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Home Gardening Tools, and Their Uses

Home Gardening Tools and Their Uses

Today, we talk about home gardening tools and their primary uses. Beautiful landscape, trailing vines, beautiful flowers with delicious fresh fruits all together is no less than a dream. But have you wondered how it can turn into reality!!. Some say, purchase some seeds drop it on soil, water it and that’s it, rest nature does the wonders itself. But that’s not the complete story. I would rather say gardening is an art which needs hard work and nature’s touch both.

When our ancestors “the cavemen” started growing their own food very first they invented their tools to culture plants on the soil. They understood the dynamics of gardening and hence they made it clear that for successful gardening you not only require land, water, and seeds but also reliable tools and this was the rise of agriculture and gardening.

So, Gardener’s recipe is, one part soil two parts water, a handful of seed and lot field pampering

For pampering your soil you need the right tools because they are the gardener’s weapon. Gardening tools have evolved a lot with time according to our convenience and with creativity. From ploughing the land to sowing seeds to harvesting fruits and flowers we have a variety of tools.

What are the basic tools for home gardeningHow to use gardening tools?

If you are a budding gardener and figuring out the nuts and bolts, there are many gardening tools available that you should consider adding to your basket and might get overwhelmed by the range of tools offered at your local gardening supply store. All of the gardening tools have their uses, but certain tools are more necessary than others. The best way is to familiarize yourself with some of the most basic tools so you have everything that you require to grow an attractive garden.

So we have answers to all your questions we have figured out we’ve zero down some of the must have gardening tools and their uses especially for the home gardening purpose

List of basic gardening tools for home gardening:

Varius Gardening Tools.
Varius Gardening Tools.
Garden Gloves

Technically it is not a gardening tool but I believe gloves to be an indispensable item used in gardening. Gloves not only shield your hands from getting muddy but also protect you from injury. Especially when you have to deal with thorny branches or prickly plants, gloves protect your hands and wrists from scratches, scrapes, and splinters. For people with sensitive skin gardening gloves aren’t optional.  Gloves are essential in the garden to avoid rashes and allergic reactions from plants, fertilizers, and other chemicals. Gone are the days when only options were sticky opaque gloves nowadays even garden gloves have enough variety and shades. Even if you are fond of listening to music while gardening touch screen gloves are also available in various online gardening goods site.

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Hand Trowel:

A trowel is a must tool whether you are gardening in containers, raised beds, or directly in your yard. It is easy to handle and works well for weeding, mixing, digging, turning up the soil. When choosing a trowel, go for a cast or forged style because it resists bending if you encounter rocks in your soil. Hand trowels are perfect for transferring soil into pots or planting seedlings and bulbs. The trowel is scooped shaped so it allows you to lift the plant itself from the soil for transplanting. A hand trowel comes in trendy bright shades of color making it appealing and an easy to spot in your green garden if lost.


A spade is one of the must-have gardening tools since it utilized to dig and move soil when planting plantlets. If you need to transplant a plant, a spade is handy as it is perfect to “cut out” the plant from the dirt and then dig a new place for it. It usually has a flat, rectangular blade that allows you to dig with carefully and with accuracy especially in established gardens where you don’t want to disturb already existing plants. It can also be used to rogue out weeds that have deep root systems especially those stubborn unwanted plants that can’t pull out by hand. A spade can also be used for breaking up roots, sod and weeds because its tip is usually pointed. You should opt for a spade with a smooth metal surface so soil and other materials slide off with ease. The terms spade and shovel are usually used interchangeably, but a shovel characteristically has a curved blade that works best for scooping soil, not digging.

Garden Rake:

My little sisters call it garden broom. Well, a bow rake or lawn rake is used to clear fallen leaves or spread mulch. It’s also perfect for levelling soil in a new or existing bed or breaking up soil clumps for levelled and porous soil surface. Fancy rakes are available with plastic or wooden body but a metal style always standouts as a better option because it is sturdy, durable and is usually more effective in smoothing and breaking up the soil.

Gardening Rake.
Gardening Rake.
Pruning Shears:

There is a variety of pruning shears available in the market with different names such as garden shears or garden scissors. It is another useful and unavoidable asset used in gardening no matter how you garden. A lot of stem cutting and trimming has to be done when maintaining a garden so it can be handled with a good pair of pruning shears. It is essential for harvesting herbs, fruits, and vegetables and also great for cutting thick stems and small branches for new transplanting. Experienced gardeners also utilize this tool for grafting operations.


These are the bigger sister of pruning shears having the same action but loppers are used for cutting and trimming hard stems of trees or shrubs. Loppers are perfect for keeping the growth of your hedge under control or removing diseased branches. While shopping for loppers, make sure you pay attention to the maximum thickness the loppers will cut according to your need.


Also known as a dandelion digger. As we know weeds can quickly take over a garden or yard if they are not removed so there weeder comes at rescue. It is a basic gardening tool which eases your pain of uprooting obnoxious weeds with a taproot. A hand weeder is small, about the size of a regular garden trowel and has a similar handle in size and shape. Its handle is attached to a long, thin metal pole that ends in two forking tines. Simply use your other hand to hold the top of the weed and push the hand weeder to handle down like a lever toward the soil to pull the root of the weed up. Like this, it pulls up the entire weed out of the ground without leaving behind any roots that will resprout.


Commonly known as bulb planter which is solid, stainless steel construction with ash wood handles. It is a simple T shaped tool used by gardeners to poke and create holes in the ground. It is useful for creating holes and furrows for sowing seeds or seedlings into the soil. A dibbler is used for planting bulbs, tubers, small plants, and sometimes seeds. It comes in many different shapes and sizes. A dibbler is used by pushing the tapered end into the soil to the depth required by plant seedling and twisting it to loosen the soil.

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