Garden tools have evolved a lot over the years, from yesteryear’s digging sticks to today’s highly specialized tools. Every season a new garden tool or gizmo is up for sale in the market and buying them can become addictive. Before you decide to make the splurge, and buy the latest addictive garden tools online, make sure you have all the basic tool groups covered. You are bound to find a wide variety of designs and sizes big enough to cause confusion when going out for shopping even the basic garden tools.
When selecting garden tools, make sure you get the right tool for the right job, the foremost aspect of selecting any tool is asking yourself the often relevant pertinent question “How does it feel in my hand?” Check the gripping of the selected tool as well as various other constraints such as weight, etc. Remember, an increase in the size of the tool is directly proportional to the weight of the tool. When it comes to gardening larger tools tend to be more efficient, just remember to choose one that won’t wear you out just too quickly.
As we well know using the right tool for the right job makes a man’s work easier and more efficient. Here are 9 necessary gardening tools you might find useful for your gardening endeavors.
Secateurs are also known as pruners. They are available for both left and right-handed gardeners, and are of two types. They are used for cutting branches, large flowers and slicing root balls before planting. While some secateurs consist of scissor-action blades, there are those that have a single blade cutting against an anvil. One tip to use these garden tools efficiently would be to keep them clean, rust-free, and well-oiled with a cooking oil spray.
A trowel is deemed fit for small jobs such as transplanting, digging holes and mixing soil. It’s advised that you buy a trowel that’s sturdy and handy with a long blade, but make sure it’s not too broad.
#3.Spade and Shovel
A spade is used to break up and dig into soil, apart from digging up holes in a densely planted soil bed, while a shovel is used for picking up and moving loose material such as compost and for digging holes to plant trees and shrubs. Larger spades are available with different handle lengths.
Gloves are available in a range of different materials and they primarily shield your hands from injury and dirt. Light, rubber-coated varieties are useful for working in wet soil, while heavy-duty landscape gloves are designed to protect your hands where pruning, or shoveling is concerned.
A garden fork is a very useful gardening tool when it comes to working in rocky soil, digging up deep-rooted plants, as the fork’s tines go in easier than a shovel. They are predominantly used for purposes such as turning and cultivating soil and breaking up clods.
A Trug is used for carrying weeds and other garden waste to the compost heap or rubbish bin. It is also good for carrying small hand tools such as trowels and weeders. A Trug is durable, light-weight, bendable and entirely made up of plastic.
A weeder is somewhat similar to a forked tool that’s ideally purposeful for pulling up weeds, such as dandelions, etc. It has a two-tine forked tip easily that penetrates soil in the lawn or between pavement, removing weed roots buried deep in the ground.
A hand-held watering can is a convenient, durable, easy-to-carry water-saving way to irrigate potted plants and newly seedlings. Most watering cans come with a rose that fits over the end of the spout so the flow is moderated to a light shower, which is gentler on plants. It can be made up of either plastic or metal.
A Rake is a multipurpose gardening tool, which is used for levelling fertile ground, moving gravel and for gathering up debris and dried leaves. Before buying a rake check whether it has a strong, slender and slim handle.