Use the right tool for better results

Make light work: Fiskars tools, such as this digging spade, are made from lightweight aluminium and feature durable steel heads and splinter-free grips .
Make light work: Fiskars tools, such as this digging spade, are made from lightweight aluminium and feature durable steel heads and splinter-free grips .

It might be said that a poor workman blames his tools, but having the right tool for the job does make life much easier, especially in the garden.

Here are a few tips before you head back outside:

1. The right tool for the right task

You wouldn’t try to eat soup with a fork, so you wouldn’t try to move soil with a digging fork either. Using the correct tool for each task will make life easier and your new garden will be done before you know it. Planting spades are perfect for moving and handling loose materials such as soil and rocks, while digging spades are designed with a pointed cutting edge for easier soil penetration.

2. Preparation is key

Preparing your soil is essential to have your plants thrive and survive! It would be pointless to plant in dehydrated soil, so using digging fork, mix in some compost, manure or fertiliser to combine the new with the old. After a few weeks, the soil will be highly enriched and nutritious, ready to help new plants reach optimum growth.

3. Break the ground, not your back

The last thing anyone wants is to sustain an injury from a gardening session, be out of action and end up with an incomplete project. When digging or moving soil, make the tool work for you by keeping your back straight and not lifting the soil higher than necessary. Maintaining good posture will help save energy and reduce any chance of straining your back.

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