This spade was a gift to me from my wife one year as we attended the Southeastern Flower Show in Atlanta, Georgia. The vendors from Lee Valley had this on special for $28.50 which included shipment. They now cost $35.00. It is a finely balanced tool and a pleasure to work with. Which is an introduction to the following information:
I recently attended a Garden Club Meeting here in Macon, which featured a Guest Speaker who is a Master Gardner.
The following is an outline of his presentation:
Gardening Equipment – Selection and Care
Use Chemicals for Caution – Always comply with the directions.
Keep tools in the same place – You will know where they are.
Wear a brimmed hat – Skin Cancer is not fun.
Wear Gloves – Protect your hands.
Use the correct pruner for the task. Bypass for green material. Anvil for dead or dry material
Clean tools after each use – Then they are always ready.
Keep cutting tools sharp
Have emery paper handy – Then you can keep the surfaces of knives clean.
Use WD-40 – Or any other water displacement liquid to prevent rust.
Obtain the best gardening trowel you can afford. Stainless steel is the best.
For gas powered equipment always use STA-BIL when you place equipment in storage for the next season of use. STA-BIL is a fuel stabilizer that prevents fuel from deteriorating so engines start quickly and easily after storage.
Select a shovel with a well balanced and long enough handle and keep it sharp and clean.
If you garden in a tree filled property the use of an AXE is a fact of life. Obtain the best you can afford. Keep the Axe sharp and clean and you will never have to obtain another one.
Obtain a Mattock/Pick Ax or
A Prong Hoe