Just about any gardener has some form of gardening equipment. In fact, it is practically impossible to maintain a garden without using any gardening equipment whatsoever. The type of gardening equipment you will require will depend upon the size and layout of your garden, your personal gardening ability, the time you are willing to invest in your garden, and finally how much cash you are prepared to invest.

While many gardeners do not have expensive high-tech gardening equipment, it is essential that you at least have some type of gardening apparatus for cultivating. Tools for cultivating include both handheld tools and power equipment, and the type you will need will be determined by how serious a gardener you are. Hand tools include your everyday equipment like shovels, spading forks, rakes and trowels. These can all be utilised to get a garden prepared for planting. These tools are relatively easy to use and do not require much maintenance or preparation to use.  Other equipment you may consider would include a steering wheel cultivator, pickaxe and mattock.

Gardening Power Tools

While power tools certainly are a bit more expensive than hand tools they are less labour intensive, so ideal for a larger garden or open space.  An essential piece of gardening equipment is the tiller. The tiller will split up the ground and get it ready for planting. It will chop up any debris and help mix in compost and fertilizer. Tillers are not cheap so you may consider hiring someone or renting a tiller. Other incredibly popular power tools include chippers, shredders and chain-saws.

Shrubs & hedges

If you have shrubs, hedges or little trees in your lawn, pruning tools are an essential addition to your gardening apparatus. Pruning shears are best for branches about 3/4 " in size, while lopping shears are designed for branches from half an inch to about 2 inches up. Pole pruners are on a pole and may reach branches about 15 feet above ground. Hedge shears and pruning saws are both larger, more durable pruning equipment for the serious gardener.

General Gardening Equipment

Irrigation

Since your plants need to be regularly watered so that they survive and remain healthy, you will need some type of watering equipment. Most gardeners cannot do without a watering hose. Installing sprinklers or drip irrigation hoses are other options and are great for maintaining lush green lawns. If you are willing to spend the extra cash, you can fit your sprinklers or drip hoses with a timer. 

Gardening without any gardening tools, whilst possible will be a nightmare. Sure you may enjoy getting a little dirty when planting flowers but without the right basic tools you risk damaging your plants and not preparing the soil well enough. Gardening equipment is part of gardening, it is as significant as the dirt and the seeds. Our advice is to get the essentials you need and then build up your gardening tool collection from there. If you require any advice our Garden Centre staff are only too happy to offer you their professional advice, so contact us or pop round. Happy Gardening!!