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Top 10 Indispensable Gardening Tools

Here a list of the most useful gardening tools according the professional gardening experts from Handy Gardeners.

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Garden Fork

Garden Fork

Use your garden fork to lift out perennial plant roots, harvest your root vegetables or divide overgrown plants. Most gardeners prefer garden forks with blades made of stainless steel, as they are strong and durable.

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Knee Pad

Knee Pad

As a keen gardener, you most probably spend hours in your garden, taking care of your lawn and plants. In many cases that means standing on your needs for longer periods, whether you will be planting, transplanting or weeding. Buy a good quality knee pad to avoid knee pain and injuries. Those are readily available in most gardening centers.

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Trowel

Trowel

A good trowel is an indispensable part of every avid gardener’s arsenal. It is used for planting perennials and bulbs, as well as potting plants in containers. There are both steel and aluminum trowels available on the market, with either wooden or plastic handles.

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Sharp Pruners

Sharp Pruners

High quality pruners or secateurs are required to keep your bushes, trees and hedges in check. Sharp pruners will make tree and hedge trimming a lot easier for you. Anvil pruners are often preferred as the cuts they make are cleaner.

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Transplanting Spade

Transplanting Spade

A gardening tool you should definitely have in your shed is the transplanting spade. It has a narrow blade which allows you to work in tight spots without damaging neighboring plants. The holes dug with a transplanting spade will accommodate the roots of the plants you are transferring better as compared to using an ordinary spade.

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Watering Can

Watering Can

Surely, you can use sprinklers for watering your lawn, but in order to spot-water wilting plants or fertilize annuals, you will need a watering can. Choose a plastic one with a longer spout, as it will be lighter and more balanced than copper or brass ones.

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Utility Bag

Utility Bag

You will inevitably need to do some weeding in your garden at some point or another. And for collecting the weeds and other green waste, you will need a sturdy bag or basket that will be light enough for you to carry with you. Buy a collapsible pop-up utility bag or, alternatively, a fold-down one made of polypropylene.

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Wheelbarrow

Wheelbarrow

A wheelbarrow will make carrying sacks of compost, piles of soil and garden debris a lot easier. You can also use a garden cart, wagon or buggy, but whatever you choose, buy a quality one to serve you in your garden maintenance activities for many years.

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Shears/Scissors

Shears/Scissors

You need a good pair of scissors or shears made of stainless steel. Use these to cut fresh flowers for bouquets and flower arrangements, to cut the dry stems of perennial plants or for easier deadheading.

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Soaker Hose

Soaker Hose

A soaker hose is required if you want to irrigate your garden properly. Using sprinklers for lawn care and watering is a viable option, but if you want to water the roots of your plants well, you’ll need a soaker hose.

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