A.M. Leonard’s King of All Spades is a sturdy, all-steel lightweight spade.
A polyethylene tarp acts like a big, flat dustpan, handy for dumping on and collecting leaves and debris for disposal.
A pair of bypass pruners is always best for general pruning needs, and they should be greased and sharpened prior to use.
A sharp, flat-edged garden spade is most versatile garden tool, which can be used to establish a crisp bed edge, prepare beds, plant trees or shrubs or do major digging in the landscape. It’s available with a long straight handle, a T-shaped or D-shaped handle.
A Dutch hoe has a sharp, heart-shaped head, allowing it to plow just under the soil surface to cultivate and remove weeds. Its long 6-foot straight handle also lets you hoe quickly without bending over.
A mulching blade should be put on the lawnmower to shred leaf debris into re-usable leaf compost. Leaves must be dry. Make sure large twigs and branches are collected and dispose of prior to mowing.
Use your hands to spread grass seed and peat moss to fill in bare spots in your lawn. Mixing seed with peat moss helps to retain moisture and give better seed-to-soil contact.
Use a drop type or broadcast spreader to apply pre-emergent herbicide in early spring, which can save a lot of work later in the season when battling weeds in your lawn. However, it should not be applied to lawn areas you have seeded.
Being prepared with the right tools will make your time in the garden a lot easier and bring you great results.
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