Guide to the best garden planting tools

Are you an experience gardener or new to getting your hands dirty?

Finding it difficult to choose what tools you need to get certain tasks done? From clippers to pruners and saws to shears, it can be difficult to decide which ones are right for what job.

Don’t fear though, we’ve made this easy-to-follow guide helping you understand what each of these tools are the best for tackling including weeding, digging, edging or even breaking up the soil – which can be a seriously hard task with the wrong spade!

What you need to think about:

Make a list, think about what jobs you need to tackle in the garden and whether these are long term or short quick wins. This will help you choose what tools are most suitable for the job.

Having smaller, thinner tools for moving around established plants and shrubs are a big benefit to keeping them tidy without having to cause too much disruption. Then, you can keep the bigger and harder wearing tools for digging unprepared ground and new areas for shrubs.

It’s important to determine what type of soil you have. Is it heavy and difficult to break up and full of plant material or light and looser? Clay soils will a heavy-duty sharp tool such as a pointed spade, and lighter soils might only need a slight raking to create a smooth look.

7 different planting tools:

  • Spades – are designed for cutting through roots, plants material and scraping.
  • Shovels – are designed for moving soil and incorporating it into organic matter to improve the condition.
  • Forks – are designed for loosening, lifting and turning over soil.
  • Dutch Hoes – are designed for keeping the soil moving so new weeds don’t establish and it helps air and water get into the soil.
  • Edgers – are designed for creating a neat edge for vegetables and flower beds.
  • Hand forks – are designed for working the top 6 inches of the soil.
  • Hand trowels – are designed for moving existing plants or to dig out weeds.

Finally (and probably most importantly) before you start any gardening, consider your gardening gloves carefully! If you’re anything like us limit your chance of blisters when gardening for extended periods of time. Choose a leather or cotton pairs for the best protection.

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