In the world of gardening, there are beginners and there are hardened experts. Some gardeners have virtually every tool known to mankind, while others have only a few to tend their gardens with. Whatever the case, finding the perfect gardening tool can be a challenge. Here are five gardening tools that any outdoors gardener would love, but few are likely to have.
Stirrup or Scuffle Hoe
This is one little tool that is quite handy for those gardeners that have a weeding problem. It is very efficient, especially when sharpened properly. Like a regular hoe, it can take down weeds in a much easier way than reaching over and pulling them. A stirrup hoe, however, is better for the smaller weeds that we come across, and those that the standard hoe is too large for. If you want to get a micro sized hoe then you might consider a collinear hoe.
Garden Spading Fork
Have you ever gotten down into the garden and not been able to loosen the dirt? A garden spading fork is a full sized four pronged tool that allows you to dig up even the hardest of soils. This tool is also very good for mixing soil and turning it over. A spading fork is a virtual must for older gardeners that can not bend over like they used to. Be careful that the weight of the spading fork is fitting for the person you are buying it for. They vary in sizes and weights.
Every garden will need at least one hand sprayer and sometimes two. Most people like to have two so they can keep their insecticides and plant food and fertilizers separated. Because these are generally not very durable, you can not go wrong with this as a gift for your favorite gardener. They will make use of it and be glad they got it, regardless of if they have one already.
A Garden Cart
Much like a wheelbarrow, and garden cart is simply a sturdier version. Rather than having the wheels funnel down into a v-shape, the garden cart is square and solid. These are wonderful to have around a garden, and work quite well when hauling something a bit heavier than the wheelbarrow can handle.
These handy little tools allow for the weeding to not harm their precious flowers. The reason is because it is built to do just that. Nice and lean, with a short handle for maximum control, the hand weeder gives the gardener complete control over the weeds.
While all of these tools make wonderful gifts, it is still not a bad idea to check around their tool shed and try to see what they have before purchasing. These items are unusual enough, however, that you could reasonably expect that most every beginner and a large number of experts may not have them. Hold on to the receipt and offer it up with the gift so that they can exchange it if needed.