Picking the Right Gardening Tools
If youíre thinking about taking your gardening seriously and getting out there every day to increase the attractiveness of your garden, then you will want to get the right tools to help you in this. You might be tempted to go out to the store and just buy the nearest things you see, but youíll be much happier if you put lots of thought into the styles and types of tools youíre buying. There are styles designed just for gardening, and youíll be better off buying those. You can find most of the tools you will need at your local gardening or home improvement shop. Usually the employees will be simply thrilled to assist you in finding the ideal tools. If you go to a shop that specializes in gardening, you can usually get some advice in addition to service.
Gardening store employees are usually an untapped wealth of wisdom, and they are how I learned almost all that I know about gardening today. If you are having a hard time finding the right tool or if you want to save some money, you might try looking online for the supplies you need. Youíll have to pay the shipping costs and wait an extra week or two, but often if you buy more than one tool, the total savings will be worth it. You should always buy from a reputable seller, though, and search around beforehand for anything negative that people had to say about their buying experience. As far as basic digging tools go, you might already have all youíll need.
There are several types that you should get though, for different specific tasks. A round point shovel is good for digging holes for plants. A spade is necessary for all the more intricate work. A garden fork you might not use as much, but I have one in my tool shed and Iíve been thankful for it on multiple occasions. Having these different varieties of digging tools can help you to minimize the work you have to do. For example, if you try digging a big hole with a little spade then youíll end up rather tired. The same goes if you are attempting to do more detailed work with a big clumsy shovel. A rake is an absolute necessity. You most likely already have one, but Iím guessing itís a lawn rake and not a garden rake. There is definitely a difference, and if you try to use a lawn rake in a garden then you will not be happy with the results.
Same if you buy a grading or a contractorís rake. Youíll want to look for a bowhead rake. Iíve found these are the best for gardening purposes. They will provide you the maximum control and accuracy, so you donít accidentally tear up your precious plants. As far as hoes go, I donít believe any gardener should have less than 3. There are so many useful varieties on the market that I have a hard time recommending just one, and thatís why Iíll tell you all the ones I usually use. The one I use the most is the onion hoe, which is very lightweight and ideal for small cultivations and weeding. The Warren hoe is a larger model, with a pointed end. If you need to make a hole or dig out a pesky weed, this is the one for you. There are several other varieties, but I recommend starting with the ones I mentioned.
As you progress in your gardening savvy, you will find the need for more types. Most people believe that gardening just consists of a simple spade. But there are many, many tools with many more variations that you will use in your gardening career. Usually you can start with just a few different tools, but youíll always find that you can use more varieties for special situations. Itís just a matter of recognizing when one tool could be more efficient than another. PPPPP (Word Count 663).