The Garden Spade
The garden spade is a tool that can be used for a variety of garden tasks.
It traditionally has a metal handle, a wooden stem and a metal blade. However newer tools are being made from different materials.
Uses Of The Garden Spade
This tool is usually used with the two hands holding it at the handle(one wrapped around the handle and the other on the stem for stability) and the working end pointing downwards and away from the toes. It has the following uses:
1.It is used for digging planting holes.
2.It can also be used for slicing under sod when preparing to pant a lwan.
3.A spade is also useful for working the soil and breaking up large clumps of soil
4.It can be used to move heaps like when loading a wheel barrow.
5.The sharp edge can be used to edge lawns and demarcate walk ways.It can also be used to clear snow off driveways.
6.It can be used in preparing a nursery bed.
Care Of The Garden Spade
1.Clean soil and organic matter after use and let it dry before storage.
2.Store it by hanging on a
garden tool rack
or in a tool shed.
3.If metallic parts are not made of rust proof material then oil before attempting to store for long periods.
1.Always use garden boots when you use a spade. The blade is a coomon cause of garden acidents.
2. Hand gloves made of cloth would prevent formation of callouses and blisters.
3.Use safety glasses especially when there is a risk of flying objects entering the eyes. Like when slicing under sod.
1.Stem length is an important consideration. Spades come in different lengths. Some are short and are good for working on nursery beds while some are long and are good for larger jobs that are done while standing.
Get one that doesn't require you to bend too low to work. If you must bend too low, it would help to use a kneeler or garden stool.
2. Check the grip at the handle. Make sure you're comfortable with it. It should be able to prevent slipping of the tool while working.
3.Ensure that the handles are not too small for your hands. The hole in the handle should allow you to wrap your fingers around the handle and still have some room left.
4.Blades made of rust proof metal last longer.
5.Rubber-sleeved metal handles are gentler on the hand than non-sleeved metal handles.
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