Garden tools have born a lot over the years, from the digging sticks of old to today’s highly specialized tools. The daily season brings new garden gadgets and having the basic tool groups will help you maintain your garden year after year.
Selecting Garden Tools
Using the right tool for each garden job makes your work easier and more proficient. This can mean that there are lots of tools with various designs and sizes. Learn about the basic tools you’ll need to facilitate the shopping method with our garden tools list.
When choosing garden tools, don’t just make sure you receive the right tool for the job; try to imagine how it’ll feel after a few hours of use. Remember, as the size of the tool increment, its weight increases too. Larger tools can be more efficient, but be sure to choose one that won’t wear you out too quickly. Look for tools with cushioned grips to make the job more blessed.
Shovels, Spades and Other Digging Tools
The shovel is one of the most general landscaping tools and is the workhorse of the garden shed. Spades are essentially a smaller version of the shovel with a flatter blade. Other tools let you dig holes for posts or plant and transplant bulbs and small plants.
- Round Point Shovel: That is a great tool for digging, lifting, and throwing soil. The round point cuts into the soil, while the rim on the top of the shovel blade allows added foot pressure for digging dent.
- Square Point Shovel: This is excellent for moving equipment. The larger size is known as a scoop.
- Garden Spade: This is similar to a square point shovel, and it’s great for digging, cutting, edging and lifting sod.
- Drain Spade: This has a parochial, rounded head and straighter handle for working in confined spaces. It’s good for digging trenches and further works for transplanting
Rakes and Pitchforks
Rakes take the notion of the human hand and finger dexterity to a bigger scale. They come in all sizes and styles. Likely to have originated from a forked tree branch, what we often call the pitchfork has its roots in agriculture. Forks are designed in various styles and with various numbers and sizes of tines, depending on the material to be moved.
- Leaf Rake: This is for moving leaves, grass clippings, and other elements. The supple steel or poly tines do a good job of cleaning yard ruins from the grass. Leaf rakes come in a comprehensive range of sizes.
- Garden Rake: This rake has small, rigid steel tines that allow you to break and scratch into hard ground. It’s also useful for moving mulch and compost. The flat bar lets you smooth loose elements, like mulch and gravel.
Another easy and ancient tool, the hoe is designed for weeding and light groundbreaking. There are several various head sizes and shapes
- Standard Garden Hoe: This tool has a squared blade set at a right angle to the handle for the chop.
- Warren Hoe: This tool is made more for planting than a hoe. The V-shaped blade has a dual purpose. The pointed end mining furrows, while the open-top can close the furrows
- Weeding/Two-Prong Hoe: This tool has a flat blade on one end for chopping and pointed tips on the other for pulling weeds up by the roots.