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Top 10 Favorite Garden Tools
As the store shelves are starting to fill up in the garden department, I often find myself wandering the aisles looking for the new, must-have garden gadget. I will admit that I am a sucker for great advertising. With so many tools to choose from, it can get overwhelming for someone new to gardening to know what they really need. I have compiled a list of my top 10 favorite garden tools I think every gardener, from newbie to master, should own.
Bypass pruners are the most popular. Two curved blades move past each other, giving you a clean, precise cut.
- Shovel - The most important tool in your arsenal: It is indispensable for planting trees and shrubs, and performing many other yard duties. I think the best shovel has a solid blade, with a secure and comfortable, stoppable rim for your foot, and has a sharp blade that cuts ground with greater ease. Check out this link to find the style that best suits you. https://www.thespruce.com/choosing-a-garden-shovel-1403246
- Pruners - Used to trim and shape plants, deadhead, remove dead or damaged foliage and small branches, and cut back perennials. Pruning shears are one of the most-used gardening tools. There are three styles of pruners, and it is important to get the ones that work best for you.
Anvil pruners have one straight blade that cuts as it closes onto a flat edge. Because the blade often crushes stems when cutting, these are best used on dead wood.
Ratchet pruners have an extra mechanism to make light work of tough cuts. As you squeeze ratcheting pruning shears, they latch so you can release and squeeze again, performing the cut in easy steps. These are good for cutting thicker stems, and for individuals with less strength in their hands.
- Edger - Nothing sets off your garden bed like a nice crisp edge. My favorite style is the half-moon edger. This tool was created for making clean bed edges. This link will give you more information on how to use this marvelous tool. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ode-to-a-half-moon-edger-the-gardenist-187596
- Stirrup Hoe - This hoe has a razor sharp blade that travels below the soil and slices off weeds where they are most vulnerable, below ground. This stops or slows down the weeds from rejuvenating themselves, since no foliage is exposed to life giving sunlight.
- Mattock - With a blade on one side and prongs on the other, the mattock is a very versatile tool with a long history. This tool was established in the Bronze Age in Asia Minor and Ancient Greece. Used for digging, chopping and weeding. This is my favorite tool, my sons too, I had to buy him his own when he was just 5 so mine didn’t wander off when we worked together.
- Hori Hori garden trowel - This tool is a great weed puller, garden knife, digging tool and more. The concave side of the blade is good for scooping and usually features engraved depth markings in inches and millimeters. The serrated side of the blade can be used for cutting through roots, twine, etc. Greentisory voted the Hori Hori as the best garden trowel in 2017.
- Garden gloves - While I don’t use gloves most of the time, because I like to feel the earth in my hands, there are definitely times when even I will use them. The sharp jab of thorns, the burn of stinging nettles, or pain from blisters has taught me the importance of a good pair of gloves. This a great link to check out the many kinds available to you, and where you can get them. http://thesweethome.com/reviews/the-best-gardening-gloves/
- Tubtrugs - These versatile tubs are light weight, washable, crushable, and bendable. I find them the perfect tubs for collecting yard waste as I'm weeding in the garden, collecting vegetables, and hauling. I also like that they come in a rainbow of colors. These can be purchased from Gardeners Supply Company, or on Amazon.
- Hoses - With so many styles and lengths to choose from, hoses can take up an entire aisle of the garden center! The amount of choices can feel overwhelming, but this link from Garden Products Review goes into detail on how to choose the best one for you, and the pros and cons of each. http://gardeningproductsreview.com/best-garden-hose/