Basic Tools for Gardeners

These are the tools you'll need to get started in the garden

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garden toolsWhile experienced gardeners are likely to have three times this many tools in the shed, this list will give you a basic idea of the tools you'll need to have to take care of a home landscape:

  • Shovel
  • Spading fork
  • Leaf rake
  • Bow rake
  • Leather garden gloves
  • Pruning shears
  • Trowel
  • Sprayer (even if it's just a hand-held, window cleaner type)
  • Wheelbarrow

 

Different regions of the country also have their own specialized tools. In areas with heavy clay or rocky soil, for example, it sometimes takes a pick to break through the subsoil. In the Southwest, a tool called a caliche bar (also known as a crowbar) is used to pole holes in the concrete-like caliche soil.

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