Essential Gardening Tools You Should Have And What They Are Used For

This is our garden tools list of what we believe are the essential gardening tools that every gardener should have at their disposal. 

It’s quite easy to go mad when buying tools used for gardening, gardening tools can be large, take up loads of space and not to mention expensive. But if you stay focused and only buy what you need, you’ll be on the right path. Always try and buy the best garden tool that you can afford, and as long as you look after your garden tools and keep your garden tools maintained, then they will last many seasons.

In this article we will cover what are the basic tools for gardening that every new gardener should have, and then we will also cover other essential gardening tools that every gardener should have.

We also recommend what we believe to be, the best gardening tool for each of our garden tool sections,

Essential Gardening Tools For Beginners or New Gardeners

1. Secateurs also known as Garden Clippers or Pruning shears

Bypass Secxteurs

What are Secateurs used for?

Secateurs are used for pruning, to tidy up plants and you can also cut stems or branches that are a finger thickness or less. This will be a regular task in your garden remember to keep them sharp and oiled so that you’ll always get clean cuts from them. You can use secateurs with one hand and a good pair well maintained will last many seasons.

There are 2 types of pruning shears:

  •  Bypass Pruners (Bypass Secateurs) – These are like like your scissors where a sharp blade passes a sharp flat surface, these are best suited for pruning your live plants and any green wood that’s the thickness of a finger or less, because they leave a smoother cut.
  • Anvil Pruners (Anvil Secateurs) – These act like a knife on a chopping board where a sharp blade hits a flat surface and are best suited for cutting through thick deadwood.

We recommend the following :

Secateurs set
  • Anvil and Buypass Garden Pruners
  • Geared system, 20% less effort to use.

2. Gardening Gloves

gardening gloves with flower

Regardless if you love that feeling of having dirt on your hands or not, you will need a pair of gardening gloves, why well they will help you avoid getting blisters from prolonged raking and digging. A good pair of gardening gloves will also help prevent you from getting cuts and scratches from thorns.  They will also help you avoid splinters and even lessen the chances of insect bite or insect sting penetrating the skin on your hands.

We recommend the following quality gloves from Pine Tree Tools

green gardening gloves
  • For Men and Women
  • Breathable bamboo material
  • Very Comfy

3. Hand Trowel

hand trowel

The hand trowel is a versatile garden tool and it’s used for planting small plants, hand weeding, planting containers, hand sowing, and transplanting plants. They come in different lengths and it’s a matter of preference which one you choose

We recommend the following:

4. Hand Fork

a gardeining hand fork

A hand fork is a small garden fork used for a number of tasks from planting to taking care of weeds in your flower beds and boarders. This small garden can also be used to break up chunky, compacted clay soil. This essential garden tool is available with various types of handles from wood to plastic. The one you choose is a matter of preference.

We recommend the following: 

spear and jackson hand fork
  • Coated Carbon Steel
  • Soft Grip Handle

5. Spade

garden spade

A garden spade should be on everyone’s list of essential garden tools, for the record a spade is not the same as a shovel. A garden spade is used to plant large plants, digging, edging, lifting sod and moving small amounts of dirt / soil from one area to another.

You can get them with various different handles and different length’s of shaft. Spades will usually have a thread on top of the blade allowing you to use your foot to apply force.

We recommend the following:

Digging Spade
  • Solid forged carbon steel head
  • Weatherproofed hardwood shaft