What are the most common gardening tools?
You may already be a keen gardener. Or you maybe you would like to become one. Either way, you will need to make sure you have all the right tools to get the job done. Maybe you are new to gardening or just aren't exactly sure what tools you need? A good place to start is to think about what other successful gardeners are already using. What are the most common gardening tools that they have in their shed?
You will also need to think about a number of other factors including;
the size of your garden
what you want to grow
what you hope to achieve
how much work you really want to do
Gardening can definitely be hard work. But it will be a lot easier if you choose the right tools for each particular job. In this article, you will see the most common gardening tools. As well as why you may need each particular one of them. While every garden and every gardener is unique, these common tools will be great for all gardens.
Not the first tool that springs to mind when you are thinking about gardening, but you should definitely put these on before you do anything else. That way, your hands will be protected from any sharp thorns or objects and you can avoid getting and splinters or dirt down your nails while you carry out your tasks. You will have a better grip on things and that always makes the job easier and completed faster.
2. Hand trowel
Whatever else you decide to keep in your garden tool shed, a hand trowel is one option you definitely will not want to be without. This is an absolute essential, particularly if you are fairly new to gardening, you have a small garden, or you are gardening in containers. A garden trowel will come into its own if you are planting bulbs or perennials, or digging up small weeds. You will soon see that you need it almost every time you are tending to your gardening tasks.
3. A shovel
While a trowel is useful, you definitely will not want to attempt bigger digging jobs with one. That’s why you may also wish to think about a quality shovel. Something which you can use for larger gardening tasks such as moving soil into your wheelbarrow, planting trees, or turning over the earth in a vegetable garden to get everything ready for planting. Don't forget to wear your gloves while using a shovel. You might not thing you really need to bother, but trust me on this one. Those blisters will appear quicker than you realize.
4. A spade
Closely related to the shovel, but not quite the same tool, every gardening shed must surely have a spade in it. If you have a lot of digging to do, you will definitely need a spade. A spade has a flatter edge, which makes it particularly good for breaking up soil and getting straight edges on your flower or vegetable beds. While you can manage with either a spade or a shovel, having both will be more efficient. And yes you will want gloves while using.
5. A rake
Similar to a broom, but much more robust, a rake is one of the most versatile tools you can choose for your garden. You can use a rake for turning over and breaking up your soil to make sure it doesn’t clump together, making it impossible for your seedlings and plants to break the surface. You can also level out your soil, remove weeds and gather up your garden debris before transferring to a wheelbarrow. Once again, don't forget those gloves!
6. Leaf rake
Similar to a garden rake, but with a specific function, a leaf rake has longer prongs and is used for raking up lightweight debris from your garden, such as leaves. It is particularly helpful if you want to rake up leaves without damaging the lawn underneath. If you live in an area with lots of trees, you’ll find this tool really comes into its own during autumn when the trees are shedding their leaves. It is also useful to thatch your yard. And I know you wouldn't even consider using a leaf rake without those gloves right?
7. A garden fork