Life for first-time gardeners can be a lot simpler and easier if they have the right and complete set of gardening tools. Of course, knowing the proper way to use such tools would definitely come in handy as well.

Spade

Gardening is a dirty but fun job, and it requires a lot of digging. Spades come in various sizes. There are shorter handheld spades that require you to kneel on the ground while working and then there are also standard spades which allow you to work on your feet.

Besides digging, spades can also be used for removing sod and edging beds. When shopping for spades, make sure that you look for those with grip-friendly handles as well as those with extremely durable heads. It would be a waste of your money if you end up with a spade that will break into two the moment it strikes the ground.

Hoes

You should know that hoes offer one of the widest ranges of selection and design in the gardening niche. Standard hoes, which are commonly referred to as stirrup hoes as well, are best used for weeding vegetable row gardens. Thinner and more delicate designs for hoes are more beneficial for perennial gardens, which require more careful handling.

Digging Fork

This is a multifunctional tool, one that can significantly ease your work load when you are in the garden. It is just sad, though, that not many people are aware of its various uses. Digging forks may be used for

turning compost heaps, loosening compact or hardened soil as well as for dividing and lifting perennials.

Keep in mind that digging forks and pitching forks are two different things and must not be confused with the other. You would definitely find a pitching fork ideal as well, but if you have to choose between the two, go for the digging fork. It is more worth your money anyway.

Bypass Pruners

Another multifunctional tool, bypass pruners can be used for cleaning and removing dead foliage, shaping and trimming plants, and even deadheading. Bypass pruners are something you can use for hours so it is best that they offer a comfortable fit as well.

Rake

If you think that rakes are only important for cleaning out gardens, keep in mind that rakes may also be used for protecting the health of your plants. Dead leaves are one of the first to be contaminated by plant disease. As such, it is critical that you clear away all dead plant parts in your garden.

Although plastic rakes can be quite durable, if you have money to spare it is best to invest in steel-bodied rakes.

Trowels

These are best used for planting herbs, annuals, and vegetables. If you are maintaining a container garden, trowels would be just as useful because they can easily fit and work with containers the way other gardening tools cannot.

The best trowels are those that come with rubber-covered handles for an easy grip as well as stainless steel heads for extra durability.

Hand Cultivator

A hand cultivator is basically a tool that is designed to rough up soil for planting in garden beds and containers. It is also used for removing weeds that are small and particularly stubborn.

Dandelion Diggers

Spades and digging forks are not the be all and end all of gardening tools. You will also need a dandelion digger to add to your growing collection of gardening tools. Even if you are not growing dandelions per se, this type of digger also plays an important function in your garden.

Dandelion diggers may have been originally designed to get dandelions out of the garden, but eventually this type of tool has proven to be worthy for digging out just about any kind of weed. This includes Queen Anne’s lace and many other species with particularly long taproots.

Lopers

Think of these tools as your ultimate design tool for shrubs and trees. This is basically the larger version of trimmers and pruners. Lopers are best used for cutting out thicker branches but because of this, it is best that you also invest in high-quality and durable lopers.

Every craftsperson has a collection of tools in which some tools are in constant use, and where other tools were bought in hope and neglected thereafter. It is the same with garden tools.

Winston Churchill once said "We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire...Give us the tools and we will finish the job."

A bad gardener / handyperson will blame their tools, whereas a good gardener / handyperson chooses and looks after them with loving care. Spades and trowls need to be sharpened, and saws should be greased after use. Always oil your secateurs and prunners and stainless steel forks might seem like a good idea but in fact the steel is weaker than in traditional steel forks. To a large extent, Newly developed tools can be looked at with some degree of scepticism - you will beable to garden perfectly well with traditional tools.

Another trap is cheap tools. Im todays throw away society, buying cheap toools can be an easy trap to fall into. General stores tend to stock cheap garden tools. Specialist tool retailers also stock more expensive and better quality tools. They are definitely worth paying extra for.

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If you are just starting out with gardening and you have no dreams - yet - of winning a landscaper’s prize for your backyard garden, then you will probably need only a basic set of gardening tools and supplies to grow your plants and flowers.

Gardening Gloves, Kneelers, Overalls and Hat

Safety first, as they say, and that goes with gardening as well! You need to protect yourself and not just your blooms when you are gardening. Start off with gardening gloves. Your hands will be doing much of the hard work and they can be roughened if exposed to plants and soil regularly. Blisters and wounds may also occur if your hands are unprotected.

Kneelers are also critical if you have to kneel down on the grown puttering with your plants and flowers. This of course is not necessary when your garden is an elevated area - like potted plants on a table or you are only growing plants like climbing orchids and hydrangeas. That may require a ladder instead. In any case, one alternative to kneelers would be kneeling mats.

Overalls and hats are to protect you from exceptionally harsh sunlight in your area.

Ladders

Speaking of ladders, these are also critical if you are growing climbing varieties of any plant or flower. It is also important if you have your gardening supplies stacked in over-the-head cabinets or something similar.

Garden Spades or Long-Handled Shovels

Better yet, get one of both. Shovels and spades are your all-around tools in gardening, capable of digging plots, distributing compost, and of course from shovelling unwanted materials from your garden and into the wheelbarrow.

Leaf and Garden Rakes

If you have trees in your backyard then you probably have a leaf rake already. Well, a garden rake is similar but sturdier. Also, it has shorter and stronger teeth, which you can use for levelling and smoothing out gardens with newly tilled plots. During growth season, garden rakes would also prove helpful for getting the weeds out keeping soil loose between plots or rows.

Wheelbarrows or Garden Carts

These are critical for easily transport or delivery of heavy items to and fro your garden. You can use for rolling out huge clumps of weed or for bringing in huge fertilizer bags from your gardening shed. You can also use it for transporting larger varieties of plants when you are doing a little bit of “relocating” in your garden.

When shopping for garden carts, it is optimal if you choose the newer four-wheeled models rather than the traditional 3-wheeled one. Obviously, four-wheeled models are easier to use and maneuver.

Gardening Hoes

When your gardening rake is not doing any much good loosening soil up, then it is time to call in the big guns - like gardening hoes. Gardening hoes allow you to loosen soil up and get rid of weed while standing. That is a much more comfortable position than having to work on your knees.

If you are doing a bit of relocating in your garden, you can also use hoes to outline new rows.

Hand Trowels

Think of them as the shorter and handheld version of hoes. These are necessary when you need to perform intricate activities like aerating fragile cultivars, which could cause accidental damage to your plants if you are not careful. Hand trowels are also useful for getting rid of stubborn weeds that had the temerity to grow between fragile plants.

Gardening Shears

As there are different types of shears, do make sure that you are buying the one specially designed for gardening purposes. Gardening shears are obviously best for trimming and planting. But these are not done for purely aesthetic purposes. You also need gardening shears when removing infected or damaged areas to prevent infection from spreading to the rest of the plant or your entire garden.

You can also use garden shears to cut the newest, freshest, and most colourful blooms to serve as a centrepiece for your living or dining room.

Gardening Hose and Watering Pots

Obviously, you will need both of these to perform watering duties.

Knives

Last but not the least, when all things fail, your trusty and reliable kitchen knife may be the answer to your needs.