What are the essential gardening tools to have for a start-out gardener?
No volume of gardening brilliance can overcome the need for a few essential gardening tools:
What’s a garden without a trusty spade? You’ll need a substantial one for digging large holes if you're planning on planting trees and shrubs. A spade takes quit a beating in the garden, so it’s worth spending a bit more on a quality spade that will last longer.
Large Garden Fork
This is useful for breaking up heavy soil before you plant. It also works wonders for aerating your lawn and the areas of the garden where the soil is dense or compact.
Watering Can / Sprinkler:
Either of these is very necessary for watering seedlings gently (so the spray doesn’t cause them to wash away), as well as for watering container plants, hanging baskets and general watering and hydrating of your plants and lawn in your garden.
Hand Gardening Tools
These sets vary slightly, but the essentials include a trowel, garden fork and transplanter. You’ll use these for planting seedlings, weeding and other small jobs around the garden. These smaller tools are ideal for new or small gardeners, they make light work of jobs and are perfect if you don't think you will need larger tools.
A gardener’s best friend. You’ll use these for just about everything, including pruning, cutting and trimming. It’s worth investing in a good quality pair that will last you for many seasons, and remember to clean and dry them well after each use to prevent from rusting.
There’s bound to be something scratchy in that patch of green. Whether you’re pruning or weeding, gloves allow you to get stuck into your gardening chores without coming out covered in nicks and scrapes and of course they protect your precious hands from fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides.