If you are one of the lucky ones that live in a house, then you have probably had a significantly better year than most of the world’s population. Indeed, the ongoing pandemic has been brutal on everyone, but you have to admit that the benefits of living in a house stood out during this time. While there is usually nothing wrong with living in an apartment, if you have a partner, roommates, or a whole family, the close quarters can get to you pretty soon. Suddenly, you end up feeling like you cannot get a moment of peace, and you are never alone. Not to mention, scientists have said that apartment living is a critical factor in the rapid spread of the disease. To find out more, click on this link.
Of course, that is not to say that life in apartments is all bad. It provides more communal bonding and close relationships with your neighbors, which can sometimes be neglected when you live in a house away from others. However, there is one thing that is genuinely irreplaceable when it comes to owning a house. Yes, we are talking about the yard. Sure, plenty of apartment buildings have open rooftops that you can use to relax outside, but it is not the same.
When you own your yard, things are just different. You do not have to worry about stumbling on a neighbor that is sunbathing or about causing too much noise when you invite your friends and family over for a barbeque! Additionally, having a yard of your own provides you with personal access to greenery and allows you to landscape it however you want to. Certainly, you can do some plant growing and landscaping on a rooftop as well but never to the same extent as you would in a backyard.
As a result of spending a lot of time inside and a free schedule due to lack of socialization, many people have turned to gardening as a hobby. After all, why would they not? It has been proven many times that it is beneficial for your mental health, which we can all admit needs more than a bit of boost these days. Learn more about the advantages of gardening on this page: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/think-act-be/201906/10-mental-health-benefits-gardening
If you are one of those that have picked it up as a hobby, you might be suddenly overwhelmed and confused by all the rules and gadgets. No worries, we know exactly what that is like. Lucky for you, in this article, we will cover all the garden tools you will need for a successful yard and what each of them is for. Stick with us, and you will get a green thumb in no time!
Sprouting a new leaf
Firstly, before you rush to the store to buy supplies and get started, you need to make some decisions. Namely, before embarking on your gardening journey, you should decide what is your end goal in doing it. Of course, you should do it out of love, but it is always good to have a structured plan before starting. Otherwise, you might end up with a messy and mismatched yard that does more damage than good. Is your dream to have a beautifully decorated backyard that guests will be amazed by? Do you want a carefully constructed hedge to provide privacy from nosy neighbors? Or maybe you are one of those healthy people who want to grow their food? Whatever the reason, we are not judging! We are just here to help you get to your destination.
Next up, it is time to inspect and find out what kind of soil you have in your garden. This is especially important as it can mean life or death for your plants. Unfortunately, not all plants thrive in every soil type, so you need to manage your expectations before you plant them. Closely related to this is also the climate you live in. You probably do not need us to tell you that the weather affects the type of soil you have, but sometimes these things are easy to forget. If you live in a predominantly sunny environment, then the dirt is likely to dry, and anything you plant will need a lot of water. Alternatively, if you live in a rainy place, you will not need to water your plants so often but be careful not to plant anything that does not need much watering, like succulents.
Once you have all of this figured out, it is time to start digging (literally!). To create the garden of your dreams, you will have to put in some hard manual labor. However, the good news is it is also a great way to burn calories! Figuring out what tools you need can be challenging. Indeed, there are so many options out there that you can easily get overwhelmed and convinced to buy something you might not even need. But there is no need to panic because we are here to help!
First, you will need a good shovel to break ground for the upcoming green paradise behind your house. Many people get confused about the spade vs shovel comparison and what is the right choice out of the two. The truth is it all depends on what you need it for. There are so many types of spades and shovels that we could probably dedicate a whole other article to them. For now, though, the most important thing you need to know is that shovels are used for digging holes and moving the dirt from one location to another. On the other hand, spades are helpful when it comes to transplanting flowers and creating trenches and edges.
Few final words
To sum up, gardening is no joke. When done right, it can be a lot of work but with a gratifying outcome! Regardless of the fruit of your labor are actual fruits or just the pleasure of looking at a well-groomed yard, there is nothing that compares to that feeling of accomplishment.