Posted on Feb 13, 2008 | Comments 0
Every one of us is interested in gardening and proper maintenance of the garden is must.
For proper maintenance you need garden tools and they are useful for every work you do in the garden.
It is not that you should buy tools from the store but you can make use of anything that is useful and available at home.
Re-purposing items can be useful in gardening such as using a broken fan stand to hold a sprinkler, allowing the water to get over the top of your taller vegetable plants.
You can also buy few garden tools that are not available in your home. Maintenance of the garden is mainly dedicated to weeding.
Even if you have used a weed barrier of some kind, weeds will still pop up everywhere. That is the nature of the weed. Pulling weeds by your hands is the best way you can over come weeds. Wear good gloves if you deal with stickers.
How to select basic garden tools?
You don’t need to spend a lot to start a garden, but you do need some basic tools. Basic tools you need include bow rake, garden shears, hoes, shovels, spading forks and watering can.
Select a spading fork as your first toll. Before you plant anything, you will need to open and improve the soil. A spading fork looks like a pitchfork but has a shorter handle and wider tines. It is a garden tool that is used to dig down into hard soil and break up the ground.
Next, you have to choose a hoe. A hoe will help you in weeding and cultivating the surface of the soil to allow for penetration of nutrients and water. You should also select a watering can. The watering can should have long nozzles allowing the water to come out at very gentle flow rate and water also reaches across long distances.
Better select a watering can that has detachable spray head and this type of watering can is perfect for watering young seedlings. Use a shovel with rounded end for digging projects.
You better use a good bow rake, which has short tines on one side attached to a metal frame. It is used for leveling the soil after it has been turned and prior to planting or for removing large clods of earth or rocks from the soil.
Choose a pair of garden shears that fits comfortably in your hands. Shears can be used for pruning, shaping and removing branches. Never buy most expensive garden tools when you are just starting, until you decide you like gardening.
Maintaining garden tools
Always remember to take care of garden tools, if you take care of tools they will take care of your garden. Taking care of your gardening tools isn’t hard and it just takes a few minutes and some common household products.
The main enemies of all garden tools are moisture and poor or inadequate maintenance that prevents them from doing their job properly or cause them to wear and break.
Keep you garden hand tools clean and never forget to clean them after each use. Store your tools off the ground and in a dry place. If you feel like the tools are having rust, clean them immediately. Keep wooden handles smooth.
Always keep your entire garden tools clean and tidy for proper gardening.
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