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Gearing up with the right tools makes any gardening task easier and more efficient.
  • The Gardener's Toolbox

    Most gardeners get by with a few basic tools, but an increasing array of options promise more efficiency. Good tools are designed to help you tackle specific jobs efficiently and comfortably. As you become more familiar with what a tool can do, you'll find more uses for it. If you keep tools handy and in good shape, they will serve you well for years. The right tool suits your size and weight as well as garden work load. A few good hand tools will fill the need for most gardening situations. 

    The following tools fit a varitey of gardening needs: choose what suits your work best. 

    Date Published: September 18, 2017
    Date Updated: September 22, 2017
    Tags: Gardening
  • Hand Weeder

    When it comes to breaking ground and turning soil, make sure you're using the right tool so you don't strain yourself. The Cape Cod weeder shown works like a sharp bent finger and reaches into the tightest spots to dig out weeds. The best weeders are forged of steel and have sharp blades that pry, slice, or yank weeds out of the ground root and all. You'll find short- and long-handled weeders. 

    Date Published: September 18, 2017
    Date Updated: September 22, 2017
    Tags: Gardening
  • Trowel

    Made to work as an extension of a gardener's hand, a good trowel digs small holes, cultivates soil, scoops soil into pots and amendments into planting holes, and pries out weeds. A longer handle provides greater leverage. 

    Date Published: September 18, 2017
    Date Updated: September 22, 2017
    Tags: Gardening
  • Spade

    Most spades have a long flat rectangular blade with a straight profile and digging edge. Combined with a compact handle, blade precision lets you dig a perennial or shrub while keeping the root ball and surrounding soil intact. Use a spade to slice out planting holes, shape beds and borders, cut through sod, divide root masses, and break up soil. 

    Date Published: September 18, 2017
    Date Updated: September 22, 2017
    Tags: Gardening
  • Short Shovel

    The pint-sized version of a shovel works like a giant trowel. It is well suited to smaller gardeners and those who prefer to work while kneeling or sitting. 

    Date Published: September 18, 2017
    Date Updated: September 22, 2017
    Tags: Gardening
  • Shovel

    Indispensible for digging, this versatile tool is also made to lift, carry, and throw soil, sand, gravel, compost, mulch, and such. The curved blade helps hold its load until you're ready to distribute the material. 

    Date Published: September 18, 2017
    Date Updated: September 22, 2017
    Tags: Gardening
  • Garden Fork

    Get soil ready for planting by cultivating - using a tool to dig and turn over soil, stir it up, and break clumps into pieces. Nothing beats a garden fork to loosen compacted soil and mix in compost. Forks with more than four tines lift and move loose materials, such as compost and mulch. 

    Date Published: September 18, 2017
    Date Updated: September 22, 2017
    Tags: Gardening
  • Short-Tined Handheld Fork

    A short-tined handheld fork allows you to work in the soil between plants without disturbing roots. 

    Date Published: September 18, 2017
    Date Updated: September 22, 2017
    Tags: Gardening
  • Hoe

    A basic hoe chops, grades, and weeds effectively. You may prefer another hoe with an angled, poined, or swiveling blade and more refined uses. 

    Date Published: September 18, 2017
    Date Updated: September 22, 2017
    Tags: Gardening
  • Anvil Pruners

    Take the guesswork out of any cutting task: start with the most-fitting tools. Sharp handheld cutting tools can make quick work of garden cleanup.

    Anvil pruners are best for cutting deadwood branches up to 5/8 inch in diameter. Bypass pruners are best for making clean, close cuts on live stems up to 1 inch in diameter. 

    Date Published: September 18, 2017
    Date Updated: September 22, 2017
    Tags: Gardening
  • Hedge Shears

    Hedge shears allow you to trim big and small twigs at the same time and produce a surface of dense, healthy growth. Choose an electric- or gas-powered version for large hedges or shrubs that must be trimmed frequently. 

    Date Published: September 18, 2017
    Date Updated: September 22, 2017
    Tags: Gardening
  • Loppers

    Loppers work the same as pruners, but the long handles provide the torque to slice cleanly through green branches. Use them to cut a branch up to 1 1/2 inches in diameter in a single, firm motion. If this doesn't work, sharpen the blade or switch to a pruning saw. 

    Date Published: September 18, 2017
    Date Updated: September 22, 2017
    Tags: Gardening

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