Last time I defined what a trowel is and described the different parts that make up the trowel. In this article, I will define the different types of blades available. Keep in mind that each style is meant to perform a different task. You don’t have to own every style, but it may help for you to possess more than one style so that you can achieve the different things you intend to when cultivating your garden.
Styles of Blades
There are 10 types of trowel blades. Each is designed to perform a certain function to help you create the type of garden you seek.
· Traditional blades are large with curved sides. This the most commonly used style and is designed to dig holes, break up hard soil and to plant flowers.
· Transplanting blades are long and thin and include a pointed tip. It is designed to move seedlings, bulbs, and small plants from one location to another.
· A Dixter blade is long and thin with a rounded end. It is designed to plant foliage in rock gardens, digging up weeds with long roots, and for sowing seeds.
· Ladle blade is small and rounded with curved edges and includes a very long tang. It is designed to dig round holes and to scoop out soil leaving a clean hole. It is commonly used to plant annuals and bulbs.
· Potting blade is wide with higher curved sides than other trowels so that it can hold soil and compost. It is deigned to put plants into pots and is more convenient in this task because the curved edge of the blade matches the curved plant pot allowing the blade to fit easily into the pot.
· Digging blade is thin with a pointed end and has a dagger shape. The end is designed to lever small stones out of a garden or cut items such as a compost bag.
· Tulip blade is deep-dished with three sharpened tips on the end and mimics the shape of a tulip. It is designed to cut through heavy soil to plant flowers into clay.
· Weeding blade is long with a forked end that allows the blade to dig to the base of a weed so that it can be pulled out by the roots. It is used for weeding, cutting roots and to clean grass from between stone tiles.
· Tissot blade is wide a flat with a large V-shape on the end so that it can divide a single plant into two halves, which are each planted separately. It is used to transplant plants and digging holes in hard soil like clay.
· Planting blade is flat with a pointed end. Smaller than other trowels, it is ideal for planting flowers into hard soil and is easy to maneuver in confined spaces like hanging baskets.
(Source: Wonkee Donkee Tools)