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10 Essential Gardening Tools
Home Home Gardening
By: Todd Attoe Email Article
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1.Scissors. I use common household scissors nothing fancy, are my first choice of garden tool. I just stick them in my pocket and use them to deadhead flowers, snip herbs, harvest small vegetables such as peppers, open a bag of potting soil, or open a seed packet.The heavy duty kitchen scissors with the plastic-coated handles work best and hold up best. Only a real gardeners use scissors I have been told.

2.Weeders. Manufacturers give the different names, but the one that is at the top of the list is a "dandelion digger." That's appropriate because these little tools are perfect for prying up weeds with a taproot and crabgrass. They work well because they have a long, slender business-end that looks like a cross between a notched screw driver and a two tine fork they are made to penetrate-easily into the soil and remove weed roots from deep in the soil. The fork points are narrow and sharp enough to surgically coax out wood sorrel, splurge and annual blue grass that like to hide in ground covers.Sneeboer makes an excellent dandelion digger in 2 styles, one straight and one with a bend in it for prying out the weed.

3.A Soil Knife. The Hori-Hori knife is one of my favorites. This is a Japanese tool with stainless steel concave blade with a sharp edge on one side and a serrated edge on the other. It can be used for cutting through roots, transplanting, dividing perennial, slicing through sod, weeding, removing plants from pots and many more gardening chores, very handy.

4.Pruning Shears. Pruners are essential garden tools that a gardener cannot be with out. Pruners do not rip or tear the plant; they can be used when the gardener shapes plants and cuts out dead branches. As this an ongoing task throughout the year, you should invest in a good pruner to have a cleaner cut on the plant, There is a nice selection our store over thirty to choose from.Generally, there are two types of pruners available in the market-the anvil pruners and the bypass pruners. As pruners are not cheap, it is advisable to do your home work when selecting the right pruner for your needs.

5.Watering hoses and Wands. What could be more than water for your plants?These tools are the staple to your plant's existence. The best wands and hoses have brace shut-offs and have ends they will give you years of dependability. Do not skimp when it comes to this garden tool. Our watering nozzles are the best available. Order only the best watering tools you can find you will appreciate it in the long run. Do not forget a watering can. Watering plants are made easier if you have a good watering can. go for a watering can that can be easily tilted, maneuvered and balanced in your hands.

6.A Shovel.I prefer a shovel with a small, compact shovel with long, narrow blade that is curved and digs a deep hole. This shovel is a lot more efficient than a long-handle, broad-bladed traditional shovel for digging in hard clay soil where might find some rocks.As I get older smaller is better. I also use a square edged shovel for clean-up.To get the most out of your shovel you need to keep them clean and sharp.always rub a little oil on them in the fall, not motor oil olive oil works great as a shield against rust.

7.Rakes.As with shovel, not just any rake will do. Different rakes serve different purposes. I like the shrub rake because it will fit into tight spaces better than a fan-rake. A fan rake is great for leaves and general clean up around the garden. Really nice rakes are now adjustable a little pricey but well worth the investment. Unless you have the adjustable rake you have to have a narrow and a wide rake for your garden chores.

8. Saws. There are a lot of very good saws on the market today. Saboten, Felco, ARS, Bahco, to mention a few. I like the Saboten folding saw very sharp, holds that sharpness also. To cut cleanly and quickly through fairly large limbs. It can be used to cut down small weedy trees. Others prefer a bow saw for pruning and shaping trees or clearing out under growth. Still, others prefer the folding saw for its portability. The type of saw depends on the need. Anyone see a pattern here? of course, you can always have a pair of loppers handy.But, with a pruning shears and a sturdy saw in your garden tool kit, you likely won't need them. really nice and affordable saw are available today.

9. Garden Hoe. We will start with the loop hoe, I love this modified hoe for edging and weeding. By using the back and forth motion, the blade is perfect for slipping under the soil and scraping the roots out of the dirt.Also known as the Hola hoe. My favorite is a $10 hoe from the hardware store. Cut that big ugly blade in half put a sharp edge on it. I also take the handle off and replace it with a 4-foot piece of conduit. Very light and handy to maneuver around plants.I am very interested in the Korean long handle hoe, because of the unique blade shape. It is heart shaped and looks like it would maneuver very well around plants. like I was trying to do with the $10 hoe from the hardware store. A small blade easier to maneuver around. We have quit selection at our store 27 in all check them out!

10.A Hat. Unless you need skin cancer you need a hat. I have several, my thinning hair as I get older. I have the bee keepers hat for when the mosquitoes are thick in the air. A straw hat for hot midday gardening and I use a welders cap mostly. any hat is better than no hat! The preference is all yours.

Todd Attoe and his love for gardening and getting into garden tools. I am always looking for some tool to make the job easier and less stressful in your gardening experience.

Todd Attoe and his love for gardening and getting into garden tools.

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