Smaller than a digging spade, a border spade is ideal for planting, using in raised beds and for working in beds and borders without disturbing the roots of nearby plants.
Is a border spade the right choice for you? We help you decide, in this video Buyer’s Guide.
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First, we look at comfort and ease of use in relation to handle and blade materials, explaining the pros and cons of carbon steel, stainless steel, wood, fibreglass and plastic.
Next up is the style of handle. What are the options and which is best?
The, we consider the benefits of treads on the blade and how the blade is attached to the shaft.
After demonstrating correct digging technique we finish by explaining how to prolong the life of your spade with the right maintenance routine.
Watch now, for help in choosing the best border spade for your situation.
Many thanks to the team at Richmond Park for their generous help in making this video.
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In-depth reviews of border spades, plus pointed and transplanting spades
How did the border spades featured in this video perform in our On Test product reviews? Find out:
Plus, see our On Test feature in the February 2020 issue of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine for an at-a-glance comparison of the spades tested.