A gardening staple, hand forks and trowels are compact gardening tools used for many different purposes like weeding, digging, planting, and potting. We offer a selection of sizes and brands to suit your green finger needs.
When using your gardening tools over a period of time, it’s possible that the blade will be more blunt compared to when you first bought it. However, don’t fret, as this is easily remedied by sharpening it.
Wash your hand trowel, or other sharp garden tools, in soapy water and then make sure they’re completely dry. Outdoor tools can be sharpened the same way, so once you get the hang of it, you will be able to sharpen others, too.
Hold the hand trowel firmly in position and then work a metal file or whetstone away from you across the blade at an angle. Work firmly and slowly and be careful not to sharpen it too thinly as this will have an effect on the blade's ability.
How do you maintain a hand trowel and fork?
Make sure to look after your garden tools properly so that they perform their best for longer. Garden trowels and forks should be regularly cleaned, sharpened when needed, and stored properly when not in use.
To maintain your hand trowels and forks, clean them in warm soapy water with a sponge. For stubborn dirt, use a wire brush to scrape it off. Oil is then effective for preventing rust.
Like all tools, store them in a dry place that doesn't have the risk of moisture damaging them by rusting or rotting the handle. You could even consider a tool rack to keep them organised and clean.
What's the difference between a digging fork and a border fork?
Garden forks come in different shapes with different blades for different purposes. Finding the right one for what you’re wanting to do in your garden will make it a much easier process.
Border forks are smaller than digging forks. Border forks are narrower and shorter and should be used when you don't want to disturb or damage surrounding plants. Digging forks are full size for digging in areas where there is plenty of access.