A good pair of gardening gloves is essential. Heavy-duty gloves work well for cleaning brush or pulling thick weeds, while lightweight synthetic gloves are best for pulling small weeds and planting flowers or seeds. The best gloves are lightweight with a protective coating on the palm and fingers, making it easy for you to pick weeds and plant seeds while protecting your fingers and hands.
Trake: a combined trowel and rake
A trowel and rake combined into one, the ergonomic sled has a sharp shovel-shaped blade on one side and long teeth on the other. A trowel is perfect for digging, mixing the soil, and moving plants from place to place. The rake is used to cultivate, loosen and level the soil. Combining these tools into one allows you to plant in tight spaces and minimize plant damage while eliminating the hassle of searching for a new tool. Compared to other tools, it is lightweight and easy to use. It is important to choose a tool that feels naturally in your hand, as it will be used frequently. Test out several different leads before making your purchase.
Weed tool or cultivator
Having a weeding tool is essential, as weeds will always end up in your garden. It is better for your plants and the environment to use one instead of spraying chemicals to kill them. Depending on the size and amount of weeds, you may choose a larger weed killer, like a CobraHead weed killer, or use something smaller, like a ring weed killer. Kenan White of Growers Exchange recommends the CobraHead Weeder, which has a narrow blade head and a sharp tip that not only allows you to weed, but also to grow, trim and harvest with ease. The Ring Weeder, on the other hand, fits over your gardening glove and can be used in areas where larger tools won’t fit, ensuring nearby plants are not damaged.
Used for any gardening application, the pickaxe-shaped pick ax, digs, weeds and cultivates the soil. Tony Smith of Nursery Enterprises highly recommends the pickaxe, which is one of his favorite tools. It is perfect for hand digging transplants and is especially useful for working between plants. This greatly reduces the time spent weeding. While the sled also allows you to dig and transplant, the pickaxe is much heavier and, according to Smith, is “much more efficient than any trowel – you can get any roots with it.”
Sometimes called mowers, pruners, or scissors, pruners are among the most useful gardening tools. They are used to prune and shape plants and small branches and to trim dead or damaged foliage, allowing you to perfect even the smallest details in your garden.
Anvil or bypass pruning shears
Two basic types of pruning shears are the anvil and the bypass. Bypass pruners are best for cutting green (live) wood. They allow for a more precise and clean cut, which is essential for small flowers and growing culinary plants such as herbs. In contrast, the anvil pruner is best suited for cutting tree branches and dead or old wood. They are often less expensive than bypass pruners but more difficult to handle.
It is important to choose the right pruning shears for the size of your hand and your grip strength in order to reduce wrist fatigue and achieve leverage. It is also imperative that you keep the blade sharp for maximum efficiency. Some of the more expensive pruning shears have blades that can be easily replaced if worn or damaged. This could be more profitable in the long run than buying a cheaper pair that needs to be replaced in its entirety every now and then.
Gardens and gardeners are all different, so we recommend that you experiment with different tools to determine which ones are best for you. After all, they’re meant to make gardening fun and easy.
Do you have any gardening tools that you love? Tell us about them in the comments!
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