The Best Gardening Tools For Every Home
For those who love to garden, a little dirt under the fingernails is a small price to pay for the meditative joy of working the soil, smelling the rich earth, planting seeds or young sprouts and watching the miraculous growth into a beautiful flowering plant or a harvest of vegetables. And having a good collection of gardening tools makes it easier and more enjoyable to spend time working the land.
Gardening is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States, and it’s easy to understand why:
- You can enjoy gardening whether you are young or old, male or female, rich or poor
- You don’t have to have an enormous plot of land; your garden can be as small as a few pots on a balcony
- You can invest thousands of dollars into your garden or just pay a dollar for a packet of seeds
Do You Love Roses?
If your yard isn’t complete without several “Queens of the garden,” then you know that with the great beauty of the rose, comes great demands for care. Roses like plenty of water, plenty of fertilizer and plenty of sunshine. Once you have met those needs, you can make other requirements, such as pruning, a little bit easier with the proper tools.
For pruning smaller canes and general cleanup, the Felco F-2 Classic Hand Pruner is easy on your hands. Protect your hands and wrists from nasty scratches by donning a pair of rose gardening gloves. And once you’re ready to display a perfect bouquet of roses in your best vase, easily remove the thorns and leaves with the Barnel Thorn Stripper.
Is Your Garden Indoors?
Even an apartment gardener can enjoy the beauty and health benefits of live greenery with a fine collection of houseplants. Some, such as the spider plant, pothos and Chinese evergreen, not only look beautiful, they also help remove pollutants from the air. You can improve the greenness of your thumb with a few tools that make indoor gardening easier. With the Rumford Gardener Mini Indoor Garden Set, you get a houseplant-size pruner, floral scissor, trowel, cultivator and transplanter, along with a handy case to hold them all.
Are You Growing Vegetables To Feed Your Family?
If you grow vegetables, then you know the importance of well-worked soil that is free of clumps and rocks, and full of growth-encouraging compost. With an abundance of sunshine and attention to watering, weeding and fertilizing, you can harvest a surprising amount of fresh, organic and delicious produce even from a small plot.
Two tools that are crucial in the vegetable garden: A hoe for breaking through hard soil and removing weeds; and a cultivator for breaking up dirt clods into soft, smooth soil. Combine the two into one handy tool with the Bond Culti-Hoe with Telescoping Handle.
You also will regularly use a shovel and a spade. Though the terms are often used interchangeably and both are digging tools, a shovel has a pointed edge, while a spade (counter to the image used in a deck of cards) has a flat edge. You want a shovel for digging a hole, and a spade for moving piles of dirt or leaves to the trash or compost pile.
Is Your Yard Full Of Trees And Shrubs?
A mature, full garden usually has a backbone of trees and tall shrubs. To keep things looking tidy, it’s good to prune away any dead or broken branches as you notice them. Also, clean up your shrubs once or twice a year to keep them from looking overgrown or unkempt.
The tools that you’ll reach for are loppers, which have long handles and powerful, short blades good for cutting through small to medium branches; pruning shears, which are designed for thin branches and vines; and a garden saw, which can handle branches several inches thick.
Are You A Container Gardener?
If pots of colorful annual and perennial flowers, or even small shrubs and vegetables, fill your patio or balcony, then you know the joy of container gardening. Even those with large yards usually like to have a pot or two next to the front door or patio table. A small selection of good hand tools will help you keep your containers looking great through every season.
Fiskars 3- Piece Set of trowel, transplanter and cultivator will handle all your needs when it comes to planting your containers. Add a pruning snip for deadheading and trimming, and a coil hose that stays out of the way between uses, and you’re ready for daily care of your potted garden.
Is Your Lawn The Nicest On The Block?
If your green, perfect grass is the envy of all who see it, you know how much work it takes to get your lawn looking so good. Mowing, edging, aerating, watering, weeding, fertilizing—the lawn is the most work-intensive area of your yard.
Make that work a little bit easier with a manual edger that gives a clean line to the lawn’s edge, a Weed Hound for making quick work of pesky dandelions, and a lawn rake for sweeping up the fallen leaves of autumn. Once you have the leaves in a pile, set your kids to work scooping them up with Lawn Claws.
If you are like most people, your garden is your most frequent encounter with nature. Perhaps that’s why gardening calls to the spirit of so many people, and time spent working in the yard feels like enjoyment instead of labor. Having the essential gardening tools ready in your shed or garage makes the work even more of a joy, instead of a chore.