Basic Gardening Tools for Beginners

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When you first take up gardening as a hobby you will probably head for your local garden centre in search of some essential gardening accessories and tools. This is where you will be confronted by a bewilderingly large array of gardening equipment, all of which at first glance may appear to be essential. Of course in reality the majority of them are not necessary, although they might make certain tasks in the garden easier if you invest in them at a later date. As a beginner you are not yet at a stage where you need to fork out for expensive ‘extra’ accessories and tools. Right now what you need are a range of good old fashioned basic tools and accessories like your Grandparents used to use in their gardens. Later on if this becomes the kind of hobby you really want to pursue seriously you can start expanding your accessories to include more versatile and unusual tools and equipment.

One thing that will partially determine the tools and accessories you buy is the type of gardening you intend to do. You need to decide if you want a vegetable garden, a flower garden or perhaps both. Do you intend to have a lawn, a patio or gravel? Are the kind of shrubs you are going to grow likely to need pruning or clipping?

I hope this article will make it far easier for any gardening beginners to know exactly which items to buy when they first start enjoying this exciting hobby.

Plastic Wheelbarrow

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The very basics most gardeners need.

  • Trowel
  • Hand fork
  • Gardening gloves
  • Penknife
  • Scissors
  • Garden fork
  • Garden spade
  • Shovel
  • Dutch hoe (for weeding)
  • Rake
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Watering can and/or hose
  • Weed killing watering can (if you are willing to use weedkillers, never use your normal watering can for this purpose)
  • Compost bin (if you have room)

 

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For those with a lawn add these.

  • Lawnmower
  • Grass rake
  • Edging iron (if you have flower beds adjacent to your lawn)

For a patio add this.

  • A ‘between slabs’ weeding tool, (these consist of a narrow blade that conveniently slots between paving slabs to root out those ‘awkward to get to‘ weeds)

If you have shrubs, bushes, roses etc add these.

  • Secateurs/hand pruners (for pruning your shrubs, roses etc)
  • Hedge clippers/shears (either electric, manual or both)
  • Long handled pruners

For vegetable allotments or flower beds add these.

  • Draw hoe
  • Hand weeder
  • Dibber (to make holes for seeds)

 

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This article could have been longer, but the point of it was to keep the list to the basic gardening essentials for beginners, which is what I have attempted to do here. These garden accessories/tools really are all you need, just remember that you first need to work on buying the basic list of tools and accessories, and then build on that by adding the relevant items from the section which applies to the type of garden you plan to have. If you are anything like me you will soon be completely addicted to gardening and will quickly delight in seeing the fruits of your labours.