“People are using their backyards and gardens as sanctuaries and for more social ‘gardentainment’ purposes,” says Patty Lavelle, representing outdoor power equipment company Briggs and Stratton. “Keeping your garden well maintained is essential.”
A beautiful garden doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of time, energy and the right tools. I can’t provide you with time or energy, but I can give you a list of garden tools every homeowner needs to keep their garden looking beautiful and maintained.
A garden can be a dangerous place! Protect yourself from everything that pokes and pricks with a good pair of gardening gloves. Choose a pair that are snug and thick enough to protect your hands and wrists.
A good pair of hand pruners can last you several years. Pruners can be used for everything from cutting fresh flowers to trimming and shaping shrubs and rose bushes.
“Choose a pair that are comfortable to grip, such as a ratchet style, which offer more leverage and ease of use for smaller hands. This will save you from any discomfort and fatigue in your hands, wrist and fingers,” says Tina Sottolano-Cain from Gardens on the Go.
A foam pad makes kneeling in the dirt more comfortable and it’s the ideal form of protection for your knees. You can find inexpensive garden kneeling pads online or in stores.
Transfer, digging, round point – it’s amazing how many different shovels there are to choose from. Be sure to choose one that fits what you’re trying to do, and be sure it’s sturdy and durable.
Unlike a shovel, a spade is flat, which makes it perfect for dividing up flower beds to give your garden a new life! “Its razor semi-rounded edge allows you to form clean edges and sharp cuts for the toughest of gardening tasks,” says Sottolano-Cain.
When it comes to gardening, there’s nothing in the world more annoying than weeds. They pop up in every hard-to-reach spot and spread like wildfire. Weed killer is an excellent way to help prevent and control unwanted pests like dandelions, crabgrass and thistle.
Pressure washers are often overlooked, but they can be a big help when it comes to keeping the area around your garden presentable. “Pressure washers can be used for cleaning dirt, stains and grime off of decks, patios, sidewalks and siding, as well as for blasting away hard-to-reach cobwebs and insect nests, and safely cleaning patio furniture and children’s playsets,” says Lavelle.
Garden Rolling Tiller
This tool loosens the earth and helps make dirt easier to work with. Tillers come in a variety of different sizes and many have detachable blades and brackets. You can use a hand tiller or a long rolling tiller, depending on the size of your garden.
If you’re still getting your garden ready for planting or don’t have a lot of space, here are some easy-to-grow theme gardens to check out.
Garden Compass Garden Smarter App
Did you know there’s such thing as a garden app? It’s something for all the tech-savvy gardeners out there. “The Garden Compass App for iPhones allows the homeowner to take a photo of a plant, or a problem with a plant, and have that plant or problem identified by someone in their region,” says C.L. Fornari from The Garden Lady. “It’s kind of like having an experienced gardener neighbor in your pocket at all times.”
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