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Tools, Equipment, and Accessories:

 
Digging Tools:

Digging, cutting, turning, and lifting soil, especially heavy soil and sod, often when making a lawn edge. Spades are particularly well-suited for cutting through roots and compacted soil when digging planting holes or turning beds. The flat blade is helpful when edging or digging a trench. Border spades are popular with children or older gardeners who appreciate their light weight, as well as for transplanting, Irish garden spades dig deep holes and are the choice of gardeners who like to double-dig their gardens. The extra-wide footrest on a tree-planting spade make it easier to dig deep holes for planting trees and shrubs. These are essentail for Garden Design Sydney.

Keep the cutting edge of spades sharp with an emery wheel, file, or whetstone. Clean spades with an oiled cloth and store in a dry place.

Many gardeners consider the spade to be a more essential gardening tool than the shovel, as it can help with so many specific gardening tasks. The length of the handle is important. For the best leverage, the D-grip should be just below waist level when the spade is inserted in the soil. Avoid spades with T-grips, as they are awkward to use, unless you find yourself using two hands for lots of edging, in which case a T-grip has more room to hold on than a D-grip. Look for treads, or footrests on the top edge of the blade. Some of the most amazing spades are made of surgical-quality, mirror-polished stainless steel. They can cost around $150 and are terrific gift items, plus a little easier to use, but a heat-treated carbon steel spade is just about as good and should last for a few generations.

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Fork - Types/Use and Buying Tips:

Fork Types and Uses:

In Garden Tools there are four types of forks the garden and spading forks are used to turn over garden soil, while the other two pitch and manure are used to lift and throw light, loose material, such as hay.

1. The Garden Fork has a 7to 8 inch wide head with four thick rectangular or square tines approximately 12

2. The Garden Fork has a 7 to 8 inch wide head with four thick rectangular or square tines approximately 12 inches long and a 30 inch long handle ending in a D-grip. The Garden Fork is best suited for turning unbroken soil, breaking up clods, and for heavy cultivation. When cultivating or turning the soil, the fork should be perpendicular to the ground, pushed in with your foot on the footrest, and then pried up.

3. The Manure Fork has four to ten 12 inch long, curved, round, fine tines spaced closely together. A similar model with longer tines is a mulch fork. The Manure fork is good for lifting manure and other fine material without sifting. This is more suited to farm use than home garden use.

4. The Pitchfork has three to five round, tapered tines about 12 inches long, usually with a 4 foot long, straight handle attached by either a solid- socket or a tang and ferrule. Shorter handles with D-grips are also available. The Pitchfork is used to lift hay, straw, and leaf mold. Essentially used for farm or large garden use.

5. The Spading Fork has four flat tine, sometimes with diamond or triangular backs. The Spading Fork is used for turning over already-broken, loose soil for cultivation. Often used for lighter digging, such as lifting out bulbs and perennials, and for harvesting vegetables that grow under the soil surface, such as potatoes and beets.

Fork Buying Tips:

Garden Tools: As with all digging tools, it is important that the length of the handle be comfortable. It should come up just to your waist when fully inserted in the ground. The tool should have good balance and not be too heavy. Generally, a spading fork is not as good a buy as a garden fork, if you want only one fork. The flat tines on a spading fork may bend if you hit a rock, and it is difficult, if not impossible to straighten them. The square tines of the garden fork are less likely to bend, and the fork will do most of the same work of the spading fork.

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Posthole Diggers - Types/Use and Buying Tips:

Posthole Diggers Types and Uses:

In Garden Tools there are three types of Posthole Diggers the Clamshell Digger, Manual Auger and Lever-action Digger: Posthole Diggers are used for digging narrow holes for fence posts and footings for garden structures such as gazebos, arbors, shelters, porches and the like.

1. The Clamshell Digger is the most easily found. Consisting of two wooden handles, each of which is attached to a curved blade about 12 inches long. A pivot joint is placed between the two blades where they attach to the handles. The blades are plunged into the ground in an open position. The handles are then pulled apart, causing the blades to come together like a clamshell to scoop up soil that is then lifted from the hole.

2. The Manual Auger has two stationary blades that are bent at angles. These are attached to a wooden handle that ends in a crossbar about a yard long. A Manual Auger works by the blades being screwed into the ground as the crossbar is turned in a clockwise direction. When the blades are full they are lifted from the hole and emptied.

3. The Lever-Action Digger has one stationary blade attached to a wooden handle with a moving blade attached to a lever about 3 feet up on the handle. The blades of this digger are plunged into the soil and the lever is pulled down, causing the blades to scoop up soil that can be lifted from the hole.

Posthole Digger Buying Tips:

Garden Tools: Lever-action diggers are the most efficient; clamshell models require more energy to use and make a wider hole, but give you more direct control. The clamshell digger is a durable, reliable tool. With proper care it can last a long time. If you are digging a hole more than 2 feet deep, this is probably the tool for you. Manual augers work well only in loose soil and can make holes only up to 12 inches wide. The advantage of a lever-type digger is that it can dig a deep hole that is narrower than one dug by a clamshell digger, the latter always digs a hole as wide as the handle spread required to close the clamshell.

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Bulb Planter - Use and Buying Tips:

In Garden Tools there are different types of bulb planters we will look at a tapered metal cylinder form 6 to 10 inches tall, with a D-grip handle right above it or with a long handle and a foot rest. The hand-held bulb planter is used in a kneeling or stooping position, while the long-handed once can be used from a standing position. All planters should have depth markings in inches on their sides.

Use: Planting bulbs singularly in confined space or where there are other plants close by.

Buying Tips: Many gardeners prefer a trowel to the hand-held bulb planter, but the long-handled versions are extremely useful for people who cannot kneel or stoop easily.

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Garden Safety:

As tame a pastime as it may appear to be, gardeningTools and Equipment is not without its dangers power tools, tools with sharp edges or blades, and toxic chemicals are some of the things that can be hazardous to the gardener who dose not consider safety when using them. When shopping for safety items, do not sacrifice quality for price. Be sure the items you are buying meet your own rigid standards for fit and function, and look for labels of government approval as well, such as OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) or ANSI (American National Standards Institute).

When ever you are using garden tools, equipment or machinery, always play safe by wearing the appropriate protective clothing. If you are in any doubt about what to wear, look on the machine itself, for safety symbols that show you the minimum you should wear for safe use. Most accidents occur while lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, spades, forks, and hand shears are being used. Do wear strong boots and always have electrical tools fitted with a residual current device to cut out the electrical circuit. Do not used electrical tools in damp weather.

Basic Safety Equipment: Though gardening gloves are essential for the keen gardener. Protect your eyes with goggles when using power tools or cutting implements. For dusty or dirty jobs, wear a face mask.

Cut out the noise of power tools with ear protection. Use a hard hat to protect your head during overhead tree pruning or major clearing projects.

Always think safety when using garden Tools and Equipment.

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