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10 Essential Gardening tools Every Homeowner Needs

There is a difference between a garden and a bush, and having the essential gardening tools makes that difference. For every beautiful garden you’ve admired, there’s been some serious digging, weeding, pruning, hedge cutting, and a lot more work with the important gardening tools needed to do the right job. 

So, if you are a homeowner and you find yours to be looking less of a garden, there is every tendency you have not been doing the job of taking care of your garden with the essential tools for gardening.

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There is a flip side to it. Just like suddenly realizing you need a smart key duplication, it could also be that you have been using the wrong tools for the wrong garden care all along!

All in all, gardening work is serious business. It can be a very easy and enjoyable task that can lift your spirits when you are down, and even boost your mental and physical health condition if you just use the must have garden tools.

10 Essential Gardening Tools Every Homeowner Should Have.

1. Wheelbarrow

wheelbarrow helps you to carry other gardening tools back and forth to your garden

If you don’t have a very large garden that requires you to buy a cart or a tractor, you will need a wheelbarrow. You do not want to keep going back and forth with seeds you want to plant, weeds, flowers or proceeds of the harvest because they are too much to carry at once.

It also helps you to carry other gardening tools back and forth to your garden. According to experts, a good wheelbarrow should be strong, but also light enough to be moved around even when full.

2. Garden Spade

You will need a garden spade when you intend to dig a border or a patch for your veggies

On days you intend to dig a border or a patch for your veggies, you will need a garden spade. However, you might have to get both a border spade and a digging spade.

Each of these gardening tools has its specific roles. You will need a border spade for a smaller ground area, but it is better and faster to use the digging spade for a wider land area.

3. Garden Fork

You can use a garden fork to aerate your garden soil, spread, and turn over manure and compost heap, shake out roots and also turn over earth

A garden fork is way lighter than a spade and is needed for a border or vegetable garden. You can use a garden fork to aerate your garden soil, spread, and turn over manure and compost heap, shake out roots and also turn over earth.

You are advised to get one that suits your size to avoid backaches during and after usage.

4. Dutch Hoe

You can use a hoe to cut down grown weeds in-between drills and large plants, loosen the soil to allow more water to penetrate

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It is important to hoe whenever you need to carry out weeding and you don’t want to go through the stress of digging the soil. You can use a hoe to cut down grown weeds in-between drills and large plants, loosen the soil to allow more water to penetrate.

A Dutch hoe is built with a shallow angled cutting blade for cutting weeds. You could also use a draw hoe which is just like a broom with teeth attached. They help pull weeds directly from the earth.

5. Hand Forks and Trowels

You can use a hand fork to fluff up your garden soil, make holes for smaller plants and even remove weeds as well

They are usually small and handy. You can use them to fluff up your garden soil, make holes for smaller plants and even remove weeds as well.

It is also preferable that you get plastic trowels that can be used to pick up the mess made by pets on your garden soil.

6. Rakes

Rakes are very essential in helping you push soil around the garden and even remove stones and roots

Rakes are too underrated garden tools. They are very essential in helping you push soil around the garden and even remove stones and roots.

Seeing a straight furrow of a rake adds nice patterns you would like to see on your garden soil.

7. Watering Can

When you only aim to focus on a single plant, the watering can is your go-to tool

You would be surprised at how many folks don’t have this highly essential garden tool. Either on your general ‘watering day’ or days when you only aim to focus on a single plant, the watering can is your go-to tool.

Take caution though, buy one as heavy as you can handle.

8. Loppers

Loppers are very essential for hedgerow growing over your patch, back woody stems, and thick branches

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They are long-handed cutting tools. Very essential for hedgerow growing over your patch, back woody stems, and thick branches.

9. Shears

Garden shears are scissor-like and are used for clipping grass or small stemmed hedges

In contrast to the loopers, they are short-handed cutting tools. They are scissor-like and are used for clipping grass or small stemmed hedges. Not bad at all for also edging your lawn.

10. Secateurs

Secateurs are the tough ones in the scissor-like category of tools

Secateurs are the tough ones in the scissor-like category of tools. You will probably see their importance when you have shrubs to deal with.

Experts recommend a ‘bypass pair’ as they rather slice through stems instead of crushing them. Also, oil after every use and avoid putting in your back pockets.

Wrapping Up Our 10 Essential Gardening Tools

This wraps up our 10 must have gardening tools list. If you are a homeowner and would like to take care of your garden yourself, it is advisable you invest in essential gardening tools to help you in your journey.

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About the Author Pat Moreno

Pat is our gardening tool expert here at Sumo Gardener. Working for many years as a private and commercial landscaper, Pat has used almost every type of gardening tool there is. Along with a vast knowledge for types of plants and putting together an amazing looking and maintainable garden, Pat developed a passion for gardening tools as he found that using the right tools vastly improved the ease and outcome of any landscaping job he undertook. When spending hours, days or years using a particular tool, you want to make sure you’ve got the best one for the job, and Pat is the right guy to guide us to the best gardening tools.

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