As with all types of work, the appropriate tools will make your job much easier, and this fact is true for gardening as well. Gardeners tend to have many gardening tools but some tools are definitely more helpful than others and which the gardener just cannot do without.

Here are some gardening tools that will make a difference to your gardening efforts.

1. Shovels

Shovels have either a round or pointed blade. They make a gardener’s job in moving soil, digging holes much simpler. In choosing garden shovels, try to get those that have a flat edge at the top of the blade. This will help you to have better footing when using it.

2. Hoes

Weeds and gardens always go together. It is nearly impossible not to have weeds sprouting out in the garden. Hoes can help you to get rid of weeds. You can also use hoes to loosen the soil, if necessary. When you are buying a hoe, opt for one that has a rolled steel blade that is riveted to the handle. Such hoes are sturdier and more lasting.

Hoes with a smaller blade will enable you to get between the plants, if necessary, to get rid of the weeds.

3. Trowels

A trowel is a tool that is indispensable when you are doing planting. Durability is important when looking for a trowel. Opt for those that have a steel blade. Trowels with soft rubber handle offer better grip. It pays to get ergonomically designed trowels if you have the tendency to work long hours in your garden. Well-designed trowels will alleviate the stress off your wrist and helps to reduce strains and lethargy.

4. Rakes

Rake is a great help in removing all fallen leaves from your garden and also allows you to collect all the debris that gets collected in the garden over time. There are two types of rakes – narrow rake and wide rake. Narrow rakes are easier to maneuver between the plants, while a wide rake allows you to get rid of the fallen leaves much faster and easier. Hence, it is good if you own both types of rakes in your garden. Do remember to get rakes with ergonomic handles.

5. Pruners

Pruners are essential gardening tools that no gardeners can do without. Pruners do not rip or tear the plant; they are used whenever gardeners need to shape a plant. As this is an ongoing task throughout the year, you should purchase a good pruner to have a cleaner cut on your plants.

Generally, there are two types of pruners available in the market – the anvil pruners and bypass pruners. As pruners are costly, it is advisable to do your homework before making the purchase.

6. Garden Forks

Garden fork is the best tool for breaking up the garden soil. Garden fork differs from a pitch fork in that it is thicker and shorter. Choose those with square tines instead of flat tines. You can even use a garden fork instead of a spade if it is of appropriate size and shape.

7. Water cans

A good watering can is a necessity in every garden. Watering plants is made easier if you have a good watering can. Buy watering cans that can be easily tilted, maneuvered and balanced in your hand.

There are several types of gardening tools but these are the more popular and essential ones. If you have these gardening tools, you will find that gardening is so much more efficient and you will enjoy your hobby even more.

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By cdsessums on 2011-02-01 08:15:19
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The Garden Gurus – Digging Tools

Kim shows you the difference between a spade and a shovel; knowing the difference is going to save you time and labour in the garden.

Story Title: Digging Tools
Episode: Two
Broadcast Date: 22nd September 2012
Presenter: Kim Syrus