If youre thinking about taking your gardening seriously and getting out
there every day to increase the attractiveness of your garden, then you
will want to get the right tools to help you in this. You might be tempted
to go out to the store and just buy the nearest things you see, but youll
be much happier if you put lots of thought into the styles and types of
tools youre buying. There are styles designed just for gardening, and
youll be better off buying those.
You can find most of the tools you will need at your local gardening or
home improvement shop. Usually the employees will be simply thrilled to
assist you in finding the ideal tools. If you go to a shop that
specializes in gardening, you can usually get some advice in addition to
service. Gardening store employees are usually an untapped wealth of
wisdom, and they are how I learned almost all that I know about gardening
If you are having a hard time finding the right tool or if you want to
save some money, you might try looking online for the supplies you need.
Youll have to pay the shipping costs and wait an extra week or two, but
often if you buy more than one tool, the total savings will be worth it.
You should always buy from a reputable seller, though, and search around
beforehand for anything negative that people had to say about their buying
As far as basic digging tools go, you might already have all youll need.
There are several types that you should get though, for different specific
tasks. A round point shovel is good for digging holes for plants. A spade
is necessary for all the more intricate work. A garden fork you might not
use as much, but I have one in my tool shed and Ive been thankful for it
on multiple occasions. Having these different varieties of digging tools
can help you to minimize the work you have to do. For example, if you try
digging a big hole with a little spade then youll end up rather tired.
The same goes if you are attempting to do more detailed work with a big
A rake is an absolute necessity. You most likely already have one, but Im
guessing its a lawn rake and not a garden rake. There is definitely a
difference, and if you try to use a lawn rake in a garden then you will
not be happy with the results. Same if you buy a grading or a contractors
rake. Youll want to look for a bowhead rake. Ive found these are the
best for gardening purposes. They will provide you the maximum control and
accuracy, so you dont accidentally tear up your precious plants.
As far as hoes go, I dont believe any gardener should have less than 3.
There are so many useful varieties on the market that I have a hard time
recommending just one, and thats why Ill tell you all the ones I usually
use. The one I use the most is the onion hoe, which is very lightweight
and ideal for small cultivations and weeding. The Warren hoe is a larger
model, with a pointed end. If you need to make a hole or dig out a pesky
weed, this is the one for you. There are several other varieties, but I
recommend starting with the ones I mentioned. As you progress in your
gardening savvy, you will find the need for more types.
Most people believe that gardening just consists of a simple spade. But
there are many, many tools with many more variations that you will use in
your gardening career. Usually you can start with just a few different
tools, but youll always find that you can use more varieties for special
situations. Its just a matter of recognizing when one tool could be more
efficient than another.
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