The Garden Tool Kit – 12 Essentials Every Gardener Should Have

Having a beautiful, bountiful garden takes work and the right equipment. All you need are the basics for a happy, healthy garden. That starts with assembling a garden tool kit. Take a look at this list of the top dozen items that do their jobs efficiently and save you time and effort:

1. Spade

The pointy edge of this popular hand tool helps pierce the soil and break up lumps.

2. Hand Trowel

You can rely on this mini shovel for tasks like digging out spots in the garden for flowers and plants and for digging up weeds.

3. Hand Cultivator

The claw shape of this tool helps turn and loosen the soil for planting. It can also be used to remove weeds.

4. Gardening Gloves

Gloves are a garden tool kit necessity. Whether leather, cotton, or a special fabric,  they will protect your hands from cuts (think thorny roses) and blisters (all that raking!). They should be water-resistant and fit well.

5. Wheelbarrow

This workhorse can easily move myriad pounds of soil, compost, mulch, and all those fallen leaves in your backyard from Point A to Point B.

6. Pruners

Use this scissor-like tool when your flowers or shrubs need a good trim. Pruners like the Felco #2 is a lightweight classic that will last for years.

7. Loppers

This aptly named oversized trimmer can lop off large tree branches or shape overgrown shrubs that pruners can’t handle.

8. Rake

When you’ve got piles of fallen leaves to sweep, reach for a leaf rake, which looks like a fan with a long handle. It’s made with a flexible material that moves leaves and grass clippings but keeps the soil in place.

9. Hoe

The classic hoe comes in handy when you want to break up chunks of soil or chop weeds out of the ground.

  1. Knee Pad

When you’re on the ground planting and weeding, having a cushion under your knees will make staying in that position a lot more comfortable.

11. Hat with Mosquito Netting

If you live in an area where mosquitoes and blood-thirsty green flies fill the skies, you’ll need protection. With the hat, you may not need bug spray and can work in the garden for hours without getting bitten.

12. Garden Hose

You’ll be doing a lot of watering, so make the job easier by getting a high-quality hose with a nozzle that comes with adjustable watering settings like “spray” and “jet.”