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Now that spring has arrived, you're probably ready to get some fresh air and tend to your yard. After family game night, tackling 1000-piece puzzles and organizing every room in your house, it's time to get outside and brush up on your gardening skills!
Whether you’re growing spring flowers or yummy fruits and vegetables, maintaining a bountiful garden requires some work. If you consider yourself a beginner gardener and you’re just getting started, you’ll want to make sure you have all the proper tools and products to make it a successful project.
To consolidate your shopping list, we gathered together the best gardening tools that every gardener should consider owning.
A sturdy pair of gardening gloves is essential for things like turning over the soil in your vegetable garden or digging a hole to plant a shrub. Either way, these heavy-duty leather work gloves from Exemplary Gardens are great for both men and women and they're made of goatskin, so they’re soft and flexible, but durable.
A trowel can help you with different tasks in the garden including digging holes, breaking up soil, mixing fertilizer and transferring plants. While this one from stainless steel one from Wilcox is definitely on the pricier side, it's worth splurging at when you start to avoid dealing with cheaper plastic models that break within a few uses.
Hand pruners like this one are great for cutting roses, shaping plants and removing dead wood. The Felco F-2 Classic Manual Hand Pruner has a revolving handle for extra comfort and a screw-mounted anvil blade for reliable clean and precise cuts.
Loppers are another great cutting tool to have in your gardening collection. They're basically long-handled pruners that you can use to trim hard to reach areas and cut thicker branches. These Corona bypass loppers are known for being extra precise.
If you're going to buy a hose, you're better off investing in a good quality one that's not prone to kinking, cracking and splitting. Look for one like this Neverkink option that has rubber with cast brass couplings instead of vinyl with plastic couplings. Then base the length you choose on the size of your yard and opt for a 5/8-inch width.
If you always have a difficult time watering those hard to reach places, like hanging flower baskets or the back of your flower bed, a long-handle nozzle delivers water where you want it without straining your muscles.
When leaves and debris fall into your garden, a handy rake is a great way to clean up the area. This adjustable rake from Gardenite has over 1,000 positive reviews on Amazon and a 4.7-star average rating. It's 63 inches long and has an adjustable head that expands from 7 inches to 22 inches. This rake is also super lightweight, easy to use and has a zinc-coated handle to prevent rust.
Gardening hoes are useful in preparing garden and flower beds and cutting down weeds. This best selling hoe from The Home Depot has a serrated steel blade for clean cuts and has a strong hardwood handle with a cushion grip.
A watering can is always great to have on hand since you might not always have time to whip out your gardening hose. This Behrens steel watering tin is has a classic design and you can use it for garden and house plants.
This True Temper Wheelbarrow is a best seller at The Home Depot and has over 1,300 positive reviews. It's rated highly for its durability and value. It also has low maintenance flat-free tires, steel handles and is super easy to assemble since it includes all hardware and parts.
A garden fork looks like a pitchfork with straight, thick tines and is essential for spreading mulch and mixing compost into your soil. It’s also great for lifting bulbs, dividing perennials and aerating compacted soil.
Most plants grow better with supplemental fertilization, but new gardeners often overdo it and end up with severely damaged or dead plants. Organic fertilizer, like this one from Espoma, are much less likely to burn plants or pollute groundwater.
If you suffer from back pain or simply have trouble getting up from your knees, this gardening product will be a game-changer. This convenient garden kneeler and seat will make garden bed maintenance so much more bearable! It comes with a soft foam padding to provide extra cushion for your knees or it and can be flipped over as a personal bench.
While this isn't a traditional tool in the sense, a regional gardening book can be extremely helpful when trying to maintain your garden.
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This article was originally published on July 28, 2017.