and short. It depends upon your flexibility and choice.
Transplant spades can be an excellent alternative to transplant shovel. I also have a medium size spade I frequently use for digging purposes. I suggest you to look for spade having stainless steel made blade with hardwood handles. They are lightweight and long-lasting.
Hoe works like a cleaner. It can unroot the unwanted weeds, grass and dirty things from the ground. It’s mostly used in vegetable gardening. I can say that it is a beauty-enhancing tool of a yard. It has a light bland and a handle to use.
Wide hoes are for growing vegetables and fruits. They can turn the soil in rows. Thinner hoes are suitable for perennial gardens.
Weed removing hoes are known as hula or stirrup hoes which have an open square head. You need to push the hoe back and forth for using it. A quality hoe should have a comfortable handle with a long reach. Keep the blade sharpened.
Hand trowel is another weed removal tool. It can yank out the weeds, plants from their roots. It also helps to dig holes for planting other trees. If you wish to plant bedding plants in beds, planters, pots or boxes of windows, hand trowel would be a great tool.
Hand trowels have different types of blades. You can find trowels with flat, pointy, serrated, triangular etc. blades. But choose the product made of cast aluminum. A quality trowel also has a soft, contoured handle to reduce your hand fatigue while using it.
Handles are made of wood, plastic or stainless steel. Wood handles are comfortable to hold than the plastic one.
Gardening at the yard, lawn or beside your balcony – watering can is the most used gardening utensils. Watering cans hold water for watering the plants. You can spray or pour water with the can’s nozzle. You will find two types of watering cans: plastic or metal.
Plastic cans are lightweight, colorful. But they don’t last long like metal water cans. However, there are different sizes and design options available. Typically, a watering can hold 2 gallons of water. They are better than using buckets.
From my experience, I recommend you to buy metal cans because of their longevity. Choose them according to your garden size. The handle position is also an important matter. You can select single or dual-handled watering can. A large can with a sprinkler head is suitable for outdoor gardening. Smaller with long neck watering can is perfect for houseplants.
Garden hose, water hose, watering pipe – whatever you call them are significantly crucial for the gardening. You can water the plants with a hose for gardening.
While you are looking for top-quality gardening hose, you may find three standard hose diameters: 0.5″ 0.625″ and 0.75″. These can flow water at an average of 9, 15, and 25 gallons per minute, respectively. It depends on the size and watering frequency of your lawn garden.
The material of this gardening tool can be vinyl and rubber. Vinyl hoses are cheaper, lightweight. But rubber hoses last longer for their elasticity and weather resistance. However, it may cost you more money.
You can control the speed and radius of spraying water. It requires an adjustable nozzle. They can be of different radius like 0-40°. They spray water at a good speed while you need to attach them with garden hoses.
Gardening is a passion. These above gardening tools for beginners are useful in any case of landscaping. From digging to planting trees, from cleaning weeds to shifting composts – you won’t find better options than these tools.
Make your gardening life more accessible and simpler with these top 10 useful gardening equipment!