Hello Spring! It's time to get out of the house and get our hands dirty in the backyard or garden.
If you are new to gardening just like me, and you don't know where to start, perhaps reading the Low-budget Gardening Ideas article may give you some ideas and inspiration to find out what you really want for your garden.
Meanwhile, I've recently bought some basic gardening tools from the store which are essential for beginners in gardening.
A hand trowel is useful for digging small holes and loosening the earth. It has a scooped-shape metal blade which is helpful to scoop soil / materials and moving things around in a small amount. Trowel can also be used for smoothing, planting, weeding and mixing.
You will need a garden fork to rake out stones and weeds for overall garden care and maintenance. Shaped like a fork, it is commonly used for loosening, turning and lifting of soil.
Secateurs or better known as pruning / hand shears are similar to scissors but only used for plants. This tool is especially useful for trimming branches of trees, plants and shrubs. There are various brands out there so I would suggest to try out a few by getting a feel of its ergonomics.
Grass shears are particularly great for cutting and trimming grass around the edges. The angled position makes it easy to cut the grass in a standing position.
Garden hose is a must-have to supply water for your plants in the garden. A good quality hose should be durable, flexible and smooth enough to pass through trees, poles and shrubs.
Dust mask is necessary for those who are allergic to dust and prone to sinus infection. Cover up with dust mask to minimize the chances of breathing air with high dust and pollen count (especially during blooming season)
Protect your hands against dirt, scratches and minor cuts by wearing hand gloves when handling plants in the garden. Choose a fitting pair with good grips and most importantly comfortable to wear for long hours.
As you progress further and getting more involved in gardening, the list of essentials will continue to grow. This article suggests only the basic necessities for beginner gardeners to get started.