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What is your favorite gardening tool?

Posted by ernie85017 9 phx (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 23, 14 at 14:39

Mine is my ho-mi. I have abused this thing for years, and it is still going strong. It's the one I always go to. The photo is not my ho-mi. Mine has the tip bent over from the crazy use it has suffered.
They sure are expensive now! Twice what I paid.


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  • Posted by raee zone 5 OH (My Page) on
    Sun, Feb 23, 14 at 14:41

Favorite gardening tool: my nephew.


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Without a doubt...


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A pick axe huh? Yikes. ernie, I like look of the ho-mi. I'll bet it's handy. I like my garden fork:


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The ground around my home would break your tools -- unless it was softened up with a pick first. Then there's the caliche...

Another handy tool is a trenching shovel. Not as effective as a pick of course, but better for confined areas where you either don't have room to swing a pick or fear damaging delicate surroundings. Normal shovels are nearly useless here.


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There's a reason they call it "pick and shovel" work. You loosen dirt with a pick and move it around with a shovel. It's far more efficient.

Definitely the mattock ... some of you might call it a pick-axe. Pointy on one end with a root-chopping blade at the other.

Or the Pulaski, which has blades perpendicular to each other for digging and chopping:


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I was so naive when I first moved to AZ from the Midwest. I had brought a few yard tools from home, and recall my very first attempt at some real gardening here. I grabbed my dirt shovel and a couple buckets and headed out to the front to plant a 7-gal Agave parryi I had picked up. Three hours later I was still hacking at some caliche with a hammer and chisel, and finally had a hole large enough to hold the plant. I spent the next few days watching local landscapers before heading out and procuring new yard tools. The trenching shovel was my first major addition, a couple weeks later I added a 6# pickax.

The trenching shovel turned what had been a 3-hour job into about 30 minutes, the pick got it down to about 15. Still the trenching shovel is often a far better choice for getting around caliche than a pick, though if there is so much caliche that I must go through it, then the pick of course, though I broke a bone in my thumb that way once. Anyway, both tools remain very useful.


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water and my pickaxe are my go to digging tools.

but I recently just got an electric rototiller and it's made digging a whole lot quick. Plus it helps me mix in the compost, sand, and mulch a lot quicker with the native soil.


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  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Wed, Feb 26, 14 at 19:53

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^ For digging, planting, weeding .....

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^ Nothing works better, or faster, for deadheading. It's about 7" long.

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^ This is a concave cutter for bonsai. There are no pruners on the market that even come close to having the mechanical advantage, and therefore ease of cutting (up to about 5/8") this tool has.

Al


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I've got to say, a pick axe is definitely my favorite tool too. There's just no beating it for digging deeply in our soil, especially in summer, hah! Yes, I always wear, and recommend everyone does, some protective eye gear when using mine. It does a great job and I keep it handy.

After that, the good ol' hula hoe is my next favorite (for weeding). All of my gardens have gravel mulch so it's great for "shaving" weeds down while leaving most of the gravel in place. Okay, okay, technically they're called "scuffle hoes" (I think Hula Hoe is a specific brand) but like "Kleenex" some folks just use the brand name generically. Anyway, I love it for those pesky weed seedlings, especially on a warm morning when the late morning sun is going to cook any shaved off seedlings, hah. Easily available at any local nursery or big box home improvement story. Great, fun discussion and pics!

Happy gardening all!
Grant


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Definitely a san angelo bar. It's a heavy hexagonal metal javelin with a point on one end and a chisel on the other.

After watching me spend 45 minutes digging a hole for a 1-gallon creosote bush (with 4 more to go), a kind neighbor loaned me his. WOW! I liked it so much I went out and bought my own. Worth every penny and then some.

The pointy end does a great job punching through hard soil (you just lift/drop repeatedly, watch your feet!) and the chisel is perfect for prying out those annoying rocks that always seem to be in the exact same spot where you want to plant.

There's no way I could've planted 12 trees, all by myself, without this tool (and I'm a girl!)

Here is a link that might be useful: San Angelo Digging Bar


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I've been meaning to get one of those bars as well ^^ I have a few stumps that i need to remove in my backyard.

Hey tapla, what's the name of that 2nd pruning tool you posted? looks interesting. I'm tired of the regular garden shears, they seem to not cut so well after a few months of use.


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  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Wed, Mar 5, 14 at 17:22

The second tool I showed upthread is a bonsai leaf cutter - used to defoliate bonsai trees. We defoliate or partially defoliate to balance energy in trees so they don't shed branches important to the composition and to help reduce leaf size. It does a stellar job at deadheading spent blooms, too. It's MUCH faster than any scissors or pruners I've used.

Another tip - herb cutters like this are great for deadheading:
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They spring open after you make the cut and are much faster than scissors, but not as fast as the leaf cutters.

Messermeister herb snippers - copy/paste the following link to your browser:

http://www.messermeister.com/4.5-Inch-Herb-Snipper-N5120/

For the leaf cutters - copy paste:

http://www.dallasbonsai.com/product-p/bm44.htm

Al


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How about the names of all the tools?

I need the best weeder?

It is hard weeding in gravel and mulch. What is the best tool for getting Bermuda grass out of areas of gravel. I won't use chemicals plus they don't work either.


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JUTTAH - Why is it called a "San Angelo bar"? I've seen them called "breaker bars" and they are fabulous when you need to bust up the really hard stuff.

TOUCAN: The best weeder for gravel is that "hula hoe" Grant posted. It goes under the gravel and slices the stems. For bermuda grass ... glyphosate several times when the grass is growing well. Don't pull the grass and spray the remaining bits ... you need to have plenty of top growth. See linked article.

Here is a link that might be useful: How to kill bermuda grass.


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Don't know why it's called a San Angelo bar... I've been wondering myself! Googling it brings up this tool in addition to drinking establishments in San Angelo, TX. Strange name for a digging tool, that's for sure.

Also heard it called a Mexican Toothpick. For the record, mine's made in Mexico and it's almost heavy enough to double as a workout device!


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Good tip about the San Angelo bar, Juttah, I may have to get one of those too. I especially like your description of how helpful it is prying out those rocks you find (I just can't leave them in the ground, no matter how big they are, hah). Thanks too for remind us to watch our feet when using it!

Happy gardening all!
Grant


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