10 Basic Tools for Gardening in 2022

For gardening, all you need are seeds, soils, sunlight, and water. However, gardening is a lot of hard work that can be made simpler with the correct tools. There are various gardening tools available that you should consider adding to your collection if you’re new to gardening and learning the basics. When it comes to landscaping products, it’s easy to go overboard. They might take up a lot of room and cost a lot of money, but keeping your shed or storage area focused on the necessities can avoid it from being overcrowded. We’ve made a list of some of the most common gardening tools and their applications for this article. What you’ll need depends on what you’re growing, where you’re growing it, and how you’re growing it, but most gardeners will benefit from this equipment.

Gloves

Gardening can be a great hobby, however, without the proper gloves, it can quickly turn into a prickly and splintery discomfort.

  • Gloves for working with seeds or transplanting seedlings should be durable but not too bulky.
  • Gloves that are too big or too little might create blisters or cause mishaps if they come off.
  • Water-resistant fabrics that are also breathable will keep your hands cool and comfortable.
  • Longer cuffs keep soil out and protect wrists and forearms from scrapes.
  • Gloves should be kept out of direct sunlight, away from water, and away from insects.

 

Pruning Shears

Hand pruners, commonly known as secateurs, are used to keep out-of-control plants under control. Anvil pruners, like a knife on a board, cut with a sharp blade meeting a flat surface. Bypass pruners, like scissors, cut with a sharp blade passing through a sharp-edged flat surface.

  • Anvil pruners are excellent for deadwood but new, green stems and branches can be crushed with this.
  • For live plants and green timber, bypass pruners are preferable.
  • Pruners should be small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
  • Ratcheting pruners boost cutting strength, making them ideal for anyone with weak hands or arthritis.
  • Pruners should be sharpened on a regular basis for cleaner cuts and less plant damage.

 

Garden Fork

Garden forks are an efficient tool for turning soil since they can dig deeper into dense soil than a shovel.

  • Similar to a pitchfork, forks with a small curvature to the spines are ideal for scooping mulch or turning compost piles.
  • Straight tines are more effective in digging in compacted, rocky, or clay soil.
  • Square tines are more durable than flat tines, which can bend if they come into contact with a rock or root.

 

Spade

These square shovels with short handles are garden workhorses. Digging holes for plants, edging, lifting sod, and transferring tiny mounds of earth from one location to another is a breeze with them. Although this item can be costly, a decent spade will last you for the rest of your gardening career.

  • When you need a little extra push, the treads on top of the blade provide a sturdier and more pleasant foot surface.
  • The ash hardwood handles are long-lasting and absorb stress and vibration.
  • Long or short handles are commonly available. Longer handles offer more leverage, but they are heavier.
  • Stainless steel heads are durable and will not rust.

Watering Can

Watering cans are classified into two types: plastic and metal. There are hundreds of different types, colors, sizes, and nozzles to choose from.

  • Plastic cans are lighter than metal cans, however, they do not last as long.
  • To prevent rusting, metal cans should be galvanized.
  • The handle position should allow you to effortlessly carry a full can while also allowing you to quickly tip it to pour.
  • Two-handled designs allow for better stability for children or elderly gardeners.
  • You might need two: one with a sprinkler head for outside and one with a long neck for indoor plants.

 

Wheelbarrow

A wheelbarrow can help you move hundreds of pounds around your backyard if you have extra dirt to move, compost or mulch to add to plant beds, or any other heavy lifting and moving operation.

  • Traditional dual-handle, single-wheel designs might be difficult to balance when carrying big or unevenly distributed loads.
  • Single-handle two-wheel variants are easier to balance and are preferable for persons with limited strength or for dragging over rough terrain.
  • Wheelbarrows with one handle can be pushed or dragged with one hand.

 

Hoe

What type of hoe you need depends on the type of garden you have. A sturdy, wide hoe may be required for a vegetable garden. If you have perennial gardens, you may need to use a lighter touch and a thinner hoe. Hoes are useful for weeding and preparing garden and flower beds.

  • Look for a long-reaching handle with a comfortable grip.
  • A sharp blade is more effective and easy to use.
  • Weeding hoes, also known as hula or stirrup hoes, have an open square head and are used to trim down top growth by pushing back and forth just beneath the soil surface.
  • In vegetable gardens, flat hoes are useful for turning the soil into rows.

 

Hand Trowel

Trowels are a vital hand tool for transplanting bedding plants and herbs, planting containers, and removing weeds.

  • To move more soil, use a broad blade; for weeds or rocky terrain, use a long, thin blade.
  • You should be able to comfortably hold the handle in your hand.
  • Stainless steel trowels, or at least those with a stainless steel head, are more durable and last longer.

 

Loppers

Loppers are essentially long-handled pruners that are used to trim hard-to-reach locations and cut thicker branches. The lengthy handles offer the leverage needed to cut through branches with diameters of up to an inch or more. Just like pruners, there are anvil and bypass types. The length of the handle varies from 16 to 36 inches.

  • Bypass loppers cut more precisely than anvil style loppers.
  • Loppers with longer handles can be quite hefty. Get the right length by knowing what you’ll be cutting and how far you’ll need to reach.
  • Handles made of lightweight aluminum or carbon composite can be made lighter.
  • Keep lopper blades in good shape and sharpen them on a regular basis, just as pruner blades.

 

Garden Hose with Adjustable Nozzle

Water is essential for the survival of your garden, therefore make sure your garden hose can reach and spray every area. There are three primary hose diameters: 12-inch (average 9 gals per minute), 5/8-inch (average 15 gals per minute), and 34-inch (average 34 gals per minute) (up to 25 gals per minute). You can control the water pressure and spray radius using an adjustable nozzle.

  • Water pressure is affected by hose length; the longer the hose, the lower the pressure.
  • Vinyl hoses are lighter and less expensive than rubber hoses, but they kink more easily and don’t last as long.
  • Hoses should be kept coiled and out of direct sunlight. Weak places can arise from storing with kinks.

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