Garden Tool Articles
Below are some garden tool articles that we hope you'll find helpful. (click on the headline to read full article)
There is no more important thing you can do to help you garden tools last and is also one of the simplest...oil your garden tools. With this simple step, you can prevent rust on the metal portion of the tool and when applied to any wood element, you’ll prevent drying and cracking.
Take care of your garden tools and they will take care of you! Well, that’s easy to say but if you’re like me, the last thing I want to do after a day of gardening is clean and oil my garden tools...my mind is clearly set on showering and putting my feet up with something cold to drink.
While some would tell you that there is some magic list of garden tools that every gardener should have, the simple fact is, gardens and gardeners come in all shapes, sizes and needs.
Your gardening chores will be more enjoyable and less tiresome if you keep your tools sharpened...also, oil the wooden handles when they begin to dry out and they can last the life of the tools.
Where’s the quality? When was the last time you bought anything that lasted over five years? We can’t remember either! Do you just feel like most manufacturers just don’t care?
OK, I'll start this out by saying that I realize that not everyone can afford the higher quality garden tools, nor do I think that people who "garden" one Saturday every spring necessarily need a better quality garden tool, but if you're an avid gardener and you rely on your tools to make your gardening more enjoyable and less tiresome every single time you walk out to the garden, isn't it worth it to have tools that work as hard as you do....time after time?
Choosing a garden fork...easy right? I mean, all you have to look for is a garden fork that is well made by a reputable company and you’re done. Well...maybe not. What kind of work are you asking your garden fork to do?
We've come a long way since we were digging with our hands way back when to the gardening spade that we use today. Only the quality of the materials have changed since the Chinese had a bronze spade around 1100 B.C. that closely resembled today's spade.
It wasn’t too long ago that if you went looking for a garden trowel, you could go to 10 different places and buy a trowel at each place and you’d end up 10 almost identical looking trowels. And that was fine; I mean, all we used them for was digging small holes, planting, potting and maybe some occasional weeding.
The phrase “best garden tools” is a bit subjective. If you’re a “gardener” only once a year when spring rolls around, then a less expensive tool from one of the big box stores might be “best” enough. On the other hand, if you’re an avid gardener that depends on your tools to work as hard as you, every time you pull them out of the shed, then you’re looking for a tool that is a bit more substantial…a garden tool built by gardeners for gardeners.
I can’t begin to count the number of times people have called or written to ask which hoe they should buy. We carry more than 25 long handled hoes, so there is no single answer to the question.
As many of you have heard, I am a weedophobe. I love to try all the new weeders we get and while I love many of them, the Hori Hori knife will probably never lose the top spot in my garden tool collection.
I never owned an axe or even paid much attention to them in the past. But now I know, if you need an axe, you must consider Gränsfors Bruk in making your choice. The craftsmanship and attention to detail is unsurpassed and, yes, they are downright sexy.
Often people who come to shop with us are new to gardening and sometimes, the sheer number of different tools they see overwhelms them. Weeding tools is just such a category and the unique styles of hoes are particularly plentiful.
As any gardener knows, you never stop killing plants, one way or another. I’ve certainly done my part. So if you’re new to gardening, take advantage of all the information available to you today.