So you want to start a garden, eh? You’ve waited years for that moment where you have the space in your yard to do it. Or maybe you’ve just volunteered for a community garden but you haven’t a garden tool to your name? Well Harbor Freight Tools is here to help!
Garden tools can be broken down into two basic categories: tools for working the soil / planting and tools for maintaining your plants.
Soil and Planting Tools:
Round-point shovel – this shovel is made for loosening and moving soil and digging planting holes
Manure fork - the name is a bit daunting but historically speaking manure was fertilizer and something was needed to move this around. This tool is also useful for aerating your compost pile
Garden rake – this is great fro breaking up smaller clumps of dirt and working soil amendment / fertilizer into the top of a garden bed
Garden Maintenance Tools:
Bypass pruner - you need at least one good bypass pruner for routine plant maintenance such as deadheading roses, shaping shrubs, or cutting off that annoying branch growing in exactly the wrong spot. It’s nice to have to them in several sizes for larger or smaller jobs, but an 8-inch pruner should suffice most of the time
Snips - these are necessary for reaching into tight spaces to snip off tiny twigs
Loppers - these are used for removing branches
Pruning saws - when branches are too big for loppers you’ll need a pruning saw to take them down
Garden sprayer - the best way to disseminate plant food or pest control (organic of chemical)
Gloves - of course! Don’t forget these. You’ll need to protect your hands from thorns and insects an other things that might be lurking in the soil
As you continue to work on your garden, you’ll get a feel for these tools and may find other nifty gadgets that will help you out. But for now you’ve got a good starter kit to get you going and all at the ridiculously low prices that you can only find at Harbor Freight Tools.