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Thread: Gardening Tools

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    Looking for gardening tool experiences and stories.

    I tried a Swedish Bush Axe...it works but I don't have enough stamina to get very far with it...

    Yesterday I tried a bill hook. Works...but...not as easily as I hoped...

    Now I am thinking to add a pruning saw to my growing arsenal.

    Any suggestions? Bucksaw style or pruning saw style?

    There is a limit to how many little used tools I want to accumulate...
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    Oh this excites me to no end!! I have a very special place in my heart for gardening tools. I like a foldable pruning saw myself because I can just stick it in my back pocket and not worry about it cutting me or anything.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

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    oh, and as for me, there is NO limit to how many tools I want. hahaha I look at catalogs of tools all the time. I think some of the best investments I made are my Japanese hori hori knife (save the jokes Matt) and my small hand cultivator. It is a Korean style and has twice as many tines and the handle is just perfect. Very effective.
    Here is a link to the kind of knife I have. I use it for digging in the garden and I love the serrated edge because if I hit any roots, I just cut them instead of painfully hacking at them.
    http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produ...-knife-sheath/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Compass View Post
    I think some of the best investments I made are my Japanese hori hori knife (save the jokes Matt) and my small hand cultivator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Compass View Post
    Here is a link to the kind of knife I have. I use it for digging in the garden and I love the serrated edge because if I hit any roots, I just cut them instead of painfully hacking at them.
    http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produ...-knife-sheath/
    This looks awesome! I'm adding it to my gardening wish list too.

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    Not a lot of exotic stuff for me, but stuff I need for the work I need to do.

    I have a skinny two-tined fork with a very long handle for inserting into the holes of the netting of my deer barricades to dig out weeds that grow within the confines of the barricades, then a 12" tweezers I use to grab those dug weeds and lift them out of the netting.

    I have certain plants that have to be caged, netted and the netting anchored into the ground with garden staples in order to keep deer from eating them. I would NEVER be able to enjoy my hollyhocks, Oriental lilies, delphiniums or others if I didn't do this. But weeds do eventually sprout inside the barricades, so these skinny, long-handled tools are very handy for removing them without have to tear the confinements apart.

    I also have a favorite trowel with a pointed tip that's great for digging out weeds that have long roots.

    I have several pairs of gardening gloves that are skin tight so the tips of the fingers don't flop over. They're like a second skin, and are padded with a thick rubber-like material in the palms so I can pull up thistles with my fists and not get stuck by their spines.

    These are the tools I use most often.

    Then there are the clippers for deadheading and the multi-faceted trigger-grip hose sprayer so I can water in various directions at different velocities. Great for refilling my small garden pool when the water evaporates from it.

    I also have a spindle sprinkler that's about four feet high. The hose attaches to a valve at the base, and a pointed anchor with a foot pedal helps me secure it into the ground. The sprinkler head rotates rapidly in a full circle, and sprinkles an entire 30-foot radius. I set that up in the beds and let it rip for a good hour or more in the early morning or cool evening to tide over my flowers during these hot days.

    These tools are a godsend, especially since my garden is HUGE, and if I didn't have these, maintaining it would be extremely difficult.

    Now, if I could just find a tool that would make the gopher UNinvite himself from my garden. My lazy cats couldn't care less ...
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    I went back and bought the long handled pruning saw. I am hoping it gives me more levrage and flexibility.

    I have made a mental note about the hori hori.

    Experimental hack and slash weekend planned!
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    The pruning saw is wonderful! Unfortunately, in my zeal to saw off branches, I didn't notice one of the screws coming loose...so I lost it somewhere amongst the shrubbery. Now I just need to get around to finding a replacement screw...never seen this kind before, so not sure what to ask for...
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    Bring the remaining screw with you to the hardware store, and have them match it up.

    Mine actually has wingnuts and screws.
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    I think wingnuts would be handy. Just easier to check and tighten while you're working...
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