In ancient times, garden tools were basically pointed pieces of wood used to dig holes in the soil in order to ready them for planting, Throughout the years though, they have evolved to more effective and modern tools not only used for planting but also for maintaining gardens and landscapes.If you just discovered that you have a ‘green thumb’ or would like to engage in gardening as a relaxing and rewarding hobby, then you’ll need some basic gardening tools to get you started.
Shovels come in different shapes and sizes, and even the general construction shovel can be used for your gardening endeavors, In the garden though, you may need two types of shovels in your shed like the best ratchet sets – the round point shovel and the square point shovel. The round point shovel can be used both for digging soil and well as some construction and masonry jobs like walling or for putting up flower boxes. The square point shovel on the other hand is primarily for ‘scooping’ things up.
On a side note, do get yourself a trowel or a transplanter. These miniature shovels are helpful in precision digging and preparing beds for planting.
Spades are another mainstay in the garden shed. You may want to consider buying a garden spade (which looks pretty much like a square point shovel) for digging, edging and lifting sod, as well as a drain spade with a narrow head that is used for transplanting and working in tight areas where the shovel cannot go.
Rakes and Forks
As in the above, these tools come in a wide variety of styles. For the rake alone, there are leaf rakes and thatch rakes, the latter primarily used for scratching turf and turning soil. You also have flat rakes and bow rakes, which fulfills the same functions but differs in their designs. Hay forks has rounded tines and is used to move compost or mulch, while a spading fork has flat tines and is used primarily to turn soil and lift plants. The spading fork can also be used to aerate soil and relieve soil compaction and is especially useful with rocky soils.
Pruners and shears are also important to the gardening enthusiast, and is mainly utilized in the trimming, cutting and overall maintenance of plants. You may want to invest in an anvil pruner and a bypass pruner, the former being used for cutting tough, dead, woody stems, and the latter for cutting tender stems. The curved, scissor style of the bypass pruner allows you to cut nearer to the trunk and without damaging the tender tissues.
Loppers are basically extra large anvil or bypass pruners, with bigger cutting blades and longer handles similar to a ratchet. They are used primarily for cutting tree branches of up to 2” in diameter. If you find that the lopper is still not long enough to reach tree branches you want removed, then a pole pruner is what you need. Where loppers and pole pruners don’t work, you’re going to have to use a pruning saw or a bow pruning saw to cut those tree branches.
Wheelbarrows are garden essentials especially in large spaces and areas – unless you want to be carrying sacks of soil and sod on your shoulders all the time. There are two basic types of wheelbarrows which you can choose from whenever you buy from a hardware store or the gardening section of a supermarket. There’s the standard wheelbarrow which is serves all your basic transporting and carrying needs, and then there’s the plastic yard cards. Plastic yard carts have two front wheels as opposed to the standard wheelbarrow which has one. The two wheels provide for better balance while in use.
There are many more garden tools which are not mentioned here, but the above are the most basic tools that you’ll need to have in your garden shed. As you grow into the hobby, you can always expand your garden shed and add more tools to your collection.