What Are The Essential Tools For Taking Care Of A Home Garden?

by Frank B.

You might be an aspiring home gardener, someone who’s already making it a hobby, or one who simply is a friend of a home gardener and is willing to be the supportive friend. Whatever the case is, you will find the list below pretty useful. It gives you the top essential tools in taking care of a home garden. Read through so you can compare it with your own list and check what you or your friend doesn’t have yet.

In the meantime, this article will assume that you are or you’re going to do home gardening yourself. Just enjoy the discussion!

1. Garden Scissors

Elderly lady carrying basket of flowers and holding gardening scissors

Some prefer fancy or specialized ones. Most home gardeners, however, make use of the ordinary household scissors. As long as they’re sharp and can cut off a leaf or stem, it can be good to go. Of course, you don’t want to cut off leaves for nothing. You would like to deadhead flowers. The practice would encourage further blooming.

If, on the other hand, you’d like to have really versatile tools for your home garden, choose one that is heavy-duty. You can use such scissors to harvest vegetables. If you’re planting a new batch of vegetables, you can quickly open a bag of seeds or potting soil if you’ve got the right tool. Having a pair of scissors in your pocket would then be pretty convenient.

2. Hose With Sprayer

You can easily take care of your home garden if you’re using a water hose with a sprayer. The tool is also known as a hand sprinkler. The best kind allows you to control how strong your stream of water should be. You will find this convenient when your garden is wide enough. You will love to freely go around your front yard or backyard and sprinkle water with strength according to the plant you’re watering.

Some think of having an automated sprinkler. If you’re the kind of gardener who’s meticulous about everything, including the intensity with which you want to water a specific area, having a hose with sprayer would be perfect for you. A ground sprinkler may effortlessly do the work for you, but it will have a limited reach.

3. Gardening Hat

You might not have considered this to be a gardening tool at the beginning. Well, you’re not alone in that line of thinking. Some home gardeners think the opposite, however. They consider a hat such a convenient tool when it comes to working in one’s garden.

Apparently, you won’t be conducting garden maintenance on a rainy day. Typically, you’ll be doing it while the sun is up. At times, you’ll find yourself in your garden under a cloudy sky. Still, having a hat gives you some protection from too much heat. While you’re geared up in terms of your upper and lower clothing, your head and face need some protection, too. Wearing a hat would help you maintain your own well-being while taking care of your garden.

4. Hori-Hori Soil Knife

This tool finds itself in almost every gardening tool list you can read on. There’s no doubt about it, the Hori-Hori digging toil is also a knife that’s really versatile. Every home gardener has to have it, and that includes you.

A gardener’s favorite, this soil knife can help you easily dig out and plant bulbs. It can measure the depth of what you’ve dug because it is calibrated. What is even interesting is that it can cut through roots. It can weed out. It can help you transfer bonsai plants from one pot to another.

The Hori-Hori knife has a Japanese origin and is made of stainless steel. With that information, you will have had a sense of how excellent the quality of this gardening tool is. No doubt it has become every gardener’s favorite!

5. Wheelbarrow

You might think that a home garden is just a home garden – it’s small and so you won’t bother to get yourself a wheelbarrow. Well, you should.

Every home garden starts out small, but eventually it will grow big. You’ll soon have to transport soil from one area to another. You’ll have to collect fallen leaves and put them into your compost. You may have to carry a growing number of gardening tools. What better device is there than a wheelbarrow to carry all your stuff in one round?

If what you have is still a small garden, just think about the future and begin investing in what’s essential. You will find that having a wheelbarrow can make garden maintenance a convenient task.

6. Spade

You might have wondered how different a spade is from a shovel. Some people use them interchangeably. Is there really a difference between the two?

Well, the answer might depend on the place you’re living in. By functional definition though, the spade is used for digging. On the other hand, a shovel is used for scooping.

So, let’s talk about a spade. Definitely, you should have one for your home garden. While you’re going to use your Hori-Hori trowel for digging a small area, you’ll have to use the spade for massive soil work. This would be useful when you’re still beginning to plant vegetables and prepare new plots.

Well, if spade and shovel images still confuse you, you can pick a “shovel” with a pointed tip. While it basically scoops soil or trimmings, it can also dig deep and function as a spade.

7. Garden Rake

Eventually, you will have to clean up your garden after doing some trimming. A versatile garden rake meant not only for leaves will then be essential. In home gardens, you typically have small spaces. A shrub rake will then be fitting to use as it can easily find its way to clean up tight areas.

Hard rakes are also great as they can be flipped over to move compost. That’s two in one tool. Think about how useful such a tool would be when you want your garden cleared up in just minutes.

Home Gardening Should Be Fun

With the right tools, that would eventually be the case. Maintaining your home garden would consequently be a fun task to accomplish each day. Be careful about choosing your set of tools so you’ll achieve only the most ideal results possible. Most importantly, love what you do, and your garden will love you back with its produce!

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