Whether you already keep a garden or you are contemplating about cultivating one, it is essential that you know your tools. Owning a garden is commendable but then it does not speak well to have a garden without proper monitoring. In fact, several first-time gardeners are usually at sea when it comes to identifying the tools that can effectively serve their needs. Also, gardening which is a generally enjoyable hobby, can seem like a very difficult task. If you are seeking to know more about gardening tools, look no further, as this article will provide insight about a lot of garden tools and their usefulness.
Secateurs are special type of scissors designed for farming. It is used for pruning (trimming of leaves and flowers) and deadheading (cutting off dead struts of wood, flowers and leaves). It has a short handle and is operated with one hand. It is strong enough to cut shrubs and branches of up to two centimetres.
Hoes have in use from time immemorial. Over the centuries, hoes have proven to be invaluable garden implements all around the world. Hoes are used to perform a wide range of functions such as digging the soil, making heaps and ridges, scraping and turning of the soil, weeding of tender plants.
A hoe is made up of two parts, a handle which can either be made of wood or steel and an iron or steel blade at one end. There are numerous types of hoes depending on their appearance and uses. These include draw hoe, ridging hoe, paxton hoe, etc.
However, for your gardening work, a weeding hoe (stirrup hoe) would be appropriate. This type of hoe has a square blade which allows you to scrape the soil to depth just enough to remove small shrubs and weed. In addition, a flat hoe is suitable for vegetable gardens because it enables you to turn the soil in rows. Ensure you get a hoe with a long handle for comfortability.
A gardener will always derive joy and satisfaction from a neat garden. However, every now and then, leaves and dead branches fall down, and an accumulation of these may cause the garden to look clumsy and rough. Also, you will need to clear the debris after you weed your garden. A strong rake affords you the opportunity to clear debris from your garden, thereby enhancing the aesthetics of the garden.
In addition, it is much more convenient to work in a neat, debris-free garden hence a rake is always a handy tool in the garden. There are several types and sizes of rakes. An adjustable rake, however, is desirable because it affords flexibility – it can get to narrow spaces which larger rakes will not be able to reach. It can also gather a lot of debris when the prongs are adjusted to make them wider.
A wheelbarrow is an important garden tool which allows you to move a great deal of load into and out of your garden. During the course of preparation of your garden it may become necessary for you to remove loose soil and debris. Also, having weeded and raked, you might need to remove the weed from your garden. You may also need to bring in materials such as compost or mulch into the garden. All these are heavy loads and a wheelbarrow serves the purpose of making their transportation to the garden easy.
A watering-can is a hand-held container which is used to water plants. It is usually made of metals, steel or plastic with a cylindrical shape and has a handle as well as a nozzle through which water comes out. Watering cans have capacity ranging from less than a litre to about 5 litres. The size of your watering can will be dependent on how much load you can carry and the size of your garden. A good watering can should be light so that it will not be too heavy for the bearer when it is filled with water.
This is another hand tool that is useful in the garden. Earlier garden forks were made of wood but contemporary ones are either made of carbon steel or stainless steel. It is made up of a long handle and a set of thick strong tines (usually four in number) which are far spaced apart. Garden fork helps you to loosen, lift or turn soil in the garden. This means that not only will it serve the purpose of a spade, it will even do it more effectively because the thick tines are strong and can be pushed into the ground with relative ease as it is not prevented by stones unlike a spade. Furthermore, using a garden fork will prevent you cutting the root of plants, a particular defect of the spade.
Well, you may be wondering about the essence of gloves, but it is necessary for you to protect your hands when working in the garden. Wearing gloves when working will not only make you more comfortable but also make your task easier and enjoyable. Gloves protect you from a lot of potential harmful plants such as thorns and the ones which cause skin irritation. The several types of gloves suitable for garden work include leather gloves, washable gloves, cotton gloves, latex gloves, and so on.
It is important to make certain considerations when deciding on the types of tools to buy. The size of the garden plays a huge role on determining the size of tools to purchase for the garden. Furthermore, your comfort and convenience should be of utmost consideration when buying gardening tools. With regards to this, it is advised that for the long handled tools, you go for tools with handles that are long enough to enable you to work without having to stoop much.
Also, garden tools whose handles are either made of wood or plated-metal should be your choice because not only are these tools strong and durable, they are also light and easy to use.
Finally, storage of these tools is also equally essential as this will help to elongate the life span of your tools. Small sized hand tools such as secateurs should be kept in a sac where they can be easily retrieved while the long-handled instruments should be properly hung after use.