A garden is a beautiful outdoor space that can be used for cultivating and showcasing different plants. It can be a place for flowers, herbs, vegetables or well-manicured grasses.
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Gardening doesn’t have a set of hard and fast rules to follow; it’s more a matter of trial, error and patience. Using quality seeds and having the right soil and lighting for your mix of plants helps, though, as does having the right tools and supplies for the job.
You don’t need fancy, expensive branded equipment, but investing in sturdy gear will ensure that it lasts for years to come. Here are 13 items that experts say should be in any gardener’s tool kit.
Hand pruning shears
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These are at the top of the list, says Haven Kiers, an avid home gardener and assistant professor of landscape architecture at University of California at Davis. You can use them to deadhead flowers, cut back grasses, trim broken twigs or harvest that perfect pepper. Look for sturdy shears with sharp blades. Try various models to find a pair that is comfortable for your hands. High-end brands may cost as much as $65, but they beat cheap ones that will dull or fall apart quickly. To maintain them, take them to a neighborhood hardware store for sharpening once a year.