Top 10 Tools Every Gardener Needs

gardening toolsWinter is in full swing, but before we know it, spring will show its face and it will be time to get back to gardening. While your plants are dormant, now is a great time to stock up on some great gardening tools for this year. Check out the ones our deer fencing company recommends most:

1. Shovels

No tool collection is complete without shovels, and having a variety can help you get everything done that you want to get done. Stock up on digging shovels, spades, scooping shovels, trenching shovels, and scrapers, and you’ll be ready to take on any planting project.

 

2. Hoe

Hoes are versatile tools – you can do more than you may think with a hoe. It can be used for weed control, hilling, chopping, creating trenches, and more, so don’t pass up an opportunity to have one.

3. Gathering Basket

If you plant fruit, vegetables, and/or herbs that you plan to eat, invest in a good gathering basket so you can pick many different foods at once. One that is made of fine metal mesh is great for sifting out the dirt as you walk back to your home.

4. Leaf Rake

Leaf rakes not only come in handy when it’s time to rake leaves and lawn clippings, but they also come in handy when you want to spread mulch around your plants. ¬†Look for one that’s light and easy to maneuver.

5. Pruning Shears

A good pair of pruning shears will be able to cut anything from small leaves to hard branches. They will also have shock-absorbent rubber handles and parts that can be easily replaced in case they break or rust.

6. Hand Trowel

Invest in a good hand trowel and you’ll have no problem breaking up the earth, mixing fertilizer, and digging holes for planting. Look for one with a comfortable handle and a strong, sharp blade.

7. Garden Fork

Whenever you want to aerate your soil, a garden fork is perfect for the job. It’s lightweight and can handle harder soils like clay with ease. Tip: the heavier your soil, the stronger the tines on the fork should be.

8. Watering Can

One of the most classic necessities for gardeners is the watering can. Today, they come in a variety of materials and some feature measuring marks so you know how much water you’re using (especially handy if you’ve added fertilizer to the water).

9. Wheelbarrow

If you’re planning on planting small to large trees and/or bushes, make sure you have a heavy-duty but lightweight wheelbarrow to transport your plants. Look for one that isn’t too large for you to easily maneuver.

10. Pickax

Pickaxes are perfect for breaking up rocks, soil clods, and tree roots that make your soil dry and tough to work with.

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