It’s easier to get gardening jobs done when you’ve got the right gardening tools. They help to save time and money!

When starting on a garden project it’s good to know which tools will help to make the job easier and complete it successfully.

It is also handy to know which tools you’ll need for the job before you go out and buy new equipment, as having so many options available in the store can lead to confusion and possible excess spending.

TIP Choose tools that are easy to hold and use, especially when gardening with kids!

Here’s a list of top ten tools for the trade…

  • Gloves– used to protect your hands when using tools and also in the soil. Some plants and gardening products can irritate skin so it’s best to use gloves when using products and sharp tools.
  • Hand Trowel and Hand Foorkboth are small tools hand tools on spare harvestused to dig into soil and potting mixtures. These tools are used extensively when gardening.
  • Secateurssmall hand-held sharp cutting tool used for pruning and harvesting a range of plants. Keep the blades sharp to ensure a clean cut of plant stems.
  • Long handle pruner – also known as loppers, have shorter blades and are used to cut thick plant stems. These would be used if stems and branches are too thick for secateurs to cut. Keep blades sharp for ease of use. These pruners are available with extendable handles for harder to reach branches.
  • Watering Can– holds a small amount of water for applying to plants. Watering cans vary in size and are made of plastic or tin.
  • Forkavailable as short or long handled. Used to loosen soil in gardens and lawns. Also useful for moving mulch, compost or manures.
  • Shovelthe long handled shovel is used for digging holes and shovelling (or moving) materials, same as garden fork. A short handle shovel can also be known as ‘Square mouth shovel’ which is used for moving materials, not for digging holes.
  • Rake– for gathering up leaves, grass clippings and mulch from around gardens and lawns. Usually made of plastic with a wooden handle.
  • Hand saw– used for cutting through thicker branches and trunks of trees. Allows the gardener to cut through thick branches without damaging the tree or shrub.
  • Wheelbarrow – handy for transporting garden tools and gathering materials. Smaller 4 wheel carts are also handy to move items around the garden.

TIPwhen possible, purchase top quality tools as they’ll last longer and in most cases do a better job than cheap tools, especially with cutting tools.

Before publishing this article I asked the wonderful gardeners in the Soil to Supper Facebook Club what their favourite gardening tools are.

A few extras they mentioned include kneeling mat/pad, boots, short-handled spade, fondue skewer or screwdriver to remove weeds, pots, punnets, bucket, a hat and long sleeved shirt.

It was fantastic to receive great feedback from our group!!  They are wonderful additions to have in any gardening tool kit.

These are just a few of the tools used to complete most gardening activities. Remember that your hands are also super useful tools and can get most jobs done!

This list is an extract from the 5 Steps to Become a Savvy Gardener’ Online Course.

The course is designed for the aspiring gardener who has a limited understanding of gardening and would like a deeper knowledge of the terms, methods and equipment used when completing gardening tasks.

From this course you will be introduced to the language, methods, equipment and skills required to become a skilled gardener whilst developing valuable knowledge prior to establishing your garden.

Find out more HERE on how to become a savvy gardener and grow a thriving garden!

If you have any questions about gardening tools, or how to use equipment please post a comment here or in the Soil to Supper Facebook Club and I’ll reply directly to you.

Enjoy your garden and the great range of tools available to make our job easier and more fun!

Growing with you,

Cath.