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Every gardener knows that having the right tools is essential to creating the garden of your dreams. Maybe you’ve wondered what tools were must-haves versus which tools were just optional extras. Maybe you already have some gardening tools but you don’t know if you’ve got the essentials. Well, we've put together a list of four garden tools that we think every at-home gardener should have. 

First up, the pruner. A pruner is an essential tool for every gardener who is wanting to keep their plants and garden healthy. We should also clarify that pruners and secateurs are the same thing, so you only need either a secateur or a pruner. Pruners can be used to:

  • Remove dead, diseased, or damaged stems
  • Pick flowers from your garden
  • Trim plants & branches
  • Encourage plant growth
  • Shape or train a plant
  • Cut the stems of indoor flower bouquets

Pruners are perfect for those delicate pruning jobs that require precision and a gentle touch. We recommend the Felco 2 Pruner, which is a high-quality pruner that is built to last. Its ergonomic design makes it comfortable to use, and its sharp blades can cut through tough branches. Pruners can be operated with one hand, meaning you can use your other hand to stabilise and hold the stem/branch you are cutting. If down the line, you need any spare parts, we also carry spare parts for the Felco 2 you might need.

Next, we have the pruning saw. If you have trees or shrubs in your garden then a pruning saw is another must in your gardening toolkit. A pruning saw can be used to:

  • Improve the look & health of a tree
  • Cut thick wood (any branches larger than 4cm)
  • Trim shrubs & trees

While the pruner is perfect for small pruning jobs, the pruning saw is a must-have for those larger jobs.The Silky Zubat 300mm Pruning Saw is an excellent choice for at-home gardeners. Its curved blade design makes it easy to use, and its comfortable handle ensures you can work for longer periods of time without experiencing any discomfort.

Third on the list is a trowel. Think of this as a mini spade or shovel. A garden trowel can be used to:
  • Plant new plants
  • Dig out holes for said new plants
  • Plant seedlings or seeds

A narrow trowel especially is a fantastic tool for those hard-to-reach areas. We recommend theAluminium Narrow Trowel, which is lightweight and durable. Its narrow design allows for more precise digging, making it the perfect tool especially when it comes to planting seeds or seedlings.

Last but not least, we have the lopper. Think of a lopper as a pair of super-sized pruners, or pruners on a longer handle. A lopper can be used to:

  • Cut small to medium size branches
  • Trim stems of trees or shrubs
  • Prune twigs & smaller branches

This tool is perfect for cutting back larger branches that can't be managed by a pruner but are a bit small for a pruning saw. Loppers come in different sizes but we’d recommend theFelco 211-60 60cm Lopper for most jobs. This lopper is durable and easy to use, with its sharp blades making short work of even the thickest of branches. Whilst a pruner requires only one hand to operate, loppers are two-handed tools. 

So there you have it; four tools we think every at-home gardener needs. When purchasing garden tools, it's essential to buy quality products that will last the test of time. Our high-quality gardening tools are designed to make your gardening experience more enjoyable and less frustrating. So, whether you're a seasoned gardener or a beginner, these four essential garden tools are a must-have for anyone looking to create a beautiful outdoor space.