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How to Assemble a Gardening Tool Set

Most jobs get easier when you use the right tools, including gardening.


  • Step 1: Start with a tarp Used for hauling leaves and other waste, the tarp is the workhorse of the garden. Look for a plastic laminated tarp with metal grommets and ropes for easy handling.
  • TIP: A hardware or garden-supply store will carry all of these tools.
  • Step 2: Add a Dutch fork and trowel A Dutch fork and trowel help to turn soil and mulch weeds, which creates a layer of materials that protect the soil beneath. Look for tools made of forged metal and try them in your hands to make sure they're a comfortable fit.
  • Step 3: Add cutting tools Pruning shears keep rosebushes looking good while long-handled shears can cut small branches.
  • Step 4: Include digging tools Don't forget digging tools. Add a rake to cultivate soil and a long-handled trowel, which create holes for new plants.
  • Step 5: Sweeping up For cleaning up dirt and clippings, add a push broom to your garden arsenal.
  • Step 6: Keeping it moist An old-fashioned watering can is ideal for keeping flowers and small gardens moist during dry weather.
  • FACT: The Missouri Botanical Garden in South St. Louis contains the Climatron, a geodesic dome that contains more than 1,200 species of plant life.

You Will Need

  • A 10-foot-by-12-foot garden tarp
  • A Dutch fork
  • A short-handled trowel
  • Pruning shears
  • Long-handled shears
  • A garden rake
  • Long-handled floral shovel
  • A push broom
  • A watering can

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