Outdoor additions – August 2019 – Issue 290

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Outdoor additions

Enjoy your outdoor space with all the health benefits of pottering in your garden to create fragrance, colour and relaxation.

Essential gardening tools

Gardening tools can take up a lot of space and cost a lot of money, but staying focused on the basics can keep your shed from becoming overcrowded. Buying the best quality tools that your budget will allow, and maintaining them, can go a long way in getting the most out of your investment.

Gloves: Gardening can be thorny without the right pair of gloves. They should be durable but not too bulky for working with seeds. Water resistant, breathable fabric helps keep hands cool and comfortable. Longer cuffs protect wrists and forearms from scratches.

Pruning shears: Hand pruners, also called secateurs, help reign in plants that are getting out of control. Anvil-style pruners cut with a sharp blade meeting a flat surface, best for dead wood. Bypass pruners cut with a sharp blade passing by a sharp-edged flat surface, best for live plants and green wood.

Read more in the August issue…

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