Are you looking for the best tools for gardening?
Hardware stores cater for a wide range of tools for gardening and Kitchen Blinds, but there are shops that specialize in more expensive and higher-quality items. Different types of garden require different types of tools and you may need to visit both the common-or-garden (if you’ll excuse the pun) store as well as the specialist. Wherever you decide to spend your money, here are some basic tips to ensure you have the best tools for gardening in your organic home garden: Do you have small or a large garden? A small garden will not require all the same equipment that you would need in an extensive one. A ride-on mower is unnecessary if you only have a small strip of lawn! Another point to consider is who does most of the gardening? Some tools are too heavy for use by women – or children.
Pruning shears (secateurs) are widely used tools for gardening and so it’s important to buy ones that you can easily keep sharp (blunt ones can damage plants). Look for models that have blades that can be sharpened or replaced. Models with tension control and of a size that best fit your hands are also two points to look for when purchasing these kind of shears. Pruning shears usually cost around $50 – $130.
Hedge trimmers or shears are handy – but only if you have a hedge, or plan on growing one of course! Some hedge trimmers have curved blades to stop branches from sliding out when cut.
Forks are used for turning and aerating compost and breaking up lumps of soil. The cheaper ones are often not strong enough for heavy soil and can easily break if you try to uproot a strong, deep-rooted bush etc. So go for sturdiness instead of price. Forks usually cost around $30 – $100.
A shovel has a scoop blade and is best used to move around dirt and garden soil.
A spade has a flat blade great for cutting edges, digging and dividing plants. The edge of a spade should be kept sharpened for clean and efficient cutting. This will cause the least amount of damage to plants. Spades are a basic garden necessity and usually cost from $30 – $50.
A pruning saw is used for pruning trees and larger shrubs, while pruning shears are for plants like roses. Pruning saws have a narrow curved blade that fits between stems or branches to enable you to easily cut them as you pull the saw backwards. They are approximately $27- $55.
A chipping hoe is a handy tool for getting rid of small weeds. The Dutch or push-hoe is slightly more user-friendly as the action required to use it does not jar the neck and shoulder quite so much.
A rake is also a basic requirement for the organic gardener. The strong rake with the flat head and sharp metal prongs is used for smoothing a garden bed and getting out the last of the bumps and weeds. The plastic rake is used to gather leaves and grass clippings.
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