The Gardening Tool Directory
Whether you are a seasoned gardener or just starting out there are five basic tools to make gardening and landscaping easier. There are a plethora of tools out on the market. There is so much variety it can be difficult to know exactly what you need. The good news is that you don’t need much. Simply select the hardest working tools and it will save you time and energy.
The wheel hoe might just be the most helpful tool for do-it-yourself gardeners. The wheel hoe is essential for anyone whose garden is too big for hand hoeing/manual weeding and too small for a tractor. Everyone knows that nasty weeds are the one true enemy of gardeners. The wheel hoe takes on the unpleasant task of eliminating weeds at a much faster rate than one could do manually or with a hand hoe. The tool itself has hoe blades which are supported by wheels. The gardener walks the wheel hoe and the hoe tills the soil and takes out weeds. It is much easier on the body and it will save a great deal of time.
Wheel Hoe Cultivator
A wheel hoe cultivator is simply a wheel hoe with a cultivator attachment. Instead of hoe blades between the wheels there would be cultivator blades. The wheel hoe cultivator is helpful in saving time and energy. It helps any gardener with weeding, furrowing, cultivating, and plowing. This tool is used in exactly the same manner as the wheel hoe.
A shovel is an absolute necessity for anyone working on a garden. There isn’t any other tool that can transport, scoop or dig up earth quite like the shovel. Planting would be a nightmare without this tool. It is best to select a long handled shovel; it will prevent you from accidentally straining yourself. The best way to use a shovel is to shove the shovelhead into the surface at a 90 degree angle. Push the blade in; if the ground is hard then use your foot to push the shovel blade into the ground further. Place your hands in the middle of the handle and lift the soil out.
A gardening rake is another essential tool. It makes landscaping a bit easier because it spreads mulch, plant food or soil evenly. It is also helpful during the fall time when preserving your garden is essential. It will help you to clean out dried leaves and debris and keep your garden in good shape. A rake is easy to use, hold the handle and using the wide sturdy teeth of the rake pull it gently over the soil, plant food or mulch. The rake will spread it out across the surface.
You just don’t have a garden without water. That’s why a sturdy garden hose is essential to any gardener’s tool collection. It will ensure that seeds, plants and flowers receive the nourishment they need to grow. This tool is also helpful in cleaning around the home: sidewalks, porches, and driveways. The hose is also helpful in maintaining your other tools, washing off the excess dirt or debris. The hose can also be fitted with a sprinkler or sprayer attachment which can make watering gardens easier; the garden hose should be connected to an outside water faucet for best results.
- University of Nebraska: Choosing the Right Gardening Tools
- Illinois Extension: Tips of Starting Your First Garden
- University of Missouri: Video on Gardening Tools
- University of Georgia: Maintain and Caring for Gardening Tools
- Alabama Cooperative Extension System: Choosing the Right Tools for the Job