Saturday, April 4, 2009


It is rightly said that gardening is impossible without the use of gardening tools. Gardening tools are very important for successful gardening and the best part is that the most common gardening tools are available for a reasonable price. You can find many of the gardening tools for less than 100 dollars in the flea markets. Let us see what type of gardening tools are used for different purposes of gardening.

Before you plant anything you will need to open and improve the soil using a spade fork. A spading fork is very similar to a pitchfork but has a shorter handle and wider tines. It is used to dig up the hard soil and loosen the ground. A hoe is used for weeding and cultivating the soil to allow the absorption of water and nutrients by the soil. Next is the watering can. Water and sunlight are necessary for the normal growth of any plant. You should select watering cans with long nozzles so that water easily flows out from the can. A watering can with detachable spray head is perfect for providing water to seedlings. A shovel with a rounded end is used for large digging projects such as planting trees and shrubs.

A good bow rake with short tines on one side attached to a metal frame or bow is a good buy. The bow rake is used for leveling the ground and for removing large chunks of earth and stones from the soil. The flat side of the bow rake is used for smoothening the soil so that it can be prepared for planting. A pair of garden shears also comes in handy. They are used for pruning, shaping and removing the foliage and the branches.

If you are a beginner then the gardening tools mentioned above is more than enough to have in your kitty. Do not buy expensive tools in the beginning. You may find out later that you don't like gardening at all and all your expensive tools will rust in the closet. Off course you can give them to someone else or sell them, but you won't get a good resale value on second hand tools for sure. So be sure which type of garden tools you require. You can buy a few basic tools in the beginning than buying all of them at once. Later on if you need any of the extra tools you can buy them at that time.