Maybe that should actually read, garden hand tools that every gardener should have to make your life easier. And I’m sure after going over some of the “must have” garden tools, you’ll probably be thinking, “well, what about this tool or that tool?” And your opinion may differ from whats being presented here but that’s ok.
Just like gardens, the selection of garden hand tools is basically up to each individuals taste and exactly what type of gardening you really are doing. So with that said, let’s take a look at just a few of the essential gardening tools that you should have in your arsenal.
One of the essential tools that everyone should have is a good sturdy hand trowel. These little gems are perfect for planting annuals, perennials and bulbs. Heck, they actually have a hundred or more uses when you stop and think about it. When you start shopping for garden tools, look for a hand trowel that is made from forged stainless steel and is made all in one piece. Also be sure the grip is comfortable to your hand so that you’ll actually use the tool. Try and avoid ones that look or feel a tad flimsy. Spend the few extra bucks and buy quality tools that you’ll only have to buy once.
Next on the list of garden hand tools is a good solid hand cultivator. These are ideal when you want to work between flowers or vegetables and you don’t have the room for a full size rake. The same applies for your container gardens when you are faced with limited room but want to keep the soil on the fluffy side or you are adding organic material for feeding.
The cultivator is also wonderful for creating those uniform seed rows quickly and easily. And just like the gardening tools we’ve already spoken about, buy quality! Not trying to beat a dead horse here on the quality issue, but for the most part, if you stick with buying quality, they literally will last a lifetime.
Now let’s talk about some garden hand tools that keep your plantings looking their best. And in order to do that, you’ll need yourself a good quality pair of bypass pruners. These are great for deadheading and shaping your plants and also for removing any type of spent foliage like with tulips and lilies. In this category of hand tools you can obtain a variety of sizes that will also handle pruning your shrubs and your trees. Look for bypass pruners that fit comfortably in your hand as this is one of those tools that you’ll be using quite often!
For the shrubs and bushes that just need a little off the top, you can always add a good pair of pruning shears to your assortment of garden hand tools. This will insure that you keep everything looking nice and tidy.