Tools for better gardening:
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Richard Cartwright--as well as those of other gardeners.
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EZ-DIGGERTMThe EZ-Diggerr is a unique all-purpose garden tool of Korean origin. It digs, weeds, and thins. Use it to dig holes for planting and transplanting, open and close rows, loosen soil around plants. The curve of the pointed blade allows soil to be thrown to the side like a plow, making it easier to dig holes and trenches. Pulling this tool is easier for digging and loosening soil than pushing a hand spade. The edges of the blade are used to level, mound and loosen soil and cover seeds. Use to tear up sod, remove heavily rooted weeds, turn dirt back from sidewalk edges and for defining bed edges for mulching. It will cut through landscaping fabric to insert plants, grub out weeds, and move and smooth soil and mulch. A versatile garden tool you won't want to be without.
The same EZ Digger as above with 54" hardwood handle.
This is my number one favorite tool!I do a lot of weeding, by hand, and this tool is, without doubt, the best weeder I have ever used! I insert the sharp finely serrated blade (14 points per inch) into the soil to make contact with the weed's root. I can usually lift the entire weed with its root completely out of the soil by an upward tug with the sickle while pulling the above-ground part of the weed with my other hand. If the weed has a deep taproot, I insert the blade to cut off its root far below the surface and yank the weed out. This handy tool is also great for trimming grass in tight spots where the mower won't reach. I use the hand sickle for most all my weeding chores and occasional trimming and dead-heading. The very sharp steel blade retains sharpness even with a lot of digging through soil. The yellow wooden handle makes this tool easy to find when left in the garden.
Hand Sickle $11.50
GARDEN SHEARSThis is my second all-around most used tool. Its sharp straight blades are great for dead-heading, detail pruning, and other chores that require precision cuts. Great for picking fruit, gathering vegetables, cutting buds and flowers. High carbon, pointed, needlenose garden shears, 2" straight blade, 7 1/2" overall length. A light-weight compliment to the by-pass pruner.
Garden Shears $10.50
Dig, weed, divide perennials, trans-plant. Beveled for shoveling and a serrated side for sawing.
Hori-Hori means “dig-dig”! These knives are multipurpose – weed, plant, divide perennials, even cut sod. They are beveled for shoveling and have a serrated edge for sawing. The blade is marked for depth measurement for easy planting. This tool has become a favorite amongst Master Gardeners! Vinyl sheath included.
This is a great additional tool to have in your gardening tool kit.
Long Handled Tools
HULA HOE or STIRRUP HOE
The classic stirrup weeding hoe cuts on both push and pull stroke.
Stirrup Hoe (54" handle ) $23.75
4 TINE FORK CULTIVATOR
5 1/2" Width, 4 tine Fork/Cultivator, on 54" wooden handle
Hoes are used to dig
Used around the world for centuries - because they are fast, simple, and effective. This very sturdy tool is ideal for digging and cultivating. Break ground for new gardens and raised beds. Remove or till-in sod. Trench for drainage or utility lines.
The specially heads for these tools are angled for fast efficient digging and tilling.
The 5 foot long Ash handle is made in the USA.
The 6" (3 lb) grub hoe has the perfect design and weight to enable fast, efficient cutting through sod, hard soil, stems, and small roots. The best tool for trenching, it allows digging and tilling in an upright position that is much easier on your back than using a pick-ax, mattock and trenching shovel.
The 4" (2 lb) grub hoe features the efficient design of the wider tool, but its narrower width is ideal for working smaller gardens with less physical exertion. It is also the perfect tool for narrow trenching for laying irrigation or utility lines.
The Broot Garden Weeder, a simple but effective tool, is designed to be a powerful weeder that is strong enough to shear a wide range of weed/plant roots without bending or breaking, and to be suitable for a variety of different soil conditions. The Broot is much more powerful and can do many jobs that its stirrup or hula hoe competitors cannot. The 8" wide working head is made of strong sharpened steel which is bolted to a 54" ergonomicaly contoured handle of 11/2" diameter select grade white oak.
The Broot Garden Weeder cuts roots best when the blade is slightly submerged in the soil (approximately 1/4" to 1" deep). The oak handle tapers down and then comes to a bulb on the end. To best grip the tool, the user should grab the bulbed end with both hands, interlocking the fingers, palms facing up and thumbs wrapping up over the top of the handle. Pull the bulbed end of the handle close to the center of chest with both elbows pointing out to the sides. Stepping forward, lunge arms straight out, pushing the working head through the targeted weeds.
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Patio Weeder Set for tight spots and for getting out weeds between pavers.
Broadfork is made in Indiana, U.S.A. designed by Richard Cartwright and
fabricated by a local master welder.
Multiple tine & spacing alterations are easily arranged on this tool.
Aerating the soil with your broadfork once or more each year will greatly enhance the long-term productivity of the soil. If your soil is extremely difficult to till (as in heavy clay soils or new ground), it is easier to make several passes, tilling only a few inches deep in each pass. You may also want to start using the 4 tine setup. The 5 tine arrangement with 3.5" spacing is most commonly used for most soil types. The 7 tine configuration with 3" spacing may also be used for extremely fine tilling or for tilling in very loose soils.
Also, using the 7 tines, spaced at 3” apart, you can harvest root crops if you insert along the row or at the edge of a bed and push the broadfork handle nearly all the way to the ground. The potatoes or carrots, etc. will be elevated to the surface for easy harvesting.
ROOT CUTTER SICKLE
Having the same, indestructible, stainless steel blade as the hand sickle above, the root cutter is more heavily serrated and will make short work of larger tap-rooted weeds and tree seedlings.
CAPE COD WEEDER
10" Stainless Steel weeding hoe. Great for detailed work around garden plants.
Sturdy multi-purpose gardening and landscaping tool. The companion to the Steel Hoe Pick (below)
6" WIDE GRUB HOE
4" WIDE GRUB HOE
most versatile broadfork on the market!
Using the Cartwright Broadfork Garden Tiller, with its interchangeable tines, is having 3 broadforks in one. (multiple tine and spacing arrangements are possible)
Features of the CARTWRIGHT BROADFORKTM
The Cartwright Broadfork is the toughest on the market! The unique uni-body design assures strength with ease of use (your digging force is transferred more directly to earth with less effort than in broadfork models with verticle handles). The horizontal bar handle is comfortable to use and assures ergonomically correct, efficient soil-working movement. A boiled linseed oil finish on the white oak handle provides good grip and the finish protects the wood. The 13" hardened tines will penetrate soil to an 11" depth and are easily removeable with a hand wrench (should they ever bend)--avoiding the expense and trouble of repairs by welding.
The broadfork is used to loosen soil in preparation for planting or for adding compost or other soil conditioners. It opens and loosens soil while minimizing damage to the soil's living flora and fauna that provide necessary conditions for optimal plant growth.
You'll develop your own digging method or pattern with the broadfork, but I found it helpful to work backwards. By sliding the fork back a few inches after you finish the downward loosening motion...stepping back, positioning for the next insertion you avoid having to lift the fork completely out of the ground and move it forward each time you dig.
Also, particularly if the soil is heavy clay, making two passes, working perpendicular to the first digging direction on the second, will assist in breaking up difficult soil.
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Italian Grape Hoe
Fast and efficient weeding tool
The Grape Hoe, with its sharp edge is primarily a weeder and soil mover. For digging, use the Grub Hoes.
Weeding with a grape hoe is done by keeping the blade parallel to the ground, chop and pull the tool towards you in short strokes with the blade just under the surface of the soil. Coarse weeds, and even small woody plants, can be cut with a forceful chop of the grape hoe blade.
Strong and well balanced, this solid forged tool can be used as a planter or a weeder--and is especially effective for grubbing out stubborn perennial weeds and tree saplings or breaking up clay soil.
STEEL HOE/PICK $14.95 PURCHASE
Heavy Duty MACHETE
24" Blade heavy duty Machete. PVC Handle. Canvas sheath with belt loop is included.