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A critical role in this decision will be how easy it is for you to reach the different areas of your garden. Also, it is not unusual to have the same tool in two versions, one with a short handle and another with a long handle. It really is a matter of your own personal preferences.
You may at first glance consider the typical lawn rake outside the bounds for garden use. But actually they are often needed for the same reasons people use them on their lawns. Lawn rakes can be sold under different names too, such as ground rakes or grass rakes. During the fall, you can keep garden beds clear of fallen leaves with a rake. A garden rake can also be perfect for spreading mulch around new plants, or leveling freshly prepared soil in garden beds. You'll find plenty of different shapes and sizes of rakes available to suit your preferences. To make clearing garden beds easier and to get in between your plants, you can even buy rakes with really narrow heads.
Longer term maintenance and care for mature garden plants will require pruning activities depending on what you are growing. When pruned at the right time, some larger plants do very well.
Pruning might also be required to avoid any problems that excessive growth might cause. Pruning shears are the most popular tool for this task but there are people who use standard scissors as well. In some cases, though, you could need a pruning saw, especially if the branches are very thick. You'll need a saw mainly for more robust bushes and shrubs. If you aren't certain of how your plants need to be pruned, all you need to do is search online because there's plenty of guides available.
Having both a garden and a lawn is nice, because there are ways that the can benefit each other. A leaf rake is another tool that is good to have, because leaves will certainly blow into your garden during the fall. Not everyone keeps their garden up for the entire year, but let it go during the off season. To keep your garden from becoming a lot of hard work during the spring, you should do some work when fall comes. To break up the soil in your garden, and keep it clean throughout the year, you will need a leaf rake. When you are weeding your yard or garden, you must not leave the debris to long, or it will blow all over, even throughout your garden. There are many times that you will use your leaf rake to keep your garden clean. There are some auto mechanics who spend a lot of money for tools they rarely use, but those tools are very much appreciated when needed. The same can be said about owning all of the important gardening tools, because some day they will all be used.