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7 Tools for the Novice Gardener

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Kara Bennett
05.26.16

If you’re totally new to gardening, it’s easy to go overboard when purchasing garden tools. Walk into any home improvement store and it can feel pretty overwhelming. Luckily, there are only a handful of essential tools you actually need to get your green thumb going. Focus on the basics!  

Here are seven tools for the beginner gardener.

A Pair of Gloves

Ever tended to roses without garden gloves? Yeah, ouch. Keep splinters and thorns away from your skin with a good pair of sturdy gloves made of leather or latex coated cotton. Make sure they fit snug, and aren’t too bulky.

Garden Shoes

Grab a pair of clogs or garden shoes to make spending hours outside a bit more comfortable. Make sure to get shoes with a sturdy sole (think pressing down on a shovel’s edge) but also something that is waterproof. If you’re on a tight budget and have an old pair of tennis shoes, that works perfectly, too.

Hose with Adjustable Nozzle

A quality, long garden hose may sound like a no brainer, but just as important is an adjustable nozzle. This will allow you to cover every inch of your garden, and put you in control of the water pressure. If you’re working with a smaller plot of land or an herb garden, a watering can will also work.

Shovel

It may not be the most exciting tool, but it’s definitely one that will get a lot of use. Use a round-headed shovel for digging any holes or picking up dirt or compost to create your garden beds.

Wheelbarrow

This will come in handy especially during spring and fall when there is a lot of pruning and cleaning up to do with your garden space. Excellent for hauling soil or compost to your garden, a wheelbarrow can also help with construction materials if you’re doing raised beds. Expect to shell out about $85 at your local home improvement store, but it’s well worth it.

Hand Trowel

These are perfect for planting herbs, small patches of flowers and removing weeds! Plus, hand trowels are relatively inexpensive. Make sure to properly clean your tools after each use, and avoid storing the shovel with any caked-on dirt. This will help prolong its life.

Scissors

Garden shears and scissors are necessary for deadheading, pruning small plants or thinning your vegetables. You can also use these to cut and bring in bouquets of fresh flowers. Larger shears are great for trimming and edging garden beds and paths.

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