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Vertak Garden Tools for Sizable Gardens

2016-10-12

While some would tell you that there is some magic list of garden tools that every gardener should have, the simple fact is, gardens and gardeners come in all shapes, sizes and needs.

We are short and tall, right and left handed, with large vegetable garden, a small flower bed or our favorite plants on the balcony, but one thing we all have in common is we want our garden tools to last and to work as hard as we do.

Like us, garden tools, too, come in all shapes, sizes and ways we can use them. A simple hand hoe that may be perfect for someone weeding a flower bed may also be the favorite tool for a vegetable gardener making furrows for seeds.

Below is not a list of garden tools you should have, but “suggestions” on garden tools that many gardeners might find useful for a particular type or size garden.

For sizable gardens, most gardeners find that the longer handled tools not only save the back, but are able to work more area in less time. Buying good quality garden tools will save yourself a lot of broken and bent tool headaches. Some garden tools that ideal for large gardens include:

Garden/digging fork: Some would call this tool a gardener's favorite tool, and it is really your soil’s best friend. Great for turning the soil, aeration and mixing nutrients into the soil.

Garden/digging spade: Great for digging, turning the soil, soil aeration and its straight blade also makes it a good edging tool.

Garden hoes: The never ending battle with weeds is best tackled with a hoe or cultivator (not chemicals). There are many, many head shapes available and most gardeners have a favorite, but a few of the favorites are pull hoes, Dutch hoe, scuffle hoe, oscillating hoe (also called a hula hoe, action hoe and stirrup hoe), half-moon hoe and, heart shaped hoe. Many gardeners own several hoes for the different chores such as weeding between plantings, cleaning up between crop rows, or even turning the hoe on edge to create seed furrows.

Garden rake: If you’re making a new garden or adding on to an existing plot, the garden rake is great for leveling and clearing debris from your soil.

Garden hand tools: Now that you have the workhorse tools, you may find any number of smaller tools handy when you’re out in the garden. These tools will probably be specific to your gardening.

Pruners: Every gardeners go to pruning tool, so buy a good pair and you’ll have a lifetime garden tool.