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Essential Gardening Equipment

If you want to keep your garden looking trim and neat, youíll need to invest some cash in some good gardening equipment. Itís always worth buying good quality items as they will not only last longer, they will also be safer to use. Cheap items can have a much shorter life and are much more likely to break during use.

A Range Of Hand Tools

Hand tools are ideal and extremely versatile, as they can be used for a variety of jobs in and around the garden. A trowel and fork are perfect partners for attending to beds and borders, as they help to dig up and aerate the earth. They are also essential gardening equipment for potting new plants and transferring plants from pots into your chosen spots in the garden.

A good quality sharp pair of secateurs is another necessity youíll find lots of uses for. Pruning, dead heading and taking cuttings from larger plants is made easy with these.

One of the most handy but small pieces of gardening equipment you can buy Ė especially if you have paving stones or crazy paving along a path or patio Ė is a weeding knife.

This is a strange L-shaped knife which has more than one sharp edge, allowing you to use it in a number of ways. It gets easily in between paving stones and slabs, and makes light work of ridding your patio or path of those weeds that keep growing up in between them.

Not Just The Small Stuff

We are all being encouraged to be more eco-friendly nowadays, and itís easy to play your part by investing in a larger piece of gardening equipment Ė namely a water butt. This catches rainwater from your drainpipes and collects it for you to use on your garden.

If you have a lawn then a lawnmower and an edge trimmer will both be essential gardening equipment items to invest in. An edge trimmer will make easy work of the edges of the lawn, where it meets beds, borders, fences and paths.

Other essential items of gardening equipment include watering cans (to be used in conjunction with your water butt, of course) and a spray bottle, which can be used to mist plants and apply treatments and nourishment to them.

Gardening equipment can be expensive, but itís fairly simple to buy the basic pieces you need and then add to your collection as and when you need further items. If you build it up like this, youíll soon have an impressive set of good quality gardening equipment.


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Gardening Tip #11

Some plants require re-potting for optimum growth but there are others that resent having their roots disturbed. Or their roots system may be small enough that they don't require re-potting. One way to check if your plant needs re-potting is to turn it upside down. Tap the pot to release the plant and check its roots. If roots are all you see, then re-pot. Sometimes the roots will come out of the pot. You should either cut them off or re-pot the plant.