It’s officially spring and those of us with a green thumb are aching to be in our gardens. However, before you get out there it’s important to have all the tools you need to get the gardening job done as easily as possible. Gardening expert Antonio Valente shares his must-have tools in the gallery below.
Six must-have tools to make your spring gardening a whole lot easier
Garden glovesEvery gardener should have two pairs of gloves. The gloves should be fitted with a grip—these are good for most day-to-day garden tasks. Opt for leather (especially if you'll be pruning large trees, shrubs or thorny rose bushes) and long cuffs to protect your skin. Lastly, the more water-proof, the better.
JournalRecord your garden successes so you can continue them from year to year, and record your failures so you don't repeat them. Keep track of what worked, what didn't and plan for the season ahead.
PrunersEvery gardener should have a pair of good quality by-pass pruners. Look for an ergonomically designed pair to reduce the stress on your wrist from receptive action. They should fit nicely into your hand.
Hori Hori KnifeJapanese tools are extremely popular, especially the Hori Hori knife. It's a cross between a knife and a trowel. It's great for weeding, planting, digging, cutting and dividing perennials.
Garden SpadeIf you already have a traditional, rounded shovel, a square spade is your next investment. It slices through soil and grass and is great for edging beds. Look for the longest handle because it's better for your back.
Dutch HoeThis is sometimes called a stirrup hoe because of its shape. The horizontal blade cuts just before the surface of the soil, so it cuts weeds off from their roots as it cultivates the soil.