8 Basic Gardening Tools for Beginners

April 5, 2022

Gardening is such a rewarding activity. It can be a form of exercise, a source of food, and an outlet for creativity. If you’re just about to start gardening, though, you might be stressing about which tools to buy. To save you from confusion and overspending, let’s name eight basic gardening tools to get you started.

  1. Gardening Gloves
    Sure, gardening is fun, but not if you get pricked by splinters or thorns. A good pair of leather gardening gloves protect your hands from dirt and anything sharp or rough that you might touch. They also give you a good grip on tools and pots.
  2. Hand Trowel
    This is arguably one of the most versatile tools for your garden. You can use it for weeding, digging small holes, sowing seeds, smoothing surfaces, mixing soil and fertilizer, and moving small amounts of soil. Just a tip, get one with a serrated edge so you can cut roots or open compost/soil bags with it.
  3. Garden Hose or Watering Can
    Keeping plants hydrated is a must. If you have a wide space or yard, we recommend a garden hose to water the plants quicker and easier. If you have a container garden setup, a watering can would be fine.
  4. Rake
    A rake is not just for gathering dead leaves; it is also used to level the soil and spread compost evenly. For those with garden beds or container gardens, a hand rake would do.
  5. Pruning Shears
    Also called “pruners”, you can use them to cut non-woody stems and tiny twigs. For beginners, we recommend “bypass pruners” as they work pretty much like scissors and give nice clean cuts.
  6. Spade
    Spades are often confused with shovels. How do you tell them apart? A spade has a flat tip, and a shovel has a pointed tip. The spade’s flat/straight tip makes it ideal for digging soil and edging garden beds or landscapes. A spade has kickplates or steps on both sides of the tip so you can put your foot on it and push it deeper into the soil.
  7. Garden Fork
    It is an effective tool for digging and loosening hardened soil. Garden forks come in four types/sizes, so pick the one that suits you best.
    • Hand Fork — often used for digging up weeds and preparing holes for planting.
    • Border Fork — smaller than the standard fork. Suitable for light to medium digging.
    • Digging Fork — used for digging sandy soil and harvesting root crops.
    • Standard Garden Fork — good for breaking tough soil and harvesting root crops as well.
  8. Hoe
    Hoes are used for cultivating and mounding soil, and removing weeds. They also come in different sizes, so choose the one that is appropriate for the size of your garden.

Check out other essential garden tools at Eagan Hardware Hank in Eagan, MN. We offer a wide variety of tools and supplies for your home and garden!