We have learned that as you do more gardening and learn more about your hobby you’re going to also learn about all sorts of gardening tools. Gardening tools that, supposedly, will save you hours of time and make your garden even more enjoyable as well as beautiful.
You’re never under any obligation to buy all the tools that you hear about or see online. Start simply with a few tools you need like we did. As time goes on you can buy the fancier equipment if you think you really need it.
Believe it or not you can do pretty much everything you need to do in your garden using only your strength. You can use your hands to do things like moving earth and your plants from location to location. The problem with doing all of your work the hard way is that it strains your body. Using the proper tools can help you save time and keep your body healthy and uninjured. Try using one of these gardening tools to help yourself out a little.
You should always have a garden rake in your tool arsenal. A garden rake is different than the rake you will use to gather leaves and larger objects around your front yard in the fall. A garden rake is sturdier and has shorter and stronger teeth that are made from steel. If you have projects of varying sizes you want an adjustable width garden rake and not a fixed width garden rake. You will save a lot of money if you opt for the rake with the adjustable width because it can be used in just about any gardening project while a fixed width rake cannot. Garden rakes are used to smooth and level out the dirt in your gardens.
Pitchforks are wonderfully useful gardening tools, even for gardeners who have no plans for large gardens. Pitchforks will do the same things that trowels and spades do but they do it bigger. Pitchforks are great earth turners, compost movers and soil aerators. If you have your own compost pile you will need to have a pitchfork because the pitchfork will help you turn your compost over as it decomposes. To keep the compost from losing its value and forming a gross, crusty shell use the pitchfork to turn it often.
Hand trowels are very helpful. Many beginning gardeners use their hands for moving dirt around. The more time you put into your garden, however, the more useful you will find your hand trowel. It can also help protect your hands. Most gardeners use their trowels to speed up the weeding they have to do as well as to shift the earth that surrounds their plants without disturbing the plants themselves. There are lots of different sizes of hand trowels and they can be used with pretty much any plant.
Gardening is thought to be a very relaxing activity. There is something inherently calming about the act of “playing in the dirt” that many people enjoy after a long or stressful day. Often gardeners start this hobby using only their hands. After some time has passed the use of gardening tools doesn’t feel so complicated. After some time you will be surprised to find that using gardening tools is so ingrained that you don’t even need to think about it anymore. The more time you put into your garden the easier it will be to use gardening tools. You might even learn that gardening is really fun!