Anyone who acquires a garden, should be aware of one fact: If one’s own plot of land is to look beautiful and reap rich harvests, the owner or tenant must be prepared for a lot of work. Indispensable for this is a repertoire of gardening tools with which the soil, plants and trees can be nurtured and cared for. But what does the new gardener absolutely need to be able to do everything in his garden? We reveal it to you in this article!
Before buying equipment: check the condition and stock of the garden.
The decision to take action and turn the garden into a vegetable plantation, an oasis of well-being, or a little of both, is the first step. The realization that this requires certain equipment and knowledge is the insight that should immediately follow. But in order to get the right equipment and not to be annoyed afterwards about having to exchange everything again or having purchased it for nothing, it is above all important to take a close look at the garden and its characteristics. Only in this way can deductions be made about suitable equipment.
The garden soil: Check the condition and derive measures
A good and nutrient-rich soil is elementary for the growth of plants – that much is clear. Here, too, there are, of course, more and less frugal plant varieties. But the condition of the soil also plays a not insignificant role in the choice of tools and garden equipment. After all, the material from which spades, rakes and co. should be made, depends largely on the nature of the soil that is to be worked with them.
Basic gardening equipment: useful helpers for the garden
The following tools and accessories are indispensable for gardening, or at least perform well. Depending on how you answered the questions above and what your other gardening plans are, you may want to take a closer look at some of the following gardening tools.
Also called a wheelbarrow or wheelbarrow, depending on its origin and region. Essential for gardening as it helps you carry larger and bulky loads – whether it’s bags of leaves, firewood, soil, other gardening paraphernalia or even your children can use it to transport them over longer distances with ease.
Also known as a fork in northern Germany, but also known as a rake in central and southern Germany. Indispensable for raking leaves, branches and plant parts. Sometimes also does a good job of removing smaller roots and weeds.
Also called a shovel, not to be confused with a spade. Used primarily for moving larger amounts of soil when digging planting holes, ponds, pits, etc.
In turn, is often equated with a shovel, but is something else. Due to its smaller surface and relatively sharp edge, the spade is a “digging tool for the rough”, with which even unruly soils can be made docile, smaller roots can be cut and furrows can be made.
Sounds strange, but it is not: A hoe or a chopper is used to loosen the soil and is therefore indispensable for the creation of new beds. Because only crust-free soil absorbs seeds optimally and ensures optimal water-air exchange in the bed.
The leaf broom is often mistaken for a rake, but its name says it all. Unlike the rake, it specializes in leaves and is able to sweep up leaves much more efficiently and gently, especially from lawns, due to its closely spaced “bristles”.
The classic broom should not be missing in the garden as well as at home. Whether the porch in front of your gazebo, in the gazebo itself or the stone paths in your garden – a broom will always serve you well.
You can see and hear the leaf blower more and more in gardens and green spaces in recent years. You can get rid of annoying leaves in no time and your garden will be in top shape again. The black and decker leaf blower offers a particularly strong performance here and supports you in the fight against unwanted leaves.
If you the foliage can be used also prima as fertilizer, in addition collect you blow it simply to the desired place, for example under bushes.
Allowing trees, hedges and shrubs to grow wild and unchecked in the garden is a nice thought, but usually not feasible due to legal regulations, safety precautions and other plants. Loppers come in a variety of styles and sizes. Their special sharpness and good leverage allow for clean trimming of branches.
Cherries and plums or damsons refuse the fruit picker because of their rather small size. Therefore, if you need to manually bring in the harvest, a ladder is definitely worth it. This is also good for reaching places of a particularly high hedge, for example, or making repairs on the roof of the arbor.
Pruning shears/rose shears
What pruning shears can do on a large scale, rose shears or secateurs can do on a small scale. This garden utensil is indispensable for cutting back smaller plants, for further shredding of green cuttings and for manual re-trimming of bushes and hedges.
Almost everyone is happy to have a more or less large lawn in his garden. After all, when the weather is nice, you also want to have a place in your green refuge to relax, barbecue and picnic (more on this below). Since the lawn also needs to be trimmed every now and then, a lawn mower is a must. Since the gasoline-powered devices are now banned, it should be an electric lawn mower.
Care of garden tools: preventing wear and tear
Basically, what has already been said in the last section applies: Since these are utensils that are used to perform rough work, wear and tear is inevitable in the long run. Sooner or later, you won’t be able to avoid sharpening the blades of your lawn mower (or replacing them after too much wear), buying a new handle for your rake and cultivator, or replacing rusted metal parts. However, with proper care, you can delay or avoid this in the long run.
- Clean your equipment regularly. Remove soil and leaf debris from metal parts from gaps and crevices.
- Protect equipment that is susceptible to rust. This includes transferring them back to the shelter after use (don’t leave them lying around outside), but treatment with rust remover, etc. may also be necessary.
- Oil equipment parts (for example, lawn mowers or wheelbarrows regularly), check the strength and wear of bolts, nuts and tires.