As plants emerge from dormancy in your garden this spring, timing is everything… so it’s important to have the right tools and accessories for your garden. Here is our list of essentials, with tips to will help you work in the garden efficiently.
When the ground’s no longer muddy and squishy underfoot, wear a waterproof pair of trail boots or hiking shoes, which offer the comfort, support and extra protection required for heavier duty tasks like digging in the garden.
A pair of leather garden gloves keep your hands clean while working in the garden. Gauntlet gloves offer longer arm coverage for protection around prickly plants. Pull large weeds by hand to minimize use of herbicides.
A metal spring rake is great for gathering overwintered leaf debris and small twigs. Choose a rake with a good head-to-handle connection, reinforced by a spring steel brace and a two-bolt assembly.
A Hori Hori knife, invented in Japan, is fantastic for digging, sawing, trimming and transplanting smaller plants. It also has measuring marks on it, handy for measuring planting depths.
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.