Maintenance

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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