Gardening tools are important in a home especially if you want to keep a garden or grow some flowers on your lawn and/or backyard. Gardening involves growing, pruning, weeding and harvesting; different tools are required for all these functions.
Garden fork – also called a spading fork, it serves the same purpose as a spade which is to loosen soil, it digs the soil allowing it to aerate before planting starts. Its advantage over a spade is the fact that it easily removes stones from under the ground. It can be referred to as a cultivator because it cultivates the soil before planting begins and it removes weeds previously present in the soil.
Hoe – It has varied uses some of which include creating trenches for planting seeds and bulbs. It is also used for weeding through agitation of the surface soil thus removing light rooted weeds. It can also serve the function of digging in preparation for planting.
Weeders – These are tools used to remove weeds from the soil; they are often efficient enough to remove weeds from their bases (roots). There are different types of weeders such as Fulcrum Weeders, Cape Cod Weeders, Drill Bit Weeders and Foot Lever Weeders. They are designed for different ground texture and different lengths of weed but they all weed ultimately.
Pruning shears – also called hand pruners are a kind of scissors that are used to cut/remove hard branches of trees and shrubs. They are important in maintaining the health of your plants because pruning allows the plants to increase yield; plants become denser after pruning. There are different types of pruners such as Bypass Pruners, Ratchet Pruners, Anvil Pruners and so on.
Shovel – It is a longer handled version of a spade with a thicker and less flat head. It is used to remove rocks, stones, snow and other loose materials on the soil. There are three types of shovels; snow shovel used for removing snow from the soil surface, gardening shovel which can be used to dig holes and coal shovels for removing coal, rocks and heavier materials.
Rake – It is an important gardening tool, even though many people use the rake to remove leaves from their lawns, it is important to know that rakes have different uses and that there are different types of rakes. The best to use for gardening is a metallic bow rake; it is used for removing rocks from the soil, loosening the soil, light weeding and removal of dead plants and grass from the lawn.
Watering Can – All the above tools would be useless if you could not water your plants. In case you lack a water hose the next best thing is a watering can which you can utilize to water the plants and give them a chance to grow.
There are so many other gardening tools such as Tillers and Slashers but the above mentioned are the most essential in a home. With the mentioned tools a person can maintain their garden successfully. The tools should be kept in good shape and stored inside the shed away from water to prevent rusting.