I consider myself to be something akin to the ‘Great White Warrior’ when it comes to weeds. I am a bit phobic about them in my grass or beds and I have easy access to a huge number of weeding tools.
With the recent never ending rains here in Colorado, the weeds in the front bed here at Garden Tool Company have been far outpacing the more drought loving plants. So today we finally had a bit of sun and I decided that it was time to go to war.
I decided to test one long handled hoe and one short handled. I chose the Sneeboer diamond hoe because my husband and the firemen from two doors down tested a bunch of the hoes and declared the diamond hoe and the oscillating hoe to be the winners. For the hand hoe, I picked the ninja onion hoe from DeWit because it is one solid piece of metal and has a flat side that I could use up against the concrete.
The front bed is not piece of cake when it comes to weeding. The previous owners placed a layer of landscape plastic, dirt and river rocks right over a bed covered with river rocks. So we have Colorado clay soil that once had two complete layers of rock. We removed the top layer of rocks and amended the soil extensively. Unfortunately, we still have a great many rocks and a lot of clay soil beneath the plastic and very few plants are small enough to be planted above it.
Well I could not believe the wonder that is the Sneeboer diamond hoe. That baby is sharp on all four sides and perfectly angled to slice those weeds right off. It dealt beautifully with the rocks as well. The only drawback was that I was afraid to go under the low hanging plants or right up against the edge of the concrete.
So in came the trusty DeWit ninja onion hoe to take over the remainder of the battle. Because it is a solid piece of steel you needn’t worry about bending or dulling your weeder trying to get that stubborn dandelion that has taken root right up against the concrete. Rocks were no challenge for it either. And when a deep rooted weed was encountered, you could just turn it over and use the side shaped like a dandelion weeder.
So this self-proclaimed weed slayer extraordinaire gives the two weeders a big thumbs up. I might have been able to defeat the enemy using just one or the other, but together we were invincible.
Garden Tool Company Top Selling Garden Tools
Many of you are looking for gifts for an avid gardener, but you may not be a gardener yourself, and are unsure what to buy them. So from time to time we like to share a list of our top selling tools at Garden Tool Company to give you an idea what others are buying. The following is a list of the 25 top selling tools since the beginning of 2015:
Hopefully there is something on the list that will strike your fancy, but if you are still unsure, you can always get them a gift card. That way you can be absolutely sure they get just what they want.
Well, if you’ve bought a garden rake in the last 50 years here in the states, it probably looks or is the same as your neighbors. Take a closer look at your garden rake. Are the tips of the tines rounded over as if it was made for a child, so they wouldn’t get cut while using it?
Yes they are...and you’re not alone. Most garden rakes or bow rakes sold in the US for as long as I can remember (OK, longer than my old mind can remember) have tines that are rounded over, which is OK if you’re “combing” your garden. But, what if you wanted to do some serious raking with one of these rakes, you have put all your weight onto the garden rake head just to get it to dig in...why?
Well, I never gave it much thought either...that is, until we got in the garden tool business and we received garden rakes from Holland. Now, we have hundreds of wonderful garden tools, but no single tool is so much alike, but so different as the Dutch garden rakes.
Don’t get me wrong, if you like a garden rake that just skims over the surface collecting unwanted debris, then the typical garden/bow rake is just fine, but if you want a tool that actually digs into the soil, then the Dutch rakes with their super sharp tine is the ticket.The sharpened tines dig into the soil with little effort, making leveling, seeding, cleaning rocks and unwanted debris from your garden a real pleasure. And, you’re not stuck with the one size fits all, because the Dutch garden rakes come in many widths and number of tines...go figure.X
When I say older, I don’t mean “old”...I’m talking about those of us that are the “been there, done that” crowd and would like garden tools that will make our love of gardening more enjoyable and less tiresome.
We’ve all grown up with garden tools that are a one size fits all and those tools tended to be quite large. Well now, many garden toolmakers are creating all kinds of tools that allow us to garden smarter, not harder...especially for those gardeners with arthritis, carpal tunnel or other physical conditions.
So, what are these garden tools for older gardeners and how will they make your gardening more enjoyable? These tools tend to be smaller versions of the tools we’ve used in the past or tools that we once used with one hand now has a handle that allows us to use two hands. I know I’m not as strong as I used to be, so I find the smaller garden tools don’t wear me out as quickly...that means more time in the garden.
Garden Forks and Spades - Sometimes called a “border” fork or spade; these tools have smaller head sizes and are lighter in weight, so it doesn't take as much effort to dig with.
Raised Bed Garden Tools - With the popularity of raised bed gardening, many toolmakers have started making garden tools that are “mid” size. These tools are lighter weight and their smaller size allows you to use them in tighter spaces.
Garden Hand Tools - Hand tools tend to be tough on the wrists, so now those same hand tools are available for two handed use. These tools greatly reduce hand, wrist and arm fatigue.
(DeWit Garden Tools makes wide range of “P-Grip” hand tools for one or two handed gardening)
“A bad day in the garden is wonderful...a bad tool in the garden is exhausting”
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