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Some Must-have Garden Tools


Working in a garden is a great way to relax and forget the troubles of the outside world, at the same time getting some needed exercise. However, like any other job, having the right tools will make gardening more fun and less work. Fortunately, you don’t need a lot of Garden Tools to grow a great garden, just a few inexpensive basics will be enough to get you going and you can decide if you want to add more later on. Here’s some thoughts on ‘must have tools’ for your garden.

Spading fork: This is a shorter handled version of the traditional farmer’s pitchfork. The tines are shorter and stronger, designed to dig into compacted soil so you can turn it over and break up lumps.

Rake: A strong bow rake. It can be used to level the ground once you’ve turned it with your spading fork as well as gathering up leaves and rocks, leveling the soil in preparation for planting.

Round point shovel: A round point shove/spade will allow you to dig holes and make it possible for you to plant (or transplant) shrubs or trees.

Garden trowel: After you’ve turned and leveled your garden, you’ll need a trowel to plant the seeds or small plants.

Watering can or hose: A hose with a spray nozzle works well for watering your plants, but if you want to give them a little more care, a long necked watering can provide gentle watering to seedlings.

Hoe: A long handled hoe makes it possible to get rid of weeds that grow close to your plants.

Garden shears (clippers): Allow you to trim plants as they grow, as well as shape trees and bushes.

Garden gloves: Protect your hands from cuts, nicks and scratches by wearing sturdy garden gloves.

Knowledgeable people know buying quality garden tools isn’t an expense, it’s an investment. Saving money now by buying cheap tools is a false economy and just means you are going to replace them a few years down the road. Your goal should be to buy high quality, durable tools that will last a lifetime with a little care.