Any project requires tools for its completion. Gardening in your backyard is no different. There are a few specific tools that you need. There are a lot of tools that are available that may not be needed.
Buying tools is necessary and there are a few things to keep in mind before you purchase a tool. Always buy the best quality tool you can afford. Price is an indicator of quality. However, the highest price tool is not always the best quality. You will need to judge the quality of tools that you purchase.
Buying used tools is an option. There are yard sales, second hand stores and various internet sites that sell used tools.
If you are only going to use a tool once or twice it might be better to rent the tool instead of purchasing it.
You don’t need to spend a fortune on gardening tools. You can get by with a few basics, especially to start with, and add specific tools as you find you need them.
Below mentioned are the general tools you will need in your backyard gardening process.
• To begin with invest in a good file to keep your tools sharp. When digging up your garden spot, you’ll want a good sharp shovel to cut into turf and into soil that has not been dug recently. Use this file to keep your shovel, hoe and spading fork sharp and rust-free.
• Next, you’ll want that shovel. A round ended shovel is perfect for digging up the first garden spot and for digging holes for plants and shrubs.
• You will also want a spading fork to till your newly cleared garden spot. A spading fork looks like a pitch fork, but the tines are wider and flat and the handle is shorter.
• You’ll need a long handled and short handled cultivating tool for breaking up the top soil and cultivating small weeds in between your plants. A cultivating tool looks like a rate with four heavy tines.
• You’ll also need a hoe for digging larger weeds. There are a wide variety of hoes available. Choose a hoe that has a triangular blade with the point on the outside for ease in working between your plants.
• You will need a hand trowel for digging smaller holes and working in tight spaces between plants.
• You may decide that you like one or two of the many weeding tools on the market. Many of these tools can be used while standing up, reducing strain on your back and knees. Some of these tools merely pull the weed out by the roots and some weeding tools will let you mulch the weed back into the soil and cultivate bare soil. A little experimenting will help you decide which weeding tool is right for you.
• You will also need a good pair of garden pruners. Bypass pruners are the most versatile and will trim rose bushes as well as dead-head the smallest of annual flowers.
• If you have elected to start a compost heap, a compost turning tool or a pitchfork will be a useful addition to your collection.
• You will want a small collection of watering cans, buckets and garden sprayers and broadcasters to mix and apply fertilizer and insecticides.
• You will need a hose attachment for watering, preferably one that allows you to dial several different watering patterns. And you will want a portable garden sprinkler that can be attached to your hose and moved around to target specific spots in your garden.
• A few items that you will find invaluable are: a good pair of gardening gloves, kneepads or a small kneeling pad that you move around the garden, and a good pair of garden clogs that you can easily hose off to remove garden dirt and mud.
• You will also want a good wheelbarrow. Invest in a good one that you can use to carry your gardening supplies around the yard and tote your compost material out to the compost heap.
The items on this list will prepare you for virtually every gardening job you undertake without breaking your budget, leaving you plenty left over to spend on plants and seeds for your backyard garden.
Power Garden Tools
Power tools can be great labor and time saving devices. They can also be expensive. Before deciding to purchase a power tool, spend some time in your garden and decide just how much work a power tool will save you.
• String trimmers are invaluable when trimming grass around the edges of your garden. There are a wide variety of options available in string trimmers and one with the price and features to meet every need and budget.
• Power hedge trimmers can be a life and arm saver when trimming hedges and shrubs. If you have several to trim, this will be a good investment. Small, hand-held power grass shears are also available for small areas that need trimming.
• Power blowers can be a great help when cleaning grass clipping from walkways, patios and decks. There are even power blowers available with vacuum and chipper functions to keep your entire garden neat and tidy.
• Gardeners with very large vegetable gardens may benefit greatly from a power cultivator and tiller. For smaller gardens hand tools will probably suffice. For the initial tilling of new garden spaces, tillers can be rented for a very reasonable fee.
Wooden handled tools need to have their handles maintained. The original finish on garden tools handles is not usually very durable. The best finish for wooden handles is the old linseed oil finish. This is applied by lightly sanding the old finish off the handle and then applying several coats of linseed oil. This is not the only finish to use but it works. You can visit your local home improvement center for other options.
Keep your tools sharp. This not only makes you tool safer but it reduces the amount of effort needed use the tool.
Good tools should last a life time with proper care. Many tools are passed down from parent to child.