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Useful Tools That You Need To Maintain A Beautiful Garden

Written by:
Allen Brown
Hao Chen (cover image), Eco Warrior Princess, Gary Barnes

As you are well aware, gardening is a trendy hobby. However, not everyone can have the time to enjoy it. If you have more free time than most, don't wait. Get your garden so that you can get started with gardening. This will help relieve some of the stress in your life and give you something to look forward to each day.

Once you have decided on creating your little piece of heaven outside, there is no better way to do it than to use the right tools for the job. Of course, what kind of gardener would be complete without any means? There are several different types of tools available, and we'll go over those now:

1) Hose

This is one of the most valuable tools that you can have. Hoses are mainly used to water your plants and ensure sufficient moisture in the ground. However, some types of hoses might not withstand everyday wear and tear, so make sure it will last and doesn't get damaged by heat (which could cause them to burst). The quick connect hose couplers will save you so much time and energy, so make sure to get them if they aren't already attached. In addition, having a hose nozzle will also help since you won't have to suffer the wrath of getting soaked every time you want to water your plants.

2) Pruners/Clippers

Pruners are one of the essential tools that you can have for your garden. Generally, they are used to remove dead or dying plant matter from bushes and trees. There are several other types of pruners, depending on what exactly it is that you need clipping off. Some varieties might be used for certain branches, while others may cut flowers from other plants cleaner and more accessible. It's best if you get different ones for different jobs to last longer and cut more efficiently when needed, but a good gardening specialist should be able to recommend a type of pruner that will suit your needs.

garden toolsimage © Eco Warrior Princess

3) Gloves

Some tasks will require protection for your hands and arms. A good gardening glove will protect you from thorns and prevent blisters or cuts while working outside. However, there is still a range of different gloves that offer specific benefits depending on the task at hand. For example, if you are moving flower pots around, you might need to get rubber-coated gloves so that the pot won't slip out of your hands due to the extra grip provided by the material. Gloves are also beneficial in protecting yourself from disease when working with diseased plants, which can be highly contagious if it's not caught early enough. If this happens, make sure to remove all clothing used during work right away since they could carry harmful fungi spores to other places.

4) Standard Shovel

This type of shovel is generally used for mixing soil within a larger area or an entire garden bed at once. It often consists of a flat blade with rounded edges, which helps move small amounts of material from place to place. Since it generally has a broad sword, it makes mixing soil faster. These are some of the most versatile tools that you can have in your garden, so make sure to get one if possible.

garden shovelimage © Gary Barnes

5) Watering Can

This is the perfect tool for watering your plants and keeping them hydrated. It can have various spouts that help you get into crevices more efficiently without wasting a ton of water in the process. If it doesn't have a suitable nozzle, you might accidentally cause too much water to spill on some areas and not enough in others. Make sure to pick up one if you don't already have one. A good watering can carry at least one gallon of water. You will need several different sizes depending on how big your garden is. Make sure you check with your local gardening store if you're unsure what size you need before buying one.

6) Trimmer/String Trimmer

This is another tool that will depend entirely on what size garden you have and how much foresight you have put into it beforehand. Several different trimmers are available for purchase, ranging from simple weed eaters to gas-powered hedge trimmers, so it should be relatively easy to find one that suits your needs. Make sure that your garden is entirely weed-free before investing in a string trimmer because if there are any weeds left behind, they may end up growing back even after you've cut them off.

 There are many other tools that you can invest in to help maintain a beautiful garden, but these are just a few of the most important ones. When picking out which one is right for you, always keep the size of your garden in mind. If possible, try and get your friends or family involved so that the task will be much easier for all of you.

By Liliana Alvarez

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