Gardening tools discovered

Gardening tools discovered

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Put on a pair of goggles, grab your overalls and get started with the shears

Put on a pair of goggles, grab your overalls and get started with the shears

Do you know gardening equipment well?

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The promise of summer sun and longer days makes gardening a great idea. Below is a list of practical and useful essentials, designed to make your time in the garden as productive as it is enjoyable.

Carry


Gloves will help you avoid unnecessary bacterial skin infections or… everyone's favorite intestinal worms.

Gloves will help you avoid unnecessary bacterial skin infections or… everyone’s favorite intestinal worms.

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Eyeglasses

They can help you look smarter or cool and protect your eyes too. If you are working near a plant, especially a thorny plant, such as roses or brambles, all it takes is an accidental head turn to injure an eye or scratch your retina. Slip on a pair and save your eyesight.

Run the gauntlet

The gloves are great. Thick leather gloves are even better when dealing with prickly plants and thorns. Ditch the gloves if you really need them, but wash your hands right after. It’s a simple measure, but one that should help you avoid unnecessary bacterial skin infections – or intestinal worms.

All

Go back to the 50s and rock a look your grandma and grandpa would be proud of. Not only will using an apron or coverall keep your clothes clean and save on non-eco wash loads, but if you buy one with pockets, you’ll have a place to store all those handy items. small jobs in the garden. Hands-free gardening has arrived.

To start up

A pair of three quarter wellies and rubber clogs should suffice for any work excursion in the garden. Ditch the flip flops for the beach. This way you can be sure that your toes are also intact.

work it


At some point, you will need to carry or move something around your garden.  You might consider a wheelbarrow.

At some point, you will need to carry or move something around your garden. You might consider a wheelbarrow.

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Hand tools

A hand trowel and fork have served me well over the years. Add to the mix a good pair of pruners for small cutting tasks and a set of loppers for cutting large branches from bushes and trees and – hey, presto – you’re set for most gardening jobs. Yes, you can buy fancy dibblers for sowing seeds or expensive high-end Japanese tools, but in general a decent knife and a bit of ingenuity will work just as well, if not better, for all other small jobs.

Long handled tools

A spade or a shovel, a brush and a rake or a hoe – that’s it! If space is limited, consider purchasing a pole with interchangeable heads to use as a rake, brush, etc. When buying a shovel, my preference is one with a D-shaped wooden handle, a hybrid taper head for cutting and removing. material and tread to support your feet while digging. For the mobility-impaired among us – like me – feel free to use short-handled, half-size, or kid-specific tools. Gardening gurus everywhere may gasp in horror at the thought of using kids’ equipment, but hey, you’ll save money and a backache.

Bucket, tub, bag or wheelbarrow

At some point, you will need to carry or move something around your garden. What you need for the job depends on the size of your space. For small areas, a bucket, lightweight plastic bin, or recycling bags such as those available at grocery stores will do. Heavier items, such as bags of soil, and large spaces require a wheelbarrow. Buy one with a solid tire and say goodbye to punctures.

watering can

A decent watering can or hose is a necessity. Plastic watering cans are lighter to carry, but a galvanized metal watering can will stand the test of time. If you have a larger area to water, invest in a flexible hose with different nozzle attachments.

feed it


If mowing the lawn sounds too much like hard work, go robotic

If mowing the lawn sounds too much like hard work, go robotic

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Lawn mower

With the end of “No Mow May”, many of us will think about mowing our lawns again. A good lawn mower saves time and prevents unwanted tick habitats from forming in gardens. Buy an all-wheel-drive model that can multi-task on different terrains with a rear bag to pick up clippings. Electric or petrol? The choice is yours, but I prefer gasoline. These models usually pack more punch, plus the added benefit of not having to deal with any electrical wires or cables.

If you are environmentally conscious and only have a small area to maintain, consider a traditional hand-pushed pedestrian model. This way you can get a workout at the same time. If that sounds too much like hard work, go for robotics. Bonus points if you name your robot lawn mower. However, if you have an area larger than a football field, consider a riding mower.

Chipper or wood chipper

Stop buying bags of bark mulch. Once upon a time there were a lot of woody bushes and trees in our garden that needed regular pruning. This, coupled with a children’s play area and an assignment to maintain, meant we had the perfect excuse to buy a chipper. All these wood shavings were used to furnish the playground or to lay out paths around the vegetable garden. Additional shavings were used as mulch. Win, win.

Hedge trimmer or trimmer

Unless you’re a topiary enthusiast or want to trim your hedges and borders, no one wants to trim large areas of foliage by hand. Save time and invest in a tool for the job. Remember to hold the line. Straight bangs and neat cuts are in order.

See you next month in the garden.

Need inspiration for this month? Discover the annual Meeting at the Gardens between June 3 and 6. With over 66 open gardens, there is something for everyone.


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