Just as water is fundamental for the growth of plants, in the same way a good set of garden tools is the perfect ally for those who love to take care of their green corner.
In gardening, many of the tools used every day are inherited from the past: in the past, most tools were forged by hand, mostly made of metal with wooden parts, using good quality materials. All this guaranteed strength, so much so that today many have become real collection items: tools that can be appreciated for their aesthetic value and specific uses.
There is an endless array of tools…but which ones are essential, and what are their uses?
Here is a short guide to better understand the world of garden tools, to help us in our purchases of new ones, and make the most of the ones that we have inherited.
Whether we are talking of vegetable or ornamental garden, the list of tools available is endless. But at the beginning, just a few really “essential” ones are enough:
A shovel (spade) is very useful for many different jobs: it can be used to break up the soil and to move organic matter. In the same way - with its strong teeth and strong handle -, a straight fork can be used to move and aerate the soil.
- Watering can
Plastic or metal, vintage or modern, a functional or design item: choose the one you like, but always remember that a watering can is an absolute must for every garden! A vital tool that during watering activities will be an effective complement to YOYO by FITT, thanks to its extremely soft jet. And it can also be a fun furnishing element.
- Secateurs and saw
Useful for multiple tasks, but really necessary when pruning branches and removing dead leaves.
Other useful tools
Other not absolutely necessary but certainly useful tools can be the following:
- Mist sprayer
Used to treat plants, when applying pesticides and fungicides. There are many different sizes, depending on the size of the area being treated: from small (manual) ones to more sophisticated shoulder alternatives.
Ideal to separate rough matter (stones and twigs) from soil, particularly during potting activities.
Useful to keep weeds at bay in the vegetable garden and also as a slug and snail deterrent.
- Hand trowel
Can be used for making holes of different sizes, when planting seeds, bulbs and small plants, saving time and effort.
Lastly, always remember to maintain your tools!
There are three fundamental ways to preserve our garden tools: cleaning (after every use and removing any rust), sharpening and storage of tools in a closed sheltered place.