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Garden Tools Starter List

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Spring is right around the corner, so now is a good time to gather your garden tools. Hopefully, you cleaned and put your tools away after the season. Here is a quick list of what you need or should have to get your garden started. Remember the Tool Rule: Buy the best tool you can afford and it may last you a lifetime!

Gloves: Gloves make your time in the garden more pleasant by protecting your hands. You should have a couple of pairs to fit different conditions and situations. A pair made of leather for tough jobs such as pruning or cool weather and another pair with a waterproof coating or palm to keep your hands dry when working in the wet.

Shovel or Spade: Shovels and spades are different even thought people use the terms interchangeably. Shovels are used to pick up dirt and loose material. Spades are used to dig in a garden. Pick one with a good cutting edge and a handle you feel comfortable holding.

Hoe: A hoe is a gardening tool you will use to cultivate the soil and remove weeds. A garden hoe generally has a thin flat blade, not the heavy blade used for farm work.

Rake: You will use a garden rake to smooth garden beds, soil, and remove debris. Garden rakes have strong tines for that reason. Leaf rakes are lighter and more flexible and are used to gather leaves and other lighter materials.

Spading Fork: Spading forks are used to mix add-ins into and break up soil. A spading fork can also be used to turn compost.

Pruners: A good pair of pruners that fit your hand are a must. You will use them to shape plants and remove dead branches to keep your garden strong, healthy and attractive.

Trowel: A trowel is a hand tools used for digging, smoothing, or otherwise moving around small amounts of soil. A garden trowel has a pointed, scoop-shaped metal blade and a handle. They are great for digging small holes for plants.

Hand Cultivator: A hand cultivator is used to loosen the soil and remove weeds by hand. Hand cultivators are very useful for small gardening jobs.

Garden Hose: This doesn’t need an explanation but a qualification. Don’t buy a cheap hose. It will kink, leak and frustrate you. Buy one long enough to suit your needs. I’ve used pocket hoses for the last couple of growing seasons and they have held up well. I am careful about sharp objects and drain them and put them in a bag for storage after use.

Garden Cart: A wheelbarrow or garden cart is invaluable for moving soil, compost and debris in and out of your garden. If you anticipate hauling heavy loads of weeds, leaves and debris, pick one that will hold up to the work.

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