Garden Tools - Top 5 Must Haves

Top Five Garden Tools

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Does a poor workman blame his garden tools? Perhaps, but getting equipped with the right items will make gardening a much easier task. Here we list the top five garden tools that everyone should have in the shed.

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  • A spade or shovel. You'll need something for shifting large quantities of soil and digging holes. You can get the kids involved by getting child-size versions too.
  • A pruner. These are important for deadheading and shaping plants. There are two basic pruner designs: bypass and anvil. Bypass pruners have one curved blade that is sharpened on its outside edge. This blade slips past a hook that is thicker and unsharpened. They are more popular than anvil pruners because they make close, accurate cuts. Anvil pruners have a cutting blade sharpened on both sides. This closes against the "anvil", a flat blade often reinforced with fiberglass. Anvil pruners are good for heavier work, such as cutting away dead wood, and they're cheaper than bypass pruners, but they're no good for precision pruning, as they tend to crush stems instead of slicing them neatly. Whichever kind of pruner you choose, go for one that is assembled with screws and bolts, so you can replace parts as needed.
  • A trowel. Most planting requires a trowel, which is a small hand tool for light digging work. If the soil in your garden is particularly compacted, it's a good idea to choose a trowel with a narrow blade. However, wider blades move larger quantities of soil, meaning that you get the job done quicker.
  • A watering can or hose. These make it easier to get water to your garden. It may sound like an obvious point, but don't get a watering can that's too big to lift when full. Many people buy watering cans without thinking about how heavy they're going to be with water in them. A hose should have a "burst strength" of around 50 pounds per square inch. That means it can handle a pressure of 50lb/square inch before bursting, a good idea if you live in a dry area you're planning to water your lawn frequently. If you're in a dry area, it's also a good idea to have a water butt in your garden to conserve rainwater.
  • A hoe. These are great for getting rid of weeds and breaking up the ground.

Buying and maintaining your hand garden tools

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When you're first buying your garden tools, don't immediately go for the most expensive. If you're an inexperienced gardener, it's better to go for cheaper tools at the outset, switching to more expensive models once you know what works for you. To make your garden tools last, clean them after every use and check them for loose screws and bolts. If you're putting them away for the winter, give them a protective coating of oil first. Those simple measures will make your garden tools last much longer.


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