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Essential Gardening Tools and Equipment

gardening tools and equipment
If you enjoy spending time outdoors in your garden and love the ability to create a beautiful space in your yard, you need a few essential gardening tools and equipment to make your gardening tasks easier. Just as you order seeds and seedlings for your garden you also need to obtain a set of gardening tools that will be used throughout the years. As gardening tools will be needed year after year, you need to invest in the best quality tools you can.

Essential Gardening Tools and Equipment

Digging Tools

You will need a few digging tools such as spades, round, and square shovels, and post hole diggers first. You will need to dig holes in the ground and in containers to plant the seeds and seedlings. As such you will probably need a couple of spades in varying sizes to ensure that you can work on both the land and smaller containers. Many plants need support in the form of posts – for instance pole beans. So attaining a post hole digger to enable you to plant these is also essential for any first timer gardener.

Pruning Tools

You will also need a set of pruning tools such as pruning shears, hedge clippers, tree pruners, and loppers. While you will need the pruning shears and hedge clippers within a year or two of planting your garden, you can postpone purchasing the tree pruners and loppers until your trees are mature enough to require pruning or lopping. This is unless your garden already has a few trees that need to be maintained.

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Rakes

You will need leaf rakes, shrub rakes, and landscaping rakes. If you begin gardening in the spring, plan to purchase the leaf rake by fall. The landscape and shrub rakes need to be purchased sooner.

Wheelbarrows or Carts

If you have a large garden you will need to invest in a wheel barrow or cart. This will help you transport fertilizer and soil or tools to the right spots with ease, and collect leaves and other garden waste for composting in a much easier fashion.

Spreader

Another useful item to own when starting a garden is a spreader. This is of wonderful use if you plan on having a lawn as part of your landscaping. A spreader is used to spread fertilizer quickly and evenly across a lawn. You can choose from a broadcast spreader, drop spreader, or hand spreader depending on the size of your lawn.

Hand Tools

You will also need smaller gardening tools such as weeders and trowels. These are used for smaller tasks and are easier to carry and store. These tools are essential even if you have a very small container garden on your patio or deck. They are also easy to hang in your shed or place in an outdoor closet.

Watering Equipment

For watering your garden you will need hoses. You can also install sprinklers to water your lawn with ease. While setting up the watering system for your garden consider installing a rain water barrel to reduce water consumption and still have a vibrant and lush garden.

Safety Equipment

Apart from the gardening tools and equipment above you will need gardening gloves, boots, and gardening overalls. If you plan to apply chemical pesticides, you will also have to invest in safety goggles and other equipment to keep you safe from inhaling the pesticides.

Lawn Mowers

A lawn will look good only if it is mowed regularly. As such if you have planned a lawn as part of your landscape design you also need a lawn mower. Depending on the size of the lawn you can press the button for one that you ride on or one that you walk behind.

Compost Bin

While those with a large garden can construct their own compost pit and generate compost using garden waste and mulch, if you have a small garden and still want to be eco friendly, you can install a compost bin that looks decorative and occupies less space.

Containers, Potting Bench

Apart from this, most gardens small and large have at least a few containers with plants. For this you need to purchase the containers and a potting bench so that you can easily plant and transplant plants.

While a great garden has many different design features and a variety of trees, plants, shrubs, and so on, all gardeners need to start their gardens with the right gardening tools and equipment. This will enable them to plan their gardens properly and also be able to perform the right tasks with ease.

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Greg Bailey is a partner at Outdoor Living Manufacturing Ltd, a value added forest company specializing in do-it-yourself western red cedar kits. He has been in the forest industry for over 30 years and an owner at OLM for over 10 years.

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