7 Essential Garden Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

You may not realize it, but there are certain tools every gardener needs to own in order to succeed at his or her craft. To give you an idea of what we mean, here are the seven essential garden tools every homeowner should have.

Shovel or Spade

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Make sure you have the right tool for each landscape job.

It’s important to have a good shovel or spade, which you can use for digging, planting, and mulching. So, should you invest in one or the other? The answer is… both! For gardening jobs that are more difficult with a shovel, switch to the spade. The opposite also applies – sometimes a spade might be easier for digging, and other times, a shovel will be best. You want to make sure you have the right tool for each job.

Choose Your Wheelbarrow

A wheelbarrow is a great multipurpose tool that can be used for hauling, planting, filling and emptying dirt, transporting water, and more. The benefits of a wheelbarrow include the ability to carry heavy loads easily with its portability.

Choose Your Hose

Hoses are essential to have around because they are used to carry water and detergents. They come in a variety of lengths and may need a connector if you want a longer hose. When it’s time to change the nozzle on your end of the hose, twist off the old one with your hand. The new nozzle will then snap on in its place.

The Rake You Need

Rakes are an essential gardening tool used for picking up leaves and grass. The one thing you need to consider when buying a rake is the type of teeth on the rake: there are three types of rakes to choose from – round, semi-circular, and horsehair. Round rakes are usually made of metal and will grip any material, but their reach is limited because they can only pick up leaves or small pieces of grass. Semi-circular rakes are often made of wood and rubberized handles that provide greater leverage, so they’re great for gathering fallen leaves. Horsehair rakes are also often wood, with plastic handles that make them lightweight and easy to use.

Pruning Shears – Which Are Best

Pruning shears come in two general types: bypass and anvil. Both types of pruning shears have a cutting blade that cuts the branches or twigs like scissors, but they differ in how the blades are oriented with respect to each other. In bypass pruning shears, the blades move past each other when they cut through your plant material. They make clean cuts without crushing or tearing the plant matter because it’s aligned as it moves past one another.

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Gloves are an essential element of any garden toolkit.

What Gloves Do I Get

Gloves are an important part of any garden toolkit. They provide protection against the thorns, spines, and sharp points of plants. If you’ll be working with thorny or prickly plants regularly, invest in a pair of gloves that covers the arms and most likely has protective padding to prevent punctures from grabbing vegetation with your bare hands. 

Blowers & Trimmers – What’s Worth It?

Electric blowers are perfect for larger areas and large objects like dried leaves or small branches, while a trimmer will prove to be handy when dealing with grasses and smaller plants.  A string trimmer is good for lawns but not for any sort of shrubbery.

Whatever tools you have, we have the products and supplies that go with it! Contact us today at All Around Soil & Stone.