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Ultimate Guide and List: Top Must have Gardening Tools

If you are new to gardening, it is important to know what tools you will need in order to have a successful garden. Maintaining your entire garden is hard work! If you’ve got an interest in gardening it’s very likely you’ll have vegetable gardens, fruit trees, flower beds but also tough weeds giving you a hard time! And it seems like this is a bit of a zero sum game, the more you fight your pesky weeds, the more garden waste you’ll get! Here is where quality tools enter the picture.

This guide will list the top must-have gardening tools for the beginner. With these essential gardening tools, you will be able to maintain healthy and beautiful plants and trees in your garden. Let’s go!

Watering hose

A good watering hose is key for any arsenal of garden tools. You’ll want to make sure to get a watering hose with a long enough hose length so you can reach all the plants in your garden. It’s also important to find a watering hose with a strong spray, so you can easily water your plants without having to move around too much.

Garden hose with adjustable nozzle

You shouldn’t underestimate getting an adjustable nozzle for your garden hose. With an adjustable nozzle, you can control the amount of water being sprayed on your plants. This is especially important when watering delicate plants or seedlings.

Watering wand

A watering wand is a great garden tool for watering plants that are hard to reach with a regular hose. Watering wands come in different lengths and sizes, so you can find one that fits your needs.

Garden hose sprayer

A garden hose sprayer is a must-have if you want to make watering your plants easier. Garden hose sprayers come with different nozzle settings, so you can choose the right one for your plants. They also have a reservoir, so you can easily fill them up with water and carry them around with you.

Watering cans

Watering cans are perfect for watering small plants and seedlings. They are also great for spot watering, so you can target specific areas of your garden that need extra water. Make sure to get a can with a long spout so you can reach all the plants in your garden.

Shovel or spade

A shovel or spade is a must-have for any garden. You’ll need this tool to turn and aerate the soil in your garden, making it easier for your plants to grow. Make sure it has a great grip for extra tough soil or digging holes. You’ll also need a shovel or spade to move around large amounts of dirt, mulch, and compost. If you ever feel the need for digging trenches for planting, this is the tool to have.

Wheelbarrow

A wheelbarrow is essential for transporting large amounts of dirt and compost around your garden. This will save you a lot of time and energy! Make sure to get a wheelbarrow with a durable metal frame and a pneumatic tire for easy transport.

Garden glide

A garden glide is a must-have for any gardener. This tool helps you move heavy objects, like rocks and bricks or compacted soil, around your garden with ease. It’s also great for moving potted plants around your garden.

Garden cart

If you have a large garden, a garden cart will be a lifesaver. A garden cart is great for transporting heavy loads of dirt, mulch, and compost around your garden. It’s also perfect for carrying gardening tools, pots, and plants. If you have a large outdoor space, this is the one tool to get!

Lawn mower

If you have a lawn, you will need a lawn mower to keep it looking neat and tidy. Make sure to get a model with a bag attachment so you can collect the grass clippings as you mow. This will help reduce the amount of garden waste you produce and also produce great soil if you have a compost.

Lawn edger

An edger is perfect for keeping your lawn looking sharp and well-manicured. It’s also perfect for getting rid of those pesky weeds that grow along the edge of your lawn. There’s nothing like a newly trimmed sharp edge. Unlike the image below, there are also electrical versions of the edge trimmer.

Dandelion digger

A dandelion digger is a great tool for getting rid of those pesky dandelions in your garden. This tool has a sharp V-shaped blade that makes quick work of the dandelion roots.

Soil knife

A soil knife is a great hand tool for transplanting seedlings and small plants. It’s also perfect for cutting through roots, to cut thicker branches, and getting rid of tough weeds. Make sure it has really sharp blade!

Spading fork

A spading fork is perfect for aerating the soil in your garden. It’s also great for turning and mixing the soil, making it easier for your plants to grow. Make sure to get a spading fork with a long handle so you can reach all the areas of your garden.

Gloves

Garden gloves are important for protecting your hands while you are gardening. It’s important to find a pair of gloves that fit well and are comfortable to wear. You’ll also want to make sure that the gloves you choose are durable and will last through all the gardening you’ll be doing.

Garden kneeling pad

A garden kneeling pad is a must-have for any gardener. This will help you stay comfortable while you’re working in your garden. It’s also great for protecting your knees from the tough soil.

Pruning shears

Pruning shears are great for trimming plants and shrubs. They are also perfect for cutting through tough vines and branches. Make sure to get a pair that is comfortable to hold and has a sharp blade.

Pruning saw

A pruning saw is perfect for cutting through thick branches. It’s also great for trimming larger plants and shrubs. Make sure to get a saw with a comfortable handle and a sharp blade.

Hand pruners

Hand pruners are the perfect hand tools. Perfect for pruning smaller plants and shrubs. They are also great for cutting through thin branches. Make sure to get a pair that is comfortable to hold.

Garden scissor / Garden secateurs

Garden scissor is perfect for clipping off dead flowers and leaves. It’s also great for snipping through small branches. Make sure to get a pair of scissor with a great handle and a blade that allows a sharp cutting edge.

Hedge and lawn shear

Hedge and lawn shears are perfect for trimming your lawn and hedges. They are also great for cutting through thick branches. Make sure to get a pair that is comfortable to hold and has a sharp blade. We really recommend having angled blade head as seen in the image below, it’ll greatly increase your comfort!

Loppers

Loppers are great for trimming larger plants and shrubs. They are also perfect for cutting through thick branches.

Garden saw

A garden saw is perfect for cutting through thick branches. It’s also great for trimming larger plants and shrubs. The one from Fiskars as seen below is highly recommended, it’s foldable too.

Garden fork

A garden fork is perfect for aerating the soil in your garden. It’s also great for turning and mixing the soil, making it easier for your plants to grow. Make sure to get a garden fork with a long handle so you can reach all the areas of your garden.

Hand trowel

A hand trowel is perfect for small planting jobs. It’s also great for digging holes and removing weeds. Make sure to get a trowel that is comfortable to hold and has a sharp blade.

Garden/leaf rake

A garden/leaf rake is great for raking leaves and debris. It’s also incredible for levelling the soil in your garden. Make sure to get a rake with a comfortable handle and a tines that are sharp enough to grab the leaves.

Weeders

There’s a plethora of weeders out there, but they all serve the same purpose: getting rid of weeds! Make sure to get a weeder has a sharp blade, this is absolute key.

Weed eater

A weed eater is great for trimming the edges of your lawn. It’s also perfect for getting rid of pesky weeds. Make sure to get a weed eater with a comfortable handle and a blade that is sharp enough to cut through the weeds.

Weed killer

Weed killer is perfect for getting rid of pesky weeds. Make sure to get a weed killer that is safe to use around your plants and won’t harm them.

Weed trimmer

A weed trimmer is perfect for getting rid of unwanted weeds and grass in your garden. It’s also great for shaping your garden beds and keeping them looking neat and tidy.

Compost bin

A compost bin is a must-have for any gardener. This is where you can put all your kitchen scraps and garden waste to compost down and turn into nutrient-rich soil for your plants. If you don’t have a lot of space, or want to have a compost inside, you can also consider bokashi composting.


Summary, What are the top must have gardening tools?

There are many gardening tools that a gardener needs in order to get the most out of their garden. A few examples include pruning shears, hedge and lawn shear, weed eater, weedeater, hand trowel for planting small plants or seeds like tomatoes or other vegetables.

Hand trimmers can help with shaping your garden beds and keeping them looking neat and tidy. A compost bin is also a great tool for any gardener as it helps turn kitchen scraps and garden waste into nutrient-rich soil for your plants.


FAQ – Top must have gardening tools

What is the most important tool every gardener should have?

There is no one answer to this question, as every gardener will have different needs. However, some of the most essential gardening tools include a hand trowel, garden fork, hedge and lawn shears, loppers, and a garden saw.

Which gardening tool is most useful in cutting and clearing?

Hedge and lawn shears are the perfect tool for cutting and clearing away unwanted plants and debris. They are also great for shaping your garden beds.

What basic yard tools do I need?

A garden fork, hand trowel, and weed eater are some of the most basic yard tools you will need. They are perfect for general gardening tasks such as aerating the soil, digging holes, and trimming the lawn.

What tools do I need for vegetable gardening?

A hoe, rake, and spade are some of the most essential tools for vegetable gardening. They are perfect for preparing the soil, planting seeds, and harvesting vegetables.

By Noah Smith

I'm Noah. I'm a late bloomer when it comes to farming. I really enjoy working our land, especially when I get to fight weeds! I also really like my big truck.

I'm so happy I can share my love for farming and our farm animals with Zoe. It's great that we can wake up to fresh eggs and the sound of bees making honey every day!

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