Essential Tools for Easy Gardening

Essential Tools for Easy Gardening
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    Who wouldn’t want to have a slice of clean and green natural beauty right in their own yard?


Having your own garden does not only beautify your home exterior, but also gives you the mental satisfaction that comes only with being in green environs. It is like having your very own oasis in the middle of a concrete jungle.

Gardening is an art that not everyone may be familiar with. It involves the use of almost all your senses to get the desired final outcome. Apart from the knowledge of the right kind of seeds, plants, flowers, trees, etc., it also requires that you have the right tools and equipment that make your task easier and safer.     

If you’re an amateur gardener wondering about which tools are a must in your horticulture kit to turn gardening into less of a chore and more of a relaxed, easy, and fun activity, then look no further because we might have some answers for you. Read on to know more about a few essentials tools to have to make gardening easier.    

A Stirrup Hoe

Also called the hula hoe, this tool makes weeding quick and convenient. The stirrup-like blade spins back and forth (like a hula dancing), getting rid of the weed roots from underneath the soil. Because of its long handle, you can slice off the weeds while standing, which spares your back a lot of stress. Since the blade moves back and forth, it works when you pull it towards you as well as when you push it away. This makes it easy to operate the stirrup hoe in narrow spaces i.e. between plants and along the edges of the flower beds. When the blade loses its sharpness, all you need to do is just take it out and replace it with a new one.

A Shovel and Spade

You might find that the people at your gardening store use these terms interchangeably, but there is a tiny difference between a shovel and a spade. A shovel is used for scooping out sand and other loose material, whereas a spade is used for digging them. Square-headed shovels made of steel and spades with D-shaped (short) handles make tasks like digging holes, removing sod, edging garden beds, etc. fairly simple for you. The steel (metallic) surface will allow material to slide off it easily.

A Rake

Isn’t it annoying to find dead dried leaves all over your garden during autumn? Does the thought of clearing out the flower beds during spring season make you cringe? Then you need to get your hands on a strong garden rake as it is ideal for removing fallen leaves, twigs, and other debris. 

A ground rake is useful in smoothening out the existing and new beds. Although metal rakes are long-lasting, plastic rakes are economical and quite sturdy too. Bamboo and steel rakes are very good for cleaning out perennial gardens without harming new plants. It is always advisable to buy gardening tools after ensuring that they are securely attached to their handles.

A Hand Trowel

This short, slightly oblique tool with a sharp edge makes it the ideal equipment for digging into unbroken soil and planting small annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables. It also comes in handy while digging out weeds, making  potting mixes, and for planting container gardens. The perfect trowel is, typically, made of forged stainless steel, which makes it last long. If a forged trowel is hard to find, you can opt for a stainless steel one which is strongly connected to the handle.   

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Bypass Pruners

A good pair of bypass pruners can prove to be extremely useful with almost all gardening jobs. Whether it is removing dead leaves and flowers or shaping your shrubs, they can make it easy for you to manage your gardening activities. Many models of bypass pruners are available in the market, including ones that are especially made for left-handed gardeners. Just make sure you purchase one that fits in your hands and is easy to clean and maintain. It can turn out to be a tad expensive, but it is worth investing in, given the range of gardening activities it enables you to do. There are budget options available too.   

A Watering Can/Gardening Hose

Depending on the size of your garden, you can buy either a watering can or a hose to water your plants and keep the soil hydrated. With a gardening hose, water can be sprayed at longer distances. However, if your plants require small quantities of water to be sprinkled on them, it is recommended that you use a watering can as it is easier to carry around. Make sure the one that you buy is easy to carry around even when it is full.


Discovering things that simplify your life is always a great joy! Gardening needs immense care and attention to detail as it is something that can prove to be either a great hobby or a gardener’s nightmare. But with the above mentioned tools, you can make your garden look like a dream without having to sweat it too much.

Krysten Jetson is a freelance writer specializing in the construction industry. She loves sharing her expertise on various aspects of the construction industry, especially safety, like fall protection, workers safety etc. She has many years of professional experience including working with clients to build their business and brand through internet marketing strategies.

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