7 sensational tools to invest in today
What defines a good hose? It should coil easily, resist kinking, and remain flexible even in cold weather. Cheap hoses are lightweight; quality hoses are expensive and heavy. Choose one long enough to reach all corners of your garden. Also consider hose thickness. A 5/8 inch hose is thicker than say a 1/2 inch hose. But that 5/8 inch hose will also weigh more than your 1/2 inch hose, particularly when filled with water. And how about length. 50 feet? 100 feet? You choose.
You can't live without a good hand trowel. And even the pricey ones aren't going to deplete your vacation fund. You'll use one for everything from transplanting small seedlings, scooping soil into containers, digging up small weeds and planting. Find one that fits your hand and is light enough to be comfortable. Just like a good pen!
The biggest challenge in choosing a shovel is finding one that is the correct height for you and the right weight. You don't want one that's too heavy to haul! Make sure the handle is the right height and consider whether you prefer a "T" handle or "D" handle. You'll use it for digging, turning, chopping and scooping. You'll break up clods of earth and the right one makes your world go round.
You'll use pruners to snip flowers, harvest veggies, groom shrubs, and prune small branches off trees. Think roses and hibiscus. Many gardeners prefer by-pass pruners which cut a lot like a pair of scissors. Anvil pruners cut by pressing a blade into a soft metal anvil are less pricey. Either way, you'll be able to cut both soft and woody stems and branches up to about 1/2 inch thick. Make sure they are comfortable in the hand and produce a clean cut with little effort on your part.
Tis the season for dealing with all those leaves. They'll be falling soon. And you'll need a quality rake to gather. For leaves, I like a big, broad plastic rake. But when I'm leveling dirt, or moving rocks from both paved and natural surfaces I prefer a stiff-tined rake. It's all about personal preference on this one!
Hoe. Hoe. Hoe. And a bottle of rum. Okay, we're off track. Sorry. I love a hoe with a good point on the end even though that sentence came out all weird. It just helps you till or shift the soil and shake up that garden. It's nice for weeding and pushing up soil around plants. The point combined with some good chopping action on your part breaks up compact soil.
I don't like cheap nozzles. They leak water meaning they waste water. Then I get soaked when I would have preferred to have remained dry. They never have the right setting. Gilmour pattern nozzles let you dial in the precise spray you want, from drenching coverage to a very fine mist to a long-range pinpointed stream, nice! Choose from the settings of shrub, flower, soft wash, clean, jet, sweep, and rinse. This nozzle has just the right heft in the hand!
Two-piece Gilmour prize pack including a 100 foot hose and nozzle valued at approximately $60!
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