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Home & Garden - 9 Gardening Tools Needed In All Gardens

Oct 17, 2007
Garden tools have been used for hundreds of years throughout history. Although gardeners today use different and more sophisticated tools, they still respect tools used in the past. Here are the 9 most important gardening tools needed in all gardens.

1) Shovel

Shovels are usually used to dig holes, in order to spread soil in a garden. When you are buying a shovel, be sure to choose one that is solid steel and will not bend when digging. Be sure that you can get a good grip on the handle in order to prevent blisters and even splinters. You also want to make sure that there is an area on the head of the shovel when you can use your foot to push down for greater digging force.

2) Pitchfork

A pitchfork is a gardening tool with approximately 3 prongs and a long handle. The size of pitchforks may vary depending on what they are being used for. The space between each prong will varies as well. Pitchforks are mostly used to separate, lift and throw loose pieces of material such as leaves and sometimes dirt.

3) Pruning Shears

Pruning shears are tools that have long handles and fine edged blades. This type of gardening tool is used to allow gardeners to prune rose bushes and annoying vines. They can also be used to cut the grass at the edges of a sidewalk or garden beds. Without pruning shears, your garden will end up looking very messy and disorganized. Try to invest in high quality pruning shears. They tend to have a lifelong guarantee and will almost never rust.

4) Trowel

A trowel is a shovel looking piece of equipment used to dig up dirt to make space for smaller plants. The best ones to buy have an easy grip with rubber material. A trowel with no grip will be difficult to use and will most definitely ruin your garden. Many gardeners will agree that this tool is a must in any gardening arsenal.

5) Spade

A spade is a gardening tool with a long, thick handle and heavy flat blade. This tool is used to dig and move pieces of dirt from one location to another. Spades can also be used to pack down dirt once a plant has been planted.

6) Regular baskets

It is smart to carry a basket with you when you are pruning or weeding. You can put garden debris in it to be thrown out or reused later on. Be sure the basket is lightweight so you will not become fatigued from carrying it around while gardening.

7) Wheelbarrow

A wheelbarrow is a cart with a handle one wheel designed for easy transportation of materials from one location to another. Buying a wheelbarrow will save you a lot of time and effort. This will make life much easier when you need to go to the compost heap.

8) Watering Can

In order to ensure the survival of a plant, you must keep it well watered. You should choose a watering can that has a long spout in order to place water as close to the roots as possible. Without the proper amount of water, your plant will shrivel up and die.

9) Rake

Rakes are commonly used to remove leaves and everyday garden debris. When you are selecting a rake, be sure to check the handle carefully. Keep in mind that smooth wood handle tend to last the longest. Plastic handles will wear away within a few months of usage.

Whether you are beginner or expert gardener, you know the essential importance of garden tools. They help you maintain your garden in a descent manner and help you to grow better plants. The tools listed below are just the main important ones needed for maintenance. You should check your local warehouse for more gardening tools to help you create an even better garden.

Copyright 2007 Donald Mckenzie Jr
About the Author
Donald Mckenzie Jr has been an avid gardener for more than 10 years. He uses a wide range of different gardening techniques to create award winning gardens. For access to his articles and e-books, please visit his website. http://tips-for-gardeners.blogspot.com
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