Calling all green thumbs! The 7 handy tools you need for your gardening projects

Aug 31, 2020
It's time to get outside into the garden once again, but first you'll need the right tools! Source: Getty

Winter is coming to an end for another year, with warm weather on the horizon and sunny days ahead. And you know what that means? It’s time to get off the couch and into the garden.

After months of wrapping yourself up in blankets in front of the television, now’s your chance to escape the confines of your home and at least venture to the backyard to tidy up the garden or perhaps even re-do the space.

But, before you get started you’ll need some tools – and if you’re new to gardening, or need an upgrade, Amazon Australia has everything you require. From the basics such as spades and shovels, to soil moisture meters to ensure your plants are getting the right amount of water, the online platform has it all.

You could browse for hours through the gardening tools and supplies section, but to make things easier we’ve compiled the top picks and necessities for any gardener. And don’t worry, if you haven’t shopped on Amazon Australia before we’ve included a simple ‘how to’ guide to help you get started.

Garden apron and tool set

Sick of going back and forward to get all of your tools? It’s certainly a real pain when you’re out gardening and forget where you’ve placed a certain item, it could be hiding under the clippings or maybe you even took it inside when you grabbed a glass of water. Who knows?

Instead of battling with this every time you’re tending to your garden you could place all your tools in a gardening apron which hangs around your neck. Amazon Australia currently has a great gardening apron available, and better yet it includes a 12-piece aluminium hand tool kit designed to fit perfectly inside the pockets.

Keep your tools handy in the gardening apron. Source: Amazon Australia

In an incredible package deal, priced at just $55.68, you’ll also receive a kneeling pad – we all know they can start to ache as you get older! – a small bag to store more tools and some gardening gloves – you can never have too many pairs right?

It’s a real bargain with so many tools and other gardening items included and it’s received great reviews from gardeners online.

I love this set, and the bag design allows you to add other tools you might like to se when in the garden,” one person commented. “Now I just grab the handle and I’m off out into the garden fully prepared for anything.”

“The tool set is excellent, it’s a good bargain,” another said. “The tool bundle is beautiful and good quality. I am so enjoying gardening with these lovely tools.”

Soil moisture meter

If you’re a real green thumb and have been gardening for a while, then you probably have a good idea of when your plant needs more water, or if it’s okay to go longer without a drink. But, if you’re new to gardening then it can be a little difficult to understand. And the last thing you want is for all your hard work to go down the drain if you do the wrong thing.

Make sure you’re giving your plant the right amount of water with this moisture meter. Source: Amazon Australia

That’s where a soil moisture meter can come in handy. On Amazon Australia you’ll find a Spear and Jackson version of this tool for just $11.43. It can be used for inside and outside plants and is super simple to use. Simply stick the end into the soil and you’ll see the meter flick to either dry, normal or wet. While it may be small, it can do wonders to prevent the over and under watering of plants!

Garden fork

Every gardener needs a good garden fork in their shed to help with loosening, lifting and turning over soil. If you don’t have one yet, or are in need of an upgrade, the Spear and Jackson version is a top pick and it’s available for purchase on Amazon Australia.

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It’s strong, sturdy and does the job! It’s the perfect garden fork. Source: Amazon Australia

It has a long handle so you don’t have to strain your back when gardening and a comfortable grip so you won’t hurt your hands when digging away. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing Spear and Jackson has been creating garden tools for over 250 years, so you know it’s going to last you a long time.

Hand weeder

Sick of picking out the weeds in your garden with your fingers? A hand weeder could help! It will prevent pain in the wrists and frustration from spending hours trying to tidy up your garden.

And on Amazon Australia there’s a super cheap option available for just $4.83. It’s small, handy and will help you to get rid of those annoying weeds with ease.

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Those weeds will come out with ease with this small tool! Source: Amazon Australia

Hand Trowel

If you’re digging out a nasty weed or repotting a plant you need a good trowel to help you. On Amazon Australia you’ll find this 4.5 star rated version for just $11.47. The stainless steel blade digs into the dirt with ease and the soft grip handle is gentle on the hands.

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This affordable hand trowel has received great reviews online. Source: Amazon Australia

“This is the best trowel I have ever purchased,” one happy customer wrote online. “It’s efficient, easy to work with and never before have I been able to successfully remove dandelion roots with a trowel, but this trowel does it. It’s strong enough to go deeply into the soil without too much force and for that alone, I give it five stars.”

Shovel

Planning on doing a big revamp of your garden? You’ll certainly need a shovel. It’s a basic item needed in every gardener’s shed and, thanks to Amazon Australia, it won’t cost you a fortune. You can purchase an excellent quality shovel for a very reasonable $22.33. It does everything you need it to including shovelling and mixing soils, sand and concrete.

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Redoing your garden? You’ll need a good quality shovel! Source: Amazon Australia

Hose and reel

Every gardener has a hose, but there’s always the common problem of it knotting or winding around the wrong way when you’re trying to water the garden. But, with a hose reel that issue will be solved!

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This reel and hose set will help prevent the hose from winding around itself and reduce any water spillage. Source: Amazon Australia

On Amazon Australia you’ll find the Gardena reel and hose for a reasonable $80.29. It’s perfect for small and medium-sized gardens and can be easily operated with a handle. All you have to do is mount it to a wall in your backyard in an easily accessible area and you’re good to go.

The swivel axle prevents the hose from turning when winding or unwinding and the design means there will be no water spillage which leads to puddles around the place.

Never shopped on Amazon before? Starting is simple

If you’re new to online shopping on Amazon Australia, don’t fret! It’s easy to get started and we’ve even put together a simple ‘how-to’ guide to help you along your shopping journey.

You’ll have to sign up first (which takes less than a minute!) and then it’s time for the fun part! Simply use the search bar at the top of the screen to look for items that you want – this can be as generic as ‘garden tools‘ or as specific as a particular brand. Or, if you’re just in a shopping mood and want to see what’s available, you can browse through the ‘Best Sellers’, ‘Today’s Deals’ and ‘New Releases’ to give you some inspiration.

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