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Basic Garden Tool List for Beginners

Basic Gardening Tools List
It can be very easy for a new gardener to get overwhelmed with all the neat new tools there are out there. As we learn more about gardens and tending to them, we find ourselves using even more specialized tools.
To start out on your gardening adventure, this list will ensure you have everything you need on hand.
Gardening Tools ~ the basic tools you would need to tend to your garden. (Visit to learn each tools purpose and how to use them)

a. One pair “by pass” pruners
b. One hand rake
c. One long rake
d. One pitchfork
e. One Hand Trowel
f. One Hand Cultivator
g. One long handle spade
h. One long handle pointed shovel
i. One pair Loppers
j. One pair Hedging shears
k. One Handheld Weeder
l. One long handle Weeder
m. One watering can
n. Hose and rotary watering sprinkler

Some people might think this list is short, while others think they are much too big. This list will ensure you will be able to handle any general gardening task with ease, if you have these tools at hand.
Visit to learn how to use these tools and what they look like.


February 28, 2010 at 11:12 pm Leave a comment

Bypass Pruners

I am not the normal lady that has more jewelery than I can wear, but I have to admit,”pruner addict” would be a fair and reasonable description when it comes to my gardening habits. Let’s be honest, it’s a healthy addiction, and I just don’t see what is so weird about asking for a new pair of Left Handed bypass pruners for my Christmas stocking instead of chocolate!
There are many different types of pruners available to all levels of gardeners, and it is important to know what they do, and how to use them properly.
1. The bypass pruner is sharpened on the outside blade edge that slides past a hook. They make clean cuts, close to the stem, and are best used on branches 1/2 inch in diameter or smaller. This is the most popular type of pruner.

February 28, 2010 at 11:10 pm 2 comments

Ratchet Pruners

Ratchet pruners are made to cut through the thicker branches, 1/2″ or larger, but you don’t need a two handed tool to do it. The ratchet pruner make tuff cuts super easy, and gets you through hard wood effectively.

February 28, 2010 at 11:06 pm Leave a comment


A soft hand rake and long handled rake will help you manage the base of your garden with ease. Use it to rake out leaves; spread and level mulch, and as a major clean up tool for leaves and debris in the  spring and fall. It is important to buy a quality rake to start with, as the cheaper versions will cost you more in the long run.

February 28, 2010 at 11:01 pm Leave a comment


A hand trowel is basically your mini shovel. It is your best tool for small plantings and multipurpose holes no bigger than your fist.

February 28, 2010 at 10:51 pm Leave a comment


It can sometimes be cumbersome, and heavy, but a pitchfork can really help you get the job done once you know how to use it properly. It is a great tool for turning your soil around existing plants. It can break up thick clay combination’s and allow you to lift and break through it. It can act as a shovel for larger items, and if needed, you can use it to break air holes into the ground. Generally, in the garden, we may not use it at the historical level of use on the farm, but it is an appreciated tool when it gets the call.

February 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm Leave a comment

I personally have 5 pairs of loppers, but for your average gardener, loppers are necessary for hardwood. Hardwood are the branches of shrubs and trees greater than 1/4″, and no bigger than 1 1/2″ depending on the lopper. It’s like your stronger and longer pruner that will help you cut branches with two handed power.

February 28, 2010 at 10:40 pm Leave a comment

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