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BASIC GARDEN TOOLS

It’s easy to go overboard with purchasing gardening tools. The latest equipment promises a new level of expertise previously unrivalled, not to mention ease of use. But these things can take up a lot space, cost a lot of money, and be over-specialized. Instead, focus in on getting the basic tools that can assist you with almost any gardening endeavour.

1. GLOVES

While gardening can be a wonderful hobby, it can quickly turn into a thorny and splintery hassle without the right pair of gloves. Ensure that you purchase a durable pair that is not too bulky. Keep them from too much sun, water, and insects while storing.

2. HAND TROWEL

A hand fork and trowel are indispensable for weeding, planting young plants and bulbs and small digging jobs. Hand forks are ideal for heavy clay soils. Small tools are easily mislaid in the garden; look for those with brightly coloured handles that can be spotted easily or paint tools with wooden handles to make them more conspicuous.

3. SPADE

Short-handled square shovels make easy work of digging holes for plants and moving small mounds of dirt from one area to another. Grab a spade with a strong steel head and a thick, sturdy handle. This tool can be more on the pricey side, but a good spade will last you the rest of your gardening life!

4. RAKE

When leaves and debris fall, your rake is there to whisk them away. A rake can also be used to level soil or to clear the ground.

5. HOE

A hoe is invaluable when it comes to clearing a large area of weeds. The long handle helps to avoid a backache, which is often a consequence of weeding. Your type of garden will dictate what type of hoe is best for you. A veggie garden may require a sturdy, wide hoe. If you have perennial gardens, a more delicate touch and a thinner hoe may be required.

6. LOPPERS

If you have anything in your garden that needs to be “lopped,” such as trees or shrubs, you will soon be in need of a hardy pair of loppers. Able to remove branches up to a two inch diameter, this essential tool should be in every shed.

7. PRUNER

Pruners are essential for many cutting jobs; choose a pair with a safety catch and crossover blades. Try before you buy to make sure they feel right.

8. PRUNER SAW

A pruning saw is useful for cutting small branches; the blade folds away on some types, but one with a fixed blade is a better choice if you have lots of shrubs.

9. SHEARS

Shears are used for trimming long grass and small hedges, and for cutting back herbaceous perennials. Before buying, be sure they are light enough for you to use.