Flowers And Essential Plant Tools Needed For Gardening
It is easy to see those blooming flowers and plants and adore them, but caring for them isn’t always the easiest as it looks. Learning to care for your plant by following a perfect routine can make you become a Plant Parent. It is known that people who spend their time around plants breathe happier and are known to have more positivity in their moods. So, are you ready to become a plant parent?
Whether you’re buying flowers and plants for your room or your garden hedge, you must know about taking care of the new plant babies.
Plant care is not restricted to watering your plant daily or taking care of the soil bed, there is a little bit more than a plant demands. You’ll need proper tools and products for gardening that are a must for taking care of the flowers and plants, no matter if they are inside or outside your home. Gardening without the right tools can waste a lot of unnecessary time and effort. Including proper tools can boost gardening productivity.
Why include Garden tools?
- Reduces manpower and saves time:
With the use of gardening tools, the time needed for performing tasks can be greatly decreased since they are made to do specific jobs, and are hence proved to be more effective and time-saving.
For instance, our hands cannot dig as fast as a shovel can.
Moreover, not using the tools can waste a lot of energy, which will wear you out and make your gardening hectic. But using the correct tools can save a lot of time and effort to do those jobs.
- Gardening is about Moving Heavy Stuff more often:
Gardening involves a lot of moving around heavy stuff. Carrying them by hand will make it hard for you to collect all the items and in return will waste your energy, especially if you have a large. Instead, you should use a garden cart or wheelbarrow which can help with the movement of items in your garden with more ease and in a shorter period of time. Using this can reduce the additional manpower it takes in transportation.
There is a variety of such tools available in the market today. The carts and wheelbarrows are available in off-road style tires which can be moved anywhere in your garden. Moreover, opting for a powered cart can make the whole thing even simpler.
- They give better Gardening Results:
Imagine yourself cleaning up the weeds using your hands. There is a very high probability that some weeds will still remain no matter how hard you try to do the job. When pulling weeds, you may also harm the roots of the plant itself however, this is far less likely if you do the same job with the right instruments.
Let’s take another example where you don’t use a water hose or any other irrigation tools. You’ll see that your plants will not receive adequate water and will not develop as well.
The list of examples is endless.
- Eases the task of Digging and Cleaning:
Digging with your hands can become a very challenging job especially if you have large gardens with hard soil. The same laborious job can be solved by using shovels and spades and the job can be completed in much lesser time. A spade is a very handy tool used for the task of digging and can be used to dig holes in tight spaces.
Also, Shovels and spades can help in transferring dirt from a wheelbarrow.
A weeder can help you get rid of weeds considerably faster, without destroying the roots of the plant. Similarly, a bow rake can help you clean all the leaves in your garden and can even assist you in spreading the mulch.
Must-Have Garden Tools to take better care of your plants:
We saw how Gardening can become a lot more exciting and simpler with the use of correct tools that can complete your tasks effortlessly and more efficiently. Let’s discuss a few must-have gardening tools that can help your plants and get your desired results -1.Gloves
Even if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty while gardening, you must wear a pair of gloves to avoid any hassles that can be caused due to thorns and splinters which can be annoying and painful if pierced into your hands. Wearing properly fitted gloves will not only protect you but they can also make the work of digging, weeding and planting much more smooth. They can also avoid skin allergies that may occur in the process of gardening. Wearing gloves made of breathable materials can ease gardening tasks making you comfortable.
The following points can help you buy a better pair of gloves –
Glove material must be water resistant, but also breathable at the same. This can your keep hands cool and comfortable.
Gloves must have a good fitting, as poorly fitting gloves can cause blisters or result in accidents from slipping off.
Gloves must be durable but not bulky, especially for working with seeds or transplanting seedlings.
Gloves must be kept out of sunlight and away from water and safe from insects.
Make sure that your gloves have longer cuffs to protect your wrists and forearms from scratches.2.Trowels
The trowel is one of the most essential tools for gardeners. A Hand trowel comes in handy when you want to dig out areas for plants and then refill them once done. It also finds applications in digging out weeds, potting, and transplanting. A trowel is a wonderful tool and has other applications like taking out weeds, transplanting bedding plants and herbs, planting containers, potting, etc.
Select a trowel that has a broad blade to move more soil and a long, narrow blade to dig up weeds and rocky soil.
Choose a trowel that has a wooden handle which is firmly connected to the metal blade. This type of trowel will not easily break due to its strong construction.
The Trowel handle should fit comfortably in your hands for a better grip.
Choose a trowel with a stainless steel blade as they are more durable and will last longer.3.Weeder
Weeds are unwanted plants that grow with the parent plants and degrade their growth by competing with the nutrients of the soil. But pulling out weeds is not as easy as it looks, especially if you do not want to use chemicals. A weeder is a great tool that can be used to clear out undesirable plants from your garden with a lot more ease. It can help you extract weeds from their roots. Moreover, to eliminate painful bending and kneeling look out for Long-handled weeders.
Choose a forged steel weeder to make it last longer.
Choose a comfortable weeder because you’ll need to spend a lot of time pulling out the weeds.4.Spade
Another necessary tool is the spade which is commonly known as a garden workhorse A spade has a long wooden handle and a metal shovel that is rectangular in design. They help in easing gardening tasks like digging holes and edging for plants, lifting sods and transferring small mounds of dirt from one place to another. A spade is a practical instrument for transferring dirt from one place to another, moving sand, or digging holes in the turf. Once purchased, spades can last a long time. Apart from this, a spade can be used in separating and mixing the compost. Moreover, you will need a spade to finish trimming the edges after digging the plot.5.Garden Hoe
A garden hoe is necessary for digging and also getting rid of weeds. Hoes can rip out weeds quicker from moist soil rather than dry ones. So, it will work better on recently watered or rained-on land.
Hoes come in different shapes and sizes. You have to choose the one according to your needs.
Choose a spade with Stainless steel head as they are stronger and won’t rust.
Spades with ash hardwood handles are known to be more durable and absorb shock and vibration.
They are generally available with long or short handles. Spades with longer handles provide more leverage but are heavier in weight.
Choose spades that have treads on top of their blades. They give a sturdy and comfortable foot surface when needing an extra push.6.Garden Scissors
A pair of garden scissors can be used to open up seed packets, potting soil bags, deadhead flowers, delicate pruning of flowers and snip herbs.
There is another tool called Hedge shears that look a lot like giant scissors with a long pair of straight blades. They are used for trimming and shaping bushes or hedges around your garden. Their design is such that it cuts as much of a plant as possible in one single sweep and can create long sharp edges on anything you cut, making them perfect for maintaining rectangular-shaped hedges in lawns.
However, hedge shears are suitable for trimming only softer stems and are not suitable for cutting with stronger wooden branches. Using them on wooden stems can result in damage to the blades.7.Hand Pruners
Hand pruners, also called secateurs, are a kind of scissors used on plants. They are heavy-duty scissors used for pruning hard branches of trees and shrubs, sometimes up to two centimetres thick. It is an essential tool for trimming and cutting plants and helps you to keep your plants in shape and grow perfectly.
Gardening professionals and hobbyists mostly use Bypass pruners since they are very easy to use just like scissors and are known for giving clean cuts on green wood. On the other hand, Anvil-style pruners work similarly to a knife. It cuts with a sharp blade meeting a flat surface. The Anvil pruners or Anvil secateurs have a cutting blade that comes into contact with smooth metal. They are used for cutting finger-thick branches and solid wood
- Since Pruning is a regular job, you must invest in a durable sharp blade pruner that should fit in your hand comfortably.
- Invest in sharpening the pruners regularly to achieve cleaner cuts and less injury to plants.
- Use Bypass pruners for live plants and green wood and they work similarly to scissors.
- Anvil pruners are suitable for dead wood and thicker branches. They can cause crush injuries to fresh and green stems.
- Use Ratcheting pruners for increased cutting strength. They are preferred by people who have reduced hand strength or arthritis.
- If you want a tool for cutting large branches, Pruning Saws will come in handy.
Lopper is also a cutting tool similar to a pruner. While loppers require two hands to operate and are used for cutting midsize stems and branches, pruners require only one hand to operate and are used to cut smaller stems and branches. Basically, a lopper helps you to cut the branches that are hard to cut with a hand pruner. However, it can’t cut large branches as a pruning saw.
The main distinction is that loppers have lengthy handles. Hence, they can help to trim the areas out of your reach. Lopper is the best tool for cutting branches and stems with a diameter of up to 2 inches and which are too large to be cut with secateurs. Loppers have large handles and curved blades similar to axes.
There are two types of loppers - Anvil and Bypass, just like pruners.
- Bypass loppers are more precise in cut location as compared to anvil-styled loppers.
- Longer handled loppers can become bulky to handle. Therefore, before buying a lopper you must know what you’ll be cutting and how far you’ll need to reach to get the length.
- If you want a lightweight lopper, choose the one with aluminium or carbon-composite handles.
- Sharpen the lopper blades regularly.
As we know, watering is the most important step to achieving a well-grown and maintained garden. Hence, the task of watering should be very handy and easily accessible. Thus, it is better to invest in a water hose than hauling around heavy water cans for watering your lawn. Choose a hose length that can easily reach your flower and plant beds. A watering hose can save a lot of time and energy. Just take it to your plants, and turn it on until the plants get enough water.10.Wheelbarrow
A wheelbarrow is a small hand-propelled single-wheeled one fitted with handles at the rear by which it can be pushed and guided. It is the most useful tool for moving the heavy loads of soil or compost or mulch that need to be added to your lawn beds. It is a must-have tool for easing your burden of carrying heavy garden materials and tools around the garden. Simply load a wheelbarrow with all of your belongings and move it to other areas.
There are single-handle and dual-handle Wheelbarrow models available in the market.
The dual-handle single-wheel style can become hard to balance the heavy and uneven loads. On the other hand, a single-handle two-wheel model is easier to balance and should be preferred if you have limited strength. They are suitable for pulling over uneven terrains.
- Store it in a clean and dry place to prevent rust.
- Keep the wheels inflated properly for easier wheeling.
If you love having floral plants around you, and love making gorgeous floral centrepieces you must know about the floral tools that can make your décor job easier!
A floral knife is an essential tool for pruning and snipping in a more effective way. Floral knives come in handy for this job as they are easy to use and make the cutting job easier. Just hold the flower stem in one hand and the knife in the other and pull it away to get a clean cut. One thing to keep in mind is to find the right knife that fits in your hand comfortably.
After you are done snipping the flower stems, you need to make it fit to stand in a vase. Use floral tape to hold the flower stems in place and help the stems to sit in a vase's water to promote flowers' longevity.
It comes in different types and colours and is the best for wrapping stems and protecting them from getting damaged.
If you want to make a gorgeous flower arrangement for your party, a little floral wire, twine, or small rubber bands can ease the bundling of stems, giving you the ability to make more complex and eye-catching arrangements.
Floral foam is a great tool for stabilizing flowers keeping them firmly in place. The floral foam also ensures flower longevity by holding water and flower food. Choose a wet floral foam if you’re creating an arrangement with live flowers and a dry one for artificial flowers.
Floral picks are commonly used by florists to lengthen short stems, replace weak stems and bundle multiple stems together. They are used for making flower arrangements and even wreaths look fuller with their ability to enlarge the appearance of a flower’s stem. Moreover, they are an alternative to flower frogs and Floral Foam and are used to provide sturdy support.
6.Floral Frogs & Kenzens
Flower frogs have the ability to keep the stems of flowers securely in place and anchor your floral arrangement by establishing a structured foundation for your flowers.
The frogs come in a variety of styles, out of which a kenzan or a pin frog is the most common one. It is a metal circular base with metal pins that stick straight up from the base.
Here is a quick list of different types of floral frogs available in the market:
- Metal pin frog
- Metal hairpin frog
- Metal cage flower frog
- Glass flower frog
- Clay or ceramic flower frog
- Plastic flower frogs
If you are planning to gift someone a floral arrangement or a bouquet of flowers from your garden, you must pay attention to planning your floral presentation. Make sure to arrange them inside a bouquet wrap tied with some ribbons. The extra bit of effort will make your flower bouquet go from ordinary to spectacular.