Any job is easier with the right tools. You’re ready to start your Phoenix garden, so time to get some basic tools for the job. Look for sturdy, good quality tools that will last and that are comfortable for you to use.
Basic Tools Every Gardener Needs
- Bow rake
- Hand pruner
- Garden fork
A Garden Spade: A garden spade is your basic digging implement; use it to make holes and to dig in the soil. This is a must have garden tool. If you will be gardening with kids make sure they have a garden spade to use as well. There are many times you will want to use them at the same time.
Long Handle Garden Shovel: This is an item every homeowner should have, especially a gardener. It comes in handy for all kinds of chores including lifting and throwing decorative rocks, compost, soil and sand. Shovels are also necessary for digging up or planting shrubs and small trees.
Bow Rake: This is another item every homeowner should have, especially one who plans on doing any yard work. The rake comes in handy for moving around the popular decorative rock found in most Phoenix, Arizona yards. To plant that new bush or tree you may have to first move the existing rock and this type of rake comes in handy for this chore. A bow rake is used for moving heavy materials, such as rock.
A Garden Fork: Garden forks are a good tool for your vegetable or flower garden. They are perfect for soil that is full of stones and for breaking down clods of soil.
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 scissors
- ‘anvil’ where a single straight blade cuts on to a flattened base
- ‘ratchet’ which are similar to the anvil.
Generally you will just need a bypass pruner. These are the most popular and make nice clean cuts on your bushes and shrubs.
Anvil pruners are for cutting tough dead wood. They work with more of a slicing cut.
Ratchet pruners work the same way as Anvil pruners, except pruning is done in stages. A ratchet pruner is easier for people who have less strength in their hands to use.
Optional Gardening 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.
Garden Hand Trowel: No one wants weeds in their garden. You can either pull them out by hand or use a garden trowel.
Gardening Gloves: 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. If tackling large rose bushes, or thorn covered plants such as bougainvillea you may want heavy duty gardening gloves that cover some of your arm as well.
A Wheelbarrow can help you haul dirt, rock, and/or mulch. If you don’t plan on hauling a lot of materials than you probably don’t need one of these. However, if you do than 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. 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.
Now that you have your tools let’s grow something.