Garden Clearing Tools and Equipment

Garden Clearing Tools and Equipment

garden clearing toolsPre-planning is advantageous when starting a new garden from scratch or redesigning the present one. Evaluating your existing garden, or wild, uncultivated area, and acquiring the necessary garden clearing tools and supplies will streamline the process and avoid unnecessary interruptions. With preliminary equipment and garden clearing tools at hand, the process begins. The goal includes cleaning up around existing trees, shrubs, and other plants that will remain, moving existing plants to other locations, clearing weeds, and preparing the soil for raised beds, pathways, and other areas in the new garden.


Preliminary Equipment

Some essential equipment includes a pair of gloves, a hat, appropriate shoes or boots, a garden hose, and a wheel barrel. Find out what types of weeds are growing in the area to be cleared. Handling or brushing up against poison oak can turn into a very unpleasant experience. To be fully prepared, become familiar with how to identify these types of weeds native to your area, to avoid direct contact. To be safe, wear a white or light-colored long-sleeved shirt to provide protection from poisonous and thorny plants. The light shirt will keep you cooler if working on a hot day. Don’t forget the sunscreen, insect repellent, and knee pads, too.


Garden Clearing Tools Used for Trees and Bushes

The existing yard may include plants you want to keep, like a mature tree for shade. A tree’s roots extend outward to the same extent as the tree’s canopy. Carefully remove weeds within this area without disturbing the soil or roots to keep the tree healthy and unharmed. Use a short-handled weeder, like a daisy grubber, for short-rooted weeds; and use a leaf/lawn rake or shrub rake to remove leaves and debris from under the tree. Do not disturb or cut the tree’s above ground roots.


To eliminate tall trees with large trunks and deep roots, hiring a tree removal service is often preferred, as the equipment is expensive and the job requires expertise and experience. Extract smaller trees, bushes, and their roots using a pruner, shovel, and a garden saw or chain saw.


Moving Existing Plants

If there is good sod you want to keep but it is growing in the wrong location, prepare a place for it first, then cut it and move it, transplanting immediately. Cut it first into one to two-foot squares vertically, then cut it horizontally underneath, and remove the square of sod. A spade works well for cutting the lawn. Use a Hori Hori knife or trowel to divide perennials and ground cover to extend an existing area with the same plant or for planting in additional locations.


Garden Clearing Tools for Extracting Weeds and Debris from Soil

Garden clearing tools for weeds, leaves, rocks, and other debris come in different designs. The draw hoe with either a flat rectangular or pointed blade is a standard garden tool. The pointed blade removes large weeds while the flat blade cuts small weeds off the dirt’s surface. With a long-handled two-way hoe, soil passes through the open middle section of the blade, while the sharp bottom part cuts through deep roots under the ground. Check the different types of hoes available that will work the best. A little investigating can make a difference.


Weeding is an arduous task. Removing the roots is paramount to reducing or almost eliminating their return. Removing tall established weeds are accomplished with various tools and methods. Cut tall weeds or grasses with a sickle. Use a triangular hoe to level the high growth to the ground, rake them away with other debris, then use a shovel, pick, and a fork, to loosen soil and extract the long roots. For large roots, especially those embedding in hard clay soil, use a shovel to remove it entirely by dig around the stem’s base and to the depth it has grown.


Once the land is free from weeds and debris, rake the top of the soil to an even level with a bow or level head rake. Use clear or black plastic to cover the entire area for a few months. This method kills the weeds that evaded your garden clearing tools. Another approach, using a plastic covering, is called solarization. It is effective in hot climates or intense summer heat in northern locations. Till the weeds into the soil, thoroughly water, and then covered with plastic with the edges sealed with brick, or other weighty material or by burying in a small trench. A few months later, the heat generated under the plastic kills the weeds.


Garden Clearing Tools for Maintenance

The garden clearing tools are suitable for maintaining the new garden. A spade is useful in cutting back sod or ground cover around paths or walkways. Use wheel barrels to collect fall leaves, pruned shrubs and ground cover. For the weeds that invaded your garden by an air carrier – birds and the wind, a hand-held cultivator is a trusted tool; and a fork is efficient for mixing manure or compost into the soil of raised beds. In the future, if you decide to design a new, different type of garden, the same trusty garden clearing tools are there to assist in the transformation.







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