Posted on Jul 07, 2008 | Comments 0
A gardener needs many tools for gardening. If you have a good garden, then you need to have good garden tools.
A good garden shovel is as important to a gardener as a pair of pruners. You have to select a shovel with solid blade, comfortable handle and a flat edge at the top of the blade for better leverage for your foot.
If you want to buy only one shovel for your garden, then it is better to have a long handled round pointed shovel. It will help you to dig holes, moves soil, lifts plants and serves as a level and hammer in a pinch.
The shovel is the mainstay and workhorse of the garden shed. You can go for round point shovel because it is number one tool for digging, lifting and throwing. The round point cuts into the soil.
You can also select square point shovel as it is excellent for moving materials and it is larger in size and is referred as a scoop.
Select the shovel to fulfill the needs of your garden. If you are unable to select, better take the help of any professional in gardening.
Removing mushrooms using shovel:
In lawns and gardens, you will be able to see mushrooms, as they are very often symptoms of rotting wood hidden under the soil.
There is no need to worry as they do not have anything against lawns. Mushrooms are amid the nature’s most competent degraders, which rapidly turn old roots and broken twigs and coppery cedar flags and fir needles and fallen leaves into lovely, fluffy brown duff.
You can remove mushrooms and make compost of them which will be very good for the soil in your garden.
Compost is always a best friend for a gardener, as it tends to be rich in bacteria and weakly fungal in composition.
When mushrooms in your yard appear here and there, you probably look at similar situation. Dig around the mushroom clumps with a shovel until old wood is revealed. Remove mushrooms and replace with fresh soil and compost.
Clean and sharp your tools to work better
Remember to keep all the garden tools clean for working better. You have to clean the tools after every use. By cleaning the tools, you can keep the diseases, insect eggs, fungi, and weed seeds away from spreading around the garden.
Shovels, trowels, rakes, and other tools which come in contact with soil should be hosed off with water after every use. After washing the tools, better wipe it with cotton for preventing the tools from getting rust.
Even after washing and drying, the heads of steel tools will be still susceptible to rust when exposed to oxygen. In such cases, you have to apply oil to your tools. Motor oil is inexpensive and effective rust preventer, therefore you can use without spending much expenditure.
Taking care of your garden tools will help you to have a perfect and healthy gardening.