There are many important tasks which must be performed in the garden using the appropriate tools. Careful selection of the right tools can help to complete these tasks effectively and efficiently. Tools can be expensive, and it is obviously wise to keep expenditure to a minimum, however, it can be false economy just to buy the cheapest tools, as they will not last and may not be easy to use. This is especially important with the selection of spades and forks, which can cause back problems when digging if they are not selected correctly to suit your personal requirements. However, economies can be made by selecting tools that can be used for several diverse operations, such as selecting a multi-purpose garden hoe or hand sheers.
The beginner will be able to start off with a basic set of tools to which further equipment can be added as time goes by. The bare minimum of garden tools needed to perform the majority of garden tasks are: