The Tools Every Gardener Should Own


Some people love gardening. It becomes their hobby and they spend many happy hours making their garden look perfect. Then there are those who would rather pay someone else to do it, and just sit back and enjoy their lovely space. Whether you do your garden yourself, or someone else does it for you, there are some tools that should be in your garden shed, ready for the work to begin.

Before you buy any tools, you should make sure they are the right fit for you. If anything is too heavy you could injure yourself, and if the handle is too long it could be very difficult to work with. Opt for tools with wooden or coated metal handles, as they are strong and durable but not too heavy.

Hand Rake

With a hand rake, you can clear away the leaves in autumn, rake any loose grass off your lawn after mowing and remove debris from around plants and trees without causing them any damage so that your garden always looks amazing. Buy a brightly coloured one so that it is easier to spot of it has been left lying ion the ground.



Shears are the best tool for trimming edges of lawns, cutting privet hedges back and clearing clumps of perennials. You can cut the gross around beds and tree trunks with them and if you buy long handled shears you will not have to bend to do any of your trimming tasks.

Hand Pruner

These can be used to cut back some of the woodier plants, such as roses. They are ideal for branches up to about three-quarters of an inch thick, and for cutting back bigger flowers.


Round Headed Shovel

Gardeners need one of these to dig holes for planting trees and shrubs, They will also use them for moving loose soil, gravel sand or compost.

Hand Weeder

This thin, sharp blade will help with weeding paths, as it can get between any slabs. The problem is that when the weeds are removed, ants tend to appear apparently from nowhere. Before you do this job it is a good idea to buy some Nippon Ant Killer, so you are prepared for anything you may find. Gardeners should always be prepared for everything.


Digging Fork

These are used for turning soil to cultivate it, for lifting bulbs, and for breaking up clods. They can also be useful if the ground is too hard for a shovel to dig a hole.

Gardeners Knife

A gardener’s knife can be a very useful tool and used for many different things. You can make holes in the soil for planting bulbs, and they are good for weeding. They are vital if you want to cut the roots of plants to divide them and are brilliant for scraping out moss and weed from those awkward corners and crevices.

Favourite Tools

All gardeners have their favourite tools, and good quality ones will last for years if they are properly looked after. You should always clean them after use, and oil any moving parts such as nuts and bolts.  In the winter months, ensure they are protected from damp, or they may go rusty and be no longer any use.

Is Your Garden All Ready For Summer?

Get your garden summer ready

Summer is just around the corner and once the weather improves and temperatures start to increase, you will definitely want to get outside as often as you can. So, there is no wonder why you might be wondering what you can do to your garden to improve it. After all, the nicer and better kept your garden is, the more you will try to be outside to use it as much as possible.

Ready to roll up your sleeves and get down to some useful gardening in time for summer? Here are some of the best things you can do to get your garden all ready for summer.

Get Some New Garden Furniture

It’s a really nice idea to get some wicker furniture for your back garden. You will then be a lot more inclined to head outside each evening and relax in your outdoor space. As well as a few chairs and an outdoor sofa, you might want to add some garden dining furniture as well. You can then enjoy plenty of al fresco dining in the summer months, especially if you have a barbecue.

Get your garden summer ready

Dust Off The Barbecue

If you do have a barbecue, you will need to dust it off and clean it so that it is ready to use in time for summer. If you are like me, you will probably store your barbecue in your garden shed throughout winter, during which time it could get covered in a lot of cobwebs and dust. So, before you start grilling your sausages and burgers, you will need to clean it off to get it ready to cook on. Simply wiping it down with warm soapy water should be enough to clean off all the dirt, but you might want to wipe it down with an antibacterial wipe as well just to make sure.

Feed The Lawn

Once summer finally begins, you will notice that the lawn starts to grow extremely quickly, and you will need to mow it at least once a week to keep on top of all that grass. But to ensure that your lawn can put up with so much mowing, you should think about feeding it over the next month. This can help boost the growth of the grass and it will prevent any large patches developing from all the mowing. You will be able to find some good quality lawn feeds from your nearest gardening centre at very reasonable prices.

Get your garden summer ready

Remove Winter Leaves From Gutters

There is a very good chance that all of the gutters on the exterior of your property will now be filled with quite a lot of dead leaves and other organic material. You won’t want to leave all of this rubbish in your gutters for too long, as it will start to decompose and could cause some seriously bad fragrances. And that will be made a lot worse in the summer in the hot weather. So, you should try and get up to your gutters and clean them out as soon as you can. Ideally, do it after you have had a few dry days so that all of the dead leaves have dried out. This will make the gutters a lot easier to clean out. If you don’t fancy balancing on a ladder to do this, you could always call a handyman to do this for you.

Get your garden summer ready

Add Some Extra Shade

When we create or redesign a garden and the outdoor areas of our properties, it is often easy to get carried away with trying to get as much sunshine in as possible. For this reason, quite a few homeowners cut down large trees and reduce the size of their fences as these can cast quite a bit of shade. However, you shouldn’t see shade as a bad thing in your garden. In actual fact, shade in your garden could end up being a godsend, especially on very hot days. You should consider replacing your outdoor dining area close to or very much in some shade so that you and your family don’t suffer from sunburn or sunstroke from sitting outside so much. Not only that, though, but some of your plants and flowers might need to be in shaded areas as well. So, when you are planting any new plants in your garden, make sure they have all the shade they need. Otherwise, they won’t grow as well as you would hope, and your garden won’t turn out all that nice.

Consider External Lighting

You will also want to spend some long evenings in your garden during the summer to try and enjoy all of the good temperatures as much as possible. To ensure you can still sit outside even after the sun has gone down, you might like the idea of adding some external lighting to your outdoor areas. There are various ways you can go about this. For instance, you might like to add some fairy lights to one of your property’s exterior walls. You can also buy some illuminated plastic stakes from gardening centres that can be lit up. These are great for lighting the whole way along a garden path.

Is your garden ready for summer

Clean Your Gardening Tools

If you are a keen gardener, you will probably have a lot of different tools and pieces of equipment stored in your shed or garage. You will probably find that you often forget to clean these throughout the year and just let all the dirt and grime build up on them. This is often all too easy to do as the dirt won’t make the gardening tools any more difficult to use. However, it could make them a lot more prone to rust. So, to help your tools last longer, you should think about giving them a good clean. Now is the best time to do it as it should be dry enough to leave them outside to dry off in the air.  Ideally, give them another clean just before winter too.


Follow the tips above and your garden will quickly be ready for summer!

Enjoying The Weather And Having Fun In The Garden

The past couple of weeks have whizzed by in a blur of garden parties and BBQ’s. It has been great for my daughter and I to get out and about and enjoy lazy days with our close friends whilst enjoying the marvellous heat wave we are currently experiencing.

Living in the garden, quite literally is great! As a sun worshipper I have already started developing a fantastic tan that I hope will keep me going throughout the summer 🙂 My daughter on the other hand does not worship the sun, for the simple fact she has much fairer skin than I so I really do need to keep a close eye on her. Getting her to sit down and enjoy time outside is also hard.

All Garden Fun!!

All Garden Fun!!

Children love to just run around and jump in paddling pools when the weather is this hot… as do adults I am sure. Though unfortunately a paddling pool alone is not enough to keep my daughter occupied. She needs more garden toys to keep her entertained and active.

Surely it’s about all garden fun and keeping everyone entertained and happy… as well as cool! We love to fill water pistols and run around the garden squirting them at each other. So much fun and definitely cooling!

I have found freezing Frubes, the tubes of yoghurt is a nifty and quick idea – much healthier than going through tubs of ice cream and so much easier to dispense too. When the weather is this warm, spending hours in the kitchen can be a nightmare and all I personally want to do is chill in the garden with a cold beer. Quick snacks are much easier to source, open and do not really need cooking… bonus!

Leaving more playtime! I am pretty sure my electricity bill will be much cheaper this month considering all the time we have spent out and about. Can only ever be a good thing! 🙂

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