Flower beds add zest to the home landscape as well as allowing gardeners to express their preferences in ornamental plants. Making a flower bed requires certain tools to dig soil, remove weeds and smooth the surface after planting. Tools for making flower beds consist of both manual and power-driven tools to assist with this task. Choosing these items requires careful planning because these purchases can be expensive. In reality, any expense will benefit the gardener because each gardening tool can be used for a variety of tasks in the future.
Shovels occupy the top of the list of most frequently used garden tools. These versatile tools feature a wide, scooped blade shaped to a point. Shovels allow for easy digging into all types of soil and feature an edge for foot placement to drive the shovel deeply into the dirt. Gardeners use shovels to turn over soil and plant individual flowers when making a flower bed. The most commonly used shovel is called a rounded point shovel.
Large gardens often require the use of power equipment to cultivate soil before planting. Rototillers are motor-driven machines with rotating metal tines. The tines dig into the soil to loosen and aerate compacted dirt before planting. Rototillers come in small and large models for use in any size of garden.
Cultivators refer to the class of garden tools that turn over the soil. For comparison, a shovel is a type of cultivator since it can be used to mix soil. However, cultivators differ slightly because these hand tools (or power driven tools) feature a spined wheel that rotates as the tool moves forward and backward through the garden soil. Cultivators don't stir up the soil as deeply as rototillers, but these handy tools aid the gardener in tilling small areas or between plants in a flower bed.
The garden hoe is one of the primary tools used in garden preparation. These tools feature a long handle to limit bending by the gardener and a flat, sharp blade bent at a 90-degree angle to the handle. The garden hoe allows the user to slide the tool through the top few inches of soil to aid weed removal. Hoes also prove useful in spreading soil amendments and mulch on a garden surface.
Rakes feature wide metal tines that point downward at a 90-degree angle. Rakes are used in smoothing the garden surface as well as when placing mulch. These garden tools feature a long handle to limit bending. Common rakes include leaf rakes used to remove fallen leaves from flower beds. These lighter models grab loose material while leaving mulch and soil in place.