Essential garden tools
When it comes to gardening tools there are the essential ones, the useful ones and then the downright useless ones. When it comes to getting the essential ones you won’t need to break the bank, just makes sure to invest in good quality versions of the garden tool and then you can build up others gradually as you need them.
In reality most home gardeners will only need the following essential tools:
A Hand Trowel
A simple tool and though you don’t have to spend a lot, its best not to skimp on the price of your hand trowel; You don’t want it bending when you come to tackle a tough spot of soil.
A Fork and a Hand Fork
A very useful tool for any gardener, ideal for weeding, planting and dividing plants as well as being used to mix up and aerate soil and compost.
Depending on the size of area you are working in you may want to also invest in a full size fork.
Most gardeners will be able to get along with a border spade which has a slightly smaller head than your average sized spade and is lighter making digging easier, particularly for those with bad backs.
If you want to work on or dig up large areas of garden and are physically capable, then a full size spade would probably be more ideal but not essential.
A classic piece of garden equipment, the hoe is a very useful tool for weeding between rows of vegetables and even if you don’t grow vegetables a hoe can also be useful for loosening soil to sow seeds in.
When buying secateurs, stay away from cheaper ones, they can drive you mad when their springs keep going and the handles loosen and even worse they can cause stems to tear and damage your plants. Make sure to buy a set that feels good to handle as well, there’s nothing worse than using an uncomfortable pair of secateurs.