Better Gardening Guide – Gardening Tools And Their Uses – Part II

On August 26, 2018 by Preeti

Backyard, garden and patio are the places where you can add your personal touch to expand home’s exterior. To properly prepare plants and maintain a healthy and attractive garden, you need the correct gardening tools. But do you know the proper function of each garden tool, and do you use them correctly?

In our last article, we have shared many basic and useful tools for gardening. Here we would like to share more tools which can help to ease your task and make the gardening fun activity for you.

Garden Hoe

Garden Hoe
Garden Hoe is the most useful tool in spring when we’re preparing the garden for planting. The hoe blade is the perfect for weed, chopping through unwanted growth and clear it out of your garden beds. You can also use it to spread compost in tight spaces.

Types of hoe, sizes and shape of the blade will be determined by the type of gardening you want to do. If you’re dealing with large areas of dirt or vegetable gardens, you may need a wider hoe. For flower gardens, a delicate blade may work easier. Choose a blade width based on your needs, you might want to buy multiple hoes of different sizes to handle a bigger variety of projects.

Hose / Spray Nozzles

Hose
Unless all of your plants are in self-watering containers, you’re going to need to water your nursery garden. If you have a yard then a garden hose will be the best way to water your plants. While some urban gardeners can get away with just a watering and traditional hoses are still very common in the gardening. We recommend a light-weight expandable hose that is easier to manoeuvre.

Make sure you get an adjustable spray nozzle while purchasing a hose. These help you control the water, so you can save wasting any water. Yet they also help you control the way the water is delivered. Many spray nozzles have adjustable spray patterns, allow you to mist newly planted seeds and seedlings while soaking established plants like tomatoes or flower bushes that need lots of water in the heat of summer.

Wheelbarrow

Wheelbarrow
If you’re lucky enough to have a nice big yard to garden in, you’ll find that a wheelbarrow or a garden cart will make your jobs so much easier than you imagine. Wheelbarrow move dirt, compost, even piles of leaves effortlessly across your garden property. They’re also great helping hand for transporting new seedlings to your garden bed. A traditional wheelbarrow design will be best if you’re often moving soil.

Loppers

Loppers
If you have trees or shrubs that ever need pruning, a simple pair of pruning shears won’t help much. Loppers are the perfect tool for keeping your hedges under control or removing diseased branches.

A nice pair of loppers will allow you to cut branches up to 1-2” diameter. Generally, loppers can cut thicker branches. If can afford the extra cost.

Weeder

Weeder
Gardeners’ favourite tool is weeder. Luckily there are a few handy tools to use to battle weeds in your garden for weeding. The first is a hand weeder, also known as a dandelion digger. It’s designed to help remove weeds with a taproot, with the tines penetrating the soil to easily pull out the weed.

Many gardeners prefer stand-up weeders to push the spikes into the ground, press down on the lever with your foot, and it grabs the weed and its roots in no time. They’re the best tool to use if you have back problems or a ton of dandelions to remove from your yard.

Hori Hori Garden Knife

Hori Hori Garden Knife
Hori Hori garden knife is a stainless steel blade that is slightly curved with a sharp edge and a serrated edge that makes it perfect for cutting through soil or roots. Sometimes refer as a garden knife too. Some people even use it as a weeder. Campers also find a hori-hori knife useful for digging into hard packed dirt or prying up rocks under your tent.

Spading Fork

Spading Fork
Spading fork as a digging fork you can say garden fork or a grip. Similar in appearance to a pitchfork, a spading fork is meant for turning dirt and soil. Usually, it has four sturdy tines perfect for loosening hard dirt and sifting soil. It’s also nice to mix fresh compost into established beds.

It is perfect for rake out weeds and breaking up clumps of dirt in tight spaces in already established gardens.

Pruning Saw

Pruning Saw
If you have branches too thick for your lopper to cut, then a pruning saw is the tool you need for this difficult task. These tools are the middle ground between a lopper and a handsaw. One pruning saw can cut through branches of to 8 inches thick, perfect for pruning trees in your yard or use it for shrubs and plants.

If you’re trying to minimize the number of garden tools you own, I would rather recommend getting a good pair of pruning shears.

Edger

Edger
As you might guess from the name, an edger means create edges in your garden. But an edger is used to cut a clean line in the soil between grass and a sidewalk, driveway. They’re generally designed in a half circle shape with a lip on the top where you can press the tool down with your feet. To use the tool, you place the blade where you want to create the edge and then step down to cut into the soil and rock the edger side to side before moving down to repeat the steps.

This amazing tool is specialized that doesn’t have a lot of uses, but if you want to create clearly defined lines in your yard, it’s the perfect way to separate the grass from your garden. The created lines will make your yard and pathways look tidy and well planned.

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