University of Illinois Extension

Gardening FUNdamentals

Tools of the Trade

For your garden you will need tools for:

Turning Soil & Weeding - Hoe
Measuring Tools - Yard Stick - Measuring Tape
Making and Labeling Rows - Stakes - String or twine - Label stakes
Watering Tools - Watering can or bucket - Hose
Digging Tools - Spade - Fork
Raking Tools - Garden Rake
Planting Tools - Hand Trowel
Controlling Insects & Disease - Sprayer

If you don't have all of these, maybe you
can borrow them or think of other things to use.

Cutting the Cost of Tools

When putting together your garden tool box think about:

  • Finding out what your family or school already has.
  • Exhanging and sharing tools with a friend or neighbor.
  • Looking for used tools at yard sales or retail shops.

Caring for Your Tools

Your tools will last longer if you care for them after each time you use them. When you put them away, put them away clean!

Keep your tools together in a safe place away from very young children. If you keep things together, you will always know where they are when you need them.

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