If you think of trying your luck in the wonderful gardening world, having the right tools is essential. The right gardening tools make gardening so much easier. All you need to get going and successfully grow and raise your plants are a few basic tools depending on the size of your garden. Here are a few basic tools you’ll need.

Garden Gloves

While gardening can be a wonderful hobby, it can quickly turn into a thorny and splintery hassle without the right pair of gloves. Your gloves should be durable so it can be easier to work with sensitive seedlings.

Make sure to choose gloves that are water-resistant, but also breathable and will help keep your hands cool and comfortable. For long-lasting gloves, don’t expose them to too much sun.

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Garden Fork

Garden forks can dig into dense soil, with spines that are useful for scooping mulch. The garden fork tool is handy for loosening and turning compacted soil in small spaces before planting as well as for removing weeds in beds.

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If you have a backyard garden, a spade is essential for the buildup of your garden. They make easy work of digging holes for plants, edging, lifting and moving small mounds of dirt from one area to another. The spade can be more pricey, but a good spade will last you a good couple of years.

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A Rake

When leaves and debris fall, your rake is there to whisk them away. Rakes come in a wide variety of styles but the standard rake is useful for beginners.

Very convenient for loosening up and aerating topsoil. If you have a small garden a smaller handrake would be perfect and can be used to level the soil before sowing and planting.

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Garden Hose

Long garden hoses are ideal for big gardens. The type of garden will dictate what type of garden hose is best suited. For your perennial gardens, a more delicate touch and a thinner garden hose may be required so you don’t squash your perennials.

The garden hose can be useful in preparing your garden and cutting down weeds. In a vegetable garden, a good flat garden hose can be good for turning the soil in rows.

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Watering Can

Using watering cans is a very water-savvy way to water smaller areas and pots on balconies. It is also a good exercise. The watering cans come in all sizes depending on the size of your garden and its watering needs.

You can choose between a plastic or metal watering can. Many experienced gardeners prefer the metal watering can as it lasts longer.

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Choosing to buy the best quality tools that your budget will allow can help you in the long run. Maintaining your tools can go a long way in getting the most out of your investment. So as a beginner, make the right garden choices.


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