Today having a home garden is again becoming popular and not something seen as an older folks past time. The growing trend of people wanting to know where their own food has come from and the increasing demand for organic food has all been a contributing factor.


No matter the reason why, a man or women gardens, be it vegetable, flower or even lawn care there is one crucial thing that every gardener can by no means do without – the right tools for the job. Tools for gardens are what make a gardener, that and an interest in the pursuit of course. Some tools for gardening that every gardener must have incorporate;


A Spade


Having a Spade is very important simply because it is needed to dig the soil, remove unwanted soil and helps with planting thing out. Spades are pretty much utilised just about every time we garden which is why it is important for a gardener to purchase a high quality Spade brands. Hopefully this could last a long time.


These tools should be cleaned, sharpened when required, oiled and maintained properly. Putting a wet and dirty spade back in your Garden Shed after use will only result in it rusting. Take care of your spade and your spade will offer you many years of devoted service.


Garden hose or Sprinklers


Water is one of the key elements that plants need to survive and also grow successfully; which is why a garden hose is vital in every garden. Just picture having to carry a bucket of water up and down from your tap to your flower garden for maybe half a dozen or more times in order to water your plants. I am sure you get the picture!


A garden hose can easily save you a job (Saving you time and effort) and can also be useful for washing your car or even your house windows. When investing in a garden hose though, make sure you check for quality, length and price to make sure you are getting the best value for money. You can also decide to buy manual or automatic sprinklers which will make your work easier.


Acquiring a cheap garden hose is often a false economy as you will find that they are likely to kink more, preventing water passing through and as a result have a tendency to spring more holes. The thicker a garden hose is the better. Investing an extra £10 – £15 on a top quality hose will often save you cash in the longer term.


Hand Trowel


The humble Hand Trowel is the major tool when planting and is used to dig holes when seedlings are planted out. These are then used to cover the holes around the seedlings or plants. Trowels can also be used to dig out weeds from your garden.


It is always advisable to have trowels made of steel and handles made of wood as these should last you for a long time. Keep them clean after use and keep them dry and well-oiled when not in use to stop rust. Spraying with WD40 will also protect them


A Rake


Rakes are an fundamental part of gardening and cherished by gardeners because they save a large amount of time. They aid the gardener rake out all unwanted weeds from the vegetable or plant bed, remove cut grass and moss from your lawn and help to clear undesirable leaves in the autumn. Keeping them dry and clean with a touch of WD40 sprayed on them will keep them functional for many years to come.


Pruning Shears


With pruning shears there are a number of brands on the market. Try and buy quality as the low cost ones are usually brittle and break at the very first contact with your roses or small bushes. Keep them sharp, clean and well-oiled and they will last an extended time.


Blunt shears can harm you plants and bushes as they don’t give an even cut. Keeping them clean will also minimize the risk of spreading a range of diseases between you plants.


Other garden tools you can contemplate using includes the hoe, garden fork, work gloves, electric mowers, tiller blades, etc.




Now, you will find a lot of issues that come with garden tools such as the proper maintenance that every gardener should be very aware of. Most gardeners find maintaining their garden tools boring but it is a important evil if you want those tools to last.


Always keep them clean when not is use and store them in a cool dry place such as your Garden Shed. Keeping them well-oiled or coated with WD40 will also help preserve them from rust.


Making sure Spades, hoes and shears are sharpened frequently is important. Spray metal surfaces of tools and always make sure power tools are tested from time to time to make sure they are not lacking in effectiveness or in a unsafe condition such as missing safety guards etc.


Whenever you realise a fault with any power tool or any garden tool, ensure you seek the advice of an expert if you know you can’t fix it. A broken tool is one you cannot use. Avoid this by looking after your helpful friend.

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Lorong Buangkok – The gardener’s tools
By erwinsoo on 2013-08-30 21:58:36
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