Spring is coming and now is the time to start thinking about preparing the garden for the coming season. The first thing you need to do though is to make sure that you have all of the tools that you need to get your garden where it needs to be before planting time.
There are many handy tools that can help you in the garden. Some are necessities and others are requirements. We’ll talk about the bare essentials in this article.
- Hand Trowel – Think of it as a miniature gardening spade. This tool comes in handy when you are planting bulbs and small perennial plants. They are also pretty useful in weeding the garden. They are definitely not ideal for planting trees and large shrubs – for that you are going to want to use a garden spade or other digging shovel.
- Garden Tiller – For a small garden, you are going to want just a hand tiller. For a larger garden, like that you would till up the ground for a vegetable garden, you will probably want a power tiller. Once the snow has melted, if you live in an area where it snows, and the mud has cleared away, you are going to want to start working the ground to get it ready for planting. A garden tiller is essential to making your garden project easier.
- Garden Saw – A billhook saw is one of the best gardening tools you can own. It is a versatile tool designed to trim stems, cut vines and sawing small branches on trees. If your garden is overgrown, try using the 18 inch billhook saw.
- Digging Shovel – A digging shovel with a rounded blade is absolutely essential. The size you need depends entirely on you, but a full-sized shovel is useful for all occasions. A D-shaped handle is usually best, but again, it depends on your personal preference. Sharpen your shovel (yes, the blade will get dull) each season to keep it in good working order.
- Edging Shovel – Another must have is an edging shovel. It slices into turf easily, cut through tough roots and scrape off excess soil or mulch from sidewalks. This shovel helps to square off the garden bed and make it nice and neat. You get the best control using this shovel if you get the one with a D-handle, but again, it’s your choice and what suits you best that matters.
- Pruning Tool – It doesn’t matter what size your garden is, if you have any trees at all in your yard, a good set of heavy pruning loppers is a necessity. At some point, tree branches are going to grow, and some of those branches will inevitably become a nuisance and need to be cut off. These loppers will help you cut even some of the largest branches off quickly and easily.
- Garden Rake – There are several different types of rakes that are useful in the garden. One is a steel rake and the other is a leaf rake. The steel rake is useful in helping to cultivate your garden and also when prepping the soil for your vegetable garden. It has many other uses too, such as mulching, scratching the hard surface of the soil to prepare for seeding grass and more. The leaf rake is the obvious choice for cleaning up the fallen leaves from your yard. Especially when the fall season arrives and the leaves fall from the trees.
- Garden Hose and Sprayer – a garden hose and sprayer is necessary for many different reasons. You can use the hose to water your garden during the times when rainfall is scarce. The hose is also useful for spraying down and cleaning walkways, outdoor furniture and more. The length of the hose you will need depends on the intended uses. A popular choice these days are hoses that expand when they are in use, and contract when you are through with them. Those that contract also expel most of the water when you are done using them, making them easier to store. You can buy a hose that expands to 100 feet long when in use, then contracts small enough to store in a drawer when you are through for the day.
- Digging Fork – Digging forks are sometimes called garden forks or spade forks. They come in handy and are useful many different tasks when it comes to gardening. These tools are useful for breaking up compacted soil, aerating small areas as well as mixing compost into the garden bed.
- Wheelbarrow – A wheelbarrow makes the gardener’s life much easier. It’s useful for transporting the soil you use, compost and even firewood from the cord to the house. Many people also use them to hold the tools that they use in the various parts of the garden. The type of wheelbarrow you get for your garden is, like all tools you will need, dependent upon the intended use. For instance, if you intend to use it for heavy loads, you will probably want a steel wheelbarrow rather than one with a poly bin. The type of wheel also depends on the use – for instance, a wheelbarrow with an air-inflated tire is a little easier to handle than one with a hard-rubber wheel. However, if your work will put the wheelbarrow at risk of getting a flat tire, you may want to go with one that has a hard-rubber wheel instead.