Spring is almost here, thank goodness. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to keep your yard looking pretty and your garden even prettier, you have a lot of work to do this spring. It is easier said than done, however, we have a few suggestions for you to keep in mind before the snow melts and the birds start chirping.
Newly established gardeners might appreciate this more than experts, but a few simple reminders are always useful for us all.
Don’t Own a Spade? Get One.
A spade is most useful for digging out a large land mass and changing the location of flowers and plants. It’s also very effective in creating new beds for plants you want your garden to accommodate. In our shed, it’s a must have tool.
Use Hand Trowels.
Hand trowels are best used for a more precise gardening, like if you want to plant plant like herbs, smaller flowers, vegetables, or fruit. You’ll probably be using these a lot.
Digging Forks Are Great.
A digging fork is best used for loosening compacted earth. It’s also good for planting and removing different plants and flowers along with those pesky weeds that pop up out of nowhere. A digging fork will make things a lot easier.
You’ll Need a Garden Hoe.
A garden hoe is mostly used for digging out small holes or to prepare the earth for planting. There are a variety of styles and lengths, from the narrow grubbing to the heart shaped. It all depends of what type of garden you have.
You Gotta’ Have a Good Rake.
This one is self-explanatory but always necessary. Whether the leaves pile up or the dirt needs some flattening, a good rake will make your day a lot easier. There are different rakes for different gardening jobs, including your standard lawn and leaf rake, bow rake, or level head garden rake.
Grab a Pair of Bypass Pruners.
Bypass pruners always come in handy. They’re basically like the Swiss army knife of gardening. Pruners ultimately make easy, clean cuts when snipping flowers, bushes, shrubs, herbs, and other plants.