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Greenhouse Tools

Garden Tools are important to enable you to care for your garden plants correctly. The selection of tools you will require will be affected by the type of garden you have - you might just have a window box to care for, or you might have an allotment. You might just be caring for shrubs or you may be raising your own bedding plants in a greenhouse. You will need to select your garden tools based on the needs of your plants and the time you'll be spending in your garden - if you spend a long time gardening you're more likely to need a wider range of tools, than if you are just caring for your lawn. Our wide range of gardening tools will provide you with everything you're likely to need to care for your garden easily and efficiently.

Swop Top Tools
Swop Top Tools are designed to let you have exactly the right combination of handle and tool for whatever you are doing in your garden. We stock a range of Swop Top Tools from Darlac which offer immense flexibility, with tools available for fruit picking to pond clearing through to pruning and cleaning out gutters.
We also stock Gardena's Combisystem which works in the same way - you select a handle, then tool heads to fit. Gardena's wide range of tool heads are made from hard wearing steel with a powder coating so the tools are rust and rot proof so you can use them year after year.
Secateurs are available in two different types - anvil secateurs and bypass secateurs. Anvil Secateurs are suited best to heavy duty pruning and cutting through thicker branches. Anvil secateurs pinch what you're cutting between the blade and the base plate, creating a cut similar to that of a knife. They tend to have a more rounded appearance than bypass secateurs and will be suitable for either right or left handed gardeners. Bypass Secateur tools are ideal for accurate or delicate cutting and trimming. They basically work like a pair of scissors would, with the cut being made when the blade pass by each other. So it's easy to remove side shoots close to the main stem of a plant with these secateurs as they'll give a very clean cut within crushing the stem. You'll find nearly all bypass secateurs are made to suit right-handed gardeners.
Cleaning out greenhouses, gutters and water butts is a task that you should carry out at least once a year - autumn or spring are the best times. Cleaning your greenhouse - whether it's glass or plastic - will improve the growing environment for your plants - by removing algae, grime and moss you'll be letting in more light and a thorough clean also helps to control pests and diseases. Whilst you're cleaning out your greenhouse, take the time to brush down your staging, shelves and tools as well as trays and pots. Use a brush to scrub trays and containers, making sure to clean under the rims and remove any green algae. You should wash your greenhouse inside and out - removing any old paint on shading from the outside of the glass. To reach onto the roof of the greenhouse it's best to use a brush on the end of a long pole - this means you can keep your feet firmly on the ground whilst still cleaning hard to reach spaces. Clean out gutters so that they don't become blocked, allowing water to flow freely. Water butts or tanks can become green with algae, so ideally clean them out once a year. Drain out any water, tipping the butt on its side to remove any debris. Use a brush to thoroughly scrub the inside of the water butt - using a brush on a long handle will make it easy for you to reach right to the base of the butt where dirt and debris can accumulate.
Dibbers & Tampers
Tampers are used to press down the compost in pots and trays prior to sowing seeds or inserting cuttings. By pressing the compost down you create a firm, level surface and ensure there will be good contact between the seeds or cuttings. Using a tamper prior to planting will also remove any air pockets within the compost which could lead to over-saturation of roots and possible collapse of the surface compost on watering. Tampers are also known as 'Presser Boards'.

Used in a greenhouse, a small Dibber is used to make holes in compost when sowing larger seeds or cuttings. Often with a gauge along one side, the dibber is a tool which lets you create the correct depth of hole for the plants you are sowing. In the garden a Dibber is also used - this time a larger version - to create a hole when planting rows of vegetables such as brassicas or leeks. Again, these larger Dibbers often have a gauge on the side to help you plant everything to the correct depth for successful growth.

Garden Carts
Garden Carts are designed to make it easy for you to move heavy, bulky loads, often more than you could move in a standard wheelbarrow. The lower bed of a Garden Cart makes it easier to lift things into it compared to a wheelbarrow. Garden Carts are very stable as they have two or more, often large, wheels and a low centre of gravity - so are easier to manoeuvre over a bumper surface than a standard wheelbarrow. As Garden Carts can often be pulled as well as pushed, this makes them easier to move around - if you have trouble walking then pulling a Garden Cart might be easier than pushing and balancing a wheelbarrow.
Garden Forks
Garden Forks are good for working in small spaces, for example in window boxes or patio containers. They are good for breaking up the surface of compacted soil in confined spaces, as well as lifting small-scale plants, weeding - a Garden Fork lets you loosen the soil around the weeds so that you can remove all the roots - and preparing small areas of soil. Usually a Garden Fork will have three or four prongs, but you will also find some Garden Forks that have only two prongs and are narrow - often called Rockery Forks or Narrow Forks, these tools are the best in tight spots.
Garden Knives
Traditional gardeners will use garden knives for taking cuttings or for fine pruning. Although many of us now will use a pair of secateurs instead, a sharp knife is an invaluable tool for any keen gardener. A deft flick of the wrist will let you to do delicate pruning, whilst a garden knife blade will produce a very quick, clean cut which is what you need for taking successful cuttings.
Garden Pruners
Garden Pruners are used for trimming small branches, pruning rose bushes, snipping flowers etc. There are basically three different types of pruners - anvil, bypass and ratchet.
Anvil Pruners have a single straight cutting blade that closes down onto a flat edge - the 'anvil'. Anvil Pruners produce a slicing action, similar to a knife, and are good when cutting through dead wood and carrying out more heavy duty work on tougher stems.
Bypass Pruners are the most popular. The tool consists of two curved blades - one sharp and one not - that 'bypass' each other when cutting to create a good clean cut. These are ideal if you need accurate cuts on delicate stems.
Ratchet Pruners are basically Anvil Pruners but with a 'ratchet' mechanism built in. This makes it possible for you to cut through a branch in 3 or 4 movements rather than in one cutting action, so are especially useful for those gardeners with smaller or weaker hands.
Short handled pruners are available - sometimes called secateurs - and long handled pruners are available - sometimes known as loppers - and for reaching high branches long handled or telescopic pruners are also available. Select the ones based on what's growing in your garden Remember to keep the blades of the garden pruners sharp - otherwise you'll end up with bruised and damaged plants.
Garden Rakes
Garden Rakes are available in a range of styles to suit different tasks within your garden. Leaf Rakes are the most common type of rake. Leaf Rakes usually have a long handle with a wide fanned end of flexible metal or plastic teeth or 'tines'. The ends of the tines are angled slightly downwards so they easily grab leaves. These lightweight rakes, with their wide heads, are easy to use and will cover a large area quickly. They are designed to do lighter sweeping jobs - as their name suggests they are good for sweeping up fallen leaves and can also be used to rake up grass clippings. Garden Rakes are designed to move and level soil, so are tougher and heavier tools than Leaf Rakes. A Garden Rake usually has a flat backed head, with the teeth of the rake pointing downwards at a 90 degree angle, making it easy for you to achieve a perfectly level surface. Large versions of the Garden Rake are known as 'Landscaper Rakes' which are suitable for moving around gravel.
Garden Saws
Garden Saws are used to tackle stems and branches which are too thick to cut with secateurs or loppers. Pruning Saws are designed for easy use in confined spaces which you can often find when pruning more mature shrubs. Pruning Saws are also great for cutting through tree or shrub roots, dividing fibrous rooted perennials or cutting turf. The blade of Pruning Saw is extremely sharp and will cut efficiently through both dead and green wood, creating a good clean cut. If possible choose a saw with a slightly curved blade - the curved shape means you won't need to apply as much force when cutting, making them ideal tools for cutting through thicker branches. For pruning high up in trees or shrubs use a telescopic saw - saws are available that can be fitted to a telescopic handle - this means you won't need to use a ladder. Folding Garden Saws are also good as the blade folds away into the handle so are easy to carry and store safely.
Garden Scissors & Snips
Professional quality Garden Scissors & Snips will produce a smooth cutting action without any effort. The blades of scissors are generally no longer than 6" (15cm) and for ease of use have large holes in the handles where your fingers fit. Garden scissors are a really useful, multi- purpose tool. Use them when for cutting flowers, harvesting herbs, dead heading and pruning away dead leaves. They can also be used for cutting open bags of compost, cutting through string etc.
Garden Scissors & Snips have been designed for use when a pair of scissors would be too big. Precise and sharp, Snips let you make clean, accurate cuts. They are often used for topiary, flower arranging or for delicate cuttings.
Garden Shears
Garden Shears are great when you have lots of shrubs to trim, have plants that need deadheading such as heathers or need to cut back perennials and grasses to remove old foliage. There are a range of different Garden Shears for different activities within the garden. Hedge Shears are the most common form of the tool and are used for both trimming and shaping hedges. Hedge Shears consist of two identical blades that cut like a pair of scissors to create a clean cut through small stems and leaves. To cut through thicker stems choose shears with wavy edged blades - these not only cut through thicker stems the wavy edge makes it harder for stems to slip out as the blades are closed. Some shears have a notch towards the end of the blades - this is intended for cutting the odd shoot that would otherwise be too thick to cut. Other types of shears include Grass Shears - these tend to have long blades and handles and are used for trimming around tree trunks, flower borders etc after cutting your lawn. Single Handed Garden Shears are also popular when trimming the edge of lawns or other small, lightweight tasks.
Garden Tool Racks
Garden Tool Racks are important as they not only let you keep your tools organized, but they also fit into small spaces. As a gardener, getting the right tool for the job makes everything easier - but this can mean that you finish up with a lot of tools. As long as you can keep them organized this shouldn't be a problem. As long as you clean your tools before hanging them away, also means they are ready to use straight away - as well as being easy to find. Using a Garden Tool Rack also means your tools are hung out of the way, off the floor - tools left on the floor would get damp during the winter.
Garden Tool Sharpeners
Keeping your garden tools sharp and clean will keep them working efficiently and will prolong their life. Sharp blades are quicker and easier to use and are more effective than blunt ones. There are basically three options when dealing with a blunt blade - sharpen it, replace it or replace the tool. With more expensive tools it is best to sharpen or replace the blades. Tools that are easy to sharpen yourself include secateurs, loppers, knives, shears, scythes, hoes and spades. Ideally sharpen your tools with a hand held sharpener - don't use a power grinding tool to sharpen your tools unless you are sure you know what you're doing - it's easy to ruin a tool by sharpening them incorrectly.
Garden Tool Storage
Gardening is easier when you have the right tools for the job - but this can mean that you have a lot of tools. Putting your garden tools away properly for the winter will make them last longer as they will be protected from the weather, wear and rust, and, being kept all together, you'll know where to find them when you need them again. If you don't have an outbuilding where you can store your tools then purchase one of these purpose built garden tool storage cupboards or chests. Out tall cupboards allow you to hang up long handled tools so that they are off the ground. Whilst smaller tools - such as secateurs, knives, twine etc. - can all be kept together in one of the door pockets or on a shelf. You'll also need space to store any watering equipment. Coil up lengths of hose and hang them out of the way. Never leave garden hoses, reels or trolleys outside overwinter as these increases the chance of frost damage any pipes springing leaks when next used. Pots and containers will last longer is stored undercover over winter. Ideally store containers empty - this makes them less likely to crack. When garden tool storage space is limited, an interchangeable tool system is a great option. These let you purchase a handle and range of interchangeable heads, so that you've got less to store when not in use. These tools are also easier to transport - for example if you're taking them to your allotment.
Darlac Garden Tools
Darlac are well known for their wide range of world class Darlac garden tools, with many achieving Best Buy or Best Value status over the years. A family owned and run company for almost half a century, Darlac pride themselves on being able to develop new products or make changes to existing ones based on the needs of the gardeners using their tools. This is illustrated by their wide range of lightweight tools which have often appeared at the top of gardeners wish lists. Darlac Garden Tools have amended existed products so that they take less effort to use - such as adding a ratchet action - and have made their products even more versatile by extending the reach telescopically.
Garden Trowels
A Garden Trowel is an essential tool for the gardener and comes in handy for a wide range of tasks, from planting out small plants through to weeding in tight spaces. Trowels are good tools as they are light enough to be held in one hand, leaving your other hand free to hold the plant. Most Garden Trowels have a dished blade and a rounded point. Trowels with a stainless steel body are most popular as the blade stays shiny and will glide easily through the soil. Some trowels have measurements etched onto their blades - this is useful for measuring the planting depth. Trowel blades tend to be of a standard length - 5-6inches / 13-15cm - with the overall length including handle usually being no longer than 12inch / 30cm. However, the width of a Trowel can vary depending what it is designed to be used for. Trowels with a narrow blade are ideal for working in tight spots such as window boxes, patio containers or rockeries. You'll often find these narrow trowels called Weeding Trowels, Rockery Trowels, Bulb-planting Trowels or Transplanting Trowels. When planting out, use the Trowel as a scoop to make a hole. The pointed tip of the trowel can be used to put the soil back in around the roots, and the back of the trowel used to firm the soil down again. You can also make slits into the ground with a garden trowel by holding it like a dagger and pushing it into the ground. Simply move the trowel back and forth until the slit is wide enough to take a bulb or small bare rooted plant.
Garden Weeding Tools
With Garden Weeding Tools it's important to get the right tool for the job - using the wrong tool will result in roots being broken allowing weeds to come back again and again. Depending on the type of garden you have will affect which type of weeding tool or garden weeding tools you'll need.
The traditional weeding tool is a hoe and this is the main tool that you would use to keep flower beds or vegetable plots weed free. With a hoe the main aim is to cut through new weed roots before they get the chance to become established. To be effective using a hoe to clear the soil surface of weeds needs to be done on a regular basis.
For more established weeds you need to be able to remove the long tap root to prevent the weeds from coming back. Weeders are available designed to make it easy for you to do this - basically pushing the weeder onto the weed, twisting and pulling removes the weed with its roots. This type of weeding tool is used to tackle single weeds at a time but is very effective.
When removing weeds from between paving stones, along paths or in rockeries, you'll need to use a small, hand held tool. These types of weeding tool often have an L shaped blade that can get into narrow spaces to remove weeds, moss or anything else stuck in the gap.
Flame gun weeders are powered by gas and are used to destroy the cell structure of weeds without causing them to ignite. These Weed Burners are available as a small hand held burner for eradicating weeds in small areas. Or to tackler loads of weeds in quick time a Professional Weed Burner is available.
Garden Wheelbarrows
Garden Wheelbarrows make it easy for you to transfer even heavy loads and tools around your garden. These County Barrows include all those features that make a wheelbarrow easy to manoeuvre and really long lasting. All the wheelbarrow frames are galvanized, seam welded and have over-size cross braces to stiffen and strengthen the frame. Solid steel skids are welded onto the bottom of the legs, taking the strain of hard landings on concrete, gravel or wet soil so prolonging the life of the barrow. For improved traction and long life the tyres are 4 ply, block patterned and have pneumatic inner tubes which means you can repair them easily if required. The other feature of the County Garden Wheelbarrows is that they can be converted from having one wheel to two - with all the models available in both of these options - or you can purchase a conversion kit which can be used to turn a one wheel model into a two wheel one.
Gardena Garden Tools
Gardena was founded in 1961 when it first offered a range of Gardena garden tools designed to make light work of your garden jobs. Gardena was one of the first companies to introduce cordless garden tools back in 1973. In 1975 Garden launched a complete range of innovative secateurs and pruning loppers, many with power increasing gears, specially shaped blades or grips, which they confidently back with a 25 year warranty. Two years later Gardena introduced a system of garden tools with various interchangeable tool heads and wobble-free screw connection - all you have to purchase is one handle, then simply swop the tool heads to suit different tasks in the garden. So whether you are looking for heavy duty, premium cutting tools, or light-weight hand held pruning tools, you'll find a wide range of Gardena garden tools to fulfill all your gardening needs.
Gardening Power Tools
A good quality gardening power tool will make you time in the garden so much easier, taking the strain out of many gardening jobs.
Whether it be mowing and edging your lawn, keeping your hedges and trees under control with the relevant tools, or just performing general tidying and cleaning in your garden a gardening power tool will make life so much easier.
Grass Shears
Grass Shears are designed to make precise trimming of lawn edges and trimming around shrubs, plants, pathways etc. both easy and efficient. Short Handled Grass Shears are ideal tools when you need to trim grass in awkward places - they are also great for snipping off flowering grasses and for dead heading flowers. Short Handled Grass Shares are usually designed for single-handed use, leaving the other hand free to gather up the cuttings. Long Handled Grass Shears have been developed to take away the need to bend as you trim, making them more comfortable to use, especially over long periods. Using Long Handled Shears means you can edge your lawn whilst standing upright, so no more stooping over and getting backache.
Lawn Tools
A lawn is a focal point in many gardens, so keeping it healthy and looking good is important. You can maintain your lawn easily, without the need for heavy-duty equipment, by having the correct lawn tools and regularly caring for your lawn. Edging Irons, Grass Shears, Trimmers and Strimmers will help you to maintain a tidy edge to your lawn. An electric strimmer makes it quick and easy to produce a neat edge. However, if you prefer to use a manual tool then a pair of lawn shears will make a clean, neat edge - either shears which you can use knelt down or shears on long handles to prevent back ache. Using a traditional Edging Iron will let you dig out a neat edge to the lawn - you'd only need to do this once a year, the rest of the time use your shears to keep the edge neat.
Scarifiers are lawn tools designed to improve soil and grass condition by letting water and air through by removing the 'thatch' that can gather on your lawn. If you don't want to invest in a scarifier, then for smaller lawns you could use a wire rake to remove the thatch.
Aerators improve the health of your lawn by removing cores out of the soil. By removing these cores of soil you will be improving drainage, encouraging deeper rooting, and will help your lawn to absorb feed and top dressing. An alternative to using an aerator - again if you have a fairly small lawn - is to use a garden fork. Simply digging the fork into the lawn every 12" will help to open up the soil, improving drainage and aeration.
Finally, don't forget that you'll need to keep your lawn well watered throughout the year. The simplest way to do this is to use a sprinkler attached to your garden hose.
Loppers are used to cut through medium-size branches - branches which would be too big for secateurs and too small for a pruning saw. All Loppers have long handles compared to secateurs - the strength of the Loppers comes from these long handles which provide extra leverage and they are usually operated using two hands - so even more added strength. The blades on the Lopper will be either bypass or anvil. Bypass Loppers work like scissors, with two sharpened blades that bypass when closed. The blades on Bypass Loppers can be either straight, curved or one of each. Bypass Lopper tools give a clean, precise cut and are suitable for all types of live wood pruning. Anvil Loppers have a straight single sharpened blade that closes against a flattened edge - the 'anvil'. When cutting, the branch is forced against the anvil and the blade cuts through it. Anvil loppers tend to crush the branch so are more suitable for rough work and cutting through dead wood. Those Loppers that incorporate either a Ratchet mechanism or Geared mechanism will make it even easier for you to cut through thick material. Loppers are also available that have telescopic handles, making it easy to reach high branches and adding even more leverage.
Seed Sowers
Seed Sowers are designed to make it easy for you to sow the right number of seeds in the right amount of space. Crowded seedlings are more likely to fail as they are more receptive to damping-off disease, will be starved of light and are difficult to prick out - a good Seed Sower tool should prevent these problems from occurring and should reduce the need for thinning out seedlings.
Tool Accessories
Our range of tool accessories have been chosen to enhance your garden tools - and make it simple for you to keep your tools in good working order. Our tool accessories include sharpening tools - keeping the blades of your tools sharp makes them easier to use and more effective than tools with blunt blades. We also stock a range of replacement blades if you prefer to replace blades rather than sharpen blades. We also stock tool accessories to enable you to keep using your tools year after year - so replacement clips and bags for the Claber Cart for example.

Two Wests Product Assembly Spanner
A Spanner is required to construct many of our Two Wests own manufactured products. We've found this good quality Spanner with a 10mm open and ring end that is an ideal tool for tightening up nuts and bolts.

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