Choosing the Right Garden Tools

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Choosing the Right Garden Tools

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Do you have the right garden tools for your yard? You don’t need fancy tools to grow a great garden, but there are a few basics that every gardener should have!

Garden Tools – Gardening can be such a rewarding activity. The smell of the fresh soil, the joy of the first blossoms, eating a tomato fresh from the garden – there are so many things that make gardening worth the effort. But even with all the rewards, gardening can be a lot of work. If you have the right garden tools you can make your time in the garden more productive and easier to do!

Simple Garden Tools are a Must Have!

There are a wide variety of garden tools available, some are simple and others are fancy and complicated. You don’t need all the fancy, high tech garden tools to create a great garden, although some of the fancy tools are nice to have! We will focus on the basic, easy to find garden tools that every gardener should have in their tool shed.

Most Garden Tools you must have in your Home

When you first start to garden, there are basic tools you will need. Get the basic garden tools first and if you feel that gardening is the hobby for you, you can add all the “kool” tools.

The basic garden tools are:

  • Garden Rake
  • Garden Shears
  • Gloves
  • Hoes
  • Shovels
  • Spading Forks
  • Watering Cans

Garden Rake

There are two types of garden rakes. They have strong tines and are designed to move or remove debris and to work the soil for planting. The bow rake has short tines on one side attached to a metal frame by two curved steel supports, hence the name “bow.” The rake is used for leveling the soil after it has been turned and prior to planting. It can also be used to remove large clumps of earth or rocks from the soil. Use the flat side of the bow rake to smooth the soil in preparation for planting.

The flat garden rake has a T-shaped head attached directly to the handle for extra strength.


Garden Shears

Garden shears are used for pruning, shaping, and removing foliage or branches. They should fit comfortably in your hand.


Gloves

Getting your hands dirty is part of the fun of gardening. However, you do not want to get stuck by thorns and end up with blisters. There are some garden chemicals that should not come in contact with your skin. You should invest in a good pair of gloves.


Garden Hoes

Believe it or not, you can find different shapes and sizes of garden hose.  A hoe is a workhorse when it comes to yard work. Not only can you remove weeds, but you can till and break up the soil as well as smooth out rough spots.  A hoe is one of the must-have garden tools for any gardener!

There are three types of hoes. The hoe is used for weeding and light groundbreaking. You use a hoe for weeding and cultivating the surface of the soil to allow for penetration of nutrients and water. Use a small hoe when working in your flowerbeds and around permanent plantings. You need to keep the blades sharp for weed removal.

The regular garden hoe has a square or rectangular blade and is a right angle which is good for chopping.

The Warren is used more for planting than weeding. It has a V-shaped blade which can be used to dig furrows, and the open part can be used to close furrows.

The weeding hoe has a flat blade on one end for chopping and pointed tips on the other for pulling weeds up by the roots.

The action he pivots back and forth under the soil to cut weeds. It cuts on the push or pulls a stroke.


Adjustable Hose Nozzle

When you are working in the yard, you may see areas that need extra water. An adjustable hose nozzle will allow you to easily spot water areas. You can adjust from a fine mist to a powerful spray – perfect for washing off dirty garden tools! Brass hose nozzles are durable, long-lasting and relatively inexpensive.


Pitch Forks

The spading fork looks like a pitchfork but it has a shorter handle and wider tines. It is used for aerating and transplanting. You use it to dig down into hard soil and break the ground.

The hayfork is used to move large amounts of material such as compost, mulch, brush, and hay. It has round tines.


Shovels – Large and Small

You should have a least two good shovels for your yard work. A large shovel or spade is good for digging new flower beds, mixing compost or other material into the soil, large digging jobs.  A small shovel or trowel is perfect for planting small plants and bulbs or working the soil around plants.  When you are choosing a shovel, make sure you get a high-quality shovel that is built to last. They may cost a little more but when you figure how much you will use it the cost is worth it. In addition, a high-quality shovel will last many years making your initial investment seem to be mere pennies.

For planting shrubs and trees, you should get a round-ended shovel. There are four types of shovels. The round point shovel is used for digging, lifting, and throwing. It cuts into the soil. These shovels have rims where you can put your feet for digging holes. You should get one with a wide rim if you plan to do a lot of digging.

The square point shovel is used to move materials. It is also known as a scoop.

The garden spade, which is similar to the square point shovel, is used for cutting, digging, edging, and lifting sod.

The drain or trench shovel is used when working in restricted spaces. It has a narrow head and straighter handle and can also be used for transplanting.


Watering Cans

Use a watering can for hard to reach places and to water new seedlings. Get one with a long nozzle. The water comes out in a gentle flow. You should get one with a detachable spray head.


Other tools include:

Hand Cultivator

A cultivator will allow you to aerate and break up the soil in flower beds and around plants.  Cultivators come in different styles, the most traditional being a three or four-pronged claw type. You can buy cultivators with long handles or short. It is recommended to have one of each. The long handle version will allow you to work in large areas while standing. The short handle is perfect for working close to plants and preparing the soil as you are planting bedding plants.

This tool is designed to scratch the soil either prior to planting or around the plants that are growing. Cultivators are available with either long handles or as a hand tool.


Mattock

The Mattock is used for heavy-duty groundbreaking. It has both chopping and cutting blades so you can cut through roots and break up hard ground.


Pick

The tool has two pointed ends to use for breaking up hard ground.


Trowel

Use a trowel, mini spade, to plant your annuals and perennials.


Weed Knife

To remove tough weeds such as wild garlic, you need a weed knife. Wild garlic has a bulb. Removing the top will not get off the problem. The whole plant has to be removed. Dandelions have a taproot and the entire plant needs to be removed.


As you advance in your gardening, there are other tools that you will see and want. Garden tools can be expensive. If you continue gardening you will want to shop and compare to get the best deal possible. You will be able to find the tools you need on the Internet or at your local hardware store or nursery.

There are so many wonderful garden tools available and you are sure to find your favorite. But if you start with these few basics you will be on your way to having the perfect garden toolbox!

Buying Bulk Garden Supplies Saves Money

From creating a flower border in the back garden to working on a large scale building project, buying landscape materials in bulk quantities can save a great deal of time, effort and money.

Buying in bulk is cost-effective and efficient for almost any gardener. If you have all the materials you need for your project right from the beginning, you will get the job done much quicker and cut out the inconvenience of trips backward and forward with small bags.

garden stores and garden centers now days offer a range of services that have appealed to gardeners for years, offering a wide range of quality products alongside expert advice and assistance to help customers complete their garden projects.

Whatever you are buying like bark, topsoil, soil improvers, sleepers and crushed slate plus specialty growing blends, the products will always be more cost-effective if they are bought in bulk quantity. These may also include vegetable plots and flower beds as well as the various types of professional landscape materials.

Gardeners benefit from buying bulk quantities at bulk prices, but it must be done with careful planning and preparation. One should take proper guidance on bulk quantities and ideal depths for the job you’re doing.

You must know how to calculate quantities and how this will deliver the goods without them having to set foot on site. Go for asking a product sample to make sure it’s exactly what is on after.

Take Good Care of Your Gardening Tools

Proper care for your gardening tools is extremely essential. Here are a few, simple tips that will prolong your tools’ life.

  1. Don’t put them away covered in soil or wet. All gardening tools should be cleaned after use and dried with a rag.
  2. Apply vegetable oil to steel tools to minimize rusting.
  3. Sharpen axes, hoes, shovels and anything else that needs to be sharpened at least once a season.
  4. Store the tools properly, in an organized manner. Instead of tossing them on the garage floor, hang them on a wall or place the smaller ones in a big bucket.
  5. When the season is over, coat all your tools in oil before storing them.

Tips To Prolong Gardening Tool’s Life

Proper care is must as far as the longevity and serviceability of your gardening tools is concerned. These a few, simple tips that will prolong your tools’ life.

  1.  Don’t put them away covered in soil or wet. All gardening tools should be cleaned after use and dried with a rag.
  2. Apply vegetable oil to steel tools to minimize rusting.
  3. Sharpen axes, hoes, shovels and anything else that needs to be sharpened at least once a season.
  4.  Store the tools properly, in an organized manner. Instead of tossing them on the garage floor, hang them on a wall or place the smaller ones in a big bucket.
  5.  When the season is over, coat all your tools in oil before storing them.

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