Garden Tools

Garden Tools

Gardening is one of the most relaxing and rewarding hobbies that you can have. This is primarily because it allows you to plant the foliage and greenery that you want right outside your home. It is also rewarding and fulfilling since seeing your garden grow right before your eyes as the days go by can very well be the best reward for all of your hard work. To make sure that you have an easy and pleasurable time tending to your garden, it is important that you have the right types of garden tools. Here are some of the basic garden tools that every homeowner should have.

Basic Yard and Garden Tools List

  • Blower - gas or electric
  • Broom and Dustpan
  • Bucket
  • Cultivator
  • Dirt Shovel
  • Edger
  • Fertilizer Spreader
  • Garden Hose
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Grass Shears
  • Hammer
  • Heavy Duty Extension Cord
  • Hedge Shears
  • Hoe
  • Lawn Mower or Weed Wacker
  • Loppers
  • Pitchfork
  • Pruner
  • Pruning Saw
  • Rake
  • Secateurs
  • Shovel
  • Spade
  • Sprinkler
  • Tank Sprayer
  • Trowel
  • Weedeater - gas or electric
  • Wheelbarrow

 

Bucket

Have a bucket just for outdoor use, whether it is for dirt for flower pots, for washing the car, or for lugging your tools around. As with everything else, get a good one so it lasts and you won't hate using it.

Broom and a dustpan

For sweeping off the front steps and the garage and anywhere else. Push brooms look more efficient, but most people end up using the old upright brooms because they are so much easier to control. A broom and a dustpan will cost about $25.

Cultivator

A cultivator is generally used for mixing the soil with fertilizer to prepare it for planting. They also help in removing soil lumps, cleaning moss and in thatching and aerating. They can also be used with different attachments to cut vegetation or plough the soil.

Dirt shovel

In case you ever need to dig even a little bit. Please note, dirt shovels are terrible for snow shoveling, because they are too heavy, and snow shovels are generally a joke for trying to dig.

Gloves

Don't go cheap on gloves - they'll just tear. If you ever expect to have yard help, get two pairs. They will cost $15 or more. You will need them for heavy work like hauling garbage bags, trimming trees, and unusual jobs like tearing down old fencing, or anything else where you might get your hands cut.

Goggles

So you don't blind yourself using the weedwacker, and also for various weird jobs around the house where you want a little more protection than sunglasses.

Grass Shears

A grass shear is different from a secateur or a pair of pruning shears as it has longer handles which are at right angles to its blades. It can be used in cutting grass and lawn edges from a standing position. It is commonly used by gardeners to cut grass which were not been cut by the lawnmower.

Hoe

This garden tool offers plenty of uses including agitating the surface of the soil which surround plants and removing weeds.

Lawn Mower or Weed Wacker

The lawnmower is another common garden tool which is used for cutting grass. It has a blade which rotates around a vertical axis or a horizontal axis. Those which rotate around a vertical axis are referred to as rotary mowers while those that rotate around a horizontal axis are referred to as reel or cylinder mowers. Lawnmowers come in different sizes. There are smaller ones which can be pushed manually and are best for smaller lawns or gardens; and there are the bigger ride-on mowers which are more suited for larger lawns.

Loppers

Big ones and little ones. These are the tools you'll use to trim shrubs and cut back trees. They are vastly better to use than a saw. If you are just starting up, get the small hand-held loppers for $25 or so, and wait until later to get the big 2 foot long $40 loppers for a larger job.

Pitchfork

Pitchforks have a long handle and long and thin pointed tines pr prongs which are widely spaced apart. They are used in lifting and throwing loose materials such as leaves and other agricultural materials.

rake

Get one with metal tines or really strong plastic ones -- wimpy rakes are a pain. You want to be able to clean up leaves, or rake up pieces of cut grass, or easily pick up bits of any kind of somewhat light stuff.

Secateurs

Secateurs are pruning shears which are used for pruning hard and thick branches of shrubs and trees. There are three types of blade designs of secateurs: bypass, anvil and parrot-beak. The first type, the anvil secateur, has a single blade that closes onto a flat surface and are useful for cutting up to two-centimetre thick branches. Bypass secateurs work just like a pair of scissors. They have two blades that pass each other, with at least one of them curved. Parrot-beak secateurs have two curved passing blades, trapping the stem or branch between them, making it easier to cut. Parrot-beak secateurs are often used for narrower stems.

Shovel

A tiny shovel for little jobs, like planting flower pots.

Spade

A spade is used for digging or removing soil. In the past, spades have actually been made with riven wood. Today, however, they are with sharp tips of metal, allowing an easier and more efficient method or breaking up and moving soil.

Trowel

A trowel is a tool which has a handle and a pointed and scoop-shaped metal blade. Similar to a cultivator, it can be used for digging small holes and breaking up lumps of soil. It can also be used for removing weeds and in planting and mixing fertilizer.

Wheelbarrow

A wheelbarrow is small and hand-operated vehicle that has only one wheel. It can be maneuvered by the user through pushing and guiding the two handles on its rear. It is useful in transporting or moving soil, plants, pots, gardening equipment and other things which are too heavy or bulky to move by hand.




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