Whether you’re an occasional gardener or a green-fingered horticulturist, properly tending to your garden can require a vast amount of equipment. Although you can collect the more specialised tools later as you gain more experience and expertise, there are some garden tools
and accessories that every gardener should own. Even if you don’t plan on getting your hands dirty at all with gardening, there are plenty of ways to tidy up and style your garden area; whether that’s installing a garden shed or irrigation system, sorting your garden gates and fencing or putting up awnings or gazebos.
What garden tools do I need?
When it comes to planting and maintaining your garden, your arsenal of tools should include shearers, a spade, shovel and rake, along with a wheelbarrow to haul away the unnecessaries. To keep your garden organised, you will need twine to designate specific plots and garden labels to distinguish between similar-looking plants.
If you need to tackle a large garden or one that’s been overrun with weeds, you’ll need large tools for the job. Lawn mowers, strimmers, leaf blowers and even chainsaws may be needed to tame your garden back to submission.
As a gardener (or soon-to-be gardener), you’ll likely spend a good portion of your Saturdays toiling out in the dirt, so be sure to buy the necessary accessories to protect yourself, too. Wearing gardening gloves makes the process of pulling weeds a little less arduous, while a hat and sunglasses can help you avoid sunburn during those long days in the garden.
And finally, don’t forget you'll need watering equipment
to keep your plants happy! Have a garden hose, water irrigation system or watering can on hand to make the irrigation process a breeze.
How do garden irrigation systems work?
Watering your garden can essentially be done one of two ways; by hand and using a water irrigation system for gardens. Watering by hand is normally done using a garden hose, whereas an irrigation system involves a network of pipes which deliver water to your plants around the garden.
Which garden irrigation system should I get?
There are a few different types of irrigation systems to choose from; drip irrigation, micro spray jets, mini sprinklers and pop up sprinklers. Which one you decide on will depend on your requirements:
- Drip Irrigation System:
This is best for flower beds, hanging baskets, greenhouses, plant pots and vegetable patches. It works by releasing water slowly and directly to the soil. It applies the water to the roots of the plants and allows the water to soak into the soil. Because of this, it’s highly efficient and reduces water consumption.
- Micro Spray Jets:
Micro spray irrigation covers a larger area than drip irrigation and therefore is well suited to watering large flower beds, ground covers and sandy soil. Whilst it provides many of the same benefits as drip irrigation, it uses more water making it more susceptible to overwatering.
- Sprinkler Systems:
Sprinklers cover the largest surface area and therefore are best for watering lawns and large vegetable patches. Pop up sprinklers are installed underground and pop up when activated. They are more efficient than other types of lawn sprinklers. Mini sprinklers sit above the ground, use large drops of water and can cover up to a 5 metre radius. They are less efficient than pop up models.
What else might I need to consider when designing my garden?
Your garden doesn’t just have to be about the plants, there are plenty of other aspects to an outside space that you can improve upon. Garden sheds, or other garden structures, can be extra rooms, studios or offices that get you closer to the outdoors, or, of course, they can offer bags of extra storage space for outdoor items. On a slightly smaller scale, you can create an outdoor shelter with awnings, gazebos and canopies. Simple and lightweight, a gazebo
or awning can instantly create a shaded, private area in your garden, perfect for outdoor dining, parties or simply relaxing.
If considering a patio or paved area, you’ll also need to look at paving stones and other hardscaping to determine what look and style you’d like. Garden gates and fencing
are also important for security, privacy and tidiness, so take a look through the different garden fencing and gate options available online, too. You could stick with traditional wooden gates and wooden garden fencing, or go more contemporary with steel, or vintage with cast iron.
When it comes to more practical gardening and irrigation items, don’t forget compost bins, hoses, lawn mowers and watering cans to keep your garden looking spick and span.