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Basic Essential Gardening Tools

basic garden toolsFrom gas-powered tillers to electric hedge trimmers, there’s no shortage of power tools to  help you maintain your garden. But while these tools can be helpful, you don’t  need a shed bursting with high-end gear to grow a vibrant garden. Instead, focus  on the basics — these essential tools that every gardener should master before  moving on to the more expensive gardening toys.

Before you can plant a garden, you first need to do  a little digging. A trowel and hand rake are two essential tools for planting  small seedlings, breaking up clumps of dirt and weeding between your plants.

For bigger tasks, you’re going to want to turn to a  shovel and garden fork, the bigger siblings of the trowel and hand rake. Use  these to loosen large patches of packed soil or dig holes for saplings.

While you can certainly get cheap trowels, shovels  and garden forks, spring for something made from stainless steel or cast  aluminum. These are garden tools after all, and you don’t want them rusting  away. You also want to make sure that they are sturdy. you won’t save any money  in the long run by buying something that will bend in half at the first tough  patch of dirt. Read the rest of this entry

Tips For Preparing Gardening Tools For Winter

It is time to gather up all the gardening tools and get them ready for winter.

Shovels should be wiped down to get all the dirt off the metal parts. Leftover dirt will cause rusting. A light coating of oil, or an application of a silicone spray, will finish the job.The same goes for any other long-handle tools. Pruners and loping shears should have the metal parts cleaned too. Sap builds up on the blades, making it harder for the tools to make a clean cut. Remove the sap with rubbing alcohol and then apply oil or silicone spray.

Remember that the  gas-powered tools need cleaning this time. Dried grass under the deck of the lawn mower will trap moisture, causing the deck to rust.Blades should be sharpened and coated with oil. The oil should be changed. Then, apply silicone spray to the metal parts.But do not forget to refer the owner’s manual on how to disconnect the spark plug wire. If the wire is left connected and you turn the blade, the mower could start with disastrous results to fingers and hands that may be under the mower. Read the rest of this entry

Buying Garden Tools and Equipment

With a little serious efforts in  the Fall you’ll likely find the best deals of the year on all types of gardening  tools, equipment and other supplies – with the possible exception of snow  blowers, chain saws, and snow shovels.

This time of the year is perfect for hunting for  used lawn mowers, weed trimmers, and other lawn and garden equipment, since many  people dump their used equipment at thrift stores, flea markets and yard sales  at the end of the season. Read the rest of this entry

5 Perfect All Time Gardening Tools

From gas-powered tillers to electric hedge trimmers, there’s no shortage of power tools to  help you maintain your garden. But while these tools can be helpful, you don’t  need a shed bursting with high-end gear to grow a vibrant garden. Instead, focus  on the basics — these essential tools that every gardener should master before  moving on to the more expensive gardening toys.

Trowel and hand rake

Before you can plant a garden, you first need to do  a little digging. A trowel and hand rake are two essential tools for planting  small seedlings, breaking up clumps of dirt and weeding between your plants.

For bigger tasks, you’re going to want to turn to a  shovel and garden fork, the bigger siblings of the trowel and hand rake. Use  these to loosen large patches of packed soil or dig holes for saplings. Read the rest of this entry

Garden Tools To Ease Gardening in Old Age

A problem for older gardeners is finding tools that make gardening easier as getting up and down becomes harder. Noel Valdes, the 67 year old owner of CobraHead LLC, has designed two garden tools that are finding a following with “baby boomerand older garden enthusiasts while at the same time are being recognized by all gardeners as useful and well-made tools.Noel has been working on solutions to weeding his own large home vegetable garden for over 25 years. In 2002 he introduced his first tool design – The CobraHead® Weeder and Cultivator. This small tool makes light work of weeding, cultivating, planting and transplanting. It fills the role of several garden tools including trowels, small hand forks, dibbles, and hand hoes. The thin, sharp CobraHead blade is a “steel fingernail®” that cuts hard soil and works in tight places. The blade sharpness and the tool’s balance let gardeners with weak hand strength work efficiently. Read the rest of this entry

The essential gardening tools include digging forks for digging out all the root crops , hand clippers (scissors) and harvesting knives for cutting all the greens.Japanese knives and putty knives for weeding are also very useful community gardening tools.  Hand trowels for transplanting; big salad spinners for drying greens; pitch forks and shovels for making compost and lots of love, patience and acceptance around the weather that mother nature sends our way are some of the really essential community gardening tools and elements.Even if you are taking care of a small garden in your backyard, there are a few essential gardening tools that you still need to have:

  1. A shovel to dig holes, move piles of debris, place compost in the right place, get leaves into the wheelbarrow and turn soil. It is an indispensable tool for beginning and season gardeners alike! Read the rest of this entry

A new survey commissioned by the Electrical Safety Council (ESC) shows that nearly half of women gardeners may be risking their lives this summer because they’ve never used or haven’t heard of an RCD (residual current device).

An RCD is a life-saving device which is designed to protect you from getting a fatal electric shock if you touch something live, such as a bare wire.  RCD protection is particularly important whilst using mains-powered electrical equipment outdoors, where there is an increased risk of electric shock.

Almost half of women surveyed have either never used or have never heard of an RCD (23% and 26% respectively) and women are also less likely than men to consider the potential dangers of electrical gardening equipment (47% vs 56%).  This is despite the fact a previous survey2 has shown that a quarter of women have experienced at least one electric shock during their lifetime while at home or in the garden. Read the rest of this entry

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