Here’s a look at more indispensible garden tools.
Hand tools (forks, cultivators, or trowels) are readily found in garden supply outlets. Such tools are even available in a number of fashionable colours. Choose a colour that is bold enough to be seen when the tool is put down among the perennials. Do not buy green hand tools – you will spend all your time searching for them and might even loose them. Consider the width of the hand tool. It should be a size that is convenient to use. If too wide, hand tools will make you work harder than necessary. Gardeners with heavy clay soil should be wary of hand tools with a hollow back or weak handle that will bend during hard digging. Measurements marked on a trowel are helpful for planting small bulbs. The angle of a frequently used hand tool is important. The angle should allow the wrist to stay in a position parallel to the forearm, otherwise there could be strain on the wrist that might lead to RSI.
A truly indispensable tool in the garden is the garden knife. This heavy duty knife is excellent for opening bags of peat moss, fertilizer, bark mulch, or river stones. It also is a handy dandelion weeder or sod cutter when your other tools are back in the garage. Unfortunately, it is hard to find a knife designated for the gardening market.
reduce bending and squatting.
The dandelion weeder is very useful for removing many types of weeds with tap roots from the lawn and garden. A handy tip is to keep this tool attached to your mower for instant dandelion removal when mowing. Some weeders have a peculiar angle and take some practice to hold and manoeuvre them so that they work. For some designs, holding them backward works great.
The lowly weeding bucket is a necessity (even if it is not a desired one). Any 10-20 litre size pail with a sturdy handle will do. Ask at your local restaurant to see if they have any empty pickle or vegetable oil pails to spare. The labels should come off to reveal a plain white bucket that is perfect for collecting small weeds and other debris.
Other stuff that should be near your tools are: a sharpening stone, rags, a file, and oil. Any tool will benefit from a quick cleaning and drying before it is put away. An additional swipe of an oily rag will keep them rust free. Keep all your tools sharp, clean, and oiled and they will reward you with many years of service.
Ergonomic tools that have padding on the grip and a crazy bend to the shafts have made a big impact by allowing more people to garden or garden for longer stretches of time. These innovations are a benefit to all and should be encouraged.
Buy the best quality that you can afford. Invest in real value. A cheap tool is worth just that in inferior quality, workmanship, or parts. Tools look very much the same in the store, but vary considerably in quality. Most manufacturers make at least 3 lines of tools. Top quality, medium quality and low end lines. Price will determine which category a tool falls into. Low end tools that don’t last the season are frustrating when they break. Buy quality that will last.