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Tool Tips - Garden Tools
Please take care when using all Spear & Jackson products. Wearing suitable footwear, gloves and protective clothing is always advisable, and caution should be taken with sharp edges.
- Always wear strong, sturdy footwear
- Wear protective gloves
- Maintain an upright stance to avoid unnecessary back strain
- Do not stay in the same position for long periods of time, and take regular breaks
- Use the tool for the purpose it was designed for
- Never leave tools on the ground, and do not let children use them when unsupervised
- Use kneepads or kneeling mats to avoid damage to your knees
- Do not overstretch - maintain your balance, and apply force gently and steadily
- Taller people should select longer-shafted products
Which tools should I use to divide established plants?
For large border plants and perennials use a border spade or fork to dig up the roots and then prise apart into clumps with the aid of a pair of weedforks. The plants should then be replanted at the same depth as before. This procedure is best carried out during Spring & Autumn.
What is the best tool to use to make a straight line seed drill?
A draw hoe with a traditional swan-necked head - which can be turned upside down to make a perfect seed drill. Seeds should then be planted according to the suppliers instructions.
When should seeds be thinned out?
Seedings should be thinned out to avoid overcrowding and to give the best chance of survival. This is best done as soon as the plants are large enough to handle. Useful tools are a Trowel, Weedfork and dibber.
When should I transplant young plants?
Young plants should be moved to their final growing position well before the flowering period to enable a good root system to develop. This is best carried out with the aid of a transplanting trowel.
What tools can I use to remove weeds from the garden?
The most effective way of removing small weeds is to hoe them without either a dutch hoe or a draw hoe. Deep seated weeds can be removed more easily with a weedfork or daisy grubber, other larger established weeds are best removed with a fork.
How often should you trim a hedge?
A hedge should be cut at least once a year to keep it in shape. Regular pruning throughout the growing season will encourage dense growth and therefore a much stronger hedge. Evergreens should have the top 12" removed when they are 6" taller than the required finished height. Deciduous hedges should have the leaders cut back up to a third after planting and the sides trimmed at least once every year.
A large tree at the bottom of my garden sheds leaves on my lawn and kills the grass, how can I stop this?
Fallen dead leaves should be removed immediately in order to prevent the grass from yellowing and prevent fungal growth. This can be achieved with a plastic leaf rake, which gathers the leaves without harming the lawn as the flexible tines will not scratch. The collected leaves can then be used to make garden compost.
When should I dead-head my plants?
When the blooms have died and no longer look attractive. The flowering period of a plant can be considerably lengthened if the dead blooms are removed. In order to do this you should use bypass action secateurs which minimise stem bruising.
How can I improve the look of my lawn?
After mowing, all dead grass should be removed as this can strangle new grass growth beneath. This should be done with a flexible tined lawn rake. This rake has specially angled wire tines (prongs) which scratch the surface of the lawn removing debris and helps aerate the ground underneath therefore encouraging new grass growth.
How do I achieve a nice neat edge to my lawn after mowing?
After mowing the lawn any long grass around the edges can be tidied with edging shears. If you have a tree or post to trim around, lawn shears or multi-position single-handed grass shears may be useful. To create a neat edge along a flower border you should use a half moon edging knife which will cut through the turf allowing you to create curves for an interesting border.
My lawn has weeds but I don't like to use chemicals?
You do not need to use chemicals, the daisy grubber will remove all trace of deep seated weeds such as dandelions, daisies and clover.
After rain my lawn becomes waterlogged, what can I do?
The area needs to be drained. The easiest way to do this is with a digging fork, spiking the lawn to a depth of 4 inches (10cm) to aerate the soil and then adding sand to assist the drainage.
When and how should I prune?
Roses and shrubs should be pruned after flowering or fruiting in spring or summer or when the buds are dormant in autumn. Cut cleanly 1cm above a bud in a parallel direction to the bud.
What is the difference between a bypass and anvil secateurs?
Bypass (scissor action) secateurs give a clean cut and minimise stem bruising, making them ideal for precise pruning and green wood.
Anvil (knife action) secateurs minimises the effort required to cut and twist stems, making them ideal for hardy woody stems and old dead wood.
How should I prune a tree or large shrub?
Pruning should be carried out to maintain the shape and manageability. Cuts should be made just above a bud or leaf. Depending on the width of the branch to be pruned you may use a pruning saw, bow saw or lopper. For tall trees you should use a telescopic tree pruner with cord operated jaws and a pruning saw.
Spear & Jackson goes to great lengths to ensure that our products perform to the highest standards. Using the care and maintenance tips below can help to extend the lifetime of our products, and give you years of reliable gardening pleasure. There are some tips to help keep you safe, too!
Clean your shears with a dry cloth after each session to remove sap and any moisture, and keep the pivot point on the blades well oiled. At the end of the cutting season, wipe the blades down with an oiled rag, to prevent corrosion. If cutting becomes difficult, sharpen the blade edges by carefully running a file diagonally away from you across the sharp edge, maintaining the factory bevel. Hone the final sixteenth of an inch of the blade with a sharpening stone.
During heavy periods of use, make sure the pivot is kept well oiled and sharpen the blade if cutting requires more effort. Always clean and dry the blade with a dry cloth after each day's pruning, to remove any sap or moisture. Wipe the blades down at the end of the cutting season with an oiled rag, to prevent corrosion. Maintain all sharp edges with a medium grit sharpening stone.
During heavy periods of use, make sure the spring is kept well oiled, and sharpen the blade if cutting requires more effort. Always clean and dry the blade with a dry cloth after each day's pruning, to remove any sap or moisture. Wipe the blades down at the end of the cutting season with an oiled rag, to prevent corrosion. Maintain all sharp edges with a medium grit sharpening stone.
Always carefully clean and dry the blade with a dry cloth after each use, to remove any sap or moisture. Wipe the blade down at the end of the cutting season with an oiled rag, to prevent corrosion.
During heavy periods of use, make sure the spring and pivot are kept well oiled. Always clean and dry the blades with a dry cloth after each day's pruning, to remove any sap or moisture. Wipe the blades down at the end of the cutting season with an oiled rag, to prevent corrosion.
Digging & cultivating tools
General use: Remove soils during use, and wash at the end of the day. Do not leave outside during extreme weather conditions. Wipe any moisture from the tool before storage. Store in a cool dry place such as a garden shed or garage. Always hang tools head up.
End of season: Thoroughly wash the tool head. Wipe all moisture from the metal parts and wipe or spray them with oil. Wipe the hardwood shaft with a rag soaked in linseed oil at the start and end of the gardening season.
Usage: These tools are not manufactured for striking, prising or levering applications - for example, do not attempt to lift heavy paving slabs using the end of the tool.
All Spear & Jackson products are guaranteed against defects in manufacturing (subject to normal wear and tear and reasonable care and maintenance, as outlined above). This does not affect your statutory rights.