Gardening is one of those activities that is most gratifying when you put in a little of your own time and elbow grease. Of course, using your own two hands doesn’t actually mean you have to use just your hands. Using the right gardening tools for the right jobs helps make your growing experience a bit less elbow greasy and a bit more enjoyable, while increasing your odds of success. This primer for garden tool basics covers everything you need to know . . . to grow!
The proper gardening tools can make the whole gardening project an easy and enjoyable process. Small, hand-held tools like trowels, cultivators, and watering cans help with planting, potting, transplanting, and nurturing. Larger projects like landscaping or starting a garden from the ground up may require additional tools to get those bigger jobs done. Some essential gardening tools to get you started are:
Wheelbarrow or Garden Cart
A wheelbarrow or garden cart reduces the number of trips you need to make and the likelihood of back strain, when hauling heavy bags of soil or landscaping bricks, mulch, or gravel.
Pruning Sheers & Loppers
Pruning sheers and loppers are designed to help cut back plants and bushes that are growing too large. While hand pruners are smaller and more compact, loppers have longer handles that provide the necessary leverage to cut through thicker branches as well as hard to reach areas.
Gardening gloves protect your hands from mud, thorns, stings, bites, and bumps. They can also help to prevent blisters that might be caused from using long handled garden tools like rakes, hoes, and shovels.
Rakes are designed to clear away debris like leaves and grass. Conversely, a bow rake with thick and short metal prongs are used for spreading and leveling items like dirt, sand, and gravel.
With your garden neatly in place, you can start thinking about adding extra touches to help you enjoy your natural sanctuary. Garden decor like fountains, bird baths, statues, and wind chimes all help bring your garden to life with a dynamic infusion of even more natural sensory stimulation.