Basic Tools Used For Gardening That Every Urban Gardener Needs

Basic Tools Used For Gardening

Tools Used For Gardening

You should know the must-have tools used for gardening

Are you aware of the right tools used for gardening? Honestly, when I was just starting as an urban gardener, I had no idea about the right garden tools that I should purchase. Luckily, I was able to get some tips from fellow gardeners and from online gardening guides. If you want to start gardening as soon as possible, here is a complete list of gardening tools that anyone will need. Based on your garden size, plants and soil you may have to add some more tools to your collection or avoid some tools which are not necessary.

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Tools Used For Gardening


You will need both household scissors and heavy-duty gardening scissors. We generally use household scissors to cut herbs, harvest vegetables like peppers, open packets and cut strings. You will use heavy-duty scissors as tools used for gardening for harvesting vegetables.


Pruning shears, also called hand pruners, or secateurs, are a form of scissors as tools used for gardening for use on flowers. They are sturdy and sufficient to prune difficult branches of trees and shrubs, occasionally up to two centimetres thick. They are used in gardening,  farming, arranging flowers, and conserving nature.


Loppers are bigger shears with long handles. They are often used for thicker branches.

Anvil Pruner

There are 3 one-of-a-kind blade designs for pruning shears: anvil, pass and parrot-beak.

Anvil pruners have one blade, which closes onto a flat surface. They can be sharpened well from both sides. Anvil pruners are beneficial for reducing thick branches; you can still bite into the stem from one course, swing the round and chunk similarly through narrowed wood from any other path.

Pass Pruner

Pass pruners are precisely like a couple of scissors, with two blades “passing by” each other to make the cut. One of the blades are often curved. This pruner has a convex upper blade and a straight lower one. Some skip designs have one blade, the lower jaw being wide (like an anvil) but passing the higher jaw. The ratchet pruner, that could manage stems that are thicker, fits in this class.

Parrot Beak

Parrot-beak pruners include two concave passing blades, which lure the stem among them to make the cut. These are suitable for narrower stems.


Secateurs are often operated with one hand. A spring among the handles causes the jaws to open. When you are not using this tool, you can close the jaws with a safety pin or with a  loop that holds  the handles together. Some types are designed for right-handed people or left-handed people.  A few types may contain a rotating handle that can  reduce friction and hand pressure.


Weeders can help you to get rid of weeds because they can penetrate more easily into the ground and can eliminate weed roots. The fork points of a weeder are narrow and sharper to get rid of spurge, wood sorrel and bluegrass that will usually hid in the ground.

Fulcrum Head

The fulcrum head weeder has a cut up tip like a serpent’s tongue, and a long thin handle.  The curved steel piece acts as a fulcrum in a lever. It is helpful to do away with weeds either with a tap root or a fibrous root device.

Cape Cod

The Cape Cod weeder has a thin, long handle and a triangular scraping head. The head points downward when it is held parallel to the ground.

Crack Weeder

The crack weeder is a relative of the Cape Cod Weeder. It can scrape out weeds in crevices, stone walls and narrow places. The plane of the L-fashioned scraping blade includes the handle with; the lowest of the “L” is parallel to it.

A Soil Knife

Hori-Hori is a Japanese knife with a concave blade and a sharp edge on one side. This knife is made of stainless steel and gardeners traditionally use it for snipping through roots, slicing through sod and taking away bonsai plants from containers. The blade is sharp on each aspect and comes to a semi-sharp point on the end.


The size of the knife varies from 11 to 15 inches in total duration, depending on the size of the handle. The blade is razor sharp and is serrated for slicing through roots and hard soil. Functions encompass a knife, a saw, a digging tool, or as a measuring tool for planting bulbs.


The Hori-Hori has uses in gardening inclusive of weeding, slicing roots, transplanting, eliminating flora, sod cutting, and splitting perennials. The blade is either made of  carbon or stainless steel. The blade has a large smooth wooden handle for secure use with one hand. It can serve as a small hand axe.

Pruning Shears

You will use the pruning shears for pruning woody perennials. This tool is easy to handle as they are smaller in size and light weight.

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Water Hoses and Water Wands

A water hose with no kinks is useful in gardening. Due to the help of a shut-off valve, you don’t need to go back and forth to the water source.

A Shovel

A sharpshooter shovel is small and compact. We use it for digging deep holes. These shovels work well on hard clay soil too. For scooping waste, spreading mulch and topdressing, you can use a snow shovel.


For collecting the leaves and mulch, you need big fan rakes. Make use of hard rakes for moving soil and compost and to level the soil. A shrub rake can fit in small spaces, so select a rake based on your needs.

Loop Hoe

Loop hoe is a garden tool that is useful for weeding and edging. It can scrape roots out of mud. It is also an ideal tool for mixing compost or fertilizers to a planted bed.

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Other Tools

Finally, there are other common tools that a gardener will need.

  • A hat to protect yourself from sunlight
  • A Tip Bag for collecting debris
  • A kneeling pad
  • A pair of gardening gloves
  • A corn husk broom
  • A wheelbarrow to carry soil, large plants etc.

In conclusion keep your gardening tools clean and sharp. Opting for quality tools will last long and will save you lot of time and avoid unwanted issues like back pain.


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