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Star-Tip 1019

Gardening Tips for successful and beautiful Landscapes and Gardens


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Consider the answers to these questions when shopping for gardening tools: How often will the tools normally be used? For what purpose will you be using the tools? Should you select tools that are suitable for multiple tasks?

Make a tool selection that you be proud and satisfied to have made. Using the wrong tools or buying more tool than you need can cost time, money or be unsafe.


First of all, a lightweight, inexpensive rake, hoe or shovel can actually be a better choice than a heavy-duty model if it is used infrequently for light yard work. Conversely, the heavy-duty, contractor grade tool is a better choice if it is used often or for long periods of time.


Next, pick the right tool for the right job, i.e., don't use a shovel to pry large rocks out of the ground or chop large roots. You can damage the tool as well as yourself!


Check out all the specialty tools available. Many are built to perform multiple tasks and cost less than buying two or three different tools. For example, Cultivator/Hoes to do - weeding, chopping and cultivating. Mattock/Picks to do - digging, prying and chopping. Two-sided Bow Rakes to do – raking or spreading landscape rock, debris removal, bark and heavy soil manipulation or building soil rows.


Consider tool construction--does it have forged steel parts and a hickory, oak or fiberglass handle, or does it have welded "metal" parts and soft wooden handles, suitable for only light gardening use? Do the tools have steel collars bolted on, or are they compression mounted plastic collars that will easily slip if used frequently? Remember, frequency of use and the right tool for the right job are the most important factors when choosing tools. Tool cost does play a part, but shouldn't be the only consideration.   


Keep your tools in good condition. A pair of pruners that aren’t sharp will damage the plants that you intend to prune. A pair of loppers that are about to break can damage your fingers if they do break while you are using them. You need to examine your tools periodically. So, keeping them organized, clean sharpened and lubricated when appropriate will benefit you significantly, and add much to your gardening enjoyment.





Copy Provided courtesy of Star Nursery

Copy provided courtesy Star Nursery

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