The right tools
Even if the right tools don’t make the right gardener, it still… Work is easier when you are well equipped!
Choosing the right tools, adapted to your soil, but also to your morphology and even your strength, is not as simple as it seems. All the more so since manufacturers are constantly coming up with new products to serve you better.
Starting with the basic tools.
The B.A .ba tools in the garden
The spade is indispensable. Some of them have a lip to put your foot on, which makes it much easier to do so. If you lack strength, or if the ground is very heavy and stony, prefer the digging fork . There are small light forks for small areas. And if the soil is light, settle for the grelinette (also known as an “organic fork”) that lifts and aerates the soil without tipping it over, thus not upsetting micro-organisms and earthworms. But in heavy soil, it will not be enough.
The rake is essential for levelling the soil after digging and for cleaning up plant debris.
Some manufacturers make a very clever suggestion: the same handle, short, long or telescopic, interchangeable for all tools. So you choose the type of handle and length according to your size and use, and comfort is always assured.
The hoes have several functions. The long-handled hoe is used for weeding without being folded in half. The rake has a sharp blade that cuts through the weed collar. Some hoes have a blade with two sharp edges, others are used for digging furrows…
The pruning shears is the tool of all times; you keep it in your pocket for all cleaning and small pruning jobs.
Finally, the wheelbarrow ! How can we do without it? Wood, metal, plastic… Indispensable.
In addition to the perfect gardener
In addition to these basic tools essential to the gardener, a whole host of small tools will facilitate work in the flowerbeds or planters of the ornamental garden: planter, serfouette, claw, transplanter … and the indispensable watering can .
To maintain the trees, remove dead wood, prune, trim, cut and remove the delimber is perfect for cutting thick branches where the pruning shears will be impotent. Some models are also equipped with a reduction gear that allows you to cut without too much effort. Their long handles (sometimes telescopic) also make the work easier.
Complementary, the arboricultural saw is easily slipped between the branches thanks to its narrow blade and allows to remove unwanted branches.
M.-C . Danger