Garden Tools List: Every Tool Needed For A Beautiful Garden
There are many tools available for gardeners who are looking to make the most out of their outdoor space. As anyone with a garden will know, working with nature to keep order can be a challenge, but garden tools make life much simpler, and are constantly improving in design and ergonomics.
At Tools Around The House, we aim to provide comprehensive information and reviews on the best garden tools, including hand garden tools and power tools.
Garden Hand Tools Vs Power Tools
It is possible to do almost any gardening job without the need for a power tool, and more traditional gardeners often prefer a handheld tool, or even prefer to use their own hands wherever possible. Power tools can, however, make very light work of what would have been a strenuous task, without a detriment to the quality of the finish.
Garden Tools List
Whether you are a new gardener, or an accomplished greenthumb, it is useful to know exactly what tools you might need to take good care of your outdoor space. Here is a comprehensive garden tools list of all of the main implements which an enthusiast would want in their tool shed...
If you want to keep your lawn green and lush, then you will need to take good care of it, including removing leaves and debris, and ensuring a decent cut of grass. There are many garden tools available to make this happen, including:
Lawn mowers & lawn tractors
Lawn mowers come in all shapes and sizes, and can be powered by gas or electric, self propelled or push. Their primary function is to cut the grass length of your lawn, though they can have other features such as mulching and bagging. Some people prefer a reel mower for a cleaner cut
Lawn & leaf rakes
Useful for collecting debris from your lawn, such as leaves and clippings. They are available in bamboo, or more durable plastic or steel.
Leaf Blowers & Vacuums
Even if you like to rake your lawn for leaves, a leaf blower can help you to clean up hard to reach areas, blowing leaves into easy piles. Vacuums can suck up small piles of leaves for mulching and bagging.
A healthy lawn needs to breath, and aeration helps you to keep a good airflow to your lawn, keeping it lush and green. Manual aerators are fine for small lawns, while larger areas may require a power aerator, which loosens compact soil to help airflow.
Turf/ Lawn Edger
Mowing the lawn alone can sometimes leave overhanging and irregular edges. A lawn edger is a half mooned shaped cutting head that allows you to keep lawn edges neat and well defined against walkways or other paved surfaces. Power edgers are also available.
This is a special rake that features steel tines, which are designed to pull through the thatched layer of a lawn, pulling and removing dead grass and plants, while leaving healthy grass untouched.
In hot summer months and dry climates, it is crucial to keep up a good system of watering your lawn and plants. A lawn sprinkler can help, and there are lots of different designs available. The whirlybird is a common choice, and sprays water in a circular pattern, or from wherever it is set. Other types include the tractor, fixed spray, pop-up, and oscillating varieties.
Whether you are landscaping, planting trees, creating drainage, or digging foundations for a shed or outbuilding, you will need the tools in your arsenal to do so:
Shovels have a rounded point, which makes them ideal for shifting soil, sand, mulches, and other materials from one place to another, and for digging in trenches.
Not to be confused with the shovel, the flat or gently curved shape of the garden spade gives it a different function, making the spade the perfect tool for transplanting, edging, and turf removal.
The four pronged steel tines of the garden fork make it an immense tool for digging through soil, turning it, and working in organic matter or fertilizers. You can use it to aerate, break up, and turn over your soil, and even to remove underlying roots.
Designed like a garden fork, but small and handheld, suitable for working small areas with precision.
The trowel is an indispensable hand tool for digging, and you will rarely find a gardener who doesn't have one (or three) in their tool collection. With it you can plant bulbs and small plants, dig small holes, break up soil, and more.
Cultivating Garden Tools
At some point in your quest for a beautiful garden, you will want to cultivate your soil, and cultivate plants to add some color and charm.
A cultivator is used to prepare the soil before planting, or for removing weeds shortly after the desirable plants begin to grow. In a handheld cultivator, three prongs break down large clods of soil, and help you to prep a nice smooth and flat bed. Mechanical cultivators are available for large scale crop work, and can be set delicately for accurate results.
A hoe is an essential tool for cultivating soil, and comes in many different shapes and sizes to accomplish different goals. They can be used for breaking up soil, scraping the soil surface, removing weeds, and planting furrows in soil. The Dutch Hoe is specially designed for chopping off weeds at surface level, while the Draw Hoe is particularly useful for drawing up soil around new plants.
This sort of rake is designed to remove debris from prepared soil, and level the soil just before you are ready to plant. It helps to add the final touches of prep.
A simple, manual tool which allows you to press a small hole into the soil, and push a seed into the hole for planting.
These power garden tools can help you to spread seed, fertilizer, or soil amendments with ease. A drop spreader drops seeds accurately along the width of the tool, with settings to control the amount dropped. A rotary spreader flings out the seeds in a circular motion, covering large areas, but making accuracy a little more difficult.
A garden tiller is used to dig into and turn over soil in order to prepare and cultivate it. They are available as hand tools, electric or gas powered. Tilling your garden helps to aerate the soil, kill any weeds, and improve drainage and nutrients.
Along with cultivation, is the never-ending task of weeding out unwanted plants. Ask any gardener, and they will tell you that weeding is 9/10s of the law. You may as well get used to it, and make sure you are well equipped for the job.
This basically looks and functions like a miniature hoe, and is among the primary tools that a gardener will turn to in the battle against weeds. With it you can work comfortably around a flower bed, and tackle weeds at surface level, or at deep roots.
Also known as a dandelion weeder, this extremely useful tool can make short work out of harder to pry and deeper roots, such as the dandelion or thistle.
Weeds have a habit of finding their way into even the smallest and hardest to reach of spaces. The crack weeder has an acutely angles blade that allows you to scrape weeds out of gaps and cracks in walkways.
A traditional hand tool that works like a scythe. Swing it back and forth in a smooth motion and its double edged blade cuts large weeds down-to-size.
Power Weed Trimmer
In this day and age, technology offers a more efficient solution to the weed problem, and many people own a power weed trimmer, powered by gas or electric. It uses string nylon string, which rotates very fast, to trim away large areas of weeds, or to reach weeds on edges, walls, or drives.
Garden Tools For Pruning & Cutting
Plants must be properly pruned for optimal growth, and large bushes and trees can easily grow out of control, dominating your garden if left to their own devices. Pruning and cutting back plants stops this from occurring, and as expected there is a garden tool for every occasion.
The hand pruner (also known as secateurs) is an essential garden tool for cutting through sticks and twigs. There are three main types. The bypass type works via two steel blades that bypass each other, slicing through obstacles. The anvil type uses a sharp top blade, which crushes sticks against a wider bottom blade, allowing for more strength, but giving more of a snap than a cut. The ratchet type pruners use a mechanism to allow for more thick cuts, with less hand strength required. Many gardeners choose to own several pairs of hand pruners.
When you need more reach and more strength, a lopper is the garden tool for you. The lopper is basically a pruner with long handles, which you use with two hands to cut thick stems and even reasonably thick branches off trees.
Hedge Shears & Grass Shears
Long handles, and with 8-10 inch long carbon blades, the shears can cut back thicker twigs and ornamental grasses at a decent rate. They are used primarily for trimming back hedges, though they are multifunctional.
Powered Hedge Clippers
Double blades move in opposite directions to effectively cut back hedges. Usually powered by a electric cord or battery.
Pruning saws are generally used when pruners and shears won't do the trick; if the stems are thicker, or in the case of fallen branches, for example. There are many types available, including the straight pruning saw, long-handled, compact, and the bow pruning saw.
The chain saw has largely made the straight pruning saw obsolete. It is one of the most well-known power tools for use in the garden, and can deal with anything from small branches, to cutting down entire trees. Extremely sharp teeth are linked together on a chain, which is powered by a motor or gas engine.