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What are Garden Tools?

Last Updated Jul 14, 2011 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald

A garden is a valuable addition to any home, both as a place of beauty and for providing sustenance (fruits and vegetables). However, no garden can exist, let alone look good, without the use of garden tools. But what exactly are garden tools?  Here’s what you need to know.

About Garden Tools

Garden tools is the term given to any tool that can be used in order to carry out a gardening task or to help make a garden task easier.  They are used for a range of purposes such as moving and aerating soil; removing weeds; trimming and pruning plants and bushes; keeping the lawn trimmed, and so forth.  Garden tools are absolutely essential both in the creation and maintenance of your garden.

Common Garden Tools

When it comes to garden tools, there is a huge variety to choose from, including hand tools and power tools.  Common hand tools include:
  • Shovels

  • Spades

  • Trowels

  • Cultivators

  • Spading forks

  • Rakes

  • Hoes

  • Tillers

  • Weeders

  • Secateurs

  • Pruning shears

  • Pruning saws
Common power tools for the garden include:
  • Mowers

  • Whipper snippers

  • Leaf blowers

  • Chainsaws

  • Power shears

Garden Tools for Kids

The best part is that many garden tools actually come in a smaller version so that kids can easily use them.  This is excellent as you can buy your kids their very own tools such as trowels, hoes, spades, gloves and so forth. They’ll love learning how to use the tools in order to create and maintain their very own garden (flowers or veggies are eternally popular), and you’ll be teaching them about the values of gardening and growing your own at the same time!

Caring for Garden Tools

When it comes to garden tools, you will need to look after them, no matter how much they cost.  Most garden tools can be easily maintained by keeping them clean.  Most hand tools will benefit from being cleaned to remove dirt from them and then rubbing in some oil to prevent rusting.  Power tools also need to be cleaned periodically, ideally after use, and have oil and other fluids topped up as needed.  You should be able to get specific cleaning instructions for your garden tool at the point of purchase.
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