Must-Have Garden Tools for Your Home

These are the fundamental tools you need if you want to maintain the garden at your home.
Must-Have Garden Tools for Your Home

Last update: 28 January, 2019

Do you love to garden? Do you spend lots of your free time planting things and maintaining yours? You might like this article. We’re going to tell you about some of the must-have garden tools you should keep around the house.

There’s a huge variety of tools, starting with the basics and them some more specific things. What you need will depend on what exactly you want to do, and how big your garden is.

Garden tools: the basics

You just need the basics if you have a small-medium garden. There’s no point getting huge machines if your garden doesn’t need it. All you really need are basic tools for simple tasks, like planting, re-planting, digging, trimming, etc. Here are some of the garden tools you’ll want:

  • Gardening gloves
  • Watering can
  • Garden shovel
  • Rake
  • Pruning shears

Gardening gloves

gardening gloves

You need to wear gardening gloves to protect your hands. They’re easy to find at hardware stores and plant nurseries. They’ll protect your hands from dirtiness, blisters, cuts, and toxic things like pesticides. Always be safe and use them whenever you’re gardening.

Watering can

watering can or sprayer

A watering can is a must-have for a small garden, partly because you don’t have too much area to water. One  watering can will be plenty for keeping all your plants and flowers properly watered.

They also come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Choose the one you like best for watering your garden!

Garden shovel

garden shovel

Garden shovels are super practical tools to have in any garden. You can use them to dig up soil, plant, and re-plant anything you want to. Make sure yours has a pointed end because that makes it much easier to dig.


You don’t have a full gardening set if you don’t have a rake. You can get smaller, hand-held ones that look like forks or the more traditional ones the size of brooms. They’re both good for gardening tasks, it just depends on how big the project you’re doing is.

You can use the bigger rake for moving soil around and getting the surface flat before you plant grass, for example. You can use the smaller one for the same things, but in smaller sections of your garden, like flower beds.

Pruning shears

pruning shears

Lastly, pruning shears are also good to have in your basic garden tool set. You could either get the kind with wooden handles that you have to use with two hands or the hand-held kind.

Two-handed pruning shears are better for pruning and trimming medium-sized bushes. The smaller ones are better for thin branches and flowers.

Garden tools for bigger gardens

Those are the basic garden tools for any garden, but you’ll need some extra equipment if you have a big one. That includes things like a lawnmower, a sprinkler, and a wheelbarrow.

They’re also necessary if you have a large space to take care of. Read on to learn about these three tools in greater depth.



Lawnmowers are machines that help cut the grass in your lawn. They can be a bit expensive but tend to last a long time. It’s a good idea to have one if you have a huge lawn to maintain.


You also need some kind of irrigation system if you want to keep your garden or lawn looking nice. This means having  a long hose or a sprinkler system outside your houseTry to keep them well organized and out of the way to avoid tripping on them or stepping on them.



Wheelbarrows are a tool you can use to move around all kinds of things in your garden. You can put earth in them and move it from one place to another. You could also use it to store all the garden tools you need and move them around outside your house. Wheelbarrows can carry a lot of weight and are really easy to move. 

As you can see, there are lots of different kinds of garden tools. So, you’ll have to start by figuring out your own needs and what you want to do with your garden before you buy anything. Then, pick out the ones you need and like best and get gardening!

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