to know your garden
tools. You may find that there is a lot that you have
yet to learn about them! Do not worry, we are here to reintroduce
you to some of the most important and most commonly used garden tools.
· Hoe – a hoe is for weeding and for cultivating.
· Pitchfork – this will help you move debris, mulch,
· Leaf rake – a leaf rake will also help you move leaves
and other debris.
· Hand pruners – these are for puning dead branches and
twigs. Depending on your task at hand, you will want either anvil
or scissor pruners.
· Loppers – these are similar to hand pruners, except
that they are bigger and have longer handles. Loppers can cut thicker
branches than hand pruners can.
· Pruning saw – a pruning saw is one step above a lopper.
If you can not cut something with a lopper, it is time to pull out
this garden tool. Although you will be sawing from the top of the
limb, you ought to make the first cut on the underside. That way,
when you are sawing, you do not have to worry about tearing and splitting.
· Hand trowel – use a hand trowel for small-scale digging
· Spading fork – use this to turn over the soil, like
· Spade – spades are used for digging. As “diggers”
spades have a blade that is set at a straighter angle than a shovel.
To properly use this garden tool, you push it down into the dirt with
your foot. Then you can use the handle like a lever to bring that
· Shovel – a shovel is not the same thing as a spade!
Many people do not know the difference between these two garden tools,
but a shovel is meant for moving material from one place to another.
In general, a shovel is not built for digging.
· Matlock – use this for chopping and prying out old
· Cultivator – this garden tool will help you break up
the hard and cursty soil that sometimes forms around plants.
These are, of course, only a few of the many types of garden tools
out there. But these are garden tools that every gardener should have
and know how to use. It is amazing how much easier gardening is, if
only you make sure that you are using the right garden tools, and
using them properly.