Trying to get started as a new gardener? A seemingly infinite amount of gardening supplies are available, all of which promise to make taking care of plants much easier. And, while you know buying every tool you can find isn’t necessary, you likely don’t know which supplies you should purchase.

The friendly staff at Millcreek Gardens in Salt Lake City is always happy to offer advice, and we welcome questions from new gardeners. Here, we share our list of essential gardening supplies for taking on any type of home garden project you may have in mind.

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Gardening Gloves

You’ll need a good pair of gardening gloves to protect your hands. Look for durable, lightweight gloves in a breathable, water-resistant fabric, and make sure to choose a pair that fits well.

Hand Pruners

Pruning is a task you’ll need to perform quite often, so investing in hand pruners makes sense. Bypass pruning shears are an excellent choice for most new gardeners, but if you have reduced hand strength, you may prefer ratcheting pruners.

Hand Trowel

For taking out weeds and planting seedlings, you’ll use a hand trowel, which is basically a hand shovel with a pointy end. Choose a trowel forged from stainless steel for optimal durability, and make sure it fits comfortably in your hand.

Hand Rake

Also called a hand fork, this gardening tool is ideal for turning and breaking up soil. For an easier time digging, look for a hand rake with straight, square tines and an ergonomic handle with a non-slip grip.


A short-handled square shovel makes quick work of digging holes, moving small mounds of dirt and creating garden bed edges. A sharp cutting edge and hardwood handle are essential, as is a comfortable, ergonomic design.


When it’s time to clear away fallen leaves or clean out your garden beds, you’ll need a sturdy rake. Steel tines are stronger than those made of plastic, and you may want to select an adjustable rake to easily reach into narrow areas.


As you’ll be moving heavy soil, mulch and plant waste when you’re working in the garden, a wheelbarrow may be one of your most-appreciated gardening supplies. For easy use, choose a sturdy model with a rubberized grip handle and pneumatic tires.

Are you ready to shop for gardening supplies? Millcreek Gardens has everything new gardeners need – our Salt Lake City garden center is stocked with high-quality tools of all types. And, we’re known for our competitive pricing, so you’re sure to find gardening supplies that fit your budget.

Millcreek Gardens, northern Utah’s leading plant nursery and garden center, is here to meet the needs of both new and master gardeners. For superior gardening supplies, stop by today.