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Gardening Tools Can Make You More Productive And Ease Your Life

Author : Hazel Rigg

Gardening tools have been used ever since people first started cultivating plants for food. In fact, there are even some original gardening tools that are designed so efficiently that these are still used today. The tools you may require will depend heavily on how big your garden is and how well you're able to access it. You can get by with just the basics and bare-bones collection of standard garden tools. Simple preparation and maintenance tasks may mean having tools to turn over or aerate soil, or dig compost or nutrients through before planting. If you don't know which tools will be right for which jobs, it's simple enough to learn. We will cover some of the basic tools and talk a little about each one.

The regular old lawn rake isn't always associated as being helpful with other aspects of gardening. Don't just limit them to use on the lawn, though, as they're far more useful than you might think. Lawn rakes are different to other types of rakes in that they usually have a fan-shaped head with lots of small plastic rake teeth, rather than the metal alloy types with only a few wide prongs. In the fall, when leaves fall from trees, then your garden will need to be cleared away. However, rakes are also ideal for loosening and leveling the top layer of prepared soil in a garden bed before planting. You'll find plenty of different shapes and sizes of rakes available to suit your preferences. To make clearing garden beds easier and to get in between your plants, you can even buy rakes with really narrow heads. Every garden can benefit from a compost pile, which is a great option for any keen gardener. A compost pile does need to be turned regularly, so you may need a pitch fork. Every gardener should have a pitch fork to help out with many other jobs around the garden. There is also the option of choosing a spading fork, which allows you to turn soil in the garden or turn compost. However, if you're turning over a large garden or starting a new plot, a square spade might be the right tool. With a square spade, you can easily turn over the garden bed quickly ready to place your new plants. Whenever you are evaluating larger duty garden tools like this, be sure to always buy forged tools made from high quality steel.

One very popular tool is the garden trowel, and you will find this used in some form all around the world. Trowels are used by gardeners for a wide range of applications, including leveling the soil and digging. Preparing the bedding for new plants is another application. Short handles and flat, metal blades is what garden trowels consist of.

It is essential that you avoid buying gardening tools that are too cheap. The simple reason is they will last longer, and some will last a life time. For a tool such as the trowel, always look for blades that are made from stainless steel.

There is an entire world of garden tools available to make your life much easier. When you have what you need, then you will be more inclined to take excellent care of your beautiful plants and flowers.

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