Amazon lists nearly 50,000 products in their Garden Tools selection. Don’t worry: You won’t need all of them to be a great gardener. However, there are a few tools that every gardener will need to get by. Here’s a list of the seven basic tools I suggest you start your gardening career with.
1. Spading fork.
Before you plant anything, you will need to open and improve the soil. A spading fork looks like a pitchfork but has a shorter handle and wider tines. It is used to dig down into hard soil and break up the ground.
2. Garden Hoe.
A hoe is useful for weeding and cultivating the surface of the soil to allow for penetration of nutrients and water.
3. Water Can.
Long nozzles allow the water to come out at a very gentle flow rate and are useful for reaching across long distances. Select a watering can that has a detachable spray head – this type of watering can is perfect for watering young seedlings.
4. Round-Ended shovel.
You’ll need this to plant shrubs and trees.
5. Bow Rake.
A bow rake has short tines on one side attached to a metal frame or ‘bow.’ It’s used for leveling the soil after it has been turned and prior to planting, or for removing large clods of earth or rocks from the soil. You can also turn a bow rake over and use the flat side to smooth soil in preparation for planting.
6. Garden Shears.
Select shears that fits comfortably in your hand. Shears, sometimes called clippers, are used for pruning, shaping and removing foliage or branches. Don’t buy the most expensive shears until you decide you like gardening.
7. Gardening Gloves.
An old-timer once told me, “You’ll learn to wear gloves.” I hear his words echo in my mind every time I try to leave the shed without a pair.
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