What tools do professional gardeners use?

Gardening is certainly a great occupation because there are millions of people in the world who would rather pay a professional gardener to do the dirty work for them than do it themselves. In other words, professional gardeners always have job security because there are always going to be people willing to hire them for these tasks.

If you’re just getting started in this profession, you already know that you’ll have to have top-notch tools before you land your first job; however, it can get a little confusing when you try to determine which ones you need and which ones you don’t. Besides quality, of course, it’s also important to find the right tool types because the worst thing you can do is show up at a job only to find out the tool you need isn’t in your sack.

If you’re curious about which gardener’s tools are the most important, below are 12 of them that you should always carry with you.


  1. Weeding Tool

Let’s face it; you’ll be doing a lot of weeding as a gardener so you might as well get yourself a high-quality, durable weeder that is built to last. Weeders are small tools with a forked tip to help you dig deep into the ground and pull out those weeds by the roots. Without weeding tools, it would take you twice as long and cause you a lot more pain and discomfort while you’re weeding the garden.

  1. Hori Hori (Soil Knife)

Although many gardeners have never heard of this tool, it can be truly invaluable because it is a very versatile tool. Soil knives can cut and dig; they even have a serrated blade on both sides to make both of those tasks a lot simpler. If you aren’t sure why you need one, ask the people at the hardware store to show you all of the things that they can do.

  1. Pruning Shears 

A pair of sharp pruning shears is a must for any gardener because pruning trees and bushes will likely be one of your biggest tasks. Pruning is a regular part of any gardener’s job but the shears have to be sharp in order to work right. As a matter of habit, you should automatically get them professionally sharpened every spring so they’ll stay in good working condition. 

  1. Hedge Trimmer/Pruning Saw

In addition to pruning shears, you need a saw made specifically for pruning trees and bushes. Yes, you might have yet another saw on hand but since this one is specifically made to cut branches and thick twigs, it can make your life much easier on each and every job. Pruning saws are good for numerous jobs and the longer you own yours, the more valuable it will become. Depending on your preference pruning saws/hedge trimmers or chainsaws can be considered. If you want to take this to the next level then consider a trimmer. Its faster than pruning and packs a good cutting punch to take care of tough thick bushes and stubborn branches. 

  1. Digging Shovel with Curved Blade

A full-length curved digging shovel is good for both small and large jobs alike. You will use this tool more than you think, including for jobs such as planting trees and bushes, loosening up the soil, and working over the soil when you need to. Shovels can prepare you for other gardening tasks and last a very long time, especially if you get the right one in the very beginning.

  1. Leaf Rakes

This is yet another good tool that is a “must have.” Make sure that you get one with a large fan-like blade and sturdy bristles so that it will last you a while. You’ll use this tool to rake up all the leaves in the fall months and again in the spring every single year so you might as well buy one that is well made and manufactured by a reputable company.

  1. Garden Scissors

A basic pair of scissors — how important can they be? When it comes to gardening, they are extremely important. You might be tempted to overlook this tool and spend your money elsewhere but that would be a big mistake. Garden scissors can do everything from pruning small flowers to opening seed packets and a whole lot more. They’ll make your life easier and the gardening tasks a lot faster.

  1. Hand Trowel

Trowels are another invaluable tool that can be used for digging holes for flowers, filling those holes when you’re done, and even a little edging if it’s necessary and no other tool is nearby. In fact, this tool can do almost anything you need done in the garden in a pinch so keeping one in your carrying case is always a good idea. In other words, don’t leave home without it!

  1. Garden Hoe

A basic garden hoe is not a luxury; it’s a must when you’re a professional gardener. It makes planting seeds much easier, digging a trench much more efficient, and a ton of other tasks both simpler and easier. Once you start working with your hoe, you’ll wonder how in the world anybody ever got along without it. Whatever you do when you’re shopping for gardening tools, don’t forget about this one.

  1. Gardening Gloves

This is a simple accessory and might be one that you’re tempted to overlook but don’t do that because a good pair of gloves made just for gardening can save you a lot of cuts, bruises, and any other type of damage caused from continuously working with garden tools. Make sure that you get a pair that is just for gardening so they’re thick enough to protect your hands the way they have to be protected to be safe.

  1. Garden Hose

After you’ve put those plants in the ground, you have to do one more important thing — water them. No gardener will leave a job without making sure that all of the plants and trees left behind are properly watered so they can get a head start on the growing process. If you don’t have a standard hose, get some type of sprinkler system that you can set out there for a while to get the soil good and moist.

  1. Wheelbarrow

Gardening is hard work, especially on your back, but you can make each task much simpler by having a wheelbarrow to tote plants and equipment around from one location to another. Basic wheelbarrows serve lots of purposes and are easy to operate. They also cost a lot less than you might think so make sure that you get one before starting your career.

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