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Backyard Garden Tools

Updated on March 15, 2010

Spring will arrive in just a few short weeks and it's time to get that garden ready for planting. Gardening can be a back breaking activity and there are many wonderful products on the market that can help make it just a bit easier. But what do you get? Knowing what kind of garden you plan on having will help you make the right decisions on what kind of equipment you will need. From tillers to shovels, trowels to pruning shears, the list is endless and you can end up spending lots of money for things you might not need. If you plan on gardening every year a good shovel is a must. Turning over your garden with a shovel is time consuming and very hard work. I recommend a good tiller. For years my husband and I used a shovel to turn the soil but as we are coming in to our later years in life we wanted to find an easier way.

Tillers and Cultivators

The Mantis brand tiller and cultivator is an excellent machine. It is lightweight, weighing only 20 pounds and it really packs a punch for such a small tiller. I own a Mantis and it was the best piece of gardening equipment I ever bought. For any garden it's just perfect and can turn a 3 or 4 hour job of turning the soil into 1 hour or less. It is a wonderful little tiller that in some cases is half the price of the bigger tillers on the market today. It is small enough to till a flower garden bed as well. I even used my Mantis to dig a trench about a foot deep to lay an electrical line to my barn from my house. I will never be without my Mantis.

Pruning Shears

A good pair of pruning shears is invaluable. To keep your plants tamed and where you want them a good sharp pair of pruning shears will come in handy and you will get your money worth out of them. A good pruning shear should be able to cut a small branch off a tree. I have a pair that is just amazing how sharp and strong they are. I use it all the time. So much easier than trying to pull that stray tree trying to take root in your garden or other places you don't want them. The pruning shears for small hands is wonderful as I have small hands, making the whole process of pruning easier and my hands don't get as tired as they would using a regular size pruning shear.

Garden Hoes

Hoes are a great tool to have for your garden, and the Hula Ho is a different type of hoe. It works very well when weeding your garden. The Gardening Plow is another type of hoe and is very easy to use. It's pointed tip helps you get around your plants to loosen the weeds for quick pulling. Some hoes come with a gardening fork which is used to loosen the soil around your plants as well as for loosening weeds. A great all around tool for your gardening needs.

Miscellaneous Gardening Equipment

Many hours are spent kneeling while pruning or weeding your garden. A good kneeling pad will save your knees and keep you out of the dirt and mud.

A lot of time can be spent planting your seeds. To cut down the time spent planting and have your seeds perfectly spaced a garden seeder is a wonderful addition to your garden equipment.

The Hound Dog Weeder is a wonder. I have a stand up weeder of this sort and it really works great. Push the tool into a weed and twist and the weed comes out with the tool. You don't have to get on your knees to use this weeder.

A pretty pink garden kit is very nice for you lady gardeners and contains the essential tools for gardening.

To save wear and tear on your hands a good pair of gardening gloves is essential.

A trowel is for the small jobs when you want to turn some soil in a small area or to loosen the soil around your plants.


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    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      I have pruning shears as well, I was amazed how good they are. I have cut down very small trees with them. Thanks for reading my hub Izzy.

    • IzzyM profile image


      8 years ago from UK

      Nice selection of implements you have there! My personal favourite is the hand pruning shears. I hate being without those in the garden - they are so useful for everything from actual pruning to taking cuttings or even chopping down tough weeds.


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