Gardening is a labor of love. When you adore seeing the first bulbs of spring starting to poke their heads out of the soil and the trees start to get their first green leaves of the new season, gardening is a hobby that feels less like work and more like a vacation from life’s worries. Whether you have been gardening for years or you are just starting your first planter garden on your pack porch, you know that the right tools for the job make it a whole lot easier to make the most out of your gardening time. Maybe you haven’t started the process of building your tool collection, or perhaps your tools are so well-loved they need to be replaced. Either way, now is a great time to invest in the best garden hand tools that will last you for years to come and make your time in the garden even more fruitful.

First, let’s cover the basic hand tools that will make your gardening journey successful and fun. The first tool that you have probably already thought of is the trowel; this little shovel is perfect for digging in small spaces, like flower pots and gardens, where you only need little holes for planting. A weeder is perfect for penetrating the soil so that you can dig up weeds by the root. A hand rake is perfect for moving dead leaves and other debris out of the way of your work space, while a double hoe has a side for chopping and pulling and a side for scratching into the soil around plants with three or more tongs. When it comes to cutting, you will also find it helpful to have a pair of pruning shears around for small jobs, along with hedge shears for bigger branches.

As you work, you will discover the tools that you use the most. You’ll also find that there are some jobs that require a tool you don’t yet have, which is why it’s vital that you monitor your work and decide what jobs are too long or too hard; those jobs likely have a specialized tool that will speed things up so that you’re not wasting valuable energy. Getting your tools in a set can be very helpful as well! Many tool kits come in convenient carrying cases that you can tote around the yard easily, keeping all your tools with you. Let us know if you have any questions!