Lawn & Gardening

Gardening tools

It's important to be equipped with the right tools to enjoy the pleasures of gardening. You should therefore choose your tools in accordance with your gardening needs, your size and your personal needs. Here are tips on putting together a gardening tool kit from the many tools that are available today.

General characteristics

You should choose your garden tools based on a number of criteria. Tools that are adapted to the size, age and degree of competence of their users as well as to the tasks to be performed usually work better.

A number of today's tools are fitted with padded handles that improve comfort and reduce the risk of blisters. Before buying them, try them out by simulating the movements you might perform with them, and decide whether or not they offer the degree of comfort you want.

Over the past few years, manufacturers have developed more ergonomic tools. The shapes of handles have been designed to better adapt to various movements, thus reducing back, arm and wrist tension. They're ideally suited to older gardeners, those with back problems or those who garden many hours a week.

The size of tools is also important, especially to the gardener who has to work in a squat position. That's when small tools come in handy. In fact, they're a must. Ordinary garden tools also have improved and are now more likely to adapt to the size of the user. Many are now available in standard versions as well as with extra-long or shorter handles. Before you buy, try! This way, you'll get the tool that's just right for you.

Weight is another important factor. Garden tools are now available in lighter versions that make working easier, and they're just as sturdy as heavier models.

The kit

The ideal garden tool kit is made up of about 10 tools that are most useful to those who care for flower or vegetable gardens. Those who wish to get involved in major landscaping will, of course, require special tools.

The essentials

Lawn rake

It's used to pick up waste such as dead leaves and grass. It's also useful in seeding lawns. Choose a wider rake if you want to rake leaves, a narrower model if you want to use it in the flower beds.
Lawn rake

Rake

It's used to level surface soil, especially in the vegetable garden and in the flower beds. Choose the size that will best suit your working space, remembering that a rake is very useful in the flower gardens, but absolutely essential in the vegetable garden.
Rake

Garden spade

A garden spade is used to separate perennials and in transplanting. Its shape allows gardeners to cut roots rather than tear them up as is often the case with round shovels. It can also be used for digging but is less effective than the round shovel. And it will perform better if you have it sharpened at least once a year.
Garden spade

Spading fork

It's used to weed and turn over the soil. Fitted with four sharp wrought-steel tines, it can turn over soil easily. Tines usually measure between 25 and 28 cm. Be careful not to confuse the spading fork with the compost fork which is fitted with 5 round, narrow tines.
Spading fork

Weeding hoe

It's used to loosen the soil in order to improve air and water circulation and get rid of uprooted weeds that die on the soil. For flower beds, choose a smaller three-tined weeding hoe. For the vegetable garden, choose a larger adjustable model with larger tines.
Weeding hoe
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