There are many important tasks which must be performed in the garden such as weeding, pruning, digging, planting and watering. Careful selection of the right tools can help to complete these tasks more effectively.
Garden tools can be expensive, so it is obviously wise to keep expenditure to a minimum. However, it can be false economy just to buy the cheapest tools, as these will not last and may not be easy to use. This is especially important when selecting spades and forks, which can cause back problems if they are not chosen correctly to suit your personal requirements (e.g. height, weight).
The beginner can start off with a very basic set of tools, to which further equipment can be added, as and when required. The bare minimum of garden tools needed to perform the majority of garden tasks are a spade, fork, rake, hand trowel, hoe, pruners and a watering can.
For basic garden work the main tools you will need are:
Always but the best tools you can afford. Cheap flimsy products can be false economy, as they won't last, especially for regular usage. Its always better to buy less tools of higher quality than lots of cheap tools you don't really need. Better quality tools should last much longer, especially if you look after them well.
Choose the right tool for the job and ask for advice if you are not sure. Test before buying and select for comfort, balance, size and weight. For example, a tool that is too heavy can become very tiring to use over long periods.
If you are on a tight budget then good quality second hand tools can often be better than cheap new ones. A visit to a car boot sale, second-hand store, online auction site or a look through the classified ads in the local paper could be worth trying. You won't want anything that is heavily worn, loose, broken or damaged, so check carefully before you buy.
Other basic tools that may be needed include: