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All About Gardening Tools


As far as gardening tools are concerned, even a glance into the garden section of your local supermarket will show you how many such tools are available. These can get pretty complicated and really they need to be used only for detailed specialized gardening. If you are starting to bloom as a gardener, you just need a few basic tools to create a garden that rivals any using the most advanced gardening tools.

Prospective gardeners should buy high quality tools, because durability will be important. And the tools with brands are much better than others. Very cheap tools will fall apart and will have to be purchased again. Gardeners who are unsure of which tools are the best can always go online and read some informal reviews of certain products. User reviews are the best, as these are written by people who have used the tools and can provide some direct feedback. Certain brands will likely finish consistently ahead of other brands. If a pattern like this is noticed, then people will have a pretty good idea of which tools to buy.

Garden tools should be kept out of uncovered areas when you don’t use them for a long time. Inclement weather can slowly degrade most materials over time, so storing the tools in a shed or a garage is the best bet. They can then be removed and used during active gardening times. If a family does not have access to a shed or garage, then the tools should be left under an awning and covered up with a tarp if at all possible. Tarps can be bought relatively cheaply at any local big-box store in the region.

Basic Gardening Tools You'll Need

• Shovels - A round-ended shovel should be preferred for digging especially for planting trees and smaller shrubs.

• Garden Hoes - A garden hoe is useful for weeding and cultivating soil surfaces to allow for deeper plant root penetration of nutrients and water.

• Bow Rake -Provide a good heavy duty bow rake, which has short tines on one side attached to a metal frame or 'bow.' This tool is vital for leveling the soil to make it ready for planting, or for removing large clods of earth or rocks from the soil.

• Spading Forks - The spading fork is needed to open and improve the soil. It looks like a pitchfork but has a shorter handle and wider tines. It is used to dig down into hard soil and break up the ground.

• Garden shears - Select a pair of garden shears that fits comfortably in your hand. They are used for pruning, shaping and removing foliage or branches.

• Garden Hose - Hose is necessary to water your garden. Depending on how much there is to water a sprinkler is also a good addition to the watering garden equipment list.

Watering Can - This is essential for watering your plants. Long nozzles allow the water to come out at a very gentle flow rate and are useful for reaching across long distances. Select a watering can that has a detachable spray head - this type of watering can is perfect for watering young seedlings.