Irises forum: Favorite garden tools

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(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jun 27, 2017 12:27 AM CST
Since it's digging, dividing and planting season, let's see some of your favorite tools you use in the garden.

I use this curved and pointed planting spoon when I want to dig and remove some pieces (rhizomes, bulbs, etc...) from a clump. I like that you can use the curve to dig under the desired pieces without disturbing the rest of the plant. ( I have the red handle)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004OKPMMS/

I also use this small serrated paring knife to carefully remove rot in rhizomes that are in and out of the ground. Why this knife?...because it was a gift and laying around unused. You know what, I love it and the size is perfect.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0028LXDOY/

Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jun 27, 2017 10:16 AM CST
I have a cobra head for weeding that is a joy. It pulls out tap roots with ease. I can also use it to break up the soil around rhizomes that get buried from all the rain moving the soil around. And dig with it too.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000JKONAO/

Otherwise I use a sharpened trowel. Learned from years doing site work in archaeology that trowels will cut through plant material, move soil, weed, etc. I use an actual Marshalltown trowel, the trowel of archaeology. Funny to see that they now even come with archaeology pouches (so you don't cut yourself on the edges). If they can be used to dig up artifacts without damage they can be used around rhizomes! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Example below (mine has seen 30 plus years of action)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003A83GIM/
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
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(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jun 27, 2017 10:26 AM CST
Nice tools Leslie! Thumbs up

I use a large screw driver for weeds with a tap root. Hilarious!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jun 27, 2017 10:27 AM CST
Hey, it works!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Jun 27, 2017 3:54 PM CST
I ordered that serrated spoon, Rob. Looks like a workable tool for me - could be handy for
thinning clumps. Thank You! for the tip!
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Name: Liz
Concord, MA (Zone 6a)
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Dachsylady86
Jun 27, 2017 5:21 PM CST
My favorite new tool is a garden claw. It looks like this. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000WOMYMG/
I use it for breaking up soil for new beds. It gets under roots, and dislodges rocks. It's the best!
(Zone 9b)
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UndertheSun
Jun 27, 2017 7:15 PM CST
I'm sure you will grow to love it Jan. Thumbs up

I used to have two of the blue garden claws Liz. (One I gave to one of my sisters and the other vanished.) Once the clay soil dries up here, it's like concrete. That hard soil makes it impossible to use that tool. Even a front tine tiller is near impossible to use on the dry soil. It bounces around like crazy and beats you up and wears you down.

I have a couple more tools to share later on.
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Jun 27, 2017 9:23 PM CST
my favorite tools: http://www.hidatool.com/kusaki...

http://www.hidatool.com/garden...

http://www.hidatool.com/garden...

my favorite store for handtools. they also do a fantastic job of sharpening scissors and knives, pruning shears, etc.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jun 28, 2017 8:47 AM CST
That Ichiban weeder looks pretty fierce. Would work well as self defense in the garden too! Hilarious!


I have to add that I use garden scissors a lot and these Fiskars have been really great. They have a wire cutter, come apart for cleaning, a sharpener in the blade cover and have been durable. The product description gives all the uses.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Fis...
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Jun 28, 2017 8:57 AM CST
A pooper scooper with a small rake works great in the yard for clean up of leaves and other small debris. Less stress on the back too.
Will post pictures of my other two favorite tools soon.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jun 28, 2017 11:25 AM CST
Barbara - would not have thought of that combo! Hilarious!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Jun 28, 2017 11:47 AM CST
It's works really well.... And for its original purpose too. Hilarious!
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Jun 28, 2017 12:30 PM CST
I never work on my knees due to old injuries, I bend from the waist, unless using a spade. Therefore a lot of my tools are of the short handled variety. One that I use all the time, and have it repaired if broken, is this one.

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It is weighted right and the wide end is sharp enough to chop through a inch thick root with two chops. The three pronged end gets under buried rocks and roots and allows me to pull them out without much effort. I use this tool for many things.

I also use these if my first choice of tool does not fit the bill. The little hoe is for surface weeds, the pick is for tap roots vines and the axe is for saplings and limbs that are too large for other tools to manage. A gardener is always armed. Smiling



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Who plants a seed beneath the sod and waits for growth believes in God. ~~Unknown
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jun 28, 2017 2:13 PM CST
Goodness, jungle warfare in the garden!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Jun 28, 2017 2:14 PM CST
bonnie, i use that three prong chop thing, too. you're right, it's weighted just right, so even i can swing it when i have to chop roots. (i forgot to mention that it's one of my favorite garden tools, too.) i do a fierce battle with palm roots a lot. Hilarious! the roots are plentiful, fibrous and tough. especially handy when i want to make a new bed for my iris, and the palm roots have invaded an area Green Grin! .

(mental image : 4'10", round and short septuagenarian swinging
Thumb of 2017-06-28/shizen/5f7da8 in a fierce battle with palm tree roots.)

that is i. Rolling on the floor laughing

Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises
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AndreaD
Jun 28, 2017 2:25 PM CST
Daphne, Rolling on the floor laughing

We had a palm tree, too, but had it removed. It was expensive but worth it.
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jun 28, 2017 3:23 PM CST
Nice tools Dapne! That little Kusatori Ichiban Weeder looks pretty scary!

Bonnie, that first tool is similar to one of my favorites too. Yours looks heavier and stronger than mine.
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Another favorite is a small hand rake. It's not the one in the link below, but it's very similar to it.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000UGPSSS/

I also love these leaf scoops. They make short work of a large debris pile.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000UGPSSS/

Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Jun 28, 2017 4:06 PM CST
I think some of us are on the same page with the digging hoe. I love it and have several of them. Hilarious! I have a few of the wing weeders too. It slices right through the weeds. I could not live without either of these tools. With acreage, I couldn't live without the Quad and cart either. The cart was made for me somewhere around 1989-1990ish. Looks like it needs a new battery...

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• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jun 28, 2017 6:45 PM CST
I could sure use a quad and cart to haul wood chips up on the hill. Thumbs up It's a real knee killer bringing things up up there.

Barbara, it looks like you have some scary tools aimed at your face while you're driving. Blinking

I've never heard of a Saw Tooth Sickle, a Kusatori Ichiban Weeder, a cobra head weeder, or a wing weeder. So I'm liking this thread and thank you for sharing your tools with us.


Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Jun 28, 2017 8:05 PM CST
I've never worried about it because I drive very slow. Plus the tools are so packed in the crate I'd be surprised if anything fell out.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous

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