TheCaring of Different Types of Gardening Tools (LATEST Guide)

When it comes to working the soil and weed control, the garden hoe holds the ace.

This tool has been modified for various tasks in the garden. But the hoe still retains its two basic parts.

  • The Stem also doubles as the handle.
  • The blade is the working end and is the part that has been greatly modified to fit different tasks.

It is important to note that even though the garden hoe has been greatly modified, you don’t have to buy all the various modifications. Getting just one traditional hoe will be sufficient for most of your garden tasks.

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Use Of The Garden Hoe

This very versatile tool can be used for various tasks like:

  • Working the soil.
  • Weeding.
  • Digging small planting holes.
  • Transplanting seedlings and small plants.
  • Harvesting tubers like potatoes.
  • When tilted, the angle of the blade can make planting furrows.
  • Mixing in organic matter into the soil.
  • It can be used to make small earth banks around plants to hold water.
  • Making ridges
  • Making nursery beds.

Care For Your Garden Hoe

  • Clean properly after use and store in a dry place.
  • Dismantle it if possible.
  • Store in a tool shed. If you don’t have one then you can store it on a garden tool rack.

Safety Tips

  • Make sure the blade is fastened well before use.
  • Wear boots to protect your feet.
  • Wear hand gloves to prevent callous formation.
  • Wear protective eyeglasses, especially when working with hard soil.

Selection Tips

A good quality garden hoe can be found in many garden tool shops. The following tips should help you select the right one.

  • The handle should be long enough to prevent backaches that arise from prolonged bending.
  • Blades made of rust-proof material are long-lasting.
  • Handles are usually made of wood or metal. Hoes with rubber sleeves at the handles are more gentle on your hands.
  • The handle should have a good grip to prevent slippages.

The Garden Spade

A garden spade is a tool that can be used for a variety of garden tasks.

It traditionally has a metal handle, a wooden stem, and a metal blade. However, newer tools are being made from different materials.

Uses Of The Garden Spade

This tool is usually used with the two hands holding it at the handle(one wrapped around the handle and the other on the stem for stability) and the working end pointing downwards and away from the toes. It has the following uses:

  • It is used for digging and planting holes.
  • It can also be used for slicing under sod when preparing to pant a lawn.
  • A spade is also useful for working the soil and breaking up large clumps of soil
  • It can be used to move heaps like when loading a wheelbarrow.
  • The sharp edge can be used to edge lawns and demarcate walkways. It can also be used to clear snow off driveways.
  • It can be used in preparing a nursery bed.

Care Of The Garden Spade

  • Clean soil and organic matter after use and let it dry before storage.
  • Store it by hanging it on a garden tool rack or in a tool shed.
  • If metallic parts are not made of rust-proof material then oil before attempting to store them for long periods.

Safety Tips

  • Always use garden boots when you use a spade. The blade is a common cause of garden accidents.
  • Hand gloves made of cloth would prevent the formation of callouses and blisters.
  • Use safety glasses especially when there is a risk of flying objects entering the eyes. Like when slicing under the sod.

Selection Tips

Stem length is an important consideration. Spades come in different lengths. Some are short and are good for working on nursery beds while some are long and are good for larger jobs that are done while standing.

Get one that doesn’t require you to bend too low to work. If you must bend too low, it would help to use a kneeler or garden stool.

Check the grip at the handle. Make sure you’re comfortable with it. It should be able to prevent slipping of the tool while working.

Ensure that the handles are not too small for your hands. The hole in the handle should allow you to wrap your fingers around the handle and still have some room left.

Blades made of rust-proof metal last longer.

Rubber-sleeved metal handles are gentler on the hand than non-sleeved metal handles.

The Landscape Rake

The landscape rake is a very simple tool and also easy to use. It is an invaluable tool in lawn care.

This relatively safe garden tool has a long stem and a working end that has about 10 to 12 small projections called tines. These tines are connected by a bridge. The stem is usually made of wood or metal, while the working end is made of metal.

It is sometimes called a rigid rake or a garden rake.

Uses Of The Landscape Rake

A rigid garden rake is a tool that can be used with one hand. It is usually used with the tines pointing towards the ground for most tasks. However, some garden tasks like leveling the ground on a planting bed, are better done with the flat bridge in contact with the ground and the tines pointing upwards.

Here are a few uses of the garden rake.

  • Leveling the soil before planting.
  • Breaking up medium-sized clumps of soil into smaller particles.
  • Can be used to “work in” fertilizer or a thin layer of organic matter into the soil. This is achieved by a to and fro motion of the rake.
  • It can be used to remove dead roots and debris from the soil.
  • In the absence of a better option, it can be used for weed control, especially for creeping plants. But it doesn’t do a very tidy job.
  • It can also be used to reduce layers of dirt or dried leaves before using the flexible garden rake or lawn broom to do a proper cleaning job.

Care Of The Landscape Rake

  • Remove soil and organic matter after every gardening session.
  • The metal part can be washed and allowed to dry.
  • After the tool is cleaned, it should be stored on a garden tool rack or garden tool shed with the working end up and the stem pointing down.
  • If the working end is not made of rust-proof metal, then it can be stored after a thin layer of oil is applied to it.
  • In any case, the tool should always be allowed to dry.

Tips On Selecting A Good Rake

  • To prevent backaches, select a tool with handles that are long enough to allow you to stand upright and work.
  • Rakes with adjustable handle lengths are available and are good if more than one person would use them.
  • Rakes with working ends made of rust-proof metal last longer.
  • Select a rake that you can comfortably lift with one hand. The lighter the better.

The Garden Shovel

A shovel is primarily a digging tool. This tool which usually has a handle, a stem, and a concave, scoop-like blade with sharp edges, is an invaluable working tool in the garden.

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Use Of The Shovel

The garden shovel can be used for a variety of tasks including

  • Digging planting holes.
  • Loading heaps of soil onto wheelbarrows.
  • Moving heaps of soil or debris to another nearby spot or unto a wheelbarrow to move to a distant location.
  • It could also be used for mixing-in compost, organic matter, or fertilizers into the soil
  • It could also be used to dig up seedlings and smaller plants when transplanting.

Safety Tips

This versatile tool should be used carefully as improper or careless use of this tool could lead to some preventable garden accidents.

It is usually used inclined at an angle with one hand wrapped around the hole in the handle(the right hand for right-handed individuals and the left for left-handed individuals) and the other on the stem to give stability.

The tool should always be used with the sharp working end ( the blade) pointing downwards and away from you. The concave part of the blade faces upwards and forwards.

While working(shoveling), it is safer to keep your hands to the side of your body and not directly in front as this prevents you from falling forward if you suddenly hit an obstruction.

Keeping your hands to the side while you swing from back to front also gives you more leverage and makes the job easier.

It helps to wear boots to protect your feet. Better to be safe than sorry.

Hand gloves especially cloth and leather ones prevent blister formation which commonly follows shoveling.

When working on hard ground, wear safety glasses that prevent sharp/flying objects from harming your eyes.

Care Of Your Garden Shovel

  • After each gardening session, wash the metallic parts of the tool while you clean the wooden part with a damp cloth. Then hang to dry.
  • Some can be assembled and dismantled after use. Those shovels should be dismantled as this makes storage easier.
  • Metallic parts (especially those not made from rust-proof metal) can be stored in oil or sand mixed with oil, if you intend to store them for prolonged periods e.g if you want to travel, or in winter. This prevents them from rusting.

Shovel Selection Tips

  • Get one with a stem that is long enough to prevent you from bending too low when you work. This will prevent backaches.
  • Those with adjustable lengths are good, especially if more than one person works in the garden. Like a family garden.
  • Select one with handles that have a good grip.
  • The hole in the handle should not be too small for your hand. The wider the better. If your hand and fingers feel cramped up, you will not be able to use the tool for long garden tasks without causing uncomfortable pain.
  • The lighter the tool, the better it is. Heavy ones just add a lot to the work you do but nothing at all to the job done.
  • However thick/heavy blades are preferable for digging on hard ground.
  • Those that have blades made of rust-proof metal usually last longer.
  • Having a shovel with replaceable parts is a big plus.