Never in my life have I been so excited to see the trees bud. After a year of using the great outdoors as our refuge from never-ending Zoom calls and the safest place to see loved ones, we’re forming a deeper bond with nature. If you’re itching to get out into the garden (whether that’s your yard or a collection of pots on a window sill), you’ll want to get your gardening tools now so you’re not stuck digging holes with a serving spoon come June.
Having the proper tools means you’ll be able to care for your plants the right way, making it easier for you and more fruitful for your leafy babies. Shop 10 options below.
10 gardening tool essentials
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1. Tula Plants & Design Niwaki Mainichi Secateurs
Pruning shears are a gardening necessity. “Simply put, you’ll need them for removing dead stems or leaves, which allows for new growth,” says Rachel Mayo, the plant expert behind @growinthelight. “When I prune my plants, they grow bigger and faster. It’s similar to trimming the dead ends on your hair to allow it to flourish.”
2. Bosmere Kent & Stowe Stainless Steel Potting Trowel
A trowel is great for digging and moving around soil. This trowel from Bosmere is equipped with measurement ticks so you know exactly how deep you’re digging, which is great for planting bulbs.
3. Tula Plants & Design Niwaki Garden Snips
Because garden snips are smaller than pruning shears, you can use them to get really precise cuts. “They’re good for propagating, while shears are larger and better suited for pruning back unruly branches, stems, and leaves,” says Nick Cutsumpas, the plant coach and urban farmer behind Farmer Nick.
4. Bed Bath and Beyond Heavy Duty Gardening Apron
Protect your clothes from dirt and keep your tools handy with this heavy-duty gardening apron. It features seven pockets of varying sizes to stash your goods.
5. Sophie Conran Everyday Gardening Gloves
Keep your hands clean with these gardening gloves—you can thank us later for saving you that time spent scrubbing to get dirt from under your fingernails.
6. Tula Plants & Design Industrial Watering Can
Watering cans make caring for your plants so much easier. Use it in the house so you don’t have to bring each plant to the sink for a drink, and use it outside for potted plants that you don’t want to lug your hose over to.
7. Plantx Moisture Meter
The time of year and the amount of light your plants get from day to day impact how often and how much you should water your plants. Take the guesswork out with a moisture meter that checks the moisture content in the soil.
8. Bosmere BosNeeleze Luxury Garden Kneele
If you plan to spend hours out in the garden digging and planting, this cushioned pad will be a lifesaver.
9. Tula Plants & Design Spray Bottle
A spray bottle is great for your plants that crave humidity. “I keep a glass spray bottle filled with water and essential oils so that I can mist my plants daily,” says Mayo. “I sometimes even spray them twice daily.”
10. Williams Sonoma Gardening Seat & Tool Kit
Make shopping easier on yourself and get all of your outdoor gardening tools at once with this kit. It includes five chromed-steel tools, a carrying tote, and a stool.
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