Years ago, gardening tools were built to last and it was not uncommon for a good spade, to cost a week’s wages. As they were an expensive commodity, these gardening tools had to be made to withstand the test of time and were often passed down through generations. You find many of them still being used today.
These days, when you walk into any retailer that sells gardening tools you are met with racks of different items all proclaiming they are the ‘gardeners best friend’ or ‘what every garden needs’, researching on the internet is even more confusing, with pages of gardening tools results filling your screen claiming to be the tool that you must have.
Before you start looking at the hi-tech gadgetry available on the high street and online, you need to ensure that you have the basics. A good foundation of gardening tools will stand you in good stead for the future and give you a good base to build up an array of tools in the future. Below is a list of the top 10 gardening tools that every garden shed should be keeping safe.
We all know that many garden pests and weeds have thorns, stings or chemicals that irritate the skin so the first item in our gardening tools list is a good pair of gloves. Not only will they protect from nasty prickly pests they can help prevent blisters and stop your skin drying out.
There is no way you could do anything of note in a garden without a spade – it will help when turning soil in flower beds and veggie patches, dig holes for fence posts or larger trees and shrubs, and prove invaluable when clearing piles of rubbish.
The spade is designed for the big jobs in the garden, the next item in this list is the trowel. Without it, nothing would get planted – no perennials, annuals, borders or baskets. A good strong trowel is an integral weapon in any gardening tools arsenal.
This entry in our top 10 gardening tools list is pretty self-explanatory, if you have a lawn – you need a lawnmower!
Always have a good pair of secateurs to hand, they will help you all around the garden – whether they are used for cutting flowers for the house or tackling the thorny problem of brambles.
If you don’t want to get into trouble with the chef in the house then you need a knife for the garden – essential for your tools armoury when harvesting veggies, cutting string or attacking tall weeds! (Be careful!)
Ball of string
Never underestimate the usefulness of the simple ball of string, the average gardener will use miles of it during their cultivating life! If you don’t have one you will miss is greatly.
If you don’t have too much greenery to keep tidy in your garden, a sharp pair of shears will do as good a job as an electric trimmer and keep you fit at the same time!
The humble wheelbarrow has a multitude of uses in the garden and will, if used correctly, save you from dreaded back-ache. Whether for moving soil, transporting rubbish or ferrying your tools – a wheelbarrow is a must.
The final entry in our top 10 gardening tools list is a good weed killer. For the best results when tackling weeds in the garden use a weed killer that not only targets the weed above the surface but one that also penetrates deep into the roots. An indispensable item in any gardening tools kit.