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Tool Guidelines for Novice Green Thumbers


Spring is all about spring cleaning. While many people limit their spring cleaning to clearing the house of a winter’s worth of clutter, the spirit of spring cleaning can be applied to the lawn and garden as well.

For novice green thumbers, choosing a starting point can be frustrating. But a good starting point for any lawn care enthusiast, be it a newcomer or veteran, is to examine what’s in the tool shed. Tools can make a job easier or nearly impossible, so make sure you have the following tools in your shed this season, and be sure they’re in good shape.

Shovel. Find a shovel that fits your stature, particularly one with a handle that reaches your shoulders, the width of the bar fitting comfortably in your hands. Using a shovel that’s too large or too small will make the job much more difficult and time-consuming.

Wheelbarrow. Save time and energy by transporting heavy materials and equipment with a good wheelbarrow instead of by hand.

Spade. Planting is made much easier when done with a sharp-edged spade. Though not rustproof, a forged steel spade will hold up better against hard objects like rocks under the soil.

Pruners. Ergonomic and mechanically assisted pruners enable gardeners to cut through thick branches with minimal strain on your hands, making them especially beneficial to senior green thumbers.

Hoe. Hoes enable you to cultivate, weed and mix the garden and flower beds as you push and pull the soil.

Cultivator. Cultivators make aerating the soil much easier, particularly in early spring when the soil is harder after a long winter.

Shears. Shears help maintain and shape shrubs by making it easier to slice through thick branches.

Metal rake. A metal rake helps overturn soil and work mulch or compost into the top layers of the ground.

Trimmer. Trimmers help shear tall-growth areas and any areas that might have grown unruly during the winter months. Trimmers are typically motorized, so exercise caution and wear safety gear when using one.

Hose. Hoses come in many shapes and sizes, and the right fit depends on the property. Just be sure when buying a hose that there’s enough length to extend from the external faucet to whatever area you’ll be watering.

Edger. Edgers can give the property a clean, manicured look by trimming away any stray blades around the perimeter that the mower left behind. GT104284

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