Picking The Right Gardening Tools
If you’re thinking about taking your gardening seriously and getting out there every day to increase the attractiveness of your garden, then you will want to be picking the right gardening tools to help you achieve this.
Place Some Thought Into The Tools You Purchase You might be tempted to go out to the store and just buy the nearest things you see, but you’ll be much happier if you put lots of thought into the styles and types of tools you’re buying. There are styles designed just for gardening, and you’ll be better off buying those.
1.) A Visit To The Store
You can find most of the tools you will need at your local gardening or home improvement shop.
- Usually, the employees will be simply thrilled to assist you in finding the ideal tools.
- If you go to a shop that specializes in gardening, you can usually get some advice in addition to service.
- Gardening store employees are usually an untapped wealth of wisdom.
2.) Search Online
If you are having a hard time finding the right tool or if you want to save some money, you might try looking online for the supplies you need.
- You’ll have to pay the shipping costs and wait an extra week or two, but often if you buy more than one tool, the total savings will be worth it.
- Always buy from a reputable seller, though, and search around beforehand for anything negative that people had to say about their buying experience.
5 Tools For the Garden I Will Not Live Without
As far as basic digging tools go, you might already have all you’ll need. There are several types that you should get each for a different specific task.
Having these different varieties of digging tools can help you to minimize the work you have to do.
For example, if you try digging a big hole with a little spade then you’ll end up rather tired. The same goes if you are attempting to do more detailed work with a big clumsy shovel.
1.) A Round Point Shovel
A round point shovel is good for digging holes for plants.
2.) A Spade
Is necessary for all the more intricate work. Great for rocky, compacted soils and clay.
Excellent for separating and dividing highly rooted perennial plants.
3.) A Garden Fork
You might not use a garden fork as much, but I have one in my tool shed and I’ve been thankful for it on multiple occasions.
The forks are excellent for lifting plants when dividing, lifting potatoes out of the ground and carrying mulch back and forth.
4.) A Bow Rake
Is an absolute necessity. You most likely already have a rake, but I’m guessing it’s a lawn rake and not a garden rake. There is definitely a difference, and if you try to use a lawn rake in a garden then you will not be happy with the results.
Same if you buy a grading or a contractor’s rake. You’ll want to look for a bowhead rake. I’ve found these are the best for gardening purposes. They will provide you the maximum control and accuracy, so you don’t accidentally tear up your precious plants.
As far as hoes go, I don’t believe any gardener should have less than 3. There are so many useful varieties on the market that I have a hard time recommending just one, and that’s why I’ll tell you all the two I usually use most.
Onion Hoe – The hoe I use the most is the onion hoe, which is very lightweight and ideal for small cultivations and weeding.
The Warren hoe is a larger model, with a pointed end.
If you need to make a hole or dig out a pesky weed, this is the one for you
Start & Expand As Needed
There are several other varieties, but I recommend starting with the ones I mentioned. As you progress in your gardening savvy, you will find the need for more types.
Most people believe that gardening just consists of a simple spade. But there are many, many tools with many more variations that you will use in your gardening career. Usually you can start with just a few different tools, but you’ll always find that you can use more varieties for special situations. It’s just a matter of recognizing when one tool could be more efficient than another.
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