Hand Garden Tools: Gardening Essentials
Hand garden tools make gardening chores easy and enjoyable. Your choice
of gardening tools will depend on the chores you will be performing,
the amount of money you plan to spend, and your individual needs.
Basic gardening chores include pruning, digging, raking, watering, and
It is a good idea to have these tools readily available, even if you
hire a gardener or landscaper to take care of basic gardening and
Investing in high quality hand garden tools up front can save you time
and money in the long term. The best hand tools are sturdy and should
feel comfortable when performing the gardening task.
Garden Tools – What Are Your Options?
Pruning shears (also called secateurs) come in a variety of sizes and
styles. Pruners are available in four basic designs: anvil, bypass,
ratchet, and loppers.
- Anvil pruning shears have a single sharp, straight blade
that closes down on a flat edge (similar to a knife).
- Bypass pruning shears make clean cuts using two curved
blades that slice through stems like scissors.
- Ratchet pruners are similar to anvil pruning shears;
however ratchet pruning shears have a mechanism that cuts in stages.
Each cut goes progressively deeper until an effortless cut can be made.
- Loppers are long-handled, heavy duty shears used for
cutting larger tree and shrub branches.
- Hedge shears have long handles and flat blades that look
like extra-large scissors. They make large, even cuts, and are
typically used for (you guessed it) trimming hedges.
Hand cultivators are ideal for small gardening tasks that involve
working the soil (breaking up soil, removing rocks and weeds). They
typically have a set of three tines attached to a compact handle. The
tines vary in length and width of separation.
Hand trowels are used for digging small holes. They are the perfect
gardening tool to use for planting bulbs, seeds, and small plants. Hand
trowels have long, narrow, scoop-shaped blades that are attached to
compact handles. .
Gardening scissors are a sturdier version of common household scissors.
The blades can be short and slightly rounded, or straight and long.
Garden scissors are used for light pruning chores such as harvesting
herbs or deadheading flowers.
Gardening gloves protect your hands while performing gardening chores
(planting, digging, weeding, raking, pruning, and fertilizing). They
protect your hands from scrapes and puncture wounds, blisters,
splinters, and keep them warm in cold weather.
If you are performing light gardening tasks (planting, weeding,
repotting) a general purpose garden glove is sufficient.
For heavy duty chores (pruning, fertilizing, raking, shoveling,
digging) you might consider a specialty glove tailored to the task at
Choose a grip enhanced glove for raking, shoveling, or digging. If
working with fertilizers or pesticides, the best choice is chemical
When working with prickly plants (cacti, rose bushes, berry bushes,
thistles), wear puncture resistant gloves for protection.
Tips for Buying Hand
Take your time choosing high-quality, durable garden tools. If you do
your research and know your requirements before you buy, you’ll save
time, prevent frustration, and save money by making the best choice the
first time. Follow these tips for choosing the best hand garden tools:
- Make a list of the gardening tasks you will be performing
regularly. Include the tools required to perform each task.
- Research brands and pricing ahead of time. Make sure you
are paying for quality, not just brand recognition.
- Consider ergonomic comfort. Some tools are custom-made for
left-handed or right-handed use.
- If possible, go to a home and garden store and pick up the
tools to test for comfort and inspect quality. Remember, you don’t have
to purchase the tools then and there, you might get better deal by
finding a supplier on the internet.