From pruning saws to lawn aerators, garden tools are essentials for any green-fingered homeowner. Whether you want to create a kitchen garden, cut down a bush or build an elegant rose arch, the Houzz UK Shop offers a variety of implements for every garden task. Explore the site to find all the tools you need to keep your garden looking its best.
What are the basic tools for gardening?
If you just want to do a bit of basic planting, pruning and tidying, there are a few gardening essentials that will help you on your way. For those with an array of pots and planters on the patio or balcony, a garden fork, hand trowel and pair of gloves will likely be all you need. This will enable you to easily plant perennials, transfer seedlings and add soil conditioner to each pot. Watering cans and secateurs are also useful to have on hand, but you can make do with a jug and some scissors if necessary.
If you’re taking care of a larger outdoor space, you may require more than just basic hand tools. A lawnmower is pretty much an essential for lawn care, whilst hedge shears will help you keep any large bushes or shrubs in check. You may also require a spade and fork for any heavy-duty digging and tilling. A garden composter is a useful product to have as you can throw any grass clippings, prunings or loose leaves onto the heap to produce a rich soil conditioner for your flower beds.
Finally, it’s important to think about garden storage. If you have small children, you’ll want to keep any sharp tools and pest control substances safely out of reach. You can also extend the life of your gardening tools by keeping them in a dry place where they’re unlikely to rust or corrode. Check out our range of garden sheds
to find a storage solution that will work for your home.
Which garden tools to buy?
There are a wide range of garden accessories and tools available to help keep your backyard in tip-top condition. If you’re a fan of perfectly manicured lawns and hedges, consider investing in grass trimmers for those hard-to-reach corners and a leaf rake to keep falling leaves from turning to mulch on the grass. Power tools such as hedge trimmers are also handy to have if you want to experiment with topiary.
Keeping plants and flowers adequately hydrated in the (potentially) hot summer months is also something to bear in mind. If you have an outside tap, a garden hose makes it easy to water all your beds, whilst a pressure washer is also a useful implement for keeping decks and patios clean. Water butts make an environmentally-friendly option as they collect rainwater which is better for plants than tap water - keeping them green in both senses of the word.
How to clean garden tools
If you’ve invested in high-quality garden tools, the last thing you want to do is see them ravaged by rust and dirt. Most metal tools can be easily cleaned with hot, soapy water then gently scrubbed with wire wool to remove any stubborn stains. Check the manufacturer’s advice to see if the tools should also be oiled and store all garden implements off the floor in a dry place. Check out these nine garden storage solutions
for more ideas on how to keep tools safe and dry.