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Gardeners Basic Tool Kit

Updated on January 23, 2014

Beginner Gardener

Shopping for tools can be an overwhelming experience for the beginner gardener. You need the right tools to do the basic chores such as weeding, digging, pruning, watering and planting. Using the right tools will make gardening a pleasant and fun experience. There are 13 basic tools that you will need as a gardener. They are 1) square-end spade, 2) garden shovel (spade), 3) spading fork (pitchfork), 4) pruning shears, 5) trowel (hand shovel), 6) dandelion weeder , 7) level-head rake, 8) lawn rake (leaf rake), 9) hoe, 10) hand cultivator (hand rake). 11) garden clippers, 12) garden hose, 13) watering can.


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This tool has a medium coated wooden handle with a pointed metal blade.
This tool has a medium coated wooden handle with a pointed metal blade. | Source
This tool has a medium long wooden handle with four long metal prongs.
This tool has a medium long wooden handle with four long metal prongs. | Source
This tool has a spring action handles and small sharp blades. Can be used with either hand.
This tool has a spring action handles and small sharp blades. Can be used with either hand. | Source
This tool has a small wooden handle and a pointed metal blade.
This tool has a small wooden handle and a pointed metal blade. | Source
This tool is a weed poker. It has a small wooden handle and a long metal bar with a flatten v shape at the tip.
This tool is a weed poker. It has a small wooden handle and a long metal bar with a flatten v shape at the tip. | Source
This tool has a long wooden handle with a metal bar straight across on one side and small metal teeth on the other side.
This tool has a long wooden handle with a metal bar straight across on one side and small metal teeth on the other side. | Source
This tool has a long wooden handle and several tin teeth that spread out like a fan.
This tool has a long wooden handle and several tin teeth that spread out like a fan. | Source
This tool is a small hoe. Has a wooden handle with a short metal bent rod attached with a small metal straight edged plate.
This tool is a small hoe. Has a wooden handle with a short metal bent rod attached with a small metal straight edged plate. | Source
This tool has a wooden handle with three metal prongs.
This tool has a wooden handle with three metal prongs. | Source
This tool is made of metal. It has long coated handles and long sharp blades.
This tool is made of metal. It has long coated handles and long sharp blades. | Source
This is a green vinyl hose with a spray nasal for watering your plants and grass.
This is a green vinyl hose with a spray nasal for watering your plants and grass. | Source
This tool is made out of plastic. You can also get watering cans made of metal.
This tool is made out of plastic. You can also get watering cans made of metal. | Source

Basic Tools

Square-end Spade

This spade is great for edging. But it can also be used for digging and cultivating.

Garden Shovel (Spade)

This tool is the most popular one in gardening. It is used for digging. The two most popular ones are the ones with the medium long handles and the very long handles.

Spading Fork (Pitch Fork)

This tool is a "must have" for the garden. Some gardeners call this a pitch fork. Spading forks are very useful when turning over soil in preparing your flower or vegetable bed, lifting plants, and spreading mulches.

Pruning Shears

Another name for this tool is "hand pruners". They look like pliers with a spring back action and two sharp blades. This tool is good for pruning wooden branches that are 3/4 inches thick and it is great for clipping rose bushes.

Trowel (Hand Shovel)

This small tool is great for little tasks in the garden like planting small plants, bulbs, and seedlings.

Dandelion Weed Poker

This tool removes weeds from your lawn and garden bed. There are all kinds of weeding tools. For just a few weeds in your garden this hand tool works good.

Level-head Rake

On newly garden beds and seed beds this tool is great for leveling the soil.

Lawn Rake (Leaf Rake)

This tool is very important in the garden. This rake is great for raking leaves, grass clippings, and twigs.

Hoe

This tool is used for weeding and cultivating the soil. There are many different kinds of hoes, but the two most popular ones for the garden is the hand held hoe and the long handle hoe.

Hand Cultivator (Hand Rake)

This tool is used the same way as the hoe, for weeding and cultivating the soil.

Garden Clippers

This tool is used to trimming bushes, and hedges. These clippers have long blades and long handles.

Garden Hose

This hose is for watering your garden.

Watering Can

This tool is used for watering your flowers while you transplant them and can be used to fertilize the plants too.

How to use a Lawn Edger & a Weed Trimmer

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    • Di_Seminchuk profile imageAUTHOR

      Di_Seminchuk 

      7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Thanks Phil for your comment and a votes up. I remember when I didn't have a pitch fork for turning the soil.

      Instead I used my spade to turn over the soil and to break it up. But with a pitch fork it made the work a lot easier.

    • Phil Plasma profile image

      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Excellent list - all I'm missing is the pitch fork - something I could have really used this spring. You get a vote-up and useful from me.

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