Sunday, March 25, 2012
Favorite Garden Tools
They come in various widths. We have a 3" and a 5", which seem to be a good combination. The 3" is really good in tight soils. They are sturdy; Don said the 3" is like a "trowel you can step on," so you can use a lot of force on digging tasks you might otherwise have to do on your knees. Obviously, you can use them for trenching, too! Don says he wishes he'd discovered trenching shovels years ago.
Another favorite is a wheelbarrow for moving things, including the wet, heavy soil we're digging up with the trenching tool. Just remember the soil is heavy, even in the wheelbarrow. Be careful not to overfill so you can spare your back! It also helps to center heavy loads toward the front of the wheelbarrow, over the wheels.
By removing a plate, our Honda mower comes out of mulching mode and works more like a regular mower. By putting the lawn-and-leaf bag on the back end, we can chop up leaves and grass clippings to use as composting material or for other organic-gardening purposes such as mulch. These materials decompose much faster when chopped up.
What is YOUR favorite garden tool? Feel free to click the comment button and share your own faves!