Spring is here, and many of us are itching to get outside and start working in the garden. But before you head out to buy tools, there are a few things to consider. In this blog post, we’ll talk about some common mistakes people make when choosing garden tools, what ergonomic considerations you should keep in mind when looking for new tools and how to save money by starting small instead of going all-in on an expensive tool set up front.
Start with the basics- you don’t need everything
Don’t start out with every tool you need, or even think you might need. Start with the basics and build your tool collection over time. This will prevent you from overspending on unnecessary tools that end up sitting in your shed because they are too complicated to use or don’t fit in your garden space.
Don’t buy expensive tools right away either! It’s tempting to want the best thing on the market, but there are plenty of good quality products for less than $50 USD (or about $35 CAD). You can invest in pricier items later if needed–and remember that great deals exist online too! If a tool is recommended by a friend or family member who has been gardening for years without issue, chances are it’s worth looking into before dropping serious cash on something else entirely different (like replacement gloves).
When shopping around for new equipment consider what kind of work you’ll be doing with each item before purchasing anything at all; this ensures that when buying one type of product there won’t be any overlap between what other items do as well (like having two shovels instead of one).
If you’re new to gardening, start small and build up your collection as you go. You don’t need a lot of tools to get started. Starting with just a couple will make it easier for you to find the ones that are best suited for your needs.
You can always add more later if necessary! Remember: the most important thing is picking out the right tools for keeping your garden healthy and beautiful this season. The more you know about what’s out there, the better equipped you’ll be in choosing which options are best suited for your home garden setup!
Choose Ergonomic tools
Ergonomic tools were designed to reduce stress and strain on your hands and wrists, which can lead to repetitive strain injuries. However, ergonomic tools are not always better; they’re often heavier and more expensive than traditional tools. If you spend long hours in the garden (or even just a few hours a week), it may be worth investing in an ergonomic tool that makes your work easier and less painful.
If you are shopping online or at a big-box store, make sure to look for ergonomic features like handles with flared grips for ease of use; molded plastic handles that curve inward towards the top so that users can get a firm grip without straining their wrist; and soft-touch plastics with contours designed specifically for comfort when holding them for long periods of time.
If you are purchasing from an independent retailer who knows their product well, they should be able to recommend an appropriate tool based on what kind of work needs doing around the yard or garden area – whether it’s digging up weeds or turning over soil preparing it for planting new seedlings/plants
Use hand tools made of hardwood or steel, not aluminum or plastic.
When choosing tools for your garden needs, it is important to consider the materials from which they are made. Hardwood and steel are more durable than aluminum or plastic. Also, wood and steel have a better weight distribution that makes them more comfortable to use over long periods of time; plus, these materials are often better at resisting rusting or other wear-and-tear than their metal counterparts. Wood and steel also tend to be more attractive in design and style compared to other metals that might get lost in the background of your garden space. Finally, choosing hand tools made out of hardwood or steel allows you to create a less wasteful environment by reducing your reliance on disposable plastics which can take up landfills or oceans forever!
Consider the size of your hands when choosing tools
If you have small hands, choose tools that are easier to hold. If you have large hands, choose tools that are easier to work with.
The size of your hand should be considered when choosing garden tools. A tool’s handle should feel comfortable in your hand and fit naturally into the palm of your hand. If a tool is too heavy or too light for you, it can make working difficult and uncomfortable.
When choosing garden tools, choose ergonomically and start small.
When you’re picking out your tools, keep these things in mind:
- Ergonomically designed tools are good for your body. You’ll thank yourself later if you choose ergonomically designed tools that are comfortable to hold and easy on your hands.
- Start small and build up slowly. Don’t go overboard with the number of tools you buy at once; it can be overwhelming to have a dozen new products cluttering up your garage. Instead, start small with just what’s necessary, then add more as needed over time.
- Choose tools that are easy to use and comfortable in hand—it’ll make all the difference! Consider how much pressure is required to operate each tool so that it doesn’t tire out your hands too quickly or risk injury when using it improperly (i.e., holding it incorrectly). Handles should always feel sturdy when gripped firmly by an adult hand–if they don’t feel balanced or secure enough out of the box, chances are they won’t last long under heavy use either…so don’t settle!
- Look for easy-to clean options if possible (even better if they come apart easily) since dirt tends build up fast around our outdoor places where dampness lingers longer than indoors.”
There are many different types of garden tools to choose from. It can be overwhelming to find one that fits your needs, so we recommend starting small with the basics. Then, once you have a few tools in your arsenal and know what type of work they can do best, you can invest in more specialized equipment as needed!