When summer rolls around, all we want to do is get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. However, after the colder months and a rainy April, our gardens might not be quite as welcoming as we’d like them to be. No reason to worry though, because our garden accessories will have your outdoor space looking great in no time. There’s always bigger and better, but buying the best quality tools that your budget will allow, and maintaining them, can go a long way in getting the most out of your investment.

1. Gloves

A durable pair of garden gloves will keep your hands clean and protected at all times and ensure that your nail beds remain dirt-free.Gloves should be durable but not too bulky, especially for working with seeds or transplanting seedlings.Longer cuffs protect wrists and forearms from scratches and keep soil from getting in.

2. Trowel

A trowel will easily be among the most used and important tools in your arsenal. It’s essentially a handheld shovel that you’ll use for moving soil, digging, removing weeds, mixing fertilizer and much more.

Garden trowels come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and are typically made of a combination of plastic or wood handles with stainless steel.

3. Composter

Every plant needs three things to remain alive and growing: Plenty of sunshine, water, and nutritious soil. As long as it has these three things, a plant will continue to mature and remain healthy. Now, water is readily available, much like sunshine, seeing as they both literally fall from the sky. However, nurturing the soil can be tricky, or at the very least, expensive.

Since you probably don’t have the funds to buy fertilizer all the time, why not make a one-time investment on a composter and generate nutritious soil from your food scraps?

4. Loppers

Another cutting tool, loppers are basically long-handled pruners used to trim hard to reach areas and cut thicker branches. The long handles provide the leverage it takes to cut through branches up to an inch or more in diameter. There are anvil and bypass types, just like pruners. Handles generally range from 16 to 36 inches.

5. Bow rake

A bow rake can be used to gather or clear loose debris around your garden, and they’re often made of sturdier steel than a leaf rake. This makes them better for light tilling work, weeding, leveling soil and spreading loose material like mulch.

6. Watering Wand

Give your plants a gentle rain shower with a water-breaking wand. The extended reach is also helpful to get to out-of-the-way containers, hanging plants, or the back edges of borders. Watering wands come in a variety of lengths, from 10 to 48 inches.

– Choose an appropriate length for your needs – longer for high hanging baskets, shorter for tighter spaces.
– Built-in shut off valves in the handle conserve water and allow you to adjust the flow.