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Top 10 Essential Gardening Tools for Beginners

August 11, 2022

Top 10 Essential Gardening Tools for Beginners

There is a saying that goes "Tools of many kinds and well chosen, are one of the joys of a garden", but do you really know all the essential tools to garden well? It's true that gardening requires elbow grease, but having the right tools is essential! They allow you to work the soil, maintain your crops and plant easily. Espace Maison gives you its Top 10 essential gardening tools.

Pruning Shears

The pruning shears (also called secateurs) are the gardener's noble and indispensable tool. They are used on all occasions, mainly to remove dead, diseased, or damaged stems and branches from plants and bushes. Pass by our outlet, hold the shears in your hand and try them out to be sure they’re comfortable.

Garden gloves

Your hands are precious, they are even the gardener's first tool! So protect them! Between the soil, thorns, products... gardening tends to put a strain on your hands. To protect your skin, choose gloves that are suitable for gardening.


As classic and ancient as it is, the wheelbarrow is still an indispensable tool for carrying heavy or bulky loads, such as branches or soil. The two-wheeled models are a little less manoeuvrable, but are still more practical to empty. It's up to you to choose the one that suits you best.

Watering Can

There are two main types of watering cans, and both are essential! The long spout watering can is perfect for watering your potted plants. The watering can with a sprinkler (or rose) is very practical for seedlings and fragile crops. But if your garden is large enough, don't hesitate to invest in a complete watering system with hoses, sprinklers and timers.

Hand Trowel

The hand trowel may not look like much, but it is indispensable for planting flowers and vegetables in clumps, as well as large bulbs. It is also a wonderful tool for transplanting bedding plants and herbs, planting containers, and taking out weeds. You should always have it at hand!

Pair of Scissors

You can use scissors to deadhead flowers, harvest veggies, and snip herbs. On another note, you can’t beat scissors for cutting seed packets or potting soil bags. Some jobs are more suitable for scissors, but keep in mind that shears may work better in other situations.

Hand Weeder

The hand weeder is small, about the size of a regular garden trowel. It has a very similar handle in size and shape. Instead of a trowel’s head, however, the handle is attached to a long, thin metal pole that ends in two forking tines. Weeding made easy!


The hoe has a vertical, sharp blade. It digs into the soil to break up the surface crust. The hoe is also used to remove weeds. And don't forget this French adage: "a good hoeing is worth two waterings".


The rake, with its short, perpendicular tines, remains an indispensable tool for the gardener to level the soil before tools or planting. It can be used to remove stones and compact the furrows closed after sowing. The rake can also be used to smooth out stones in a yard or remove dead leaves from your lawn.

Digging Fork

The spading fork is the basic tool for working the soil, especially for turning over heavy, stony soils. On the other hand, for soils that are not very stony and not very sticky, a spade is preferable.

This list is far from exhaustive ... we could also mention the sprayer, the saw, the boots... In any case, don't forget to clean your garden equipment properly after use.