God made the rainy days, so gardeners can do the housework – Gardening can be so engaging and even more so if you have the right tools! Choosing the right gardening tools is also important when undertaking a gardening project. Choose tools that are neither too heavy nor too light. Heavy tools are difficult to use and quite tiring, while lighter tools are poorly made. Good gardening tools have handles made of high-quality wood such as ash.
Gardens are becoming increasingly popular among people in general, especially with the pandemic and isolation taking place in many countries around the world. Nowadays, everyone likes to have a garden in front of their home, which is also good from an environmental point of view. Many people who do not have enough space for a front garden maintain a small garden on the roof or balcony, or sometimes grow a number of plants in various flower boxes. In any case, the fact is that plants are loved and cultivated by almost everyone, whether it is a garden or a collection of plants grown in flower boxes. Now, when there are plants, they need proper care and maintenance. This makes the use of garden tools a necessity to feed or care for plants.
Nowadays garden tools are in great demand due to the increase in the number of people involved in the maintenance of their garden. But, in general, people get confused when deciding which garden tools are needed and which are not. Here are five popular garden tools that are considered appropriate for daily garden care:
(1) Trowel: The spatula is a tool that is also used in many construction activities, but here we are talking about the garden trowel. This tool has a curved blade and a short but well gripped handle, usually made of wood. Trowels basically have two shapes, flat and curved. This garden tool is intended for activities such as planting, leveling the ground, potting and preparing the soil.
(2) Spades: Spades are specialized garden tools that have a narrow head blade, attached with a long metal handle, usually 28 to 48 inches long. The spade tip blade is ideal for working between plants and near the edges and other places in the garden where cleaning is required. This tool is generally used for digging, planting and growing.
(3) Weeder: The garden weeder is a tool with a long handle and a sharp blade perpendicularly attached. This tool is very effective for removing weeds from the flowerbed or even some areas with hard surfaces such as brick walkways. The ergonomic design of this tool allows the user to perform weeding and other gardening activities without the need to bend down or make excessive physical effort.
(4) Rake: This tool appears to be a broom at first glance, but it is much more than that. It is basically a long-handled tool with a head attached at one end, with protruding teeth, which are usually made of carbon steel. The main functions of this garden tool include scarifying, removing fallen leaves, raking gravel, levelling and preparing the soil. The rake has two main variants, the lawn rake and the gardener’s rake.
(5) Fork: The garden fork, as its name suggests, is a sturdy tool, usually made of stainless steel or iron, with thick but sharp teeth attached to the head. It has a fine, ergonomic handle at the opposite end of the head. This instrument is designed to provide optimal leverage with minimal effort. The fork is very useful for gardening tasks such as lifting, drilling and digging. It is also considered quite effective in removing perennial weeds.
Gardening with the proper tools makes sure that your plants and flowers are receiving the proper care.