The hoe would be used to dig up stumps, plant seeds, and harvest plants; the rake could be used to gather rocks and yard clippings; and the pickax was used to shape rocks and move them to another location. These tools, as you can imagine, took up a lot of room. Today’s garden tools are much more streamlined and require much less space.
A classic garden tool is the pickaxe or shovel, which is used to turn over dirt or other surfaces in the garden. A hand-held version of the pickax is now popular and can even be used as a hand weight! Other gardening tools include rakes, spades, digging tined forks for digging and planting beds, and compactors for moving soil around. The most important tools for gardening are the basic ones that every gardener needs:
The Red Plastic Mulch
One of the most important tools in the garden is the red plastic mulch. Mulching prevents erosion by holding wet soil in and turning it away from the garden. By laying it on the beds and leaving it in place, the beds will remain undisturbed and grass-free. There are several types of mulching material available: paper, sand, shredded wood, and shredded paper.
Next on the list of gardening tools is a set of garden tools, which includes a pair of gardening gloves, a pair of spade tools, a pair of garden shears, a pair of garden tools for planters, and a rake. Gophers, which may be found in the garden along with other insects, are annoying and persistent pests. To get rid of these pests, there are several different methods; however, the simplest method involves making use of garden tools to dig holes around the outside of the house where they can enter the house without being seen. This prevents them from getting into the plants or food stored within the house. Garden gloves will help you protect your hands from cuts, scrapes, and other injuries while gardening.
A spade, which is used for digging holes and for planting, is often one of the most important garden tools you’ll own. However, having a spade doesn’t mean you need to own a large one. There are smaller wooden handle spades that are affordable, as well as larger spades with wooden handles that have metal augers in their blades.
Fiskars are excellent digging tools that are made out of metal and have small sharpened points. Gardeners can use fiskars in a number of different ways depending on how much digging needs to be done. If you’re just starting out with your gardening and have a small plot of land, you may want to consider a small hand held fiskar to start off with.
A wheelbarrow is another essential tool for gardening. They come in different shapes and sizes and are commonly used for both tilling and in flower and plant gardens. The wheelbarrow has two handles; a larger flat handle and a smaller round handle.
Many people like to have a spare wheelbarrow around so that they have one when needed, but they are usually easy to find and inexpensive. You may also want to purchase a raised bed cart. They are similar to a wheelbarrow, but have a handle on one end that allows you to pull the cart through your yard.
Because they are so versatile, you can also use them for tilling your garden as well. You may also want to consider purchasing a lawn mower with a garden tiller attached to it. These two garden tools work very well together and have been used by many generations of Americans to take care of their gardens.