Any job is easier with the right tools. You’re ready to start your Phoenix garden, so you’ll want the right tools for the job.
There are several garden tool essentials needed to garden. Look for sturdy, good quality tools that will last and that are comfortable for you to use.
9 Basic Garden Tools Every Gardener Needs
- Long handle garden shovel
- Hand trowel
- Bow rake
- Garden fork
- Hand pruner
- Gardening gloves
Garden Tool Essentials: What you Need for Your Garden
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Long Handle Garden Shovel: This is an item every homeowner should have, especially a gardener. The job of a long handle shovel is to move material. It comes in handy when moving decorative rocks, compost, soil and sand.
Garden Tools: Pruners
Hand Pruners: If you’ve planted any rose bushes or any shrubs at all, hand pruners are an essential gardening tool. Hand Pruners are available in three distinct types:
- ‘bypass’ with two curved blades that resemble a scissor. This type of hand pruner is used on plants for a clean cut. Use on live plants such as rose bushes and shrubs.
- ‘anvil’ where a single straight blade cuts on to a flattened base. An anvil hand pruner is can cut through dead wood.
- ‘ratchet’ which are similar to the anvil.
One of the tools we use regularly is a long handed Anvil lopper. This tool is handy to reach higher branches or if you don’t want to get too close to a thorny shrub you can still easily trim off dead wood.
Gardening Gloves: Truth be told I rarely use gardening gloves as I prefer to feel the soil in my hands. However, this does involve a longer clean up process. If you don’t want to have to scrub your hands and fingernails after your visit to the garden you may want to invest in gardening gloves.
Optional Garden Tools
Garden Rake: Unless you have deciduous trees in your yard, a garden rake is not really necessary in a Phoenix, Arizona yard. If you do have a lot of trees that shed than you may want a leaf blower and a garden rake.
A Long Handle Hoe helps you to manually till up the ground. So, if you have a large area of dirt or a raised garden bed they come in handy for breaking up the dirt and planting rows of seeds.
A Wheelbarrow can help you haul dirt, rock, and/or mulch. If you don’t plan on hauling a lot of materials you probably don’t need one of these. However, if you do then a wheelbarrow will save you time and probably be easier on your back.
Tiller is a great tool if you are designating a new area for a vegetable garden. If you don’t want to purchase a tiller, your local home improvement store may offer this tool as a rental.
A pick axe or a Mattock can come in handy if your yard is back filled with rock.