Selecting The Right Tools For Garden Jobs
The Right Tools for a Garden Job
Selecting Garden Tools – Gardening is not an easy task. It demands a lot of time, focus and back-breaking work. There is the money factor too plus the right tools to make your gardening tasks easier. Without the correct garden tools, putting up and maintaining a garden is an impossible mission.
Tools for Your Garden
Good gardeners usually have a complete set of all the gardening tools. There is a correct tool for almost every gardening job, and it is imperative you have it right from the start. It is also important to have an inventory of your gardening tools to assess and record what you have and what you need to purchase.
Shovels, Spades, and Rakes
If you are planning to take up gardening or if you already have started one, you must have the basic gardening tools. The spade and shovel are the top tools in a gardener’s tool shed. Some people may think that there is no difference between a shovel and a spade.
A shovel is absolutely different from a spade. The difference is in the shape and their initial purpose. A shovel is shaped to move soil from point A to point B. A spade, on the other hand, is built for digging. It is designed to make digging easier.
Another tool used for digging is the spading fork. Although it might look a lot like a pitch-fork, it is largely intended for special use. A spading fork is perfect for digging up clay soil which is much heavier than your normal garden soil. Choose a spading fork for its durability – with all that pitching, you must have a workhorse of a pitchfork.
Another gardening essential is a rake. This is used to level and pulverizing the soil. There are different sized rakes with curved or straight teeth and there is also a collapsible rake with a width sized that can be adjusted. As with shovels and spades, you will also need to look for durability in a rake, because a good deal of force is exerted when using it.
Other Handy Tools for the Home
A few more of the tools you are going to need is the hand trowel and the hoe. The hand trowel is ideal for small scale planting and a hoe is used to for weeding and cultivating. You will also need a good quality garden hose with a water breaker or nozzle to lessen the water impact on your plants or plant beds.
Gardening entails a lot of cutting and pruning knives and shears. When you choose these tools check out how it feels in your grip; this should be comfortable and easy on the hand. There are cheaper knives and shears and these are just as efficient as their expensive cousins. But for long-term use, the more expensive ones will stand the test of time.
These are just some of the gardening tools you will need in keeping and maintain a garden like a pro. So start making your tools list now and get what you need to complete your garden toolset.