Top Tips on Choosing Gardening Tools as Christmas Presents
Ooooh, it’s Black Friday! And fresh from last night’s #WoolliesAskAlison, here are Alison’s top tips on choosing gardening tools as Christmas pressies!
- Secateurs: choose bright colour so they’re easy to spot, look for adjustable opening if recipient has small hands
- Secateurs: worth looking for Ratchet type if weak hands/wrists so can cut by repeated squeezing
- I always use a border spade for digging – it’s narrower and lighter and I can dig for longer. Stainless steel spades are best
- For thicker woody stems loppers are better than ruining secateurs as get more leverage: also anvil blade works well
- Gloves very important: close fitting, nitrile coated gloves are long lasting and comfy. I buy from equestrian shop
- Choose quality tools: there is nothing more frustrating than a trowel where the head spins round or falls out when you dig
- Can buy longer handled fork/spade for taller people: more comfortable to use and saves back strain
- Flexible trug buckets with 2 handles made from recycled plastic are ideal for collecting weeds or carrying compost
- All gardeners need an unbreakable mug for vital cups of tea while assessing progress and making plans!
What’s on your Christmas wish list?