8 gardening tools you need

As gardening seasons approaches, it’s important to know what tools are required for the task. Luckily, gardening doesn’t require too much and few tools are very expensive. Years of gardening have taught me what you do and don’t need for gardening. These tools work for small gardens to large ones. Whether you are a beginner gardener or a master gardener, these are the 8 gardening tools you need

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8 gardening tools you need

Trowel

Of all of the gardening tools out there, the garden trowel is likely the most often used and thus the most important. Whether it’s is planting, weeding or harvesting time, the trowel can be extremely useful. It can be used to dig small or even large holes to plant seedlings. Can root out those extremely stubborn weeds. It can even assist in harvesting root crops. Whenever I am working in the garden, I always have my trowel within arms reach. A Hori-Hori knife is another great option, as it has all the advantages of a regular trowel, however, the measuring marks allow you to accurately dig to the right planting depth.

Spading Fork

A spading fork, or garden fork, is another regularly used tool. It is great for breaking up hard-packed earth. If used carefully, you can even use it to harvest potatoes. If you live where heavy snows fall this tool is excellent at loosening the soil after the snows compacted it. In the spring, this is the first tool I reach for, as I know the ground needs to be fluffed up after sitting under heavy snow for months.

Weeder

Though a trowel can certainly be used for weeding. Using a weeder makes the job that much easier, as it is designed to lift the plant and root. These come in a variety of designs. The hand weeder is perfect for those smaller weeds that don’t require a lot of work to get out. However, for those larger more stubborn weeds, a stand-up weeder is ideal.

Pruning Shears

Sooner or later, something in the garden will need pruning. Pruning trees and bushes help to keep them healthy, promote growth and can remove diseased or damaged areas. Small pruning shears are perfect for bushes and smaller trees. However, if you have large trees that need regular pruning it will be a good idea to invest in loppers.

Bow Rake

If you plan to use mulch in your garden or garden paths, then having a bow rake is a good idea. This tool is great for spreading mulch or even gravel. It can quickly level out an area of a garden and aerates the soil as you work.

Shovel

If you need to dig a large hole, mix up the perfect soil mixture or turn compost, then a shovel is what you need. Essentially a large trowel, this tool is extremely useful in the garden. Most often, I use my shovel for mixing new soil and compost together before planting and filling containers with the mixture.

Gardening Gloves

Some gardeners are quite content to stick their hands in the dirt without gloves. I do this quite often. However, a pair of garden gloves is always a good idea. These come in handy when dealing with prickly, thorny or poisonous plants that you would not want to touch with bare hands.

Wheelbarrow or Garden Cart

Whether your garden is big or small, a wheelbarrow can come in handy. Great for moving mulch, mixing soil, carrying the harvest or those recently pulled weeds. I went many years without a wheelbarrow and let me tell you, getting one made a world of difference. Now I can easily tackle all of my gardening tasks and when I’m done it allows me to quickly carry all of my tools to the shed for cleanup. Alternatively, a garden cart is also useful, doing an equal job to a wheelbarrow.

That’s it! Those are the 8 gardening tools you need to have a successful garden. Are you ready for gardening season?

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    I had never heard of a Hori-Hori knife before. I think I might like to add it to my gardening tool collection, along with those cute little hand weeders. Thanks for the post!

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      I found out about the hori-hori knife a year or so ago and they are very handy to have. The hand weeder is such a lifesaver when tackling those stubborn fast growing weeds like dandelions.

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    Definitely some good suggestions in this post. I can definitely vouch for the suggestion if a wheelbarrow, 1 year of lugging bags of soil and much from the car to the garden and I wanted one the next year for sure haha!

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      Yes, a wheelbarrow makes such a huge difference. I don’t know how I went almost 10 years without one.

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      Must have been one tough bush. I need to get new pruners this year, my old pair has completely worn out.

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    I love the idea of having a garden cart. Right now, I simply have those large 5-gallon containers from the hardware store and use them to haul around my weeds. A cart would make it much easier! These are all great tips!

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      It will make a world of difference. I hauled weeds with 5-gallon buckets for nearly 10 years, but the wheelbarrow made life that much easier.

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    Great suggestions! I’ve been doing some garden planning and since I’m new to it. This post is helpful. I’ll be adding a wheelbarrow or a garden cart to my list of things to buy. It sounds like they are well worth the investment. Thanks for sharing πŸ˜€

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      Glad I could help. It’s definitely a worthwhile investment. It makes gardening so much easier at all stages.

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    Great ideas!! I love having a wheelbarrow handy! In the past I used my daughter’s little red wagon and that worked great for throwing weeds in. πŸ™‚

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      Haha, whatever works right? I don’t know how I went so long without a wheelbarrow because they are so darn handy.

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    That reminds me that we need a wheelbarrow… the one we have has a bunch of holes in the bottom.

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      Glad I was able to remind you of that. A hole filled wheelbarrow is no good.

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