Have you ever really given your gardening supplies a second look? Most people don’t, and that is why we recommend that you do so now. Very often, people use old, rusty gardening supplies to tend their gardens. For people who use chemical fertilizers and growth boosters, many of these are stacked haphazardly in the back shed where they linger in the fumes of other chemicals like gasoline for the lawn mower or even leftover cans of paint. In other words, your supplies are becoming health hazards… not only to you, but to your plants as well. Here are some reasons why you should get the necessary supplies for your garden.
For prunes, shears and other cutting instruments… it is necessary to have these cleaned, oiled and sharpened at all times. Using a rusty pair of clippers on your plants causes more damage since these usually do not cut off cleanly. Plus, any accidents can cause severe infection from the oxidizing rust. If you have any of these, it would be better to dispose these ASAP and acquire new ones.
The same is true for shovels and spades. These should be cleaned thoroughly before using and just before being stored away. Dust, rust and any other material that may have accumulated on these instruments tend to stay in the soil for a long time. This is not particularly great if you are tending a vegetable or fruit garden.
For chemical enhancers (everything from chemical fertilizers, to insecticides, to bloom enhancers) try to buy only the smallest containers possible. If you can, try to buy those that are serviceable only for one application. The longer you store these, the more hazardous these become to the environment and the people using them. Better yet, why not switch to organic enhancers instead? These are less likely to be accidentally ingested… and even then, organic enhancers are 100 times safer than the chemical ones.
Some say that gardening tools are just “stuff” you use in the garden. This may be true on one account, but getting the right tools to do specific jobs around your patch of land can mean the difference between a healthy garden and a just-barely-there garden. The right gardening tools can help maintain the health of your plants, the soil that they are growing in, and the water that you feed them with.
For starters, using the proper tools means you get the job done a lot faster. This will cut your working time in the garden by as much as 50%; and might even afford you more time to make those garden improvement projects you have been meaning to do. You do not have to get the latest and most expensive tools all the time. Just try to make sure that you actually use the tools as they are intended.
Try also to keep your gardening tools in proper working condition. Rusty tools like spades, shovels, shears, pruning instruments and the lot should be permanently retired. Not only do these rusty implements damage the plants, but the oxidized metal may contaminate the soil as well. Unfortunately, rust tends to stay in the soil for years; and plants can absorb this through their roots and slowly poison them as well. Traces of rust can also make their way to the vegetables and fruits you may be growing in your garden.
It is also essential to tuck gardening implements away when you are not using them. Even simply leaving the garden hose out in the hot sun can cause your plants serious damage. More often than not, the plants accidentally get doused by heated or iced water from the hose, damaging leaves and flowers. Store all non-essential tools properly away. This leaves your garden looking less cluttered and actually safer for everyone… especially your plants.