Garden Essentials – 12 Basic Garden Tools


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Every gardener should have twelve basic garden essentials on-hand and know how to use: the shovel, the rake, the hoe, etc. This is a primer on each one and its uses. I hope it will be helpful for those who might not know what garden essentials they need or how they work.

A garden is a place of peace and serenity, a place to relax and recharge. The garden can be whatever you want it to be; it’s up to you to make it yours. This article will tell you how to garden better, smarter, and the most basic garden tools.

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Garden Spade Or Shovel

This tool can be used to dig up dirt and clay-like soils for planting, digging trenches, removing rocks from the soil before tilling it, etc.   It’s also great for removing debris that has been collected in garden beds.

A garden spade is available in two styles: right-handed or left-handed. When you are using the spade on your dominant side (right hand for righties and left hand for lefties), the spade’s blade should extend off to one side so that garden waste can easily be tossed aside with a flick of your wrist.

You might have shied away from purchasing a garden spade because you haven’t gardened in a while and thought that a shovel would do. A garden spade is certainly much sturdier than a garden shovel, but it has a sharp edge for cutting into the dirt, which can also cut into garden beds if your garden paths are not wide enough to accommodate the blade.

Garden Fork

This tool allows one to turn over the soil by breaking up clumps of dirt and aerating it so that oxygen can get in and help roots grow down deep instead of staying on top or just forming around rocks and sticks.

A garden fork is often recommended over a shovel because turning the soil is better done with two prongs rather than one –and we do not require a second garden spade in the garden shed, are we?  

Garden Gloves

A gardener should never work without garden gloves on. Anyway, there is no such thing as a garden glove that doesn’t have fingertips so that you can pick up little things here and there.

It’s not just for rose thorns and poison ivy!   Gloves prevent cuts and nicks from sharp soil edges and wandering garden essentials.    They protect against snags from thorny plants or messy rocks, too.   Gardeners really shouldn’t leave the house without them–we’ll be pricking our hands all over if we do!

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Garden Shears and Clippers

A garden pruner is one of the necessary garden essentials for gardeners who garden in the traditional sense, meaning we need it to create borders and edges around garden beds so that garden paths can be easily made.  

These tools will also help you to snip flowers from annuals and perennials to give them as gifts (and place them where they belong at home!) or move them into different areas of your garden if their color isn’t shining bright enough somewhere else.

Hand Trowel

  The hand trowel helps with planting and transplanting small plants and bulbs, loosening the dirt in which they are planted for aerating and lightening garden beds and gardens, and weeding garden paths (and garden borders, for that matter).  

It comes in either a square or round-point tip.

The square-tipped garden trowel is more useful for digging little holes into the garden to plant small bulbs and transplants, as well as gardening furrows for seeds.

The round-tipped garden trowel can also be used as a cultivator.  It’s great at helping you rake out those weeds from between garden beds!  

Garden Shears

  Garden shears look very similar to clippers, but they’re much sturdier and longer than hand pruners, and they’re used to garden like a pro!  Garden shears make garden snips that are much more powerful for garden tasks such as cutting woody branches of rose stems, harvesting vegetables and fruit, trimming roses, making garden borders.   

Garden Twine

  This is used for gardening like a pro.   Tying garden plants to canes or stakes prevents wind and rain damage and keeps garden beds looking neat!   It also helps gardeners tie up tomatoes to don’t fall over in the garden during windy days.

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Hand Pruners

The name says it all–its clippers set into a handle with a convenient garden strap.   

Gardeners who garden on the go will appreciate these garden essentials.  They are light enough for gardeners to carry in their garden bags, and they come with little loops that gardeners can attach to our belts or waistbands.   

These garden essentials are not recommended for large gardening tasks. Still, gardeners find them useful for harvesting fruit, cutting herbs, deadheading flowers between pruning sessions, moving plant cuttings indoors to root properly, etc.  

A Trowel

Think of this as a miniature version of your hand trowel–it’s just more compact!

Trowels are great for planting small plants and bulbs in garden borders, containers, or garden beds.   They can also cultivate small garden areas when garden pruners are too clumsy to use.

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Garden Gloves

Yes, garden gloves are truly one of the most important garden tools out there!   Like I mentioned earlier, these babies protect against snags from thorny plants or messy rocks, keep your hands clean in the garden by protecting them from dirt and smudges while working in the garden, and they even prevent cuts and scrapes if you happen to get tangled up with some wild woody plants! It’s not just for rose thorns and poison ivy!    Gardeners really shouldn’t leave the house without them–they truly are garden essentials!

Garden Hand Tools

The garden hand tool is your best friend in the garden when gardening like a pro.   It’s used for weeding garden beds and borders, raking garden paths, turning soil, and cultivating small garden areas and containers.   You can choose from either steel or plastic handles that come with shovels (with square or round-point tips), spades (with square or round-point angles), and cultivators (with round points).   

A Good Pair Of Pruning Shears

  These look very similar to clippers, but they’re much sturdier and longer than hand pruners and garden shears.   They’re used for garden pruning like a pro!   Pruning shears cut garden branches cleanly and decisively with minimal disturbance to garden plants without having to hand saw through garden pruners which is why they are considered one of the most important tools gardeners use in their gardens. 


There you have it!  Twelve garden tools gardeners can’t garden without. These garden essentials are truly one of the most important garden tools that every gardener should own, and they’re fairly inexpensive to purchase. Utilize the garden tools with your garden in mind and garden like a pro!

So, gardeners, if you use these garden tools in your garden operation, this will ensure success in growing organic veggies and fruit.

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