Essential Gardening Tools for Beginners

Published on April 28, 2021

If you’re just starting a garden, you might be confused about the different supplies you need to get started. Start slowly and add to your collection as you go. It doesn’t take a huge investment to begin. Here is our recommended list of gardening tools for beginners.

basket of gardening tools for beginners

Basic Personal Protection:

  • Gloves: If you’re a container gardener, this might be the most important tool of all! You want something that’s reinforced and thick, like leather or a synthetic that’s coated. Buy something that allows you to dig around in the soil but will protect you from thorns and sharp metal objects, like your own tools.
  • Footwear: Some people like to garden in clogs, and others choose waterproof boots. Just consider the fact that your feet are likely to get wet and dirty.
    Sun protection: a hat, lightweight clothing, and sunglasses can all protect your skin and eyes from the sun and irritants.
  • Kneepads or garden kneeler: Anything that takes some pressure off of your joints will weeding a lot more comfortable. You can always use a rolled-up towel or other cushioning to protect your knees as a lower-cost option.

Small Gardening Tools:

  • Hand trowel: If you’re a container gardener, this is the perfect digging tool for you. Think of it as a small shovel.
  • Hand rake: A hand cultivator with three tines can help you break up soil, mix in compost, and spread out mulch quickly and effectively.
  • Pruning shears: Also called hand pruners or secateurs, these are more heavy-duty than scissors and can help you trim and harvest easily.
  • Watering can: A well-designed watering can is especially helpful for indoor and container gardens where a hose is impractical.

Large Gardening Tools:

  • Shovel: A large round-headed shovel is probably your most important large tool. Their primary purpose is to move dirt easily and quickly. You’ll use it any time you want to clear a spot for planting, transplant, or move soil around.
  • Rake: There are two kinds of rakes you might need for your garden: a bow rake and a leaf rake. A bow rake can help you level your soil, work the soil, spread mulch, seed, or compost evenly, and clear debris.
  • Hose: Having a length of hose that reaches your garden saves so much time and effort. A sprinkler might be a great addition, too, depending on your budget and needs.

If you have this list covered, congratulations! You’re well-prepared for general gardening situations. As you gain experience, you’ll run into situations that may benefit from more specialized tools, of course, but you’d be surprised how much you can do simply with the items we’ve covered here.

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