Whether you are a weekend gardener or a full-fledged gardening pro, we are going to go over some of our most used and most important gardening tools that everyone should have in their shed!
Gardening is an activity for anyone of generally any age and demographic. Gardening for most people is relaxing and promotes a sort of Zen like emotion. Now, I can’t always saw gardening for me is peaceful, especially when you are trying to tackle pests or diagnose dying plants, but, at the end of the day it’s something that we love and when things go right we also enjoy sitting back on the patio admiring our work while drinking a well-deserved cold one!
No matter how advanced you are or how extravagant or basic your garden is, there are a handful of tools that you will need.
Flat or Square Head Shovel
One of our most useful and used tools is our handy dandy square head shovel. This is an absolute must for any gardener or homeowner alike. The square head shovel serves multiple purposes around the yard and home. These are great for creating clean cut edging around garden beds, digging larger holes for potted plants and shrubs, as well as turning compacted soil over in your vegetable garden when the soil is too compacted for a tilling take.
Notwithstanding the above, the square head shovel is also a winner in the winter. For those of you like myself who live in a snowy region, the square head shovel is the perfect tool for scraping ice and heavenly compacted snow of walkways and your driveway with ease.
If you have any sort of garden or landscaping within your property, you MUST have a pair of pruning shears. If you don’t have a pair you need to get some asap, you will thank us later.
Pruning shears are essentially scissors on steroids, and are designed specifically to cut through carries types of vegetation. This includes cutting through dead vegetables and plants as well as more woody vegetation including smaller tree branches.
Pruning shears are vital to ensuring a healthy plant since they cut the vegetation instead of tearing it. If you don’t have pruning shears and you decide to snap your plants branches or pull at them, you will end up tearing them and this not only creates unsightly removal spots but may also shock the plant.
Pruning shears are only a few bucks at your local hardware store or on Amazon. Having a pair in you shed at all times is a MUST.
If you have any type of decorative grasses, hedges, or shrubs greater than a few feet in height, a good pair of hedge shears should be in your gardening tool kit.
Most types of shrubs, grasses, and other types of hedging plants such as white or swamp cedars require yearly pruning in order to maintain their shape and to help promote healthy growth for the growing season starting in the spring.
Now you can technically prune a shrub or grasses with pruning shears, but, this will take you such a long time, and ain’t nobody got time for that!
Hedging shears are similar to pruning shears except that they have a much larger cutting blade. Their cutting blade can typically range in length from 1 foot to 3 feet.
Hedge shears will allow you to create lines and get rid of stragglers or wild branches, and do so quickly. These types of shears also allow you to create cool designs for you shrubs and are perfect for maintaining topiary plants.
We typically use our hedging shears to cut back our cedar hedge every spring to promote new growth, as well as our boxwoods, and to also cut down to the ground our ornamental grasses and our large hosta plants.
If you have garden beds with exposed soil and no filter fabric or vegetable gardens, a tilling rake is a great addition to your gardening tool collection.
Garden beds without filter fabric as well as vegetable gardens are prone to weeds. A tilling rake will allow you to turn the soil over around the base of your plants. Turning or disturbing the first few inches of soil will not harm your plants roots, but, will create a more difficult environment for weeds to grow.
Disturbing the soil using a tilling rake also reduces soil compaction which allows you to remove any stubborn weeds that have already grown.
Tilling rakes are relatively cheap and can be purchased for less than 20$ at your local hardware store. These rakes once purchased will last year’s to come. Ours is over 20 years old and is still going strong.
Mini Planting Shovel
Last but not least, the most important and most used gardening tool is the mini gardening and planting shovel.
A gardening shovel or gardening spade is the best tool for planting potted or cell pack plants or vegetables. This small shovel allows you to dig small holes and is very versatile. Without a mini planting shovel, you will be forced to resort to a standard spade shovel and you will be hard pressed when planting in confined spaces or planting smaller pots.
This is probably the most common gardening tool and is something that every gardener and homeowner should have within their gardening tool kit.
If you have any questions on this article or gardening in general we would love to hear from you. Feel free to leave a comment in the section below!