Dig It ‘Til You Make It: 9 Basic Tools You’ll Need For Gardening

Dig It ‘Til You Make It: 9 Basic Tools You'll Need For Gardening
Dig It ‘Til You Make It: 9 Basic Tools You'll Need For Gardening

During the pandemic, a lot of people have been busy starting and improving their gardens. It might be because they feel stressed about the disease so they need something to do that will make them feel better. Moreover, gardening is a form of exercise which is necessary nowadays to improve your immune system.

If you’ve decided to start your garden, there as certain things you should consider. First, the space you have should be enough for your plants. Second, the types of plants you’ll have. Lastly, the amount of time you can allot to take care of the plants every day and the tools you’re going to need.

Make sure that before you work in the area, you already called for tree removal services so that you won’t have to deal with it on your own later on.

Additionally, as a beginner, you’ll need to buy basic tools that you can use for a long time. You can buy them all at once, or just have one from time to time.

If you want to know the tools you’ll need to start your garden, then you should check the list below!

1. Gloves

Do you love your hands? Then you should take care of them! You can start by using gloves while you’re working on your garden. It’s important to wear them to protect you from having cuts and bone fractures while digging the solid and pruning the plants.

Moreover, gloves will help you to avoid touching chemicals, and don’t ever forget the hassle of cleaning your nails with dirt inserted on them. So just make sure, you should invest in high-quality gloves.

You can buy gloves made from synthetic leather, with extra padding, that can be extended until your elbows. That way you’ll just have to buy one instead of many different variations.

2. Rake

There are two types of rakes. One is a hand rake, and another is the one with a long handle. If you’re just starting with your garden, you can just buy the longer version since the hand rake is only used for narrow areas to avoid damaging plants.

Once the soil is loose and you’re done with weeding, you can level it using the rake. Aside from that, you can also remove debris and small rocks to have a smoother surface.

Keep in mind that there are different shapes of rake to choose from so you’ll just need to assess what you need.

3. Hoe

A hoe is a well-known tool used for gardening. It’s been used for years that even the 7 dwarfs of Snow White include it in their chant on their way to the mine.

Meanwhile, a hoe is best used for digging and cultivating compacted soil. Are you dealing with dead or ill trees? Although this tool can be used in tougher areas, you’ll just have to call an arborist for your tree removal needs.

You can also see different designs of blades that are suitable for your digging needs. The most common type of how is the one with a long wooden handle and a flat blade.

When you’re hesitating about what to buy, you can ask the personnel in the shop to give you a full demo of the different blades of hoe.

4. Shovel

Do you need to dig a large amount of soil? Then you’ll need a shovel! It’s a tool that can help you make compost, dig a hole in the ground, and spread mulch.

Additionally, a shovel is a tool you can use to dig the surroundings of plants that you’re planning to remove or relocate. Make sure that you don’t damage the roots so that the plants will not die.

5. Garden shears

If you need to cut small branches of plants, you’ll need garden shears (or also known as pruning shears)! It’s a stronger pair of scissors since it can cut up to an inch thick branch. However, you don’t have to worry about cutting lighter sticks because you can also use them.

To maintain its blade, you can sharpen it regularly and avoid leaving it wet so the rust won’t develop.

Another good use of garden shears is when picking flowers. If you’ve seen lovely roses without thorns, they must have been removed using this tool.

6. Saw

If there are trees currently planted in your garden, and you’re not yet ready for tree removal, then you can trim them using a bow saw. The teeth of its blade are tougher than the usual saw you use for regular wood.

If you think pruning trees is not your forte, then you can omit saw from your list, and just call for an arborist.

7. Trowel

Are you planning to buy the most important tool used for gardening? Then you should find the right trowel for you. Make sure that you like what you’ll buy because you’ll have to meet your trowel more often than you think.

The most common uses of trowels are for mixing, digging, weeding, and transferring small amounts of soil. It’s mostly made of a wood or plastic handle, and a stainless steel scoop.

8. Water hose

Watering the plants and soil is a very important part of gardening. However, if you don’t have a water hose, then it’ll be impossible to reach all sides and corners of your garden unless you want to carry a huge watering can all over the place.

Make sure that the length of the hose you’ll buy can reach the entire garden so that your plants will stay healthy. Moreover, you should choose a hose where you have an option to adjust the pressure to avoid drowning the plants.

9. Wheelbarrow

When you have a wheelbarrow, you won’t have to carry soil and huge rocks from one place to another. You can just collect the things you need, put them in your wheelbarrow, and transfer them to your preferred place.

The most common type of wheelbarrow is the single wheel, which is also used in the construction field. It’s a great tool to move things around without the hassle of lifting heavy things.

Now that you have the list of tools you’ll need for gardening, you can now start buying them one at a time. Don’t hesitate to share with us your gardening tool kit by leaving a comment below!