8 Essential Garden Tools for Beginners

Gardening can be a simple, relaxing activity. It’s a great mood booster. A source of food for your family or community. There are some essential garden tools for even beginner gardeners. These tools can help to make gardening easier for you in the long run.

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Essential Garden Tools for Beginners

Gloves – No, I’m not afraid of getting my hands dirty. But it can quickly turn into a thorny and splintery hassle without the right pair of gloves. Fabrics that are water-resistant, but also breathable, will help keep hands cool and comfortable.

Pruning Shears – Hand pruners, also called secateurs, help reign in plants that are getting out of control and taking over. Pruners should fit easily in the palm of your hand.

Hand Trowel – The essential hand tool, trowels are wonderful for transplanting bedding plants and herbs, planting containers, and taking out weeds. Trowels forged from stainless steel are more durable and will last longer.

Rake – When leaves and debris fall, your sturdy rake is there to whisk them away. Rakes come in a wide variety of styles and sizes, but a great starter is a standard leaf rake. Steel tines are stronger but maybe rougher on delicate lawns than plastic tines.

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Hoe – Your type of garden will dictate what type of hoe is best for you. A vegetable garden may require a sturdy, wide hoe. If you have perennial gardens, a more delicate touch and a thinner hoe may be required. Hoes are useful in preparing garden and flower beds and cutting down weeds.

Garden Hose with Adjustable Nozzle – Water is the foundation of your garden’s life and it’s important that your garden hose can reach and spray every area. An adjustable nozzle puts you in control of the water pressure and spray radius.

Watering Can – There are 2 basic types of watering cans, plastic or metal. There are hundreds of styles, colors, sizes, and nozzle options. Plastic cans can be lighter than metal, but won’t last as long. Metal cans should be galvanized to resist rusting.

Wheelbarrow or Dump Cart – If your backyard has extra soil or chicken manure to be moved around, or any other heavy lifting and moving project, a wheelbarrow can help you haul hundreds of pounds.

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