Gardening hand tools
Quality tools make gardening a pleasure.
You need quality garden tools to make light work of gardening. We offer a brief list of essentials for the new gardener and some new ideas for the experienced gardener demanding better results.
Trowel, fork, spade and border fork are all essential and fairly obvious, but don't be tempted by low prices. Always buy the best you can afford and go for stainless steel for long rust-free life.
A great garden knife, secateurs and a fork and trowel are basic garden hand tools.
Trimming shears for all sorts of garden jobs. These single hand shears let you hold aside precious leaves while you tackle weeds or grasses. Great for general trimming and tidying and perfect for topiary.
Hedging shears for the obvious but also good for chopping up prunings to add to the compost heap.
A good rake is very useful if you plan to plant bedding or vegetables. Nothing levels like a rake and it's the only way to break soil clumps into fine tilth. If you have a lawn a spring tine rake is the tool for clearing fallen leaves and moss.
Watering demands different solutions for each circumstance - light and attractive indoor watering cans for houseplants, hoses and sprinklers for your lawn, robust and functional watering cans for pots and borders. But watering cans must be right size too. Heavy cans make hard work of watering, one size doesn't fit all. Children need a kid sized can, more petite ladies may not be able to handle the 10 litre monster and the less physically able of course may need a lightweight solution.
The good news is that watering cans can also be decorative as well as functional.
For planting a dibber is useful and for harvesting why not make light work of carrying home your bounty with a trug or harvest basket. They look so good too.
How do you keep everything organised, tidy and close to hand? You could sling your tools in a bucket to carry around, or you could use a tool bag that could also hold the bucket! If you find the work hard on you back you could try sitting. There are lightweight, folding gardening stools that also have useful tool pockets.
Quality garden hand tools also make fine gardening gifts