Perhaps the most often used gardening tool in the shed is the trowel. One could also say that it may be the MVP of garden tools because it can be used for so many different things. These include:
· Transplant a plant from one location to another.
· Plant flowers into pots.
· Clear out a hole for a plant to be planted in.
· Cut down to the base of a weed and pull it out by the roots.
A garden trowel has many parts associated with it. They include:
· The Blade is the main working portion of the tool. It includes a sharp edge that can cut into the soil or through roots and is large enough to hold a small amount of soil or compost. They come in an assortment of shapes and sizes.
· The Handle is the part of the trowel holds. It provides leverage when digging a hole.
· Ferrule Connection is a piece of metal that protects the connection between the tang and the handle.
· Hanging Hole is a drilled hole at the end of some trowel handles to allow it to be hung on a hook,
· Tang a rounded metal bar that is made into an “S” shape that connects the blade to the handle.
· Depth Gauge is a series of measurements along the length of the blade that denotes distance. The gauge is either in metric ranging from 2 cm to 10 cm or imperial ranging from 1-inch to 4-inches. It helps the user plant bulbs at the proper depth.
How To Use A Trowel
The most important parts of the trowel that makes it work are the blade and the handle. The blade includes a scooped edge that permits it to hold soil for potting and transplanting plants.
The sharp edge of the trowel allows it to cut into hard soil.
The handle provides sufficient grip and permits the user to lever the blade to perform a number of tasks including creating a hole for planting bulbs and to transfer compost into a pot.
(Next time: The different types of trowel blades)