5 Must-Have Garden Tools

garden tools

Weekend and professional gardeners have their favorite tools. Tools that are always close at hand. Here are our top 5.

  1. Garden Trowel  Our #1 garden tool is the garden trowel. No other tool offers the variety of use. A garden trowel can be used for digging, weeding, planting, shoveling, splitting tubers and edging. If there is one garden tool you shouldn't live without, it's the garden trowel.
  2. Pruners/Shears  When you think of gardening your first thought is probably "growing." Growing healthy plants and growing them the way you have planned requires a lot of cutting. Pruning overgrowth or for plant design, removing dead rhododendron flowers and the like and edging shrubs are just a start.
  3. Hand Rake  A hand rake is a small three-pronged claw tool that is great for prepping for planting – loosening dirt, turning soil and clearing debris from your garden beds. It's a "close-up" tool for confined and crowded spaces.
  4. Shovel  Gardening isn't always light and delicate work. Sometimes brute force and volume are important. A shovel is a must have for getting the larger jobs done. It's longer handle provides the leverage to cut, separate and lift dirt, sod and rocks that would take much more time and energy with a small hand tool.
  5. Gloves  Blisters… need we say more. If you are not a daily gardener, your hands will probably suffer if you don't wear gloves. Not only because of the friction created by using the tools needed to dig, prune and plant but because plants and ground can be sharp, thorny and abrasive. A good pair of garden gloves will save you days of pain and reduce your bandage budget.

Now that you have a tools list, you will need to take an inventory of what you have and make a shopping list of what you need. Quality does matter so don't always purchase the least expensive item. Talk with your garden professional, your friends and neighbors and, of course, Google it! There are a number of ergonomic options today that may work well for you. Here are just a few we think you may want to learn about.

Ergonomic Hand Tools  The unique handle design helps prevent injury. Add-on handles will convert your hand tools to an ergonomically designed tool for easier use and better control. You can see them at wrightstuff.biz.

Shovel Technology  The Radius Pro Shovel is a high performance, all-purpose digging tool that features a round-point sharpened stainless steel blade, large circular handle and extra-wide raised forward kick that offers greater leverage, easy digging and reduced strain. Check it out at radiusgarden.com.

Easier Cutting  There are many manufacturers, styles and sizes of pruners and shears. It's a good idea to grip a few yourself to see what feels best to you. One brand that offers patented gear technology that makes cutting easier than traditional tools is FISKARS®. See them here: fiskars.com.

Bionic Gloves  There are a plethora of garden glove designs and materials to choose from. If you want a pair that are specifically designed for the human hand and gardening, the Bionic ReliefGrip gardening gloves are a great choice. Designed by an orthopedic hand specialist with patented pads to help even the surface of your hand for a more comfortable, secure grip, ReliefGrip gloves offer more gripping power with less calluses and blisters. Look at them here: bionicgloves.com.

ergonomic garden tool handle

ergonomic garden shovel

easy shears

ergonomic gloves

 

There are, of course, may other tools and accessories that will make your gardening easier and more enjoyable but these five are "must-haves."

If you have any landscaping needs, Contact Us here

Start Your Project Here

If you are dreaming of adding landscape features or a complete remodel, a consultaion and estimate is the place to start. Fill out our easy Consultation Form to start the process. We'll get back with you ASAP to set up a free consultation.

FREE Consultation

FREE Consultation

Testimonials

Jim and his crew transformed our backyard from an expanse of ugly blacktop installed by the previous owner to a visually appealing and well designed yard and garden. All components integrated well ...

Andrew - Edmonds

I would like to say that I had a great experience with the time your crew was here working. They were good natured and courteous and very professional. They respected my property and did a fantastic ...

Ron & Rita – Everett

We have been very pleased with the work done by Reynolds Landscape.  We love the layout of our backyard and the selection of plants.

Don & Linda – Redmond

We have been extremely pleased with the product, the workmanship, the staff and crew and the follow-up. Based on our experience, we can confidently recommend Reynolds Landscape.

George & Sandra – Sammamish

  We are delighted with our new outdoor living room and connecting spaces. Our project created a welcoming environment at every entrance/exit of the house and improved upon previous outdoor ...

Mary Jane – Issaquah

Jim and his team are amazing. The stone paver patio is beautiful. The retaining wall and the fire pit are a work of art -- Jim's team did an amazing job designing it and working on it, making changes ...

Sheila - Woodinville

We have participated in nothing short of a miracle, and with a contractor/crew that is quite possibly the best we have ever worked with on ANYTHING. Reynolds Landscaping is honest, straightforward, ...

Anne – Sammamish

Despite this project being at high season for landscaping work, Jim Reynolds (company owner) was very responsive to my online inquiry and I had an estimate appointment just a few days later. As Jim ...

Sharon - Woodinville

Great work – very professional and fair!

Geir & Mary – Kenmore

We absolutely loved Reynolds Landscape. We had lots of different companies quote our backyard renovation and Reynolds was by far the most professional and organized from the very beginning. They gave ...

Nathalie - Newcastle

Photo Highlights