Best gardener's tools

     
   

1. Bowsaw

 
 bow saw 

A bowsaw is a ragged-toothed saw used for pruning and shaping trees or other woody plants. The bow saw's teeth make it ideal for quick cutting jobs that do not require a neat finish and its lightweight frame gives it great maneuverability making it the ideal outdoor garden saw. Cuts branches and limbs up to 15cm (6 inches) with ease.

 

For information, see our page:  What is a bow saw?

 
     
   

2. Hand axe

 
 hand axe 

The hand axewas invented in the Stone Age and has been in use ever since, so if you haven't got one yet you need to add one to your collection. They are great at lopping, chopping and cutting through branches and thicker woody stems. They can also be used to chop firewood for the winter months. The handles are typically 33cm (13 inches) in length.

 
     
   

3. Felling axe

 
 felling axe 

The felling axeis the hand axe's big sister and is used to fell trees, shape, split and cut wood. Its head and blade has a shallow wedge angle making ideal for cutting and felling jobs. The handles are typically 82cm (32 inches) in length.

 
     
   

4. Sledge hammer

 
 sledge hammer 

This heavy-duty sledge hammeris the ideal tool for knocking in fence posts, it is also adept at demolishing old garden sheds. Because of its long handle the amount of force generated in a swing is far greater than that of the shorter handled lump hammer.

 
     
   

5. Digging fork

 
 digging fork 

A digging forkis ideal for turning earth and unbroken soil. It can be used to mix in enhancements and lift bulbs and perenials for transplanting. It is also very good at breaking up clods of soil.

 
     
   

6. Digging spade

 
 digging spade 

As the name suggests, this type of spadeis designed for digging. It has a sharp, thin blade and is ideal for cutting down into earth. 

 
     
   

7. Rabbiting spade

 
 rabbiting shovel 

The rabbiting spadeis designed specifically for digging post holes and deep narrow trenches. Its thin blade makes digging in hard ground much easier. 

 
     
   

8. Leaf/lawn rake

 
 leaf rake lawn rake 

Keep your lawn free from leaves with this long handled lawn rake. Used for raking leaves, twigs, grass clippings, and other garden debris.

 
     
   

9. Garden rake

 
 garden rake 

Different rakes perform different jobs. The garden rake'swider teeth make it the ideal tool for blending soils, turning earth or just smoothing out your flower beds.

 
     
   

10. Pruning secateurs

 
 pruning secateurs 

No gardener should be without these pocket-sized snippers. Secateursare perfect for pruning woody stems and deadheading those fading flowers. They are easy to use and a good quality pair will make light work of stubborn shrubs. Purchase a brightly coloured pair so that you can easily find them amongst the bushes.

 
     
   

11. Hand fork

 
 hand fork gardening fork 

A hand fork is another absolutely essential tool that every gardener should have in their collection. Its prongs are ideal for jobs such as planting, weeding, digging and potting. Stainless steel or carbon fibre prongs will provide you with years of service as they are tough, durable and resistant to rust and corrosion.

 
     
   

12. Loppers

 
 loppers 

Loppersare essentially long-handled power secateurs and are used for slicing through thicker stems and branches. They have great leverage which makes them super strong cutters. Loppers are generally used for cutting branches and twigs of up to 5cm (2 inches) in diameter.

 
     
   

13. Pruning saw

 
 pruning saw 

A pruning sawis a small hand-held ragged toothed saw that is used for pruning. Perfect for those jobs that your bow saw is too big to manage.

 

For more information, see our pageWhat is a pruning saw?

 
     
   

14. Long handled edging shears

 
 long handled edging shears 

These long-handled shears will save your back some aching. They are used for trimming the verges and neatening the edges of your lawn. Essential if you want to impress the neighbours at your next garden party.

 
     
   

15. Hedge shears

 
 hedge shears 

Hedge shearsare a standard piece of equipment for any gardener. You can shape your bushes and hedges into ballerinas and dinosaurs with these. Alternatively, you can just trim back those stray twigs.

 
     
   

16. Garden hose

 
  

Every lawn and flowerbed needs a little sprinkle of water from time to time but relying on the weather to do it for you can be a real washout; use a garden hose instead.  

 
     
   

17. Gardening trowel

 
 garden trowel 

The old humble garden trowelis worthy of being the gardener's right hand. A multi-purpose tool that can be used for planting, weeding, digging and even scattering small amounts of seed. Purchasing a good quality stainless steel trowel will give you years of gardening pleasure.

 
     
   

18. Potting trowel

 
 potting trowel 

Smaller than the garden trowel and typically with a thinner, more curved blade, the potting trowel is great at digging small holes in plant pots or window boxes. Their curved blade reduces soil spillage and allows you to transport plants from pot to pot with ease. 

 
     
   

19. Lawn edger

 
 lawn edger 

This tool is designed to cut a small amount of turf from the edges of your lawn and used to create a distict seperation between your lawn and garden paths or walkways. If used often the lawn edgercan impart a neat and sculpted appearance to any lawn. Keeping your garden manicured has never been easier. 

 
     
   

20. Kneeling board

 
 kneeling pad 

Any gardener will tell you that a kneeling board(or kneeling pad) is one of the most important tools you can own. If you intend on spending many hours working amongst the hydrangeas, it will save your knees from sharp stones and rough ground. A must-have tool! 

 
     
   

21. Strimmer

 
 strimmer 

A strimmercuts through grass and weeds by rotating a plastic wire at high speeds. The advantage of this power tool is that it allows you to trim around the bases of trees and plants, where your lawn mower just can't reach.

 
     
   

22. Sprinkler

 
 sprinkler 

A sprinkler is a simple device that is attached to the end of your garden hose and spreads the flow into a dazzling fountain. Will keep the family dog entertained for hours.

 
     
   

23. Lawn mower

 
 lawn mower 

A motorised cutting blade which neatly clips overgrown grass. Investing in a lawn mowerwill allow you to keep your lawn trimmed all year round. 

 
     
   

24. Leaf blower

 
 leaf blower 

Use a leaf blowerto move all your unwanted leaves and garden debris to your compost heap quickly and efficiently.

 
     
   

25. Hedge trimmer

 
 hedge trimmer 

A hedge trimmeris a great power tool that can trim, shape and cut your hedges into precise dimensions. Have that garden hedge-maze you've always wanted.

 
     
   

26. Bucket

 
 bucket 

A bucketis a thoroughly useful tool that has a wide variety of applications. You can use it to lift, carry, mix, pour, fill and roughly measure garden materials. 

 
     
   

27. Gardening gloves

 
 

gardening gloves

 

Protect those pinkies from wear and tear with a pair of durable all-weather gardening gloves. A good quality pair will allow you to dig through soil, pick up thorny off-cuts and use all of your new gardening tools without getting blisters. Well worth every penny.

 
     
   

28. Hoe

 
 hoe 

A hoeis a long-handled tool with a sharp bladed end that can be used for turning earth, weeding, moving small amounts of soil and creating furrows or trenches for planting seeds and bulbs. They can also be used to unearth potatoes and chop weeds.

 
     
   

29. Hard broom

 
 hard broom 

Hard broomsare ideal for outdoor use. Their stiff bristles are more robust than soft brooms and will allow you to brush away all manner of dirt and garden debris. They will keep your patio, driveway and shed clean, tidy and free from mud. 

 
     
   

30. Bulb planter

 
 bulb planter 

A bulb plantereasily removes a slug of earth or turf so that you can plant a seed or bulb in the resulting hollow. Create a more natural look by planting flowers into the unused corners of your lawn or keep it traditional with a healthy flowerbed; either way this tool makes the job easier.

 
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