Buy the best pruners you can afford and with proper care, they'll last forever. Buy a brand like Felco
that allows you to take apart the pruner for proper cleaning. They even offer replacement blades
in case yours become dull beyond repair.
2. Hori Hori Knife
Only the best garden tool ever! There is nothing a hori hori knife
can't do. It's one of those satisfying tools with multiple uses. It sculpts, cuts, and weeds. The hori hori blade in this post has ruler marks, so you can also use it to dig and plant blubs.
If you live in an area with stone and clay-rich soil or decomposed granite (that's me!) you need a mattock
. There are a number of different style mattocks available, but the most useful one has a narrow blade on one end of the head and a pick on the other. Both sides will loosen up the soil enough so you can start using your shovel.
4. Dandelion Weeder
If you have ever weeded a garden full of dandelions or other plants with deep tap roots, you, well, you probably used an old screwdriver at some point. Guilty! Buy a dandelion weeder
and then wonder why you didn't do it sooner. They're longer than screwdrivers, so they can go deeper. Plus, they're, like, made for digging up weeds and aren't that expensive.
5. Ergonomic Shovel
What's great about the Radius ergonomic shovel
is that the blade is sharp and heavy while the handle is lightweight fiberglass. No splinters! My favorite part is the circled top of the handle, which allows you to arrange your shoveling hand in various positions. This eases hand strain and reduces hand cramping. This lets you shovel longer which, in retrospect, maybe isn't all that great a selling feature.
6. Mill File
If you are going to spend money on expensive garden tools that will last forever, you're going to need to take care of them. Buy a mill file, or sharpening tool, for your shovels, hoes, pruners, etc. There are as many files as there are types of grass, but the GardenSharp
is easy to use and very popular.
I would have never thought to put up a coat hook outside, so I can't take credit for this idea. I read it in a book of tips for gardeners. The idea is to hang hooks for your hat, sweater, glasses, etc. so that you know where to look for them at the end of the day. This way, you don't leave precious items outside over night at the mercy of the elements.
8. Rain Wand
The rain wand
is a tool I didn't think I needed. I had a hose; I had a standard nozzle. I didn't think anything else until I tried to water fragile flowers like petunias and pansies. If you get a long enough wand, you can use it to water hard to reach corners and hanging plants.