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A Beginner’s Guide To Gardening Tools

Gardening can be a very calming activity and in these stressful times, it is important to find relaxing engagements. Yes, gardening involves plants and potting; however, this cannot be completed without the correct gardening tools. A novice gardener may find it difficult to locate the suitable gardening tools for one’s particular type of gardening; therefore, it is important to educate yourself to ensure you know what’s what. This article will be a helpful guide for gardening beginners and introduce them to different gardening tools.

1. The Short-Handled Gardening Tool

Short-handled gardening tools are those items most useful when completing simple digging tasks in small areas. They are efficient in areas too difficult to reach when using long-handled gardening tools. The most common type of short-handled gardening tools is hand pruners, clippers, cultivators, hoes, and trowels. A cultivator is potentially one of the most important of these tools as it is used for tilling the soil and improving aeration promoting high growth. Clippers and pruners are used for shearing and trimming making them very efficient for small bushes.

Weeding tools can also fall into the category of short-handled gardening tools and are recommended to make the tiresome task of weeding slightly easier. Many weeding tools can clean out these offending plants by cutting, sawing or grabbing the weed at the root. Of course, removing weeds from within cracks may require some twisting using one’s hand to remove the plant completely.

2. The Long-Handled Gardening Tool

The long-handled gardening tools are items most useful when completing tasks requiring one to take a standing position. This may be a standing position reaching downwards to the soil or upwards towards branches; for example, trimming the unreachable areas of a tree. As mentioned above, short-handled tools can reach areas too difficult for long-handled tools and the same goes for long-handled tools. Using the tree example once again, the longer tool is more beneficial as you will be able to complete the trimming task without the need for a ladder.

This type of gardening tool will typically have a D-shaped or vertical structure with adjustable handles to modify the reach. The flexible tools are highly beneficial and preferred by many gardeners as they are portable and compact.

3. The Power Gardening Tool

The power gardening tool refers to a tool operated by an electrical or gas motor. These devices are typically large and must be used with care to avoid any physical injuries. Examples of power gardening tools include lawn mowers, cultivators, leaf blowers, tillers, electric shears, and lawn edgers. One advantage of these types of gardening tools is that they complete the gardening tasks quickly and without too much physical exertion; however, they do require more maintenance than non-power instruments and repairs may be needed to ensure user safety.

Final Words On The Matter

Gardening can be a highly enjoyable activity; however, as can be seen, there are numerous tools to be used when completing these tasks. Using the information above you can make the best decision regarding which type of gardening tool is most suitable for your needs.