Good tools and equipment make a world of difference
Gardening with the right tools and equipment is quicker, easier and more convenient. But before you go out and spend your money, look at our impartial guides to find out what the different products are designed to do, and which is best for what situation. We’ve tested a lot of equipment in our time and our articles are independent of any manufacturer or supplier. For our articles in this section, look at the menu on the left (you many need to click on the ‘expand all’ option, or on the + sign to see the different topics).
What’s in our garden shed?
When we set up in garden maintenance and landscaping we looked for durable tools that would be comfortable to use all day.
This is what we bought:
- Honda rear-roller self-propelled rotary mower
- Other powered equipment – we used machinery we were testing for Amateur Gardening magazine
- Bulldog digging and border spades and forks
- Wilkinson Sword, now Fiskars Swoe – a hoe that looks a bit like a golf club
- Bulldog garden rake.
- Sandvik, now Bahco pruning bow saw (pointed triangular shape)
- Sandvik, now Bahco curved pruning saw (often called a Grecian saw)
- Sandvik, now Bahco loppers
- CK hedge shears with wavy edged blades
- Spear & Jackson lawn edging shears
- Felco secateurs
- Wolf spring-tine lawn rake
- Hand trowel and fork – both with an offset handle to ensure our hands are clear of the ground
- Rubber-headed maul (for tapping paving into position, and to drive in fencing posts)
- Bulldog shovel
- Yard brush or stiff bristled broom for clearing up
- Sturdy buckets for carting weeds and hand tools.