Useful gardening tools
Are you interested in keeping your garden clean and doing maintenance without damaging your plants? Getting the right gadgets can’t only make your life simpler, it can also help you to plan anything in your garden in an efficiently way.
Regardless of what is your gardening project, size of the garden, or type of plants, certain tools are essential and will help you to prevent serious injuries and maintain a marvelous space
To pick the right tools, we would recommend analyzing how big your garden is and what type of plants you have, because each tool plays a different role in gardening. There is a difference between a garden with trees and branches and a small front garden with flowers and lawn.
Furthermore, the role of the material and quality of the gadgets is very important, and we would recommend choosing the materials properly, starting by choosing the ones that don’t deteriorate with water or use, such as aluminum and stainless steel.
- Gloves are necessary especially if you have plants with spines such as roses, cactus or if you have to prepare substrates. They are very useful to avoid getting your hand and nails dirty especially if you have to do a transplant. Even if you are working with harmless plants, they can leave your hands sore and irritated with the prolonged use of hand tools because of the pressure and friction. There are various options of materials such as washable synthetic gloves, latex-coated cotton gloves, heavy-duty leather gloves, and arm protectors, before buying them you should review which one is more appropriate for your work and protection.
- Hand Trowel is a gardening tool that has different uses such as digging, removing the soil and mixing substrates. There are different types of shovels, you can choose either pointed or flat depending on your practices. When choosing this tool, it is very important to check that the handle is comfortable, firm and secure. You must avoid plastic handles since they trend to break easily
- Pruners: Also known as pruning shears. These tools have different sizes and shape, depending on the pruning plant or crop. The small pruning shears are useful for: taking a cutting, dry or diseased stems remotion, and dead heading. It is essential to look for models that can be sharpened or replaced, as well they should have tension control (to apply more or less force according to the plant) and test them so that they adapt to your hands. Hand pruners can cut thin branches less than 3/4 of an inch, can score and slice root balls before planting them.
- Watering Cans are suitable for plants that are in containers or pots and for those that require more continuous watering. Also, they are advantageous for applying liquid fertilizers and watering granules. But, if you have a slightly larger garden and you do not have an irrigation system, a hose may be more useful for you.
- Hand Fork is used to mix, aerate compost and soil, and for soil decompression around seedling or small plants. Usually, the cheapest ones are not usually strong enough for heavy or hard soils, so you should prioritize quality. These forks have three tines and can also be used for digging up weeds.
- Hand Rake, the smaller version of garden rakes can help you to gently remove debris around the plants without damaging roots. They can help pick up leaves, and garden trash.
- Hedge Trimmer is necessary if your garden has shrubs and hedges that require regular pruning to maintain its shape. Just like the pruners this tool has to be firm, easy, and comfortable to handle, as well as blades that can be sharpened.
- Loppers are used for cutting branches bigger than the size of your finger, with a diameter of up to 1-½ inches. These blades are larger than pruners and are more advantageous, because it is a two-handed tool instead of one which allows you to get a lot of leverage while cutting and trimming the thicker branches on larger shrubs and trees.
- Pruning saws have various uses in gardens and they tend to fold up for safe transport and storage. They can adapt to different working spaces but are especially favorable for tight spaces. The razor-tooth blade can cut woody stems the size of an arm, if you are interested in cutting trees or larger projects the cordless chainsaw is more suitable for you.
- Hori-Hori is a Japanese garden knife, this multi-purpose garden tool is a trowel, knife saw, and even a measuring device for planting bulbs. Additionally, they are used for weeding, planting, cutting turf, severing roots, and dividing perennials.
Shovels have different shapes and sizes, the most common ones are the round point shovel (digging shovel), spade, and trench spade.
- Digging Shovel is used for planting anything bigger than your fist since their shaped handle gives better control when digging and tossing heavy loads of soil. This shovel is also ideal if you want to dig without harming the roots or create a hole to put large plants. The border of this shovel should be kept sharp so that the cuts are clean, efficient, and do the least possible amount of damage to our plants. We would recommend choosing a welded steel construction material instead of wood since it is more durable and won’t flex under heavy load as a fiberglass would.
- Edging Spades (flat-blade) are used to slice turf neatly, cut roots, edge a garden, scrape soil, or mulch off a flat surface. You can also use this garden tool for general planting or storing bare-root plants when you are putting them in the ground temporarily until a permanent location is found.
- Digging Fork also known as spade or garden fork usually has between four and six tines with no curve and is just a larger version of the hand fork with straight prong instead of angled ones. It’s ideal for loosening compacted soils in large areas, incorporating compost into garden beds, breaking soil before digging and dividing perennials.
- A long-handled pruner is ideal for cutting branches larger than ¾ of an inch.
- Garden Rakes also have various purposes and can be used in spring when you are cultivating a vegetable garden and preparing soils to remove moss from your lawn. They are handy to remove excess soil, for leveling mulch, scratching packed soil, and leveling before seeding a lawn.
- Leaf rakes are ideal in fall for gathering leaves and collecting garden remains (like accumulated grass). They can also be used to scratch the soil while raking without doing any harm.
- Wheelbarrows are very practical and make life easier for any gardener since they carry anything you require such as soil, compost, leaves, materials, fertilizers, firewood, and more. They can transport tools around a yard, and you can even store bare-root plants before planting. Some recommendations would be getting a steel bin and two-wheel models if you are working with heavy loads rather than the poly for better stabilization.
- Lawn Mower/Edger is essential for large areas of grass, the size of the machine depends on how big the area is. The edger is used to make cuts in the sectors where the machine does not reach. One suggestion is to choose a model that includes: "grass collector" to have less raking after finishing.
- Garden Hose + Sprayer are very convenient for watering, they come in a variety of materials (vinyl, polyurethane, and rubber) and their length varies (usually 15, 25, 50, and 75 ft). The materials are very important because a good quality hose van lasts for many years especially if you take care of them and store them in the shade and cold climates. The sprayers also have various options such as a soft stream for watering seedlings and small plants or a hard blast for cleaning mud and tools.
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