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Tools keep breaking

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 09:54

It's interesting to see this old thread dug up again Fishy. Being 6'3" and as strong as an ox is not the only consideration. Your body automatically uses its muscles, sinews, balance and weight to achieve all sorts of things, but the tool is what it is - it can't make adjustments, so if you overload it the tool just snaps or bends. It really is pointless to blame the tool; it's like expecting a 2CV to win the Formula 1 championship. So I wouldn't alter my post of 21/8/14.

"I think garden tools should be built to cope with things you might find in a garden."

Victoria Sponge, decent tools are built to cope with things you find in the garden, but it's the appropriateness of the tool and the mindset of the gardener that's the problem. You would no more think of digging up a tree with a border trowel than you would choose to use a JCB for bedding out pansies.

I've broken a couple of tools over the years - the ash handle of Dad's old spade (circa 1950) finally rotted through at the rivets about five years ago and the blade of a Wolf trowel which I was trying out a few years ago bent rather quickly. Apart from that, tools have always given me the service I expected, and I've done some big, awkward, heavy jobs over many years. (I'm 5'10", slim, not getting any younger, but I work out the best way to do the job and the customers are happy.)

Last edited: 12 September 2016 09:57:06


Posted: 14/07/2016 at 17:57

Dig them out and forget them!

Help me turn this garden around...

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 07:35

Hi Paul,

Do you need the trees/hedges to be that high - does it suit either you or your neighbour?

Help me turn this garden around...

Posted: 05/07/2016 at 06:27

A properly pressure-treated, good quality wooden fence should last 25+ years, but it will cost more than something that only lasts for 5. I'm not a fan of slotted concrete post fences - to me they look a bit industrial in a garden setting (sorry folks, don't mean to annoy you!). Have a look around your neighbourhood and see what other people have used and how that might look in your garden.

Creosote - Which one and the best technique?

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 16:35

Can we take that as a Brexit vote, Kazzi?

Best tools for gardening.

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 11:07

1. Avoid cheap

2. Use the right tool for the job

3. Maintain your tools - not every day, but enough to keep them in good fettle

4. Don't lend tools

Guerilla Gardening

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 11:01

I think that unless this is done in full knowledge of the downside it's got some difficulties. For instance I know a suburban verge that retains a lot of the wild vegetation from before it was a built-up area; so there are orchids, yellow rattle, ox-eye daisies, etc., which are more important for biodiversity than if they were replaced with garden plants, most of which are exotics. The native bluebell is becoming threatened by Spanish bluebells that hybridise and spread easily, primroses cross with primulas. Be very careful - pretty is nice, but it can be problematic.

Ducks on the pond - an island??

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 10:49

Anyone else think the new forum layout is awful?

Long handle shovel

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 11:55

Do you mean something like a giant decorator's shave hook, which you can draw across the soil to make a V-shaped trench?

How long to lay turf?

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 11:46

Well, that looks very good! Don't forget the watering - it'll drink it now that the sun is strong and the spring breezes are blowing.

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