By Christian Abe Garcia
For a garden enthusiast, gardening is one of the most satisfying chores. It can alleviate stress by simply working on beautiful plants or by just admiring the garden from a distance. While some may find gardening to be quite tedious, there’s nothing more enjoyable than seeing a seed slowly turn into a magnificent tree or shrub in your own garden.
A lot of people want to start a garden but have little knowledge about it. While choosing the right seeds to plant is vital, it is also important to have the basic garden tools you need to properly maintain a garden.
Here are 8 gardening tools that every gardener needs in their arsenal.
One of the most iconic garden tools, the shovel is used to dig holes where you can plant. The shovel is also used for mixing large amounts of dirt with compost and other fertilizers. It can also be used for patching up the hole once you’ve planted a seed.
2. Hand trowel
The hand trowel is a smaller version of the shovel. You can use this tool if you are just digging holes for small plants. You can also use it to mix dirt with fertilizers like what a shovel could do, albeit in a larger scale.
3. Gardening gloves
To keep your hands spick and span, you will need a pair of gardening gloves. These garments often made from fabric or rubber can handle all the”dirty job” that you need to do with your hands.
4. Pruning shears
Pruning shears are used to trim unwanted or excess branches from shrubs or trees. If you want to be more creative, you can use pruning shears to design your shrubs. It can be used to trim and cut through leaves and branches so you can achieve the desirable shape for your shrub.
5. Garden Hose
For those who have a bigger garden, a garden hose is a must-have. Compared to a watering can, a garden hose could easily transport large quantities of water from one section of the garden to another – a task a simple watering can cannot handle.
6. Garden rake
The garden rake has so many uses. Aside from gathering leaves, a garden rake can break up clumps of soil for better soil condition. It can also pull out unwanted weeds and other undesirable plants. After planting seeds, the rake is particularly useful in tamping soil to make the soil firm and compact.
7. Watering can
A watering can is a container made of plastic or metal that can hold about 5 to 10 litres of water. It has a handle and a spout particularly used to water plants. We all know how important water is especially when caring for plants.
8. Utility bucket
Now with all these tools needed to start and maintain your garden, you will need a place where can you put them all together and within reach.You will need a utility bucket where you can store small garden tools. It is also useful for mixing soil or gathering excess clipping from plants for easy disposal.