A proper set of garden tools can make our gardening experience from a difficult, discouraging one to a fruitful, rewarding gardening experience. Similar to other pastime, it is important to have the right gardening tools for the job. This doesn’t mean that we have to buy a whole set of gardening tools at great expense. Yet, there are some basic tools that most gardeners should have.
Spade and Shovel
Some gardening beginners may not know the difference between a spade and a shovel (or is this only me?). The difference between a spade and a shovel is that a spade is best used to dig into and break up soil, while a shovel is meant to pick up and move loose material. Larger spades have space for our foot to bear down.
A garden trowel is a garden hand tool designed for small jobs like transplanting, digging holes, and mixing soil. Garden trowels come in a wide variety of styles and sizes, and many gardeners like to keep a few garden trowels of different sizes in order to be prepared for any job. Since we will use a garden trowel often, find those that feel natural in your hand.
With its piercing tines, a garden fork or spading fork can sometimes get into the soil easier than a garden spade. A garden spading fork is especially useful when we are working with compacted or rocky soil. The garden tools we use become especially important when we work on some heavy duty gardening jobs. And for gardening tasks like breaking new ground, removing sod, tilling the garden, and aerating the soil, a good garden spading folk will surely make our life easier.
Garden rake can level ground, move gravel or sand, gather up materials, and clean up leaves in our gardens. Garden rakes come in different materials with tins that may be pliable or solid.
A garden hoe has many uses, for examples, weeding our gardens and tilling the soil. There are many types of hoes and gardeners probably collect several kinds of different sizes for different gardening jobs.
Garden Shears and Pruners
Garden shears and pruners are essential for flower gardeners or gardeners with shrubs. Most shears and pruners can be taken apart for maintenance and sharpening. When choosing our garden shears and pruners, we should consider the ease of use, strength, and the size of the plants we will be cutting.
Yes, it is just fascinating when we are in our gardens, planting, weeding, or simply enjoying the sun. Yet, as fun as gardening is, don’t forget to protect our hands and treat them well. A good pair of garden gloves is essential. When we are weeding an overgrown garden or lifting some tree trunk cuttings, our garden gloves will protect the gardener’s hands from thorns, sharp sticks, and whatnot. There are garden gloves made of different materials. While many gardeners (including myself) prefer to use lightweight cloth garden gloves, other gardeners prefer a good pair of leather garden gloves for those tough jobs.
Garden Kneeler & Kneeling Pad
Gardening can be just s tough on the knees as on the hands, and gardeners should take steps to minimize the damages gardening does to their joints. One of the gardening tools we should get for ourselves is a garden kneeler. A kneeler is a great garden tool to make laborious jobs such as weeding and planting more comfortable. There are different types of kneeler for gardeners, and it is a good idea to try out different styles so to find the type that we like best.
Here are a few posts about garden kneeler and kneeling pad.
The Importance of a Garden Kneeler
A Garden Kneeling Pad, a Modern Garden Kneeler, or Garden Knee Pads?
Tips of Choosing a Garden Kneeler