Which garden tools are most important to buy first?
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It is hard to say what the most important tools are.  I would say that the first thing you should consider would be a good-quality hose, preferrably made of rubber.  They are the most expensive, but will last almost forever, whereas the cheaper ones will need to be replaced after just a year or two.  After that, I would buy a round-nosed shovel, as well as another shovel with a long, narrow blade (very handy for transplanting).  A garden trowel is a necessity for transplanting nursery-grown starts.  A garden rake is necessary for smoothing out your planting area, and a hoe is necessary for digging planting rows and for weeding.  I like the kind with the small, winged head.  It is useful for the above jobs and can be maneuvered into small places for weeding.  Both hand pruners and long-handled pruner/loppers are a necessity for trimming roses and other shrubs and for deadheading.  I like the ones with bypass blades the best.  To round out the top ten, I would recommend a spading fork - and a second one that can be used with the first to separate perennials for dividing.  There are lots of other garden tools that come in handy, but you will have a good beginning if you have these ten.

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I would also suggest a small gas or electric culivator.  A weeper hose is good food the garden, we also use the black material to cover it once it is turned over & raked.  I also like the long trowel with 3 long fingers to spruce up the mulch and get the weeds out.  Our tool list has grown from the basic to many types, I like the long & extra long handles better.

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