The most durable and dependable tool used in my garden and lawn is the spade with a slightly rounded bottom edge. I use it for turning the soil, for loading the compost for transporting, and for cutting through the tough St. Augustine grass. I also use it for digging up bushes and small trees for transplanting or disposal. Furthermore, I use it to dig up large weeds in the lawn.
Because the spade is the most used tool, I should take better care of it by sharpening the blade and therefore make it easier for me to dig and turn the soil. To sharpen the blade, I attach a grinding stone (a small wheel) to the hand held drill. It is also important to wear safety glasses when undertaking this task. By all means, wear a mask to cover nose and mouth. Also wear garden gloves and a long sleeved shirt.
Another important tool that I often use in the garden and yard is the hoe. I use it to make rows for planting and I use it to cover the seeds and plants with soil. I use it to gently pat down the seeds into the soil. The same care I use for the spade applies for the hoe.
I use a hoe fork to turn the compost pile. I found that the hoe fork works best to move and turn the compost in its designated area. It works very well to hill up the compost into a pile.
My rake does not need much attention: it is plastic! It is easy to handle and maneuver. It is light weight and wide enough to handle a large area of pine straw and fallen leaves.
The spade, the hoe, the hoe fork, and the rake are the most important tools that I regularly use in the garden and yard. Of course, after each use I put them away into the shed.
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