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8 garden tools
for beginners

T

he right tool for the job is essential to working
safely and efficiently. This is as true in the
workplace as it is in the garden.
Novice gardeners may not know where to begin in
regards to which tools they need. The following are eight
items that can serve as a solid foundation for beginning
gardeners.

1. Gloves: Your hands will be
working hard, so it pays to protect
them from calluses, blisters,
splinters, insects, and dirt. Look
for water-resistant gloves that are
also breathable.
2. Hand pruners: Hand pruners
are essential for cutting branches,
cleaning up shrubs, dead-heading
flowers, and various other tasks.
Choose ergonomic, no-slip
handles that will make work
easier. Rust-resistant, nonstick
blades also are handy.
3. Wheelbarrow: A wheelbarrow
can transport gear to garden
beds or tote dirt, leaves, rocks,
and other materials around the
landscape. A good wheelbarrow
is strong but light enough to
maneuver when full.
4. Loppers: Long-handled loppers
will fit the bill for thick branches.
The long handles provide leverage
to cut through branches an inch
or more in diameter.
5. Hand trowel: A hand trowel is a
handy tool that lets you dig holes
or unearth weeds. While shopping
for a trowel, consider getting a
hand-held garden fork, which can
aerate soil and cut through roots.

6. Hose/watering can: Keeping
gardens hydrated is part of
ensuring their health. That
makes a hose and a watering
can two invaluable tools to have
around. Invest in a lightweight,
expandable hose if storage
space is at a premium. An
adjustable nozzle will enable you
to customize the water flow as
needed. A watering can is an easy
way to tote water to hard-to-reach
pots and containers.
7. Garden kneeler: Gardeners
often bend and kneel while
working in the soil. That puts
pressure on the back and knees. A
comfortable garden kneeler with
memory foam or one made from
shock-absorbing material can
reduce aches and pains.
8. Garden hoe: Garden hoes till
soil, remove weeds and perform
many other tasks. A garden hoe
can be used along with a fullsized shovel, trowel and garden
rake.
This list is just the tip of the
garden tool iceberg. Visit a
garden center and speak with a
professional about other tools that
can be added to the mix.

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