Gardening is a favorite pastime of people around the world. Who doesn’t love an opportunity to get dirty, and to touch the cool moist earth? The stillness and tranquility of nature provide many gardeners with a sense of peace. As you tend your garden, you will marvel in its growth and beauty. You will feel great pride as you watch your garden produce delicious and colorful results. Your hard work will be appreciated by all you share your garden with.
Each gardener has his or her favorite tools. Some choose to remain loyal to basic tools, while others prefer to use the more modern gadgets to help them care for their gardens. It is very difficult to garden without any tools at all, especially in the beginning stages. It is best to choose gardening tools that suit your own gardening style as well as the size and organization of your garden. You should also consider how much physical effort you are able and willing to put into your gardening. Time and money are also important factors to keep in mind when choosing tools.
In early spring, when it is time to prepare your garden for planting, there is a lot to be done. The soil must be turned, fertilizer should be added, and the area should be well watered. Having proper tools will make for easy work in the spring. Tillers are a popular tool for this time of year. The availability of a variety of cultivating tools should allow you to choose the tool just right for you.
If you are a fan of getting some exercise while you garden, you may choose to use some of the very common hand tools. These include pitchforks, rakes, spades, trowels, and, of course, shovels. These tools are fairly easy to use and are designed to help with preparing the ground for planting. To round out your collection of useful tools, you may wish to also have a pickax, a wheel cultivator, and a mattock.
Depending on the size of your garden, and the amount of physical labor you wish to commit to, you may wish to use power tools in your garden. Yes, they are somewhat more expensive, however, they get the job done with more ease. If you have a larger garden, a tiller will be very useful in preparing your soil. It is also helpful for people with mobility issues. A tiller is useful for breaking up the ground, to help mix compost and fertilizer into the earth, and to chop up any debris lying around. A tiller can be quite expensive, so they can also be rented at most tool supply stores. You may also choose to share with or borrow from a neighbor. Chippers, chainsaws, and shredders are additional power tools that are useful in the garden.
If you have a variety of small trees, hedges, or shrubs on your land, it is a good idea to have some pruning tools on hand. For branches that are 3/4 inch in diameter or smaller, pruning sheers are sufficient. Lopping shears, on the other hand, are useful for branches from half an inch up to about two inches in diameter. A pole pruner will help with taller trees. They can extend up to 15 feet to reach higher branches. Pruning saws and stronger hedge shears are also useful tools to have for your garden.
Plants need water in order to survive, and Mother Nature doesn’t always take care of this business. So, it’s essential to have tools and equipment on hand to keep your garden nicely watered. If you have a larger garden and a grass lawn, you’ll definitely need to have a garden hose with a good quality spray nozzle or sprinkler. If your garden is limited to containers such as pots and balcony planters, you may be able to get away with a simple watering can. Some gardeners use drip hoses for proper irrigation, and more advanced gardens have entire irrigation system set on timers to provide accurate watering.
Remember that the tools you choose should make your gardening experience more pleasant and rewarding. If you want to get on your hands and knees and dig and the dirt, do it. You may simply desire a pair of gardening gloves to protect your hands from cuts and calluses. If you want quick results with a minimum of fuss, consider which tools will best suit your needs. In any case, you will thoroughly enjoy the fruits of your labors. Your lush, beautiful garden will be a haven to return home to every day. Enjoy!