The feeling of digging into fresh soil and inhaling its earthy smell can be intoxicating for green-fingered gardeners.

Gardening is not only a relaxing and satisfying hobby, but it’s also good for your health. Physicians now recommend gardening for exercise and burning calories!

Whether it’s for your health or simply because you love it, gardening can be a great way to spend your free time. You’re helping the environment and you’re breathing fresh air – it’s a win-win!

But to make gardening as enjoyable as possible, you need the right tools. Whether you’re new to gardening or already a seasoned gardener, here are the top tools to invest in.

Small Tools

These small tools are must-haves. They’re vital for taking care of your garden.

A Trowel

A trowel is a handheld flat-bladed shovel that’s great for digging holes for planting. As a gardener, it’s a must-have tool. If you’re just starting off, then a trowel is the first tool you should buy.

A Hand Weeder

Weeding your plants is an important part of gardening. Weeds growing amongst your plants will feed on the nutrients and sunlight and limit their growth.

Once you remove the weeds, your plants won’t have any competition and they’ll be able to grow healthily.

A hand weeder is a simple way to remove the weeds from your garden. They work similarly to a hand-sized hoe.

There are many options for hand weeders to choose from, such as forked, flat, pointed, hooked, etc. Choose one that has the kind of blade you prefer.

A Hedge Shear

Hedge shears are hand-held trimmers for plants and shrubs. You can use them to shape hedges and even for topiary. Therefore, a hedge shear is mostly a beautification tool.

Trimming also promotes healthy growth so get a hedge shearer if you have a lot of hedges and shrubs you’re hoping to get under control.

Long Tools

Many of the long tools used in gardening may look the same but they’re not. Even if they perform similar functions, they have their own specializations. Choose the tools you’ll use the most often.

A Shovel

We can’t emphasize enough how much you need a shovel for gardening. It’s your number one tool for heavy digging, yet digging is not a shovel’s only function.

It’s a multipurpose tool that you can use for lifting, weeding, and much more. Even if you don’t have any other tools, shovels are a must-have for a gardener.

A Spade

Another multipurpose tool, a garden spade can perform many acts. It’s perfect for landscaping work, as you can use it to shift soil, shape flower beds, dig holes, etc.

It’s sharp, flat blade cuts through the ground easily and it’s much more powerful than a shovel.

Hoe

A hoe is a well-known tool for agriculture. Farmers use a hoe to create a row for planting seeds and harvesting crops.

In the garden, you can use a hoe to tilt the soil. To make the soil ready for planting, you can use the hoe to dislodge the soil so you can pull out the weeds. A hoe is a must for prepping a new garden for lawn or plants.

Hoes come with different blades, so it might take some trial and error before you find the right one for you.

A Pole Saw and Pruners

The aim of your garden is to help your plants and trees to grow. For healthy growth, you need to prune them regularly.

When you cut off a branch, its a way of telling your trees to grow in a different direction

Pole saws and pruners are helpful for keeping your trees in shape, and they’ll allow you to reach much higher than you could with your arms or a hedge shearer.

Pick the right tools depending on the type and size of the trees for the garden.

A Rake

Nature has a tendency of becoming wild and messy. Trees and shrubs will shed leaves and flowers. You’ll need a rake for cleaning up these dead leaves and trash, especially during the fall.

Watering Tools

Watering tools are some of the most crucial tools on this list as any sort of vegetation needs water to grow.

A Watering Can and Wand

You’ll need to buy a watering can even if you have indoor potted plants. The weight, capacity, size, and material of the watering can is very important.

If you have a lot of plants in your garden, you should go for a light watering can as a heavy one will be tiring to lug around.

A water wand is much easier to carry around than a watering can. It’s a shower that you can attach to a hose and turn on and off easily.

Water wands are great for helping you get to plants that are out of reach. Many modern gardeners prefer a wand as it’s easier to use.

Sprinklers

If you have a large garden with a grassy lawn, you’ll need to keep it well watered. That’s where the magic of sprinklers come in.

Sprinklers are ground showers that spin and sprinkle water around. Many sprinklers can be automatically timed so you won’t have to work hard to keep your lawn from drying up.

Sprinklers are also fun to play with. Your children and dogs will love playing with the sprinklers in hot weather.

Gardening Aids

Gloves

Gardening is hard work and it’ll likely leave you with a lot of scrapes and scratches. If you cut open your bare hands while you’re working in the dirt, they can easily get infected.

That’s why it’s always necessary to wear gloves to protect your hands.

A Garden Cart or Wheelbarrow

When you’re gardening, you’ll often need to carry things around. Whether it’s soil, plants, leaves or trash, wheelbarrows are a must.

Knee Protection

While you’re gardening, you’ll often have to kneel on the ground while you work. Wearing knee padding will help protect your knees from the hard ground.

Another alternative is investing in a kneeler. A garden kneeler has padding that you can rest your knees on. It also prevents you from getting your trousers dirty.

If you’re an avid gardener, you’ll know that it can be difficult to stand up after kneeling for a long period of time. Kneelers often come with handles that help you back on your feet.

Conclusion

Whether you’re just starting out or already an avid gardener, this list of tools can help you find what you need.

Having the right tool can make all the difference whether you’re prepping your new garden, or maintaining your creation. So, make sure you invest in your hobby. Happy gardening!