Essentials for Beginners in Gardening

When you are a beginner at gardening, there are so many things that you will be tempted to buy. But you need to concentrate only on the essentials. This way, you will also understand what you need when you start gardening.

Make sure that you stick to a budget when you are buying gardening tools and planters. There is no age restriction when it comes to gardening. And there are so many things that can make the activity easier. One issue when it comes to gardening is moving heavy pots from one place to another. You can easily solve this problem by using a planter box on wheels. You can easily move the plant so that it thrives getting the sunlight it needs. Make sure that you select a high quality planter box with heavy duty castors. When gardening, you have to think about safety. You may be dealing with plants that have thorns or you may get splinters from working without gloves. Make sure you choose a well-fitting glove so that it doesn’t slip off accidentally. They should also be water resistant and breathable so that you don’t feel uncomfortable.

When it comes to removing weeds and transplanting, a hand trowel will serve you well. You will notice that the blade comes in different sizes. A broad blade will be best for moving soil. And when digging, you can choose a narrow blade. Make sure that you purchase a good garden fork so that you can dig into the soil. This is great for turning piles of compost and scooping soil. When purchasing a garden fork, look at the shape of the tines. It is best to have square tines than flat tines as they will be stronger. They will not bend when you hit any solid objects. With straight tines, you will be able to dig better. Look at the ergonomics of the handle as well. Spades are great for digging holes to plant and moving soil from one place to another. If you are looking for a spade with more leverage, longer handles are best. But they also tend to be heavier. You can also go for stainless steel spades as they will not rust. It can be a bit expensive, however. Other tools include garden augers, hoes, rakes, garden hose, watering cans and a wheelbarrow.

Pruning is something that you can do on your own. So you can buy some pruning shears to get plants in order. There are different types of pruning shears as well. If you are dealing with live plants, you can get some bypass pruners. If you are pruning dead wood, it is best to go with anvil pruners. The latter type shouldn’t be used on live plants as it can cause damage. Make sure you sharpen your pruners regularly so that they make clean cuts. There is also a longer version of the pruners called loppers. Bypass loppers are known to be more precise. You can buy some lightweight loppers so that you don’t need to put in a lot of effort. They can be used for landscaping maintenance as they can help you reach areas that are far away and you will be able to cut thick branches as well. But if your gardening is limited to pots and containers, this is not something you will require.