Green Thumb Gardening Tools
I have spent many years finding out the hard way what gardening tool would help me make my job easier. Gardening can be very fulfilling and pleasurable, but it can also be made difficult if you don’t have the correct tool for the job.
In this article I hope to open your eyes to exactly what you will need to make your experience in the garden a successful and enjoyable one.
Jumping in to quick
To often we decide to undertake gardening with great zest and jump into the job totally unprepared. Do we ever stop and ask ourselves do we have the tools we need to complete this monumental task?
An easy job can be made far more difficult if we lack the correct tools for the job.
Sometimes we think we have the correct tools only to discover that they simple aren’t good enough. They may be either to weak to be efficient at completing the job you need them for or, they are simply the wrong gardening tool totally.
Preparation is the key word to success in developing a new garden. Not only do you need to make sure you have adequate tools for the job at hand, but you need to plan exactly how you hope to construct your garden.
Landscaping design, soil types and plant requirements are all important factor. However, for this post we will sticking to looking at basic gardening tools.
Best Tools for the Job
So how do you know what the best gardening tool for the job is? There are plenty of posts and books available on gardening techniques. What to plant. How to design. Where can I locate the best landscaping materials.
But very few people construct information on what gardening tools to use, or for that matter on what a particular garden tool is used for.
In fact if you’re a novice to gardening than some tool names alone can be mind boggling. Trying to figure out how you use that tool, if you really need it or why you need it can be difficult.
Spades , Shovels or both
So, rather than bombard you with thousands of different tool types, Let’s just look at the basic ones first. Do you need a shovel or a spade or both? I would suggest both.
But it’s not as simple as you think. A shovel and spade should be easy enough, shouldn’t it?
Not really, because there are literally dozens of different kinds of these particular gardening tools.
So Let’s take a look at some of these shovel types.
Round point shovels are used for digging into soils using a cutting method. Square shovels are used for lifting and moving materials.
Trenching shovels, as the name implies are used for digging trenches. Drain shovels for digging drains. Scoop shovels are wide shovels often used for moving mulch or lifting other materials. This is only part of the shovel list. There are many more.
Do you need them all. Perhaps if you’ve decided on a career in landscaping but otherwise probably not. Spades also come in a myriad of sizes, types and shapes. I’d suggest that for the beginner gardener it’s better, and less costly, to stick to the basics.
The shovels and spades I’d purchase as a beginner would be a border or garden spade and square point spade. These tools should be able to complete most garden tasks.
But it doesn’t end there. I can think of many, many, more tools that you will find in the sheds of some experienced gardeners. However, for now, I think it’s better to construct a typical list that can be useful to the novice gardener.
Other Garden Tools
There are a number of other garden tools that a first time gardener should have in their Armour. Some of these include secateurs, pruners, metal rake, leaf rake, garden saw, mattock (preferably one with a pick head as this will than have dual purposes) and of course a decent, strong wheelbarrow. Chalk paint to mark out your garden design is also a commonly forgotten requirement.
All of these gardening tools come in many shapes, sizes and usages. When wanting to purchase these it’s simpler to stick with the basic models first. Ones that are easy to use and clean. If in doubt, always ask questions.
There are three different kinds of secateurs available, they are the Anvil, Bypass and Parrot Beak . Anvil secateurs have an upper blade which pushes down onto a flat lower ‘anvil’. Parrot Beak secateurs have two blades which cut by meeting together in the middle and looks like a parrot’s beak.
The Bypass secateurs work by having two blades which bypass each other in a similar way to scissors. The new gardener should initially stick to purchasing and using Bypass secateurs.
The huge range of other gardening tools available can be overwhelming for anyone, let alone the beginner. Other equipment you will require as your garden develops include lawn mowers, whipper snipers, hedgers, blowers and many more.
Green Thumb Gardening Tools: In Conclusion
So it might all seem far too much, and far to expensive at first glance. But if you’re a beginner gardener than I would stick to the basic tools such as a shovel, spade, metal rake, wheelbarrow, garden saw, pick and secateurs to begin with. You can always grow your tool list as your garden grows.
Obviously once you have developed a lawn, if your particular garden has one, you will need to purchase a lawn mower. But don’t be overwhelmed by the huge diversity of garden tools available.
Simply stick to the basics to begin with and always ask questions when in doubt. Always remember that family and friends can lend you some tools for you to start with.
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