These are the basic 6 gardening tools I couldn’t live without. I’ve tested a lot of tools out there, and as a professional landscaper and avid home gardener, these are the ones that I recommend. Buying quality items up front will save money in the long run and reduce the amount of waste going into the landfill.
I had this trowel for years with constant use and it’s still in great condition. There are so many cheap trowels out there that’ll bend or rust with little use. For this trowel, it will cost 2 or 3 times the price as a cheap one, but this one should last many years longer and will be much easier to use.
This shovel is a solid piece of steel. Many shovels have handles that are wood or fiberglass, which attach to the metal head. This one is a completely solid, which means it is not going to fall apart or bend. If you’re going to be doing some heavy digging or are hard on tools, this is the one you want!
For a less expensive option, I’ve used the Kobalt shovel from Lowes that works great too. It is not meant for heavy use. I’ve already broken one (which with the Kobalt guarantee, was replaced by Lowes for free!). I also know this shovel’s limits. I can tell when the wood handle has too much pressure on it. At that point, I know when I need to use the solid steel shovel. If you only want one tool, go for the solid steel.
These are by far my favorite pruners. They are easy to close and open, are sharp, and comfortable to use. As with all tools, they must be cared for. You can buy replacement blades if you need to. They come in various sizes and smalls fit my female hands. These are meant for cutting stems 3/4″ or less in diameter.
When I need to cut stems larger than 3/4″, I reach for my pocket saw. You can also use ‘loppers’, but I find them clumsy and don’t use them nearly as often as a folding hand saw. Silky is a professional brand and the blades come in different sizes. I like the larger tooth blade because it’s quicker to use. A finer saw blade is appropriate for some applications, but will take longer to saw through.
Replacement blades can be purchased.
These tubtrugs are fantastic! They have recently rebranded into Gorilla Tub. I use the large 10 gallon tub to collect debris as a I pull weeds. It’s large enough to hold quite a bit, but small enough to carry around or put into a garden cart. They can also hold water, tools, produce, rocks, plants, and soil. They’re also food safe! They are tough too. Mine get used consistently with abuse and still holding up 100%. Cheaper versions I’ve used do not last like these. They also have comfortable handles, are stackable, and are flexible so they won’t break. They’re also nice to hold groceries in the back of the car. I’ve even used one to rescue a turtle!
So many hoses are not functional. They usually leak, or kink. I’ve not had that issue with the water right hoses and I own several. Even better, they are drinking water safe! Many hoses have lead in them. This is good if you’re water edible plants, filling pet’s water, or the bird bath.
I also like these because they’re lightweight. I can’t go on enough about these hoses. A 25′ one is pretty short and good if you need one right on the back patio or front porch. A 50′ would probably be ok for a fairly small yard. A 100′ should go to the back of an average 1/3 acre lot, or around the side of a house. The coiled hose is nice, but I’d only get it if what I was watering was a straight shot away from the spigot. They’re impossible to maneuver through a garden or around stuff.
As a bonus, they come in pretty colors!
One thing to note, these are slim hoses. Many pressure washers need a larger diameter hose. So do your research on this before purchasing any type of hose.
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