April showers bring May flowers, which means spring time is
here, and now’s the time to get ready for lawn and garden work. Maybe you’re new to the whole yard
thing, or maybe your tools need replenishing. Either way, there are certainly some essential items you
will need to start and maintain your lawn and garden. If you are just beginning, you can find a few tips for
getting started here at Vegetable
Gardening Guru as well as Martha
Stewart Gardening. If you’re a
seasoned pro, you can still learn a few helpful things at these sites as well. Meanwhile, we’ve come up with 10 lawn
and garden essentials to help you start and maintain that green space.
Gloves – If you’re going to get down and dirty, then you will definitely
need protection for that manicure.
Instead of the one size fits all option at Home Depot, go for one of
these beautiful, feminine, hard-working options from Ethel Gloves. Choose from bamboo, leather, knit or traditional, in a
variety of styles to fit your personality.
Tools – We’ve lumped a bunch of tools into this category, cuz you’ll need a
good selection of them. Find some
great choices here at Blue
Stone Garden. The hand trowel
and flower fork will be used alot, but the bulb planter, weed cultivator and dual
hoe plus rake would sure come in handy.
Here’s some handy tips on sharpening them as well: Sharpening
Seeds – To get that garden rolling, you will most definitely need some
seeds. Victory Seeds is a family owned outfit,
and they set out to offer rare and heirloom open-pollinated seeds to home
Starting Tray – A good way to start out those young seeds is utilizing a seed
starting tray. The Etsy site,
Andrews Reclaimed uses reclaimed cedar wood and other wood to create containers
for all of your garden needs.
Round Point Shovel – Every good gardener needs a shovel, and this classic
choice from Gardener’s
Supply Company is all purpose, designed for digging, lifting and
Mower – If you have a yard to go along with that garden, it will need
mowing now and then. You’ll feel
nostalgic, and at the same time feel good that you’re minimizing your impact on
the environment with this manual
push mower from Lowe’s.
– When you need to trim those unruly weeds, shrubs and small tree branches, a
nice pruner is a godsend. This Forged
Steel Bypass Pruner from Orchard Supply Hardware is used by professionals,
and comes with a wire cutter and sap groove to remove unwanted material. Nice!
Plant Labels – To differentiate your carrots from your peas and your roses
from your rotadendrums, you’ll need some labels. Make Thyme,
from Etsy, solves the whole pen on paper problem by using stamped metal to
create these attractive and long lasting labels.
Shed – Now that you’ve got all this stuff, you’ll need a place to put it
all. We love these Smart Sheds from Summerwood which
provide an affordable, self assemble option made of beautiful Western Red Cedar.
10. Hammock – Finally, what good yard and
garden doesn’t come with a nice comfy hammock? You’ll love these delicious, handmade children or adult
hammocks from Zaza Baby Hammocks
& Kid Swings, and they’ll provide a nice place to rest after all that
Now you too can be a lawn and garden care guru! Well, at least you’ll be well equipped,
the rest is up to you. For more
gardening tips, supplies and inspiration, please see our Top 20