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Soil Preparation Tools

Soil Preparation Tools

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Whether planting a large vegetable garden or preparing soil for a small flower border, the right soil-preparation tools make the task easier and faster. Keep your tools sharp and clean them after each use to extend their lives.

Rototiller

Use a self-propelled, gas-powered, garden rototiller for large gardens to turn soil and organic matter, such as compost or leaf mold, quickly and easily. You can rent a rototiller instead of purchasing one, if you prefer.

Hoes, Rakes and Shovels

Long-handled tools such as hoes, rakes and shovels can be used to prepare the soil instead of a garden tiller, especially in smaller gardens. A spade has a long, narrow digging surface while a shovel has a more rounded point. The design includes a ledge on which the gardener can push their foot to force the tool into the soil. A rake with many metal tines or a cultivator with only three metal tines helps to remove stones and break clumps as it levels the soil. A hoe, which can double for a weeder after planting, can create furrows (or grooves) for planting seeds.

  • Whether planting a large vegetable garden or preparing soil for a small flower border, the right soil-preparation tools make the task easier and faster.
  • A hoe, which can double for a weeder after planting, can create furrows (or grooves) for planting seeds.

Hand Tools

You can use a trowel (hand spade) or a hand cultivator in small gardens. In any size garden, use hand pruners or loppers to cut through roots coming from nearby trees or shrubs.

Cart

A wheeled cart can carry tools, organic matter and other soil additives and plants to the garden.


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