"An apprentice carpenter may want only a hammer and saw, but a master craftsman employs many precision tools."
~ Robert L. Kruse
Most successful gardeners have built up an arsenal of favorite gardening tools and accessories. There's no doubt that having the proper tools is essential to the success of any gardener. It generally takes a few years to build up a cache of quality gardening tools, but with the proper care and handling, they can last for years.
Every gardener needs a hoe. Hoes are the perfect tool for heavy garden work. Your first hoe should probably be a draw hoe which is pulled toward the gardener and can be used to perform a number of important tasks such as weeding, digging and making furrows.
An aerator is another essential tool for your gardening tools set. They cut through the hard soil surface and 'work' the soil for two to three inches below the surface of the soil. It is the perfect tool to loosen the dirt around plants or to till a small garden spot.
Since much of gardening takes place on uneven surfaces for extended periods of time, a gardener's knees get overtaxed very easily. We recommend that you purchase knee pads.
An eye-catching, attractive thermometer can be the perfect way to dress up your patio, gazebo or pool area. There are high-quality hand-painted thermometers that depict all kinds of themes. Look for those that are crafted of durable, weather resistant cast resin.
There's nothing more frustrating than having your hose all tied up in knots. It doesn't take long for the new gardener to want a better solution. Take a look at the hose reels available. There are hose reels for every garden decor, from whimsical frog hose holders to classical bird themes; you'll be amazed at the array of hose reels that will keep your hose off the ground and knot free.
It seems like the decorating flair has touched almost every aspect of the gardening world. Now you can jazz up your faucet handles with all kinds of attractive handles. You can choose from butterfly, dragonfly and frog themes, to name a few popular handle types. A decorative faucet handle is a subtle way of telling your friends and guests that you are a serious gardener and that your yard is your paradise.
As you build your collection of gardening tools and accessories you will notice that your workload decreases and your enjoyment increases. Take some time to develop a plan and set some goals so that before long you have the necessary gardening tools. Happy gardening!