How to Select Basic Garden Tools
I love to go to nurseries and look at all of the different types of plants that they offer. It is fun to start a new garden and plan what kind of plants that you want to grow. It is important that you have some basic gardening tools in order to start a garden. Thankfully, you can find them relatively cheaply, especially if you look at garages sales.
Selecting Basic Gardening Tools
Selecting basic gardening tools is an inexpensive way to try your hand at gardening without spending a lot of money. Below is a listing of gardening tools that you may want to consider:
Gardening gloves are one of the most things that you will need. They protect your hands from slivers, thorns, weeds, or anything else that can hurt your hands. The dilemma with purchasing gloves is how much to spend. I recommend spending a little extra and getting a high quality pair of gloves. They should be thick and durable. If gloves are too thin, thorns will go right through the glove and into your hands. I usually buy gloves that are reinforced with leather.
A watering can is also essential to have in any garden. Flowers and vegetables need water to grow. A watering can is nice because you do not have to drag a hose all across the yard for a few minutes and then roll it up again. Selecting the right watering can for you depends on how much weight that you can carry. The bigger the can, the more water it can hold. However, be sure that you can carry the can with water in it. My suggestion is to select a can with a long neck to help you reach further into the garden.
Shovels are the most needed and basic kind of garden tool. It is a good idea to have at least two different types of shovels in your arsenal. The first one to have is a shovel with a rounded end that works great for digging holes for planting trees and bushes. When buying a rounded end shovel, I would stay on the cheaper end because a shovel is a shovel.
The second type of shovel that is a must have is a small gardening shovel that is more suited for digging holes for either annuals or vegetables. Paying a little extra here for a higher quality shovel is a good idea. Cheap gardening shovels tend to bend and conversely snap off if they are too cheap.
A spading tool looks like a pitchfork but the forks are wider. Use it to break up hard soil, which makes amending the soil easier. I have to use this every year on my vegetable garden because on the amount of clay in my yard. Make sure to get one with a quality handle that is strong and the is well attached to the head.
A gardening rake is another basic gardening tool that everyone should have. A gardening rake has a solid steel rake that will not bend or move. It is useful in amending your soil and spreading mulch or rock. In my experience, I would purchase the cheapest one you can find. I have never seen the head of a garden rake pop off.
Pruning shears and clippers are basic needs as well. As your shrubs and trees grow, they need to be pruned occasionally. Be sure to get a quality pair of sheers and clippers. If they are too cheap, they will not have the strength to cut through thicker branches. I recommend buying a three pack that includes shears, pruner, and loppers because as your garden matures you will use all three.
I recommend getting a wheelbarrow to use in your garden. I use my wheelbarrow to transport soil, mulch, plants, and garden tools back and forth to the front of my house. My advice for selecting a wheelbarrow is to make sure that you get one that has a tire with air in it rather than a hard plastic one. The plastic ones are much harder to push. Also, make sure that the container part is securely fastened to the handles.
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Take a few minutes and visit your local hardware store to check out the products that they have. They should be able to answer any of your questions.