Tools that get down and dirty
Gardening can be backbreaking work, but with the right garden tools, you can spend more time enjoying the fruits of your labor and less time actually laboring. Whether you want to spend less time tending to your lawn and garden or just want the time spent to be easier on your body, there are a number of tools that can make this hobby easier and more efficient.
Hand Garden Tools and Equipment
If you're like most people, you take care of your garden with simple hand tools such as trowels, shovels, hoes, rakes and shears. These old-fashioned tools do the job, but they are hard to use and can hurt your back or knees. One way to cut down on this physical wear and tear is to check out ergonomic gardening tools designed so that you can stand upright or sit comfortably while weeding or pruning. Other products include "knee saver" devices such as kneeling benches and padding, which make gardening easier if you struggle with arthritis or sore knees.
Lawn Garden Tools and Equipment
There are also a number of tools that can help keep your lawn looking as lush as your garden. For example, you may be interested in aerator shoes — simply slip them on like a pair of shoes and walk on your lawn to aerate it and help it grow lush and strong. A lawn edger or trimmer will help keep the borders of your lawn neat and tidy, and a riding lawnmower will make short work of even the largest lawns.
Additional Garden Equipment
While not exactly tools, there are a few other items that no gardener should be without. A good pair of garden gloves is absolutely indispensable. They protect and cushion the hands, preventing pain or injury and making it easier to handle certain plants, such as roses or thistles.
Also consider a gardener's tool belt or hip pack. These handy items come in a variety of sizes and can be packed with every tool you'll need. They're even available in children's sizes to handle kids garden tools. No more running back and forth to your garden shed or garage; now everything you need will be right at your side — literally!