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Top 5 Garden Tools

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Birds & Blooms’ gardening expert, Melinda Myers gives her top five picks for gardening tools

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Best Quality Gardening Cultivator

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Out of all of the gardening equipment you could use in your garden one of the most important tools is the garden cultivator.  This gardening gift is not only used to till the soil but to break up dirt’s top layer within a garden.  When you till the soil, this leaves plenty of room for air, nutrients, and water to flow around the roots of your plants.  There are also the added benefits to decrease the likelihood of weeds.  This will loosen the hold that these pesky weeds have on soil that was originally meant for flowers, herbs, or vegetables.

A garden cultivator can take on a variety of forms.  There is the hand-powered garden cultivator which usually has a long handle to use when you stand.  This gardening gift has several rotating blades at the very end which will come in contact with the soil.  This piece of gardening equipment aerates and loosens both dirt and weeds.  Garden cultivators come in various sizes, and some of them are attached with wheels to make easy operation.  There are also smaller hand-powered tools that have shorter handles that can be used when one is kneeling or sitting on the ground.

The first thing you must do for good tool maintenance is to make sure you purchase a high quality tool.   If you get a garden cultivator that is flimsy and cheap, you may find that you will have to buy another one before the gardening season is over.  A quality cultivator should be of sturdy construction as well as heavy-gauge metal.  Try choosing the heaviest cultivator that you can handle with ease; this tool’s weight will do the brunt of the work and not put the burden on you.

If you would rather not have a garden cultivator that is hand-powered, there are many other options to choose from.  Electric cultivators come in a wide range of prices.  Many are run by batteries and some are even rechargeable.

If you are looking to buy the best cordless electric garden cultivator on the market today, then you should go for the Black & Decker GC 818-18.  All you have to do is pop in the 18-volt rechargeable battery and watch the counter-oscillating tines till the soil for planting or cut right through those nasty weeds.  This gardening gift is only 8 pounds and has a telescoping shaft as well as a comfortable handle to make your job a snap!

If you have a large gardening area to till, a gas-powered garden cultivator may be another option for you to think about.  These gardening gifts come equipped with an engine, can have larger and longer blades or tines, and can look much like a lawn mower. The blades of this gas-powered garden cultivator can average anywhere from 6 inches in length to over 21 inches in length.  The blades of a cultivator that is hand-powered only average from a few inches in length to approximately 7 inches long.  The tool that you get all depends upon the depth of the soil that you want to aerate.

If you are in the market for this gardening gift, hopefully this article has answered most of your questions. 😉

Garden Cultivator

Garden Cultivator

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