Basic Tools for the Garden

July 11, 2016
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Using the right tool for the job can reduce stress on your body and improve the health and beauty of your landscape.  Here are a few basic garden tools to help you throughout the gardening season.

  • Buy a sturdy trowel for planting bulbs, annuals and small-scale perennials.
  • Add a round-pointed shovel for turning soil, incorporating compost and planting larger perennials, trees and shrubs. Keep the edge sharp to make cutting into the soil much easier.
  • Include one of the many styles of hoes to use for weeding and breaking up crusted soil.
  • Invest in an iron rake for smoothing freshly cultivated soil while removing rocks and debris. Use a landscape rake to gather leaves, twigs and other debris that collects on the lawn or in planting beds.
  • Purchase a bypass hand pruner for deadheading, harvesting and pruning woody stems up to ¾” of an inch in diameter.

A bit more information: There are a variety of hoes available to help you in the garden. The short and long handled single tine Cobrahead allows you to work in tight spaces. A shuffle hoe has a double-edged stirrup attached to a long handle. This allows the hoe to cut through the soil and weed on both the forward and back motion.

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