Essential Tools for Australian Gardeners

If you’re a gardener, you know that the right tools can make all the difference.

When it comes to gardening, there are some essential tools every gardener needs.

The right tools will make your life easier and your garden more beautiful. The wrong ones can be frustrating and even dangerous.

Below, we’ve put together a list of our favourite garden tools that no gardener should be without.

Fiskars Softgrip Bypass Pruner

These bypass secateurs are ideal for pruning green, living growth like ornamental shrubs and trees.

The razor-sharp, precision-ground blade cuts with less resistance than thicker blades and stays sharp even with regular use.

A low-friction coating resists rust, helps the blade glide through branches or twigs, and prevents the pruner from getting covered in sap. With a large cutting capacity, you can confidently tackle any job around the garden.

The built-in comfort-grip handles make this tool comfortable to hold even when your hands are wet or muddy.

And, they’re made from soft rubberised material so they won’t slip out of your hands while you work.

Felco 2 Classic Anvil Pruning Shears

Felco is amongst the best know brands for this type of gardening product. These high-quality shears have a great weight to them and a clean cutting motion.

As these are anvil pruners, they are better suited to tasks where you need a bit more power, like pruning dead wood.

Because of the cushion shock absorber and rubberised grip, they fit pleasantly in the hand and cutting feels safe and effortless.

These pruning shears are dependable, easy to use, and long-lasting.

Hori Hori Garden Knife

This multipurpose tool is ideal for a variety of gardening tasks. The two working blade edges on this knife are both sharp: one is serrated with a sawing edge and the other is a razor-sharp cutting edge.

The full tang design means this knife won’t bend or break under pressure while you’re working with it. It also features gradation marks on the blade that allow you to plant properly according to depth.

The polished stainless steel blade resists rust, so you can rest assured that this knife will last you for years to come. The high-quality wooden handle comes with a protective handguard for comfortable and safe use.

Finally, this knife comes with a 90 days money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with your purchase.

Cyclone Garden Fork

The Cyclone Garden Fork is a lightweight but strong tool that is suitable for a range of garden tasks.

It features 4 tines (prongs) that are roll forged from a single piece of steel for extra strength and durability. The oval tines are factory sharpened, with 60mm spacing at their points.

The square socket provides additional strength, while the comfortable grip makes it easy to use.

The Australian Hardwood handle is lacquered and sealed, which protects it against weathering and splintering.

ARS HS-KR1000 Professional Hedge Shears

With razor-sharp Japanese carbon steel blades that are rust and sap resistant, these ARS hedge shears slice through branches with ease.

The ARS shears are very light (780 grams) thanks to their carbon steel construction but are still durable enough to last through years of regular use.

The handles are ergonomically shaped and balanced to ensure continued comfort, even when used for extended periods. The enlarged shock-absorbing bumper will reduce strain on your hands while you work.

You can also easily unlock and lock the pivot bolt for blade adjustments and to adjust tension.

These shears are 71cm long and can cut branches up to 10mm thick, which should be enough for most jobs around the yard.

Fiskars PowerGear2 Bypass Lopper

The Fiskars PowerGear2 Lopper is widely considered one of the best bypass loppers on the market.

Its heavy-duty construction, combined with its PowerGear technology, makes it a great tool for cutting branches up to 2.5cm thick (1 inch).

It also features a low-friction coating on its steel blades for smooth cutting.

The differentiating factor with this lopper is that it includes a geared mechanism in contrast to the usual single pivot point. According to Fiskars, this technology provides three times more power.

It is also more affordable than many competitor products and features rounded, ergonomic handles with Softgrip for extra comfort and control.

Fiskars Xact Weed Puller

The Fiskars Xact Weed Puller makes removing weeds and root crops a quick and easy job.

Its claw-like jaws open then close, trapping the roots of a weed between the jaws and pulling it up along with its roots.

This weeding tool features a practical non-slip handle for a better hold and a foot pedal that allows you to work in an upright position without straining your muscles.

Designed in Finland, the claw is made of stainless steel, and the fibreglass handle is sturdy and easy to clean with water.

Opinel No.08 Stainless Steel Garden Knife

Opinel is a 130-year-old French knife company known around the world for its high-quality yet affordable knives.

This particular model is their No.08 Garden Knife, which features a sharp, pointy 8.5cm blade for weeding, harvesting, and other garden tasks.

It has a folding design that makes it easy to transport and protect the blade, as well as strong construction and lightweight materials.

The handle is made from natural beech wood from France and the blade is stainless steel so is anti-corrosive and requires no special maintenance.

This garden knife is an excellent choice for anyone who wants an easy-to-use knife that can take care of many different tasks in your garden.

Draper Galvanised Watering Can

This traditional style watering can has a 9-litre capacity and is made from rust-resistant galvanised steel, which means it will last for years to come.

Not only is it durable but it is also lightweight (30g) and comes with a rose for even water distribution.

If you are looking for something that will last for many years and is a pleasure to use around your garden then this watering can is an excellent option.

Ironclad Ranchworx Cowboy Gloves

If you’re looking for a tough, durable leather glove that won’t let you down when it comes to those tough jobs, look no further than the Ironclad Ranchworx Leather Gloves. Made of premium washable goatskin leather, these gloves are built to last.

The palms are reinforced with Ironclad’s Duraclad saddle reinforcement technology—that means they have a special layer of protective material in the right places that makes sure these heavy-duty garden gloves will stand up to whatever you throw at them.

On top of being durable, these garden gloves also have leather and TPR knuckle impact protection to keep your hands safe from big hits.

A terry cloth thumb sweat wipe lets comfortably wipe away sweat during hot days in the garden while the neoprene slip fit cuff provides a comfortable, secure fit.

Solo 1L Manual Sprayer

This is a high-quality garden sprayer that can be used for a variety of applications.

It’s made in Germany, with top-notch build quality and robust Viton seals that are designed to last.

The large filling aperture makes it easy to fill, while the 1L capacity means it’s easy to carry around your home or backyard.

This is an excellent choice for any professional or hobbyist who needs a high-quality sprayer on hand.

Note this sprayer is also available in a 2L version.

Daytek Home-Builder Wheelbarrow

This wheelbarrow is a great product if you’re looking for something to help you out with general jobs around the yard, or even renovating.

It’s a sturdy, reliable wheelbarrow that’s made in Australia and comes with a 5-year structural warranty.

The pre-treated and powder-coated square tube steel frame means that it will last as long as you need it, and the galvanised steel bowl provides corrosion resistance meaning that it’ll be able to handle anything you throw at it. It also has diagonally braced legs for stability.

The 70-litre bowl capacity is enough space for most jobs around the yard.

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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.


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