Tools of the Trade – for Gardening Part Two

Part One The basics
Tools of the Trade—for Gardening Part One, The basics
June 27, 2019
Container Gardening
Container Gardening
July 12, 2019

As was mentioned in Part One, all gardening, large or small, for pleasure or only maintenance, requires tools. Working soil, planting, transplanting, trimming, weeding, watering, and fertilizing all need to be done, and to do so, one must have a basic tool chest of garden implements. Part One described five basic tools and here are six more to complete the list.

Trowel: Much like an oversized spoon, this helpful tool is easy to handle and great for digging small holes for planting and transplanting flowers and other small to medium plants. As it acts as a garden spoon, it can pick up the entire plant, roots and all to move the plant to its desired location. Also suitable for mixing soil and digging up weeds in flowerbeds and vegetable gardens, this little tool is a “must have.” Choose a sturdy tool of cast or forged style to keep it from bending in rocky soil.

Pruner: There are both long and short handled pruners. The short-handled pruner is used for cutting large flowers, and small branches, less than ¾ inches thick and for preparing root balls before planting. Largely handled pruners are needed to keep bushes, hedges, and low hanging tree branches neat and attractive. Pruners are also suitable for trimming dead wood from plants.

Weeder: The weeder’s thin, sharp blade lets you dig deep to get at the roots of the weeds, making it easy to pull the whole weed plant, root and all. Weeds will continue to grow unless the roots are removed as well as the top.

Digging fork: This useful tool has four sharp tongs, which allow you to loosen soil in areas where the ground is packed hard. It can also be used to mix in soil enrichers. Gathering a clump of plants and pulling carefully is made easier with a digging fork and will lessen the amount of soil clinging to the plant’s roots.

Scissors and Shears: A strong, sharp pair of scissors is used in many ways when gardening. Snipping string or twine, cutting small flower stems, deadheading or removing dead flowers, and thinning over-crowded blooms are a few of the uses for scissors. Shears, similar to scissors but with heavier, wider blades are needed to trim grass along paths, around stepping stone, along the border of flower beds, and walkways. Make sure both scissors and shears are well oiled and kept dry between uses. Wiping the blades after each use is important to keep these tools in ready condition.

Broom: A good, strong, broom should always be at the ready to sweep walkways, driveways, stepping-stones, and traffic areas such as decks, porches, and gazebos.

Gardening is, you might say, a type of work requiring a basic list of tools. The tools mentioned in the two-part blog are the essential ones. If you plan on gardening for a hobby, there are many more specialized tools available. And, if you would rather have someone else do your gardening for you, you can hire a professional lawn and landscaping service. For folks living in Ocala, Florida or surrounding areas, Best Cut Lawn and Landscaping have been successfully doing business for 25 years. They offer a free estimate of what you need to be done and will work with you on an individual basis to accomplish your hoped-for outcome. Call (352) 216-0512 to make an appointment.

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