Gardening tools and equipment are diverse and of different categories. Their choices and uses depend on the size and configuration of the garden as well as the possible presence of other infrastructures. In addition, a garden could be an extension of your inner world and deserves a well-designed and customized setting. The space in your garden could very well host a picnic or be a haven of peace and a place of recreation.

Some gardening tools and equipment are essential to have at home, regardless of your garden’s size and condition. They are instruments used to permanently maintain your entire garden and carry out small gardening tasks. There also are ground level and soil work, such as mowing the lawn, weeding or transplanting flowers, and aerial work which consists of trimming leaves, flowers or hedges. A well-maintained garden is, however, incomplete without special arrangements for every nook and cranny.

Tools adapted to gardening work

In order for your garden to always look great, different gardening tasks, which require the use of adequate and effective tools, need to be carried out. To work the land in your garden, you need a spade or a hoe. The rake is necessary for raking the ground and picking up leaves and plant debris in order to keep an area clean and tidy. If you want to do plantation work, you need to have a transplanting trowel, necessary to plant young seedlings, or a simple dibble to plant seeds. Cutting and pruning are necessary for plant growth and for giving trees and shrubs a nice shape. It is thus recommended to have clippers or shears to trim shrubs and branches and pruning shears for hedges. If your garden has fruit trees, possession a billhook is useful for cutting off dead and useless branches. For the maintenance of lawn and plants, you need a push or reel style lawnmower, watering cans and sprayers for treating plants and flowers. Last but not least, the wheelbarrow is an essential piece of equipment for any gardener. It is used to carry gardening materials (soil, compost, plants, crops) and to remove various debris and grass clippings.

Accessories for the garden’s layout

Your garden must be well organized by arranging the various utility installations and decorative functions according to the available space. You can bring personal touches by choosing your own layout elements for the entire garden, without overloading it. These accessories, such as a garden table, deckchairs, armchairs, hammocks and parasols, must be tasteful and trendy. Their respective sizes must be proportional to the size of your garden. It is an extension outside of your home.

Currently, the tendency is to use plastic patio furniture. It is strong and resistant to weathering and UV rays. On top of that, it is not expensive. You can set up a small summer kitchen in one of your garden’s corners, and have friends and family over for barbecues. As for the decorative aspect, remember the garden’s primary purpose by arranging plants and flowers in a pleasant and decorative manner, regardless of whether they are in containers or planted in ground. Your personal contributions, such as paintings and photographs, will finally give the environment a singular look. Remember to regularly maintain these items to ensure their longevity. Also plan for a garden shed, in metal or in wood, to store equipment and some trash. It is better to build it in one of the garden’s discreet corners.

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Published in Garden maintenance by Alexander on 06 Jul 2011