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There are a few other garden tools that I couldn't figure out how to categorize. These tools are ones that most gardeners will need to have on hand eventually. Sprayers, pruning equipment, hoses and electronic soil testers are very handy to have on hand.

Other Garden Tools - Sprayers

A pressurized sprayer is a handy tool for most gardeners to have around. Although I'm not what you would call an "organic gardener", I do try to limit the use of pesticides and herbicides as much as possible on my place.

However, there are occasions where there is little alternative. A potato beetle infestation for example can ruin a crop of potatoes very quickly, and the only ways to control them is to either hire some kid to pick them off at a penny a piece, and then keep up the pressure the entire growing season, or spray them with a pesticide.

An assortment of sprayer sizes

I actually have three different sprayers that I use to prevent cross contamination. One for pesticide, another one for herbicide, and a third for orchard spray.

Some plants are very sensitive to herbicides - tomatoes, peppers and eggplants are can die from Roundup exposure from even the tiniest bit of overspray or residue left in a sprayer from a previous job.

Consider the size of job that you will have to do when choosing a sprayer. They range from a small hand pumped pint and quart bottle, to manually pressurized models ranging from a half gallon up to four gallon backpack type.

There are even larger 25 and 50 gallon (and more) models that you pull behind a garden tractor or riding mower. These units have small electric pumps that operate the sprayer, and run off of the battery of the mower/tractor.

Other Garden Tools - Pruning Tools

If you grow an orchard, berry bushes, grapes, or berry canes, trimmers and pruners are a must. hand trimmers (the size of a large pair of scissors) are all you really need starting out, but later on, as your trees and bushes grow, a pair of "limb loppers" come in handy to cut larger limbs.

A folding pruning saw is also very handy if you have to cut branches of a larger diameter than limb loppers can cut cleanly. If your orchard trees grow taller than you can reach without climbing a ladder, a set of extension pruners are perfect for those tall jobs. Some of them can easily reach up to 20 feet, have a bypass trimmer powered by a pull rope. Extension trimmers often times will also have a removable pruning saw.

For more information on pruning, see my page on Pruning Your Orchard Finally for those really big jobs, a gas powered chainsaw comes in handy. Be sure you know how to use a chainsaw safely before you EVER pull the starter rope. They're a great tool, but can be dangerous in the hands of a poorly trained person. Don't take a chance, get educated first.

Other Garden Tools - Garden Hoses

Garden hoses are one of those things that people rarely give much thought to when making the purchase. The lease expensive one is generally the only consideration given. However, you should consider a couple of things before selecting a garden hose.

There's nothing quite as frustrating as stretching out a garden hose, connecting it and turning on the spigot, only to find that nothing is coming out the other end.

Cheap thin walled hoses will kink and prevent water from flowing through. Gilmour has a Flexogen brand hose that is resistant to kinking because it has a heavier wall and is corded like a car tire.

You can put a kink in a Flexogen hose, but you have to try. I have one that is at least 15 years old, and really like it. I have other hoses (cheap ones...) but unless I have no choice, I'll only use the flexogen. It's the one that stays on the hose hanger year round.

Another thing to consider in selecting a garden hose is the length. Generally, hoses come in 25 foot incremental lengths (25, 50, 75, 100 foot) Figure out the longest length you think you might need, and either get that length, or better go the next size up.

Other Garden Tools - Soil Testers

This soil tester checks for pH and fertility

One of the most handy little tools I have found is a battery powered electronic soil tester. This item has 2 metal probes that you stick into the ground, and can give you instantaneous readings on your soil pH, and soil fertility (what are the plant nutrient levels in the soil). If you have a corner of your garden where your plants just don't thrive, this little tool can let you check those places, and compare it to places where the plants DO grow well. Comparison testing will allow you to check the difference between the good soils and the not so good spots, to see if you need to amend with lime, fertilizer or compost.

These garden tools, if chosen correctly can make gardening chores easier. Choosing the wrong ones just makes things harder in many cases.

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