5 Tools Every Home Gardener Should Have
Are you a new homeowner, new to the landscaping world, or just want better tools to care for your yard? It can be overwhelming trying to choose from all of the different options that are out there. The best way to build up a collection of tools and supplies is little by little. Adding one new item a month can help you keep a supply of items you need to maintain a healthy landscape! If you want to learn some of the basic landscaping items you should always keep in your garage or shed, read this article.
Item #1: Fresh Soil
You might be thinking, “why do I need bags of soil if I have lots of dirt in my yard?”. While you may have a lot of dirt at hand, potting soil can come in handy in lots of different situations! It’s good to repot plants every once and a while, and bagged soil that you find in your home improvement store tends to have a better soil structure than the topsoil you have around your home. When planting new plants, using good quality soil with perlite and other structure amenders will give it the best chance at survival.
Item #2: A Good Pair of Gloves
Never underestimate the power of a good pair of gloves. Have you ever gotten a blister from digging or working in the yard? Not having proper gloves makes it easy to injure yourself, and makes it nearly impossible to be consistent in your gardening. Protecting your hands and avoiding injuries is always a good idea! Try to find some that are comfortable, waterproof, and durable.
When looking for gloves that are right for the job, the most important thing to do is try them on and make sure they fit you. Gloves that are too big or too small will always end up being a disappointment. Take some time to move your hands around and pick things up with the gloves on before you buy them. This will guarantee that they’re a good purchase.
Item #3: A Good Lawn Mower
Notice how the item here is “a good lawnmower” and not just “any old lawnmower”. Mowers can be pricey, and lawn mowing tends to be people’s least favorite garden chore. If this is true for you, finding a good one will make the task a lot more doable. If you have a big yard, it might be a good idea to find a riding model that will allow you to sit down. Even finding a lawnmower that’s easier to use can make all the difference. Tall grass is any homeowner’s worst nightmare, and if you actually like your lawnmower, you’ll be more motivated to regularly cut your grass and keep your yard looking pristine. It’s worth the investment!
Item #4: Fertilizer
A lot of people feel intimidated when trying to purchase fertilizer or trying to figure out when to apply it. The best thing you can do is keep a variety on hand for different circumstances. When you first buy fertilizer, look for one with a general blend of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. These are the nutrients that are usually deficient in plants and will come in handy the most often. Once you have a base of general fertilizer, you can get more specific ones with micronutrients that your plants might need at any given time. If you aren’t sure when or where to apply a certain kind of fertilizer, be sure to contact a professional landscaping company.
Item #5: A Long Hose
Hoses can be useful in many different situations, and to get the most out of your time working in the garden, you should have a long hose that can reach all the nooks and crannies of your property! There will probably be times when you need to spot treat a dry patch, or you may introduce new plants to your yard that a drip-line doesn’t reach. Whatever the situation is, it’s always good to have a trustworthy hose on hand for when you need it.
Along with the hose, you should invest in a good-quality nozzle that can adjust to different settings. When watering delicate annual flowers, you might want to use a mist or light spray. When watering hardy shrubs or patches of grass, a stronger setting might be better. The more intense “jet” like settings can come in handy for cleaning up!
These are 5 items every gardener should have on hand. Add these items to your garage or tool shed to be prepared for any landscaping situation. For more tips and information, be sure to read our weekly blog posts.