Making the right choice is the most important part of the buying process. It's better to pay a bit more for the right tool than for paying for the wrong tool no matter how cheap it is. It's worse if it turns out to be totally useless and the shop you bought it from doesn't accept returns.
A simple rule to follow is this: Buy what you need, what will last and what will NOT give too much trouble.
Also, buy what is safe to use.
You will need to find what job needs to be done and all the tools that can do it, do some research on the price and features of everyone that made your list and then make your choice.
Garden watering systems
Various garden watering systems are available for you to choose from . You don't have to use what everybody uses to water your garden. Now you can choose what matches your style, fits into the plan of your garden and also your budget plan.
The Watering hose is a common option for most homes. Every old fashioned gardener loves to own a watering hose. It's not just a sentimental thing it's because over the years it's proved to be so flexible in doing various tasks in the garden. Manufacturers have picked up on this and have made many useful modifications and accessories to further increase the usefulness of this already valuable garden tool. Making the hose wind on a reel solves the problem of having tubes everywhere, while using detachable nozzles and wands of different shapes and sizes enables you to give water in different spray patterns. Like a "mobile watering can".
Watering cans come in various shapes and sizes and like its friend, the watering hose, it's also an old garden tool and a favourite too among the oldies. It's very useful for delivering water to potted plants indoors or in the patio where your hose won't get too. It's also good for watering potted plants.
Lawn sprinklers are a good option when watering lawns or fields. They deliver water in spray form and so are not good for watering potted plants or trees. There are so many sprinklers available on the market today. The simplest of the lot can be attached to the end of a watering hose and turned on and off from the tap. While the more complex models have electric timers and need professional help for installation
Drip irrigation has become popular over time because of its economics. It delivers water directly to the roots and so doesn't waste as much water as a sprinkler or hose. And this amounts to some savings on the utility bills. It's generally not expensive to get and it has been shown to make plants have fuller roots and look healthier.
Basically, there are two groups
The Pushable/walk behind Lawn mowers
The reel type- This type of lawn mower is the cheapest of the lot and is manually operated. It is ideal for small lawns or for medium sized lawns if lawn mowing is used as a form of exercise. It is also good for the environmentally friendly as it doesn't contribute to air pollution. It however demands a lot of muscular energy to operate and will therefore not be suitable for very large lawns.
The electric powered
could be battery operated. Sometimes called cordless type.
or could be attached directly to the mains.
Fuel powered types which work on petrol or diesel.
The Automobile/Driving Lawn mowers.
Front mounted engines
Rear mounted engines.
Tips to Buy Lawn Mower
The cheapest are the reel models while the most expensive are the garden tractors and other driven models. The walk behind models fall in between.
Generally speaking, electric and battery operated models are cheaper than fuel powered ones.
The reel model are the most environmentally friendly as they don't require any source of energy but your muscles. They are good for small lawns and medium sized lawns if you intend for youR lawn mowing sessions to be exercise sessions too.
Fuel powered models are the noisiest of the group. Reel , battery powered and electric models are much less noisy and your neighbour would love you for getting one of those instead.
Fuel powered ones are more suitable for tough grass and wet grass too as they usually have more engine power. They are also more suitable for longer sessions of mowing. However the cost of maintenance is by far the highest of all the models.
Fuel powered models that have push button starting mechanisms are easier to start than those with recoil starting mechanism but they are also generally a bit more expensive.
Electric mowers are low maintenance and would be able to mow most lawns well even though they are not as powerful as fuel powered models.
Battery operated models are good since they give you some leverage because of the absence of an electrical cord. However mowing sessions are limited by the charge span of the battery.
The driven models(garden tractors, lawn tractors etc) are most suitable for mowing very large lawns.
Most people prefer rear-bagging models to side-bagging models as they are easier to maneuver.
Lawn mowers that have adjustable heights for grass cutting give room for variation in the look of the lawn. It will also allow you to be creative by designing your lawn(maybe like a football field).
Some lawn mowers have the ability to cut the grass into small pieces so that they can fall back into the lawn as organic manure. This is called mulching and a it helps to create a full, rich lawn. Others don't have that ability and so grass cuttings have to be raked up after every mowing session.
Self propelled mowers that have several speed settings are more efficient as they can be adjusted depending on the type of cut desired.
A lawn mower with a clutch that prevents the blades from moving even when the engine is still running is safer to use.
Metal parts made of rust proof metal like steel last longer.
Bionic Gardening Gloves
Bionic gardening gloves are a unique kind of glove used for gardening. They’re ergonomic, comfortable, durable, and can be used for more than just pulling weeds.
Bionic gardening gloves are designed to provide proper support in areas of the hand where it’s needed most. Padding is placed on pressure sensitive areas (e.g. thumb, fingers, and palm) that prevent calluses, muscle and tendon strain, blisters, shaking, and fatigue.
They’re made of various fabrics, most notably leather, and come in a few colors. People who love these beauties tend to do more than just gardening with them! They’re great for general purpose use, lifting and moving heavy objects, or if you want a nice, safe pair of working gloves. Some people use them when a tool isn’t handy, like when pulling weeds, digging holes, or even breaking branches.
Unlike other working gloves, bionic gardening gloves won’t wear out over use. You’d have to be very rough with them to do so. They’re a form of safety, comfort and protection. Like all equipment, they should be taken care of.
Bionic gardening gloves are a great addition to anyone’s gardening toolbox. People with physical issues like arthritis or muscular problems will find these gloves very handy and helpful. They’ll make gardening or other outdoor work activities much healthier for your hands!
Your trowel will become a constant companion at different times of the year. These little shovels are invaluable during planting season, so find one which has the right 'feel' to it. You may wish to have a couple different trowels for different uses. (Drop shank trowel for general use, straight shank trowel for planting bulbs)
As a gardener, your pruning shears will get a lot of usage. There are several designs available; blade and anvil, hook and blade, special rose pruners. The important thing is to buy a pruner which fits your hand well, and is easy to operate. The new 'ratchet' type pruners do work well for larger branches, but they are somewhat slow and cumbersome to use for all of your pruning needs.
Hedge shears are not for pruning, but for evenly shaping hedges and shrubs, and for shearing back ground covers and faded flower heads. Do not attempt to cut larger branches with a hedge shear.
Most lopping shears are designed for cutting branches an inch in diameter or smaller, but larger heavy duty models are also available. The longer the handle length, the easier each cut will be.
The conventional design of the garden hoe is a long handle with a flat blade set at a right angle on the end. Garden hoes come in different widths from 2 1/2 inches to 8 inches wide. Hoes are used to weed and groom the soil around shallow rooted plants. They can also be used to chop off annual weeds (perennial weeds must be dug and removed) and plants at ground level, or the pointed corners can be used as a light duty pick.
Scuffle hoes are used much as you would a shuffleboard mallet. They are pushed ahead of you to cut the tops of annual weeds (perennial weeds must be dug and removed) rather than chopping them as you would with a garden hoe.
A weeding hoe is nothing more than a two sided tool head. One edge being a narrow hoe, and the other side being a 2 or 3 tined weeder
Warren hoes are used for cultivating between plants, and for creating furrows for planting rows. The "ears" on the back of the head are designed to pull the soil back onto newly planted seeds.
TIPS TO MAINTAIN TOOLS
Always remove all of the soil from your digging tools after each use.
Usually hosing is all it takes, but use a screwdriver to remove dried mud.
Never put your tools away wet. Allow them to dry completely before storing to prevent rusting and handle rot.
Once each garden season, rub linseed oil into your wooden handles to help preserve them.
After each use, wipe the metal parts of pruners, shears, and loppers with an oily rag.
Alternately, you can wipe your tools dry with a clean rag, and then spray lightly with a penetrating oil
Sharpen your cutting tools as well as the blades of shovels and spades during the gardening season. A hone or whetstone should be used for sharpening cutting tools. A file should be used to remove nicks and smooth the edge of your shovels and trowels.
Thoroughly clean any tools which have been used for chemical applications. Fertilizers and other chemicals will rapidly corrode any metal parts.
For extra rust prevention, fill a 5 gallon bucket with builders sand and pour a quart of new motor oil over it. Use this as a shovel cleaner/oiler each time you put your tools away. Push each tool into the oily sand several times. You can also use this bucket as a shovel stand.