Just about every gardener has some type of Garden Equipment. In reality, it’s almost inconceivable to have a garden without making use of gardening equipment. What kind of gardening equipment you employ depends upon the size and extent of your garden, what you are equipped to handle, how much time you want to invest, and last but not least, the amount of money you want to spend.
Garden equipment includes both hand held tools and power tools. The type you purchase will depend on how serious of a gardener you are and whether you enjoy doing some manual labor.
Hand tools include your basic items such as shovels, spading forks, garden rakes, trowels, and diggers. Most of these can all be used to prepare a garden for planting. Most of these garden tools are easily to use and do not require a lot of muscle to use. A few other tools for example are a wheel cultivator, pickax, and mattock.
While power tools typically cost more than hand tools, they reduce the amount of manual labor. The most important piece of gardening equipment is without question would be the garden tiller. The garden tiller breaks up garden soil in preparation for planting, chop up any debris, and mixing in fertilizer and/or garden compost. If you have a lot of rocks and dirt to move then a metal wheelbarrow would be best. If you are planning on doing light to medium gardening then a plastic model would be suitable. There are also small garden carts that may be more appropriate.
If you don’t want to invest the money on a roto tiller you can hire someone or rent a tiller from your local garden center for a one time use. Other popular do it yourself equipment chippers, garden shredders, and chain-saws. In fact nowadays there is a machine for almost everything that you can think of. Why spend hours doing something by hand when a machine can do it faster and probably better?
For those who have shrubs, hedges, or small trees in your yard, pruning tools are a very important piece of gardening equipment. Pruning shears are perfect for branches that are about three-quarter inch in diameter, while lopping shears are designed for branches from about a pinkies diameter to a maximum of two inches. Pole pruners are mounted on a pole and may reach branches about fifteen (15) feet above the ground. They are a lot safer than using a ladder and regular pruners. You have both feet on the ground and there is no risk of falling off the ladder when trying to reach that particular branch to cut. There are also, hedge shears and pruning saws which tend to be bigger and heavier duty.
Basically your plants require water to thrive and live, and let’s be realistic, it does not rain whenever you would like it to. Actually it only rains as soon as your wash your car (just kidding). Therefore gardening equipment for watering is necessary as well. The one thing you cannot do without would be a garden hose, everything else is optional. Many gardeners use sprinklers, drip irrigation hose, and electronic timers to automate the process.
I’ve been gardening for a number of years and I own a wheelbarrow, shovel, garden rake and a pitch fork. This is all the gardening equipment I need for my 8 x 4 raised garden bed. I don’t mind a little physical labor once in a while. I also own a few tomato cages and plastic snap together cages that adjust to the plant as it’s growing (these are great for green peppers). For tomato plants you are best off with the wire cages six foot high at least, as tomatoes like to climb. I’ve found that if you can spend a little money on the better gardening equipment, it will save you money in the long run. The gardening equipment will last you a long time and perform better. There is nothing more frustrating than working with a cheap flimsy garden tool.
There are numerous other types of gardening equipment available that you may be interested in. What you should think about is how helpful you think each item will be and how much money you need to spend to make your gardening experience a bit easier.
There are a lot of things available that most folks do not need to buy. It all depends on how much you want to invest in your new hobby. Something that makes life easier for you is always worth it and if you plan on using it.