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7 Essential Gardening Tools for Beginners

For those of you about to step into the amazing world of gardening, picking the most essential gardening tools can be confusing. But don’t you worry! We’ve got you covered. In this guide, you’ll find the ten most essential tools to be equipped to take care of your garden in the best possible way.

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Gardening Gloves

Let’s start with the basics: gloves!

Gardening can really be a hassle without the right pair of gloves to protect your hands from splinters and thorns. When picking your perfect pair of gardening gloves, keep in mind three essential characteristics. Your gloves should be durable but not bulky, they should be water and dirt resistant but breathable, and they should always protect the wrists. Be sure to get the fit right, as a poorly fitting pair could slip off or cause blisters.

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Hand Trowel

This versatile hand tool can be extremely useful for transporting bedding plants and herbs, planting containers and taking out weeds. Just keep in mind that the handle should fit comfortably in your hand and that a blade in stainless steel will last longer and will be more durable. Burgon & Ball’s National Trust Hand Trowel is the perfect choice for a trowel that will feel comfortable in your hand, and age well.


Hand prunes will help put plants that are getting out of control back in place and make them grow stronger. The ideal secateurs will have a durable and comfortable handle that contours to the hand for comfortable use, will have replaceable blades to last for years and a safety lock. There are two main types of secateurs – Anvil pruners; better for deadwood as they’re too strong for green stems, and bypass secateurs; better for live plants and greenwood. Remember to sharpen your secateurs’ blades often to ensure more quality and durability!  One of our go to’s is American made Corona secateurs. Made from high-quality steel, guaranteed for 10 years for both domestic and commercial application, Corona’s range will last you a lifetime.


Loppers are an important cutting tool; basically a long-handled pruner. Because of the long handles, their best use is to trim areas that are hard to reach or have thick branches. Just like pruners, they come in anvil and bypass types. Bypass loppers are more precise in cut location than anvil ones. They can be heavy, so it is important to base the length of which ones to buy on your specific need. Just ask yourself what you will need to cut and then look for the best ones for you. Just like any cutting tool, it’s important for you to keep them sharpened on a regular basis.

Watering Can(s)

Knowing the right type of watering for your plants is far more essential than you’d think it’d be. The two main materials that watering cans are made of are plastic and metal. Even though the plastic ones are lighter, we still suggest investing in a metal galvanized watering can. It will last longer, resist rusting and pollute less.

Since watering cans come in endless different sizes and shapes, we suggest two good ones for your collection; a larger one with a sprinkler head for the biggest outdoor plants, and a smaller one for indoor plants and seedlings. For a big watering can consider a two-handled design for better stability with a heavy can. For expertly crafted and long-lasting cans, check out Haws’ range below.


Spades can come in a wide range of different shapes, sizes, applicability and versatility. When choosing your spades you should always make sure that it has ergonomically designed hardwood handles that absorb and distribute shock effectively. Also, look for a stainless steel head that will resist rust and bending. Keep in mind, your spade should be thick and sharp enough to cut through roots in the ground.


Preferably, a multipurpose one! Multipurpose rakes will help you gather leaves, as well as shovel certain materials and soft soil. You should look for a multipurpose rake that is made from a light but strong material (e.g. polycarbonate).

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