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.

Suzzanne Chapman
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Suzzanne Chapman is the botanical collections curator at Mercer Botanic Gardens and promotes organic gardening, growing native plants, and protecting the environment. Send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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