10 Essential Tools to Buy Before You Start Gardening

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Have you always admired other people's gardens, while bemoaning your own lack of a green thumb? Does it seem like gardening would be too expensive, too time-consuming or too difficult of a hobby to pursue?
Tending a garden is a great way to grow your own high-quality produce and beautiful blossoms while also burning calories, busting stress and getting some beneficial fresh air. Just like the right kitchen equipment takes the hassle out of cooking, having good gardening essentials on hand will make your planting debut easier (and cheaper) than you might think. The best part is, you don't have to plant a money tree to afford these simple basics.

1. Hand Trowel

You'll need a trowel for planting herbs and flowers, removing weeds and turning over soil. Its small size and sharp edges make digging around corners a breeze. Made from rust-resistant cast aluminum, this Big Grip Trowel ($8.99) from Fiskars has an extra-large Softgrip handle to ensure comfort during even the longest gardening sessions.

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2. Gardening Gloves

Planting, digging and pruning is a lot more fun when you don't have to worry about dirt under your fingernails or painful scratches. These FoxGloves ($29.90) are made from a high-tech, breathable fabric that seals out moisture without overheating your hands. The longer cuff keeps out soil and protects you from thorns and brambles.

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3. Spade

With shorter handles and square heads, spades are perfect for digging thick soil, edging, moving dirt from one place to another and making trenches. The Fiskars 46-Inch Steel D-handle Square Garden Spade ($35.98) has an oversized handle and 14-gauge steel blade to easily cut through tough terrain.

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4. Rake

A basic rake is a must for spreading mulch and sweeping up leaves and other yard debris. This AMES True Temper 30-Inch Rake ($25.09) is strong, durable and has a cushioned grip for added control and comfort.

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5. Sun Hat

Damaging sun rays can wreak havoc on a gardener's skin, making a sun hat an essential accessory. This braided sun hat from Sloggers ($14.02) has a wide brim and built-in sun protection, so you can plant to your heart's content without worrying about getting burned.

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6. Pruning Shears

When you need to cut through small branches and stems, good pruning shears are a must. These Fiskars Traditional Bypass Pruning Shears ($10.76) feature a sharp steel blade that glides right through wood.

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7. Hoe

When you need to do some serious digging or break through tough terrain, a garden hoe gets the job done. This Rogue Garden Hoe ($69.99) is lightweight and manageable, but robust enough for even the most challenging tasks. Although a bit on the pricey side, this tool’s lifetime guarantee makes it worth it.

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8. Garden Hose

Just like you, a garden can't thrive without water. We love the Relaxed Gardener’s Watering Wand ($19.99)—it features a nozzle with eight adjustable spray patterns to irrigate the lawn, flowers, plants, shrubs, hanging baskets and more. The thumb-operated on/off switch is great for people with arthritis and other mobility issues.

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9. Wheelbarrow

You'll appreciate having one of these when you need to transport soil, flowers or compost. The Marathon Dual Wheel Residential Rover Wheelbarrow ($65.06) is easy to lift and maneuver with a cushioned handle, making it ideal for beginners.

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10. Shovel

While a spade is fine for digging, a shovel is a better tool for scooping larger amounts of dirt. A shovel is bigger than a spade and typically has a broader, curved blade. This Fiskars Long-Handled Digging Shovel ($22.49) is equipped with a sharpened blade to easily penetrate tough soil.

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Do you use any of these gardening essentials? What other must-have tools would you add to the list?

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Good tools are a must f or gardening !! buy good quality tools so they wont bend or break the first time you use then ! Quality tools are worth the extra bucks ! I have a big crow bar that I use for digging rocks ! Or even breaking up the ground ! Happy gardening !
MILPAM3 2/18/2021
This is the year for a new pair of secateurs. Report
CECELW 10/28/2020
I enjoy gardening. It's a lot of work, but the reward are plentiful...especially in the winter Report
LOSER05 9/26/2020
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I like to rake the the yard once and a while, that's it. Report
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I need a rake and a hoe. Report
I passed most of my tools to my son & daughter in law to start their garden. I also gave them the tools to do their canning.
I love to hear their stories about the new varieties they plan to grow and especially the photos. They have since branched out to dehydrating, freezing, and a small brood of chickens.
The most important tools are knowledge! Pass it on. Report
Thanks for the great article! :) Report
have one, but don't necessarily need a shovel... or a wheelbarrow. Report
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Seriously?! $300 to "start gardening"--- Way out of line!! Its no wonder people choose to sit inside and watch TV!

Go to goodwill or a yard sale.... find a shovel, maybe a hoe (I haven't used one in 20+ years though...), buy inexpensive gloves at your local hardware store and a trowel... and then get out and enjoy yourself. You won't "Need" the pruners for a year or two at least (and only then if you have planted bushes or trees...), and if you are halfway outdoorsy, you already have a hat, right?! You also don't need a wheelbarrow unless you are really planting a very large garden or actually landscaping your yard..... Report
"a bit on the pricey side..." says the one tool, and many of the other tools were WAAAAY pricier than I would want to consider. But I have my dad's old wheelbarrow, so a can of paint will spiff it up!! Report
For me, gardening is getting fresh air, exercise with purpose (other than losing weight), enjoying the sights of new flora growing, enjoying the sounds of the birds and watching them in the birdbath. I might not be good at it, but I do what I can. I use several of the tools in this article. It reminded me that I need a new garden hose! Report
Thanks for some new ideas on old tools Report
Time for gardening will be here before we know it! Report
The pretty photos make it look so fun! Not. I've beeb battling a bougainvillea for two days. Tomorrow will be day three. I've been doing yardwork for days and days. Report
I HATE YARD WORK, I find not a thing enjoyable about it but I have all the tools listed and them some. I do yard work, mow my grass but if I could afford it I would put artificial grass all over my half acre. More power to you who enjoy but I can think of a lot more enjoyable things I would like to do. When my husband was alive he enjoyed it always trying to get me to like but I never did. I do the yard because I do not have the money for someone to do it for me so I'll keep doing it but not with a smile on my face. Report
Great info on what you need to start a garden. Report
I love to garden and I find it relaxing. Report
I also use old kitchen utensils in the garden. But I did buy two new hoes, regular and smaller one to help with weeding. Report
Rarely use a shovel, but yes to everything else, and have several different pairs of gardening gloves, depending on the job in hand. Report
I'm starting my first garden this year, great article! Report
Used every one of these today clearing out old planters, planting new herb barrels, and creating a recessed bricked area for the patio table and fire pit. A good ax is also handy. Report
I don't garden, not enough time in my Summer Report
Great article. Report
I enjoy garden and yard work. My dutch hoe has been invaluable. Report
i need to train my bone idle cats to pull a plow..... Report
Great article! I have been gardening for some years, and I would say these are all essential items, except I don't always use my gloves (except when pruning roses or plants that might have a more toxic/caustic stem or fluids in them, and I don't' use a sun hat. Otherwise, YES, all are very much used every year. ;) Report
just like some others, I was expecting this to have information on gardening in raised beds or something other than getting down on the ground to garden. I am unable to get down and do any sort of digging and even if I could with all the wild animals around here, I would have to also build some sort of fencing to keep all of them out of my vegetable garden. Report
From the title, Get your gardening off the ground I thought it was going to be raised beds or containers lol Report
I will add: insect repellent. I love gardening. Report
I finally bought new pruners made for arthritic hands, feels a lot better! Report
Great information! Report
You do not realize it until you actually buy all of this, how costly yard work is with the right tools. Report
I have already been out working on my gardens. Yay summer!!! Report
I've been doing yard work pulling weeds cleaning from around my flowers, trimming bushes. I love working out side. Report
Doing yard work very early this year. Good information on the tools. Report
Went to the nursery today and enjoyed all the lovely spring flowers! Report
so looking forward to gardening this spring! Report
Great list!! Report
I'm ready! Report
Yes indeed. Report
I am eager to get into my garden. Report
One more "needed" item is an iron rake. Leaf rake is fine for lighter jobs, but an iron rake for pulling and raking heavier debris and smoothing and breaking clods.... but be careful not to step on it.
can't wait to get with it outside Report
Simple enough list...thanks Report
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