The Best Gardening Tools for Every Gardener 
March 22, 2024

Whether you’re a beginner or a gardening veteran, tending a vegetable patch or your flowerbeds, it’s important to have all the best gardening tools at your disposal. With the essentials, you can get your jobs done more easily, efficiently and effectively. 

A few key tools will help you tackle the main gardening jobs season after season. Read our useful guide to find out the types of garden tools that are the best and most helpful to you all year round, and check out our full range for all the top brands, like Wilkinson Sword, Draper and more.  

 

The Essential Gardening Tools You Need  

The right tools will help you achieve your goals time after time, so it’s important you get the best ones for you. Here’s a handy list featuring the most essential gardening tools and what they’re for.

 

 

Gardening Gloves

No gardener can garden without their gloves. They’ll stop you getting thorned or stung and will provide general protection as you rip up weeds, prune prickly hedges or gather materials for the compost heap. Some are extra tough for more demanding garden jobs, but a regular pair of gardening gloves will suit you fine for everyday tasks. 

If you’re a beginner or occasional gardener, these Town & Country Master Gardener Lite Medium Gloves are just the job, while for more regular gardeners, these Draper Heavy Duty Large Leather Gardening Gloves are ideal. 

 

Garden Pruners

Pruners - otherwise known as secateurs - are must-have garden tools and essential all year round. Plants always need pruning and deadheading (removing spent flowers) as it helps keep your garden tidy and promotes healthy growth. If you’re not familiar with the term, deadheading is the practice of removing spent flowers to get rid of unsightly dead ‘heads’, promote more flowering later down the line and discourage unwanted seedlings from appearing in your flowerbeds. 

You might come across two types of pruners - bypass and anvil - but the bypass type are more helpful garden tools as they’re ideal for everyday pruning, cutting live plants with almost no damage. Anvil pruners will crush soft, live plant tissue as they’re more suitable for cutting through tough or dead wood, which is a much less common garden job.

 

Garden Hose 

Along with sunlight, plants need water most of all, and a top-up every now and then will help them thrive, particularly during the warmer months. Potted plants and hanging baskets especially need plenty of water, as do fruit trees and bushes to bring on plump, juicy fruits. A hose can really help speed up the job of watering - just make sure you choose the spray setting rather than full flow to avoid damaging delicate root systems. 

 

This 10m Draper hose has an expanding design that doesn’t kink, giving you an uninterrupted flow of water, while this Draper recoil hose is perfect for balconies. If you have a larger space, this 30m Draper Hose and Spray Gun Kit is a great choice. 

 

A Watering Can

 

A watering can or spray bottle would be classed more aptly as ‘equipment’ rather than tools but they’re certainly essential for maintaining a healthy garden. They’re ideal if you don’t have anywhere to attach or store a hosepipe, and they also use less water than hoses and so are a more eco-friendly option.

 

Hand Trowel for Gardening

A hand trowel is one of the most basic gardening tools as it’s essential for lots of jobs, including weeding, digging small holes to plant bulbs and scooping up soil when potting plants. Stainless steel ones are excellent as they’re durable and long-lasting, such as this Wilkinson Sword Trowel. If you want to avoid bending down as much, choose one with a longer handle like this Wilkinson Sword Long Handled Trowel

 

Garden Fork

With a garden fork you’ll be able to maintain the soil and prep your garden for planting. It will easily cut through stony ground and can be used to dig up large weedy areas, break up compacted or clay soil and aerate it. 

 

Opt for a hand trowel if you have a very small area to tend; go for a fork with a long handle if your area is larger. That way, you can use your body weight to press into the fork and dig down deep. 

 

A Rake

One of the most essential gardening tools for sowing, a rake breaks down soil into a fine texture and levels it off so it’s flat, which is perfect for starting off your seeds. You can also use a rake to gather up leaves during autumn of course, and use the back of one to tamp the ground and firm it down before laying turf.

 

A Garden Hoe

While a hand trowel is good for weeding small areas, a Dutch hoe is a must-have if you’ve got a larger area and don’t want to end up with backache. Lightweight to use, it clears weeds quickly and easily - much quicker than a small hand trowel would. While a fork would be used for very large weedy areas, a hoe is ideal for areas that aren’t quite as big and that aren’t completely overrun with tough weeds that have grown long, strong roots. 

A hoe will also help you dig shallow troughs for sowing seeds - simply tilt it diagonally and drag it evenly across the soil to create a line. 

 

Knee Pads or a Kneeler

Gardening can be back-breaking work sometimes, so knee pads and kneelers are godsends. Plus, weeding and planting can be time-consuming so it’s better to get right down low and use a kneeler. This way, you won’t end up with backache after long stretches of gardening - and you can prevent your clothes getting dirty too. 

This dual-purpose kneeler and seat lets you get down to ground level and features legs that double as arms to assist you when kneeling, along with a handy tool storage section. 

 

What Tools do I Need to Start a Gardening Business? 

If you’re thinking of starting your own gardening business there are some essential gardening tools you’ll definitely need to invest in. You will most likely have a tight budget if you’re just starting out, so opt for items that have multiple uses where you can. Here are our recommendations:

 

Along with all these must-have garden tools, you’ll also need to invest in a warm fleece or two, waterproof jacket and trousers, and sturdy, waterproof boots as you’ll be outside every day, come rain or shine. As you go on, you’ll find you need more specific equipment, depending on what jobs you have to do, but these can be bought later - the tools above will be fine for now.

 

So whether you’re starting your own gardening business or simply tending your personal garden or allotment, with our list above you’ll have all the best gardening tools for the job. Now all that’s left to do is find the right equipment for you, so have a browse through our gardening range - you’ll find everything you need and more.