Q: Which large gardening tools do I need?
A: Sturdy gardening tools are a must-have for making gardening jobs easier. A King of Spades-style shovel comes with a long handle for leverage or a ‘D’ handle for closer work. These shovels are well-balanced for digging and have a sharp, squared-off blade that easily cuts and breaks up clay soils.
When pruning larger limbs, a folding saw is a handy tool, and long-handled loppers add leverage when trimming. Pole saws can help with hard to reach branches, but you don’t want to look like a “Three Stooges” comedy, so stand to the side when you cut higher branches, not underneath!
A four-tine cultivator is great for breaking up soil in larger garden beds, and a stirrup loop hoe will help get weeding done quickly. For detail work in small spaces, a shrub rake is ideal.
For the “Tool Time” gardener in your home, here are a few power tools that are useful in the garden. Try a reciprocating saw to make easy work of trimming larger branches and cutting up debris. A powerful, battery-charged blower makes cleanup a cinch. Remember to blow leaves into a compost pile and never into the street where they can clog storm drains.