10 essential gardening Tools Every Gardener Needs in Their set

It’s that time of year again, birds tweeting, weeds sprouting, and the grass is starting to get out of hand. Your garden can either be your little haven or it can feel like a chore, but whatever you feel about your garden, you need a good set of basic tools to help you get the best for your little patch of land. We’ve put together this list of the top 10 essential gardening tools to set you up for success.

Gardening Gloves

Draper Heavy Duty Gardening Gloves

Let’s kick off with the most underrated ‘tool’ there is for your garden. Why have we put gloves at the top of the list here? Well, if you’ve ever tried pulling up nettles or fighting the untamed rose bush, then you’ll understand why gloves are up here. Your hands are the most valuable tool of all when it comes to physical gardening, do them a favour and protect them from those brambles.

Our Top Pick: Draper Heavy Duty Gardening Gloves

Hand Trowel

Faithfull Hand Trowel

Second, on our list, one of the best gardener’s hand tools you’ll ever need – The trusty trowel. The small hand trowel is used for so many jobs around the garden, great for planting out bulbs and seedlings, removing weeds, re-potting and transplanting plants, bedding in, cultivating, and mixing additives into your soil. To ensure that trusty trowel lives up to its name, make sure to buy one made from heat-treated and hardened carbon steel – it’ll improve its durability and resistance to rust.

Our Top Pick: Faithfull Countryman Hand Trowel

Hand Fork

Faithfull Hand Fork

We’ve had the trowel, now for its trusty brother The hand Fork. This is a great tool for working the top soil and for easy removal of those pesky weeds. This fork is also heat-treated carbon steel for the durability factor and as a plus can match your trowel!

We have a combined option if that’s your style.

Our Top Pick: Faithfull Countryman Hand Fork

Garden Digging Spade

Faithful Garden Spade by Mad4Tools

At number 4 we have a classic digging space, Sometimes the hand trowel doesn’t quite cut it for those larger jobs, and you need the tool to prevent yourself the back pain. This spade is used for digging and turning over large patches of ground and it’s ideal for spading up the ground, preparing beds, and moving soil. It’s essential if you ask us.

Our Top Pick: Faithfull Countryman Garden Digging Spade 1050mm

Gardener Rake

Draper Gardener Rake By Mad4Tools

You may think of a rake as an autumn tool, but rakes are an underrated tool when it comes to garden management. Not only can you use them to clear leaves and twigs from your lawn but rakes such as a straight-head rake can be used to break up soil and level out beds. This rake comes with a wrist strap, so you don’t fly off the handle and tempered and hardened carbon steel.

Our Top Pick: Draper Young Gardener Rake 860mm

Secateurs Medium

Orange Secateurs by Mad4Tools


Next up, a good pair of garden tool Secateurs will serve you well when trying to prune back hard branches on trees or shrubs. These will come in handy when you need to cut back those out-of-control raspberry bushes in the later summer months, and don’t forget your gloves!

Our Top Pick: Bahco PG-12-F Bypass Secateurs Medium 20mm Capacity


Silverline Hedge Shears By Mad4Tools

Much like secateurs, you can use hedge shears to maintain your branches and prune back your trees. The advantage of shears is that you can also use them for larger-scale trimming activities such as cutting thicker branches, cutting lawn edges (you can get specific border shears for this task) and maintaining your hedge so you can impress the neighbours from a distance.

Our Top Pick: Silverline Hedge Shears Rubber-Coated Plastic Handles 565mm

Plastic Watering Can 10 Litre

Plastic Watering Can by Mad4Tools

So, we’ve gone through the tools you need for digging and pruning but what else do plants need? Water! Sometimes you just aren’t able to reach certain areas with the hose and you need a trusty watering can to get the job done. This 10 Litre watering Can will hold enough water to give your plants the drink they need and get your garden thriving.

Our Top Pick: Plastic Watering Can 10 Litre

Electric Trimmer

Webb Electric Trimmer by Mad4Tools

We’ve spoken about the hand tool way to get your lawn edges clean but try the low-effort way with this Classic Electric Trimmer. If you really want to get your lawn looking beautiful this is definitely the tool you need. It comes with a 10-metre power cord, is ultra-lightweight and it comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Our Top Pick: Webb ELT250 Classic Electric 250w Line Trimmer 23cm/9in 240v

Electric Lawn Mower

Flymo Turbo Electric Lawnmower by Mad4Tools

Finally, what would your lawn be without your loyal Lawnmower? This one is foldable for easy storage, can cut as low as 11mm and it includes a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty. Because let’s be real, there’s nothing better than looking back at your hard work with a pint in hand.

Our Top Pick: Flymo Turbo Lite 270 Electric Hover Lawn Mower 27cm/11in 240v


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