Gardening Ideas and Useful Tools for Gardening

Tools for Gardening

There are many tools for gardening that gardeners tend to manage without for years, then once purchased they wonder how they coped before. Wheelbarrows, compost bins, and incinerators are examples. They are not essentials but, once the basic tools for gardening have been purchased, are well worth acquiring.

The following all come under non-essential tools for gardening but you wouldn’t be without them once you’ve got them:



2-wheels-wheelbarrow Wheelbarrows are almost essential for carrying soil, paving slabs, concrete and so on. The conventional single-wheel design is still popular, but sturdy construction is the thing to look for. A substantial barrow, preferably with a pneumatic tyre, is invaluable when making a new garden. 

A lighter barrow is satisfactory for carrying mowings, prunings and similar light loads on a firm surface. In this case you might consider buying a lightweight two-wheel barrow into which rubbish can be swept when the front is tipped to the ground.



Sieves are handy if you prepare your own compost for seed-sowing and potting. Shape is unimportant; a 6mm (1/4in) mesh is suitable for most purposes.


Compost Bins

Compost bins are especially useful in small gardens, where home-made containers may look unsightly. A proprietary bin, complete with lid and finished in green, is unobtrusive. Sliding panels allow easy removal of compost and it also has ventilator holes.



Incinerators are purpose-made from sheet metal or wire ensure a good draught for efficient burning and keep the bonfire within bounds. Wire-mesh containers that fold can be stored under cover to prevent rusting.


Hose and Reel

A hose and reel can make watering less of a tiresome chore. A 12mm (1/2in) plastic hose, preferably stored on a reel, is essential in any garden too large to be watered with a can. Patent couplings, tap connectors and nozzles are easily fitted without tools. Some hose reels are mounted on wheels; others are designed for attaching to the wall of a shed or garage.



Sprinklers avoid the need for you to be tied to the end of the hose. Oscillating types spread water over a rectangular area; fixed and rotating sprinklers cover a circle. Perforated hoses, or lay-flat tubing for attaching to the supply hose, are ideal for row crops.



Watering cans are needed for pot plants and containers and for the many occasions when it is not worth unreeling a hose. One with a gallon (4.5 litre) capacity and a long spout is best for greenhouse work. Outdoors, a can twice this size is preferable. Most are now made of plastic, which may split if used roughly.



Sprayers are needed in practically every garden to apply insecticides and fungicides. Where fruit is grown it is convenient to have two — a small one, holding a pint or two (1-litre), for treating individual plants; and a larger one, holding at least a gallon (4.5 litres), for major applications of tar-oil wash if you have many fruit trees. 

Some sprayers need continual pumping; others, first pressurized by pumping, give a continuous output. 

The simplest types of syringe can be recharged by inserting the nozzle in the spray liquid after each stroke. More sophisticated types draw the liquid through a tube placed in the bucket and eject the spray at each forward and backward movement of the plunger.


There are of course many other tools for gardening that can assist you and make your life much easier when tending to either your garden or an allotment.  Powered tools are great gardening ideas and can generally make the job easier and are a big help as a form of labour-saving gardening tools and then you will also need some lawncare garden tools if you have a grass lawn.


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06. September 2010 by admin
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