Choose the Best Garden Tools for You and Your Garden
Having the right garden tools can and does make gardening so much more fun and enjoyable plus it actually saves you time.
Are you a serious gardener?
If you are, you most likely spend a great deal of time tending to your garden making sure it is kept up. If you use the wrong tools you could actually be hurting yourself and take time away from yourself when you could be doing something else that you enjoy.
Make sure you’ve done your research before going to buy your garden tools. Don’t just settle for the first set of tools you see. Make sure they are right for you and your type of garden.
There are variations in the handles of the tools so be aware what may be best for you. The Wolf garden tools are very popular this year and with good reason. They have their special WOLF Multi-Star snap-lock handle connection that can be used with all multi-change handles in the Wolf garden tools. Handy!
There are hand garden tools as well as the tools with long handles. If you have back problems, arthritis or anything else that prevents you from being able to get down on the ground to use your tools, you will want to get the garden tools with longer handles. The longer handles gives you more leverage to get the work done and allows you to do so standing up.
Here is a very basic garden tool list:
(The links below lead to Amazon.com for your convenience 🙂 )
- Round point shovel – for digging the holes to place your plants, etc…
- Spade – for more complex work
- Garden fork – to help with picking up and/or moving things (like straw, hay)
- Square tip shovel – can help to level dirt and scoop
- Cultivator – helps loosen dirt, turn and aerate soil
- Garden rake – helps prepare soil for planting by removing debris, rocks, etc..
- Leaf rake – to gather leaves
- Garden cart or wheelbarrow– to move heavy items
- Garden hose – for watering your plants and cleaning
- Hoes – used for weeding
There are many more tools available of course. These are just basic ones to get you thinking about what you’ll need to get your garden going.
A special note about hoes: A hoe is precious to a gardener. If you garden, you know what I mean. 😉 That being said, you’ll definitely want at least a couple or maybe even more hoes.
If you are going to have a rather large garden you’ll want to have a gas powered tiller or maybe even use a tractor. But for now, let’s just say that your garden is just the right size for a tiller (not a tractor). There are a lot of tillers to choose from nowadays too. And get this! Believe it or not I actually just saw an old fashioned push type tiller today! And yes, I have actually used one of those (I was
a child much younger) :).
Ahhh…the good ole’ days…
Er, back to the subject of modern tillers…
You’ll find that there are now electric tillers. This type is perfect for a smaller garden or even a larger flower garden. They are lighter weight than the gas powered tillers so they’re much easier to handle.
Take good care of your tools and they’ll last a long time. Clean them off after using them in the garden. Make sure you have a good and safe place for storing them when not in use like a garden tool organizer or a garden shed. There are some handy garden tool organizers available.
Keep in mind that there are definite differences in garden tools even if they look similar. For example – a garden rake and a leaf rake. Years ago I thought they did the same exact thing. Little did I know then that I had to put forth a lot of extra effort on my part to rake leaves with a garden rake! And it probably took me twice as long (maybe longer) to rake the leaves as it would have if I had just picked up the leaf rake instead.
Garden tools are treasured by serious gardeners…so make sure you have the right garden tools to make gardening more enjoyable for you.
What is your favorite “must have” garden tool? (Mine is a lightweight Hoe.)