Gardening is an outdoor activity that offers lot of fun, physical activity and a sense of accomplishment. Choosing the right lawn and gardening tools is important to avoid excessive strain on the body, wastage of time and effort, and also to avoid unnecessary spending. Select tools, keeping in mind the specific needs. Certain basic tools are a must for any garden, while others can be optional.
A shovel is a must for any garden, as it helps in digging, scooping, and filling soil and other materials. The type of shovel used could depend on the requirement. A long-handled, round-point shovel is generally preferred. However, for certain activities like leveling and scooping, a shovel with a square end is used.
A fork is another tool used for digging, loosening, spreading, and turning soil and other gardening materials. A pitchfork has a short handle and wide tines, while a spading fork has a long handle and short tines. A fork made of forged or cast stainless steel head and wooden or fiberglass handle is good for use. A D-shaped handle gives a better leverage while digging.
A hoe is useful in digging holes for seeding or planting, for weeding and in breaking large chunks of soil. It is also used to groom the soil around shallow rooted plants. There are different varieties of hoes available. A long-handled hoe with a flat blade at right angles at the end is a simple and easier one.
A rake helps leveling the ground after digging and in removing leaves, rocks and lumps. The kind of rake used depends on the necessity. A bow rake with short metal tines attached to a metal frame is generally used. Lawn rakes have triangular heads made of metal or bamboo or plastic.
A handy tool much like a small shovel, a trowel digs small holes, scooping soil into pots and for weeding. A trowel with carbon-coated sturdy steel and a wooden or rubber handle is ideal for use.
Also known as clipper or garden shear, the pruner is an essential tool in any garden, often used for clipping dry or rotten flowers, leaves and branches. The pruner is also used to cut excess leaves and branches to make the plants into desired shapes and sizes. A pruner with thick, strong blades and wooden or fiberglass handles is good.
For watering, a gardening hose is normally used. It would better to have a long hose that can reach every corner of the garden. A spraying nozzle can be used for effective watering. Rubber hoses are preferred over plastic hoses as plastic hoses can become brittle. Water can with a long neck or a simple sprinkler system can also be used for watering the plants and the lawn.