Every ambitious green fingered enthusiast knows that there are a thousand and one tools on the market just for the simplest of tasks. When you are spending so much time and effort on your garden it is so easy to go overboard when purchase tools, there are a hundreds types of gadgets, shovels, hoes and pruners available. You will find that the more expensive the tools the more they promise ease of use and less time doing hard labor in the garden.
You don’t need to go out and spend thousands of dollars on new age tools when the following tools below will see you through the most challenging tasks in your garden, if you are not afraid of a little hard work that is:
Long Rubber Hose
Investing in a long rubber hose, find one that can reach each area in your garden as this will save you plenty of aggravation. By investing in a ‘large’ rubber hose you will be able to reach every corner of your garden with ease, ensuring your plants stay moist can improve their beauty and longevity. Plastic hoses tend to be brittle and difficult to work with, rubber hoses tend to be more durable and have greater ease of use. A great tip is to look for hoses with brass couplings rather than plastic as these are much more durable.
If you are working to form the perfect garden and plan on paying fine attention to detail bypass pruners will enable you to removing spent foliage, undertake dead heading and participate in some gentle shaping. You will find an extensive range of pruners in your local garden centre, it’s vital that you don’t focus on the price with this necessary purchase. You need to select a set that you can easily take apart for cleaning and sharpening, and ones that fit in your hands comfortably.
An indispensable gardening tool for lifting and dividing perennials, loosening compacted soil, and turning compost piles. It’s important to remember when purchasing a fork you look out for one that has four square tines and foot rests for comfortable digging, you do not want a pitch fork! If you are looking for a fork that will tackle the hardest of soils you need to ensure you purchase a fork that has forged or a cast stainless steel head and a fiberglass or hardwood handle. You will properly be using this tool on a regular basis so it is important that you are comfortable, look out for a D shaped handle. This will provide you with great grip and even better leverage.
When you take to the earth to dig plant holes consider purchasing a square headed shovel that has a short handle. Spades enable you to dig planting holes, edging beds, removing sod, and moving small amounts of soil or amendments. This is one of the best tools you will ever purchase for you garden so it’s important you purchase a durable steel head spade with a light fiberglass or strong wooden handle. Remember that moving the earth is a task that requires lot of energy and back bone, if you buy a cheap spade you won’t be helping yourself.
If you are looking to brighten up your space with a warm mix of flowers, vegetables or herbs you need a trowel for those smaller planting holes. A forged stainless steel trowels are incredibly durable, if you get one with a gripped handle you should be able to garden with comfort and ease. Even though trowels are one of the smaller tools they are able to aid your garden preservation and maintenance efforts incredibly, even helping you rip out those one off weeds and unwanted dandelions.
When working on that beautiful lawn you will probably at some point be faced with weeds or dandelions poking through in the better weather. When you need to get rid of unwanted weeds or dandelion you should invest in a weed digger. This humble tool is perfect for digging out any weed that has a long taproot, including plantains, Queen Anne’s lace, and, of course, dandelions.
If you are a seasoned gardener then you will know the importance of a great rake in the autumn months. Don’t ever overlook the importance of the rake in your garden, in spring they can be used to clean out your beds, rake up unwanted bark or even help even out soil on your flower bed. Avoid purchasing plastic rakes and looking into buying a steel or bamboo rake. These are easy to clean out and cause less damage on emerging plants.
Overgrown hedges can cause your garden to look messy and disorganized, attracting the attention away from the hours of you hard graft. Trimmers can be expensive but they are worthwhile investment, one as they will keep for a long time and secondly better quality cutters will generate a cleaner and deeper finish. If you are feeling adventurous you could even consider trying you hand at sculpting out some shapes. Try stick to the quality and reliable brands of hedge trimmers, these will usually have better instructions and warranties.
One of the most essential and most overlooked aspects of any garden, sheds and outdoor storage spaces provide you with a safe and dry place to store your essential gardening tools. The storage solution should reflect the theme and mood your garden is trying to portray, this can easily be achieved through the correct lick of paint. More often than not home owners often have old sheds that are discolored and sometimes broken, investing in a new shed can be expensive. It’s advisable to work out the plan and theme of your space before diving into any storage system purchase.
Going that extra mile
If you have the budget and the ambition to take your garden beyond the average then you may consider adding some decorations to a tree, building a tree house or even cutting that tree down. If you are looking to clean out the gutters of give your house a new paint job then you may need to find a local business that you can contact to hire an access platform for a few days. Enabling you or your business to be lifted up to those areas that are hard to reach with a ladder and or scaffolding.
Buying these specialized tools can be fun (not to mention expensive) but there are really only a few tools you need to have in your garden shed. It comes down to buying the equipment you need for the jobs you need to complete in your garden. You only get out of your garden the amount of effort you but in.