Each year new tools become available to assist gardeners in the chores associated with producing beautiful flowers and plentiful vegetables. Select gardening tools that fit the jobs you have to do rather than picking the biggest or fastest. Buy tools that last and take care of them by thorough cleaning after use. Do not miss the chance to attend local gardening shows to see new garden tool offerings, and learn proper use of tools you have, or want to have.
Whether you choose a bucket style or a fitted carrier, having all your frequently used tools in one container makes transporting to the garden easier. At a minimum, your container should hold a narrow and a wide trowel, pruners, scissors, a knife, a weed digger, a claw for gently breaking up soil, and gloves. Choose a sturdy canvas or heavy-duty plastic garden tool carrier. Having additional space in the center of the container gives you a convenient place to hold liquid refreshments, sunscreen, and bug repellent so that you do not have to interrupt your gardening if you need them.
Pruners get used probably more than any other garden tool. Pruning back dead flowers and twigs improves the look and health of garden plants. Therefore, a good pruner made with high-tempered steel works best. Look for words like “professional” or “heavy duty” from quality manufacturers. Depending on your pruning tasks, you may want both a simple hand pruner with by-pass cutting using two blades, and a ratchet style pruner with squeeze and release for cutting larger branches.
Because pruning blades dull with use, you may want to select ones that you can sharpen. Before purchasing a pruner, check the feel and movement to make sure that it works comfortably and smoothly. Because you will use pruners frequently, select the best quality you can afford. With good care, these pruners last a lifetime.
Digging in the garden requires strength and awkward hand positions to complete many tasks. For individuals challenged by carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis, this makes gardening difficult because of typical gardening tool design. The design of ergonomic garden tools minimizes hand and wrist stress. With curved handles and comfortable grips, ergonomic tools place all the power in a down-pushing or flexing force rather than requiring an angled push and twist. Examples of ergonomic garden tools include basic tools like a trowel, weeder and cultivator.