Brendan Moar takes us through his 'essential tools' that will aid anyone in their garden.
- Protect yourself with garden gloves. Choose ones that are thick enough to be waterproof but thin enough so you can get a feel for what you're doing.
- When choosing a shovel, go for a fibreglass handle as wooden ones can eventually split. A square mouthed shovel means you can do some serious digging and use the flat edge for 'edging' your garden. Also, the longer the handle the easier it will be on your back.
- Forks are the best for turning the soil and mixing compost. Choose one with a long collar and good solid prongs, and a mini version for smaller jobs. Look for a fork that has few sections - the more pieces the more likely it is to break under stress.
- When it comes to raking choose a rake and leveller two-in-one. Use the rake for raking leaves, sand and lawn clippings. Then turn the rake around and use the scraper for levelling sand for brick paving, top dressing, and moving water from concrete driveways, garage floors and top dressing. Choose a rake with a larger head – it cuts raking time in half.
- With clippers you get what you pay for. Choose ones made of non-corrosive metal that feel solid in your hand. Wavy edged trimmers grip as they cut and make the job a lot easier.
- The handsaw picks up where the secateurs left off. Great for cutting larger branches, choose one that is stainless steel with rubber handles for better grip.
- Keep it simple when it comes to sprinklers. They all do much the same thing, but remember, the more moving parts the more there is to break. You can get the fancier models that operate on a timer.
- Hoses are almost indestructible but a reinforced one is less likely to kink.
- A garden is a living thing and prevention is better than cure. Keep it healthy and you won't have to fork out extra cash down the track for pesticides and fungicides. To give your garden a lift, a handful of manure is like a Berocca after a big night out. And a controlled release fertiliser is like a vitamin every day with nutrients released according to plant requirements.
Manure and controlled release fertiliser
Equipment and Suppliers
Shovel – Edge $52.10
Rake – Cyclone "great aussie super rake " $17.13
Digging fork – Banksia - $52.70
Fork – Banksia $12.10
Trowel – Banksia $11.97
Hedge Clippers – Gardena $49.90
Secateurs – Gardena $45.10
Hand saw ( fold away ) – Sandvik $36.70
Sprinkler – Gardena $38.20
Gardening gloves – Protector $13.31
Manure – Brunnings $3.82
Controlled release plant food – Scotts Osmocote $6.95