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Rake on a lawn with autumn leaves.
With the right tools to hand, work around the yard will be a breeze.

 

Gardening heroes

Are you planning a long weekend sprucing up the yard? If so, we suggest you run your eye over this list first. These budget friendly garden tools are not only a steal, they will make light work of tough tasks. Here’s why the experts rate them.

1. Secateurs

This simple and light tool does away with woody stems and dead branches, prunes plants and deadheads flowers, making it one of the handiest pieces of kit in the yard, says Bunnings garden hand tools buyer Rochelle Sherrard-Smith. “Maintain the blades by keeping them clean, sharp and rust free,” she advises.

2. Knee pads

If you’ve ever spent a couple of hours on your knees weeding, you’ll appreciate the comfort knee pads can provide, says gardening writer Rachel Clare. “Use them when you’re gardening on an uncomfortable surface such as pebbles or concrete, and you’ll end up being able to spend longer on the task,” she says.

3. Seed sower

Sowing hundreds of tiny seeds can be a frustratingly fiddly task. Enter the seed dial, a handy gadget that will make light work of the handling, planting and dispersing of teeny seeds, says Bunnings garden care buyer Rajat Uberoi. “This garden tool also reduces seed waste by preventing over sowing,” he says.

4. Leaf rake

A leaf rake is ideally suited to its purpose, says Rochelle. “It has a lightweight design but with heavy-duty plastic tines, which means it can gather fallen autumn leaves and lawn clippings without damaging the soil or grass underneath,” she says. “Plus, the extra-long handle makes for easier use.”

5. Plant cover

Help guard against extreme weather and pests with a plant cover, says Bunnings landscape buyer Kenwyn Smart. “It protects plants from the harsh sun but still allows water and air to filter through,” he says. “It also saves plants from frost damage and helps retain warmth during the colder months.”

6. Utility belt

Anyone who has lost their favourite hand fork in a pile of weeds knows the value of a utility belt, says Rachel. “It keeps all your tools handy and safely around your waist when you’re on the go in the garden,” she says. “And it saves you lots of time retracing your steps to find a tool you might have misplaced earlier.”

7. Garden stakes

Plants often need extra support, and having garden stakes to help them stand tall and hold their weight in the wind and rain is vital to keep them alive and healthy, says Kenwyn. Natural coconut-fibre stakes allow plants to grip easily. “These are a great sustainable use of this by-product,” he says.

8. Terracotta pot

Porous terracotta pots make ideal homes for the right plants, says Bunnings pots buyer Anna Safaryan. “These are great for plants that require good drainage like succulents,” she says. “Plus, as they are made solely from clay, you can crush a broken pot and mix it into the soil.” They are also easy to upcycle with paint.

9. Galvanised bucket

Corrosion-resistant galvanised buckets are designed to withstand wear and tear, says Bunnings cleaning and accessories buyer Mario Mathuranayagam. “Their durability ensures a longer lifespan, saving you money in the long run,” he says. ”And they can be a decorative element, too.”

10. Soil meter

Do you wonder if your plants are under or overwatered? Or want to test the pH of your soil? Rather than guessing, invest in a soil meter, says Rajat. “It’s a quick and simple way to check moisture, pH and light levels, to create the ideal growing environment for your plants.”

Keep your garden tools in tip-top shape

Simply follow these tool maintenance tips.

 

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.