Basic Tools for Gardeners

These are the tools you'll need to get started in the garden

January 28, 2011

While experienced gardeners are likely to have three times this many tools in the shed, this list will give you a basic idea of the tools you'll need to have to take care of a home landscape:

  • Shovel
  • Spading fork
  • Leaf rake
  • Bow rake
  • Leather garden gloves
  • Pruning shears
  • Trowel
  • Sprayer (even if it's just a hand-held, window cleaner type)
  • Wheelbarrow

Different regions of the country also have their own specialized tools. In areas with heavy clay or rocky soil, for example, it sometimes takes a pick to break through the subsoil. In the Southwest, a tool called a caliche bar (also known as a crowbar) is used to pole holes in the concrete-like caliche soil.