In December, we wrote an article listing some great Christmas gift ideas that you could give the gardener in your life. We talked about the right tool makes any job easier and only a handful of inexpensive gardening tools can handle the most common lawn and garden maintenance. However, there are a few additional tools that every homeowner needs to top off that list for making gardening chores efficient and enjoyable with less pain and strain.
Even if your first foray into gardening might seem a bit daunting, the right tools will help you do the job right all the way through spring cleanup, summer planting, fall wind-down and preparation for winter’s hibernation. The right tools help to avoid strained back muscles, scratched hands, and other backyard annoyances, so having the right tool to do the job is a priority. Here is a recap of our Christmas suggestions, in addition to the selection of new add-ons, to make your gardening experience be the best it can be.
Any gardener will tell you that a shovel is a necessity for any garden or landscape work. It is best used for planting or digging out trees and shrubs, mixing large quantities of dirt, creating a dugout for an annual or perennial garden, composting and so much more.
Hand pruners are a versatile tool that can be used for many purposes in the garden, but they are best used for snipping and removing dead and unwanted branches from trees and shrubs in an easy stroke motion.
A hand trowel is designed for digging small holes, transplanting seedlings, planting flowers and bulbs in garden beds or performing similar tasks. Many gardeners find hand trowels immensely useful and quite commonly found in gardening sheds as an indispensable tool.
Garden Utility Bucket or Caddy
A utility bucket or caddy is ideal for carrying your hand tools around the property, gathering clipping and weeds and freeing up your hands from carrying objects.
The most basic of tool for any property is a leaf rake. It is best used for gathering leaves, lawn clippings, spreading mulch around the gardens and other ground-covering materials around planting beds.
These rakes are best used for working the soil in planting beds, pressing sown seeds into the soil and removing dead grass from the lawn. A flat head rake is useful for leveling soil, while a bow-head garden rake is often easier to maneuver.
A medium sized watering can is ideal for transporting small quantities of water from an outdoor tap to thirsty plants that are potted or in the garden.
Folding Pruning Saw
A folding pruning saw is indispensable for cutting through branches up to 10 centimetres in diameter. The blade cuts cleanly even through green wood, which promotes quick healing. It then folds safely away to be used for another day.
Telescoping Leaf Rake
This type of rake can be used for raking leaves and cuttings neatly and efficiently. It spreads mulch and smooths the soil in flowerbeds or veggie patches. Its aluminum handle can be adjusted to suit your height, and you can change the width of the head to suit the task at hand.
Japanese Farmer’s Knife
This tool is a cross between a knife and a trowel. It is an indispensable tool for planting bulbs, weeding beds and containers. It is great for dividing perennials and handling those tough stems and roots. The curved blade is two sided, one straight and one serrated, and both are extremely sharp.
Stainless-Steel Soil Scoops
These sturdy scoops are ideal when you want to mix small quantities of soil or compost. They can be used for all sorts of things like filling flowerpots, window boxes and bird feeders.
A garden space is a square-edge, straight blade used for preparing beds for planting, combining soil mixtures, edging beds and slicing through sod. The small blade has comfortable treads and the handle is made of fibreglass that helps to prevent muscle fatigue.
This tool has a rotating handle, which make it easier for pruning rosebushes, shrubs and trees. It has bypass blades for cleaner, faster-healing cuts on the plants than Anvil blades, which crush as the plant as they cut.
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