Real World Gardener Weeding Tools for Lawns in Tool Time

August 10th, 2017

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TOOL TIME

Weeding Lawns

Did you know that knee problems start with gardening on your knees for long periods of time?

But you don’t have to get down on your knees to do weeding these days if you’ve got the right tools.

Even weeding lawns is possible without spraying and kneeling.

So let’s find how to make that weeding job  in the lawn a little bit easier.

I'm talking with Tony Mattson General Manager of www.cutabovetools.com.au

PLAY: Weeding Tools part 1_26th July 2017

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The Weed Hoe (pictured right)  is exclusive to Cut Above Tools. 

Operation is by a foot pedal to lever out the weed and the two handles to take the weed out of the lawn or garden bed. 

 

Real World Gardener's Tip for Lawn Weed Control.

Get to know your grass type and the ideal cutting height for good health and strong growth.

 

When cut no lower than that height, and when cut before it gets too long, the grass will usually out-compete weeds as long as it’s also fertilized and watered properly. 

If you have any questions about weeding tools why not email us realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

 

 

 

 
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Real World Gardener NEW Weeding Tools in Tool Time

August 3rd, 2017

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TOOL TIME

Hand Weeding Tools for Garden Beds

 

Weeding the garden is one of those chores that you either keep putting off or you like doing.

Perhaps you liked doing it when your back was stronger and your knees not so sore but now you’re finding it that much harder.

Sure there’s spraying the weeds with herbicide but in between those cabbage or broccoli plants or in between those flowering bulbs or annuals it’s a little bit difficult to prevent the spray from getting onto the plants you want to keep.

So that leaves mechanical weeding.

So let’s find how to make that weeding job a little bit easier.

I'm talking with Tony Mattson General Manager of www.cutabovetools.com.au

PLAY: Weeding Tools part 1_26th July 2017

 

Weeding tools for mechanical weeding include, forks, all manner of hoes,, trowels cultivators and the NEW Garden Hook.

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The "garden hook" along with cultivator and weeding tool. Handles sizes to help with weeding without kneeling.

The good news is there’s longer handles to help you do the weeding to which you can attach various cultivators or weeding hoes.

Don't bend over anymore, but purchase a long adjustable handle that can be fitted with different types of cultivators, and garden hooks.

 

Weeding is not only therapeutic but helps your plants stay healthy by removing competition plus weeds often harbour pests which then move onto your wanted plants.

 

This not only saves your back but your knees as well.

If you have any questions about weeding tools why not email us realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

 
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Real World Gardener Delicious Dragon Fruit is Plant of the Week

April 24th, 2017

PLANT OF THE WEEK

Dragon Fruit 

Hylocereus undadatus

 

Not every plant that gets featured in this segment is your typical perennial, whether it’s a shrub, bush or ground-cover.

 

From time to time, we like to delve into the unusual but ornamental and sometimes just downright functional and even edible.

 

Some fruits come from trees, think peaches, apples pears: 

 

Some from climbers, -passionfruit, raspberries, 

 

A a few others grow on cacti.

 

You might think of a prickly pear for cactus fruit, but today’s plant fits into the last category. 

 

Highly ornamental, edible, yet growing on a cactus.

Let’s find out about this plant.

 

I'm talking with he plant panel: Karen Smith, editor of Hort Journal www.hortjournal.com.au and Jeremy Critchley, The Green Gallery wholesale nursery owner. www.thegreengallery.com.au

 

Dragon fruit are considered super fruit, and their flowers are spectacular,so that’s reason enough to get planting one.

Sometimes the flower of this cactus if referred to as "Queen of the Night."

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Dragon fruit flower

This title makes it seems that you have to out there with a torch to observe the brilliance and inhale the perfume. 

But as Karen points out, the flower often last well into daylight hours, so we can all breathe a sigh of relief.

Certainly it last long enough for moths or bats to come by and pollinate it so every gardener can enjoy the unusual fruit.

 
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Real World Gardener GREAT Watering Nozzles in Tool Time

October 28th, 2016

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TOOL TIME

Hand watering is often necessary to top up natural rainfall or irrigation.

Except you’re sick of continually buying watering nozzles for your garden because they keep breaking down and just not working.

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So you go down to the garden centre or big box store to see what is on offer because those cheap supermarket ones don’t seem to last.

There are three main types:(1)-hand held jet nozzle and (2) pattern or dial nozzle that can have up to 8 patterns  that include jet, mist, shower and soaker.(3)watering wand or elongated nozzle.

So which one should you get and is it money well spent?

This next segment answers all those questions.

Let’s find out .I'm talking with Tony Mattson general manager of www.cutabovetools.com.au

PLAY: Watering Nozzles_19th October 2016

It would seem the plastic watering nozzles are not an investment unless you want to buy one every few months.

Then you have to decide if you’re the sort of gardener that likes that dial with lots of different patterns or is quite happy with that sturdy jet nozzle that fans out to do the garden bed.

The blokes seems to go for the jet nozzle so they can hose down the path, wash the car and maybe fan out the water so it does a bit of the garden.

The ladies on the other hand prefer the dial type of nozzle with a variety of patterns.

Tony mentioned that often these nozzles clog up and either don't turn off or stop working properly because of either calcium build up or dirt.

Look for ones that you can clean out, such as pictured below from the Cut Above Tools Range.

Made of sturdy metal, the back can be removed and cleaned out.

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You can catch up that segment by listening to the podcast www.realworldgardener.com

If you have any questions about watering nozzles or have some advice to share, drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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Real World Gardener NEW garden secateurs in Tool Time

September 21st, 2016

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TOOL TIME

How many secateurs do you have?

Just the one?

If that’s you, then you’re in for a surprise because secateurs are like dressmaking scissors, or side cutters in the blokes shed, and that is you probably need more than one for the different jobs you might have in the garden.

So just in case you’re in the market for a new pair here’s some timely advice.

Let’s find out. I'm talking with Tony Mattson,  General Manager of www.cutabovetools.com.au

Orange-Anniversary-Secateurs-Straight-SnThe real interest gardener might have anywhere between 2 to 4 pairs of secateurs while the casual gardener may make do with one.

There were plenty of tips for updating your secateurs or adding one to your garden tool kit.

We only briefly mentioned left handed secateurs and cut and hold secateurs which are helpful for pruning roses so that cut branch can be put directly into your garden trug or whatever you’re using to put the prunings in.

There are also a new type of spring that looks like a coil rather than the traditional veloute spring for secateurs.

Florists use them day in and day out so look out for secateurs with those types of springs.

You can catch that up by listening to the podcast www.realworldgardener.com

If you have any questions about secateurs or have some information to share, drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675 and I’ll send you a packet of seeds.

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Real World Gardener Hedge and Grass Shears in Tool Time

April 8th, 2016

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TOOL TIME

Do you use a whipper snipper for just about every edging job in your garden?

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Hedge Shears

Are you happy with the results?

Whipper snippers aren’t so good for areas where you’ve got lots of low growing plants that have crept over your lawn.

If these plants get whippered-snippered back, not only does it look ugly, but sometimes these plants do recover that well.

The same with electric trimmers. They tend to tear.

So what’s the alternative?

Hedge shears, Grass shears, Topiary shears.

Straight blades or wavy blades.

Which is best to use for you?

I'm talking with Tony Mattson, General Manager of Cut Above Tools. www.cutabovetools.com.au

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Edging Shears

 

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Grass Shears

There's no difference in weight between straight and wavy blades.

However, if you try and cut branches that are too big or hard for the shears, then you risk bending the blades or putting them out of alignment.

 

Try and work out what your purpose is and what you're trying to cut. You might need those long handled loppers for the tougher parts of the job.

 

Blades' length vary from 20 - 25 cm (8 - 10 inches,) any longer than that is not efficient.

By investing in quality tools, you’re likely to have less fatigue, fewer breakdowns and longer tool life.

 

When choosing the type of hedge shears you want, think about how much you'll use them, where you'll use them, who will be using them, and, of course, how much you can spend on them.

There’s no need to use your hedge shears to cut your lawn edges; for that your need grass shears or edging shears because these are perfect for lawn edges.

 

 

If you have any questions about hedge or grass shears, or have some information to share, drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

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Real World Gardener The Right Tool for the Right Job in Tool Time

February 27th, 2016

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TOOL TIME

Do you have all the tools you need to do those cutting jobs in the garden?

Secateurs are good for small pruning jobs where you can cut stems and branches about the size of your first finger.

Generally if it's green it cuts more easily than hardened branches sometimes found lower down on shrubs and hedges.

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Cut and Hold pruners. Photo. Cut Above Tools

For the harder stems you might need to reach for something bigger.
Or are you struggling with some old secateurs and a rusty pair of garden loppers?
Don’t know what loppers are?
Let’s find out about what tools you should be using for those pruning jobs in the garden. I'm talking with Tony Mattson, General Manager of www.cutabovetools.com.au

Some long handled pruners use the "cut and hold," method. They're about 3 metres long when extended and have a trigger. The beauty of "cut and hold" loppers is that once you've pruned it, you can bring the pruned branch down.

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Well used garden tool selection.

Good for tops of Camellias or getting the fruit of mango and avocado trees.
The best tip is to hold the pruning tool that you’re thinking of buying for at least a minute to see if you can stand the weight.
This is a good idea because when you’re pruning your garden shrubs, hedges roses or whatever, you’ll be out there for a lot longer than a minute or two.
So if you think that long handled lopper is too heavy for you, don’t get the tool.
If you have any questions about the right tool for the right job, drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

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Real World Gardener Garden Gloves in Tool Time

December 18th, 2015

TOOL TIME

Do you wear garden gloves when you’re doing jobs in the garden?

Garden gloves come in all shapes, colours, materials.

Some last really well, others don’t and you probably won’t buy them again.

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Garden glove selection; leather gauntlets are good for rose pruning.

But why wear garden gloves?

Let’s find out if wearing gardening gloves is really that important. I'm talking with Tony Mattson, General Manager of www.cutabovetools.com.au

From spider bites, to ingrained dirt, gardening gloves protect your hands but not all gloves will work for all the situations in your garden.

That means you might have to have several different types on hand in the gardening cupboard, or under the sink in the laundry.

Leather gloves for rose pruning or pruning prickly plants, waterproof gloves when digging around in wet soil or potting mix, and all round gloves for general jobs.

 

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Rubber gloves are good for wet work and thermal gloves are great for cold days.

 

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If even you’re just picking up leaves, gardening gloves protect from unexpected nasties lurking amongst them.

 

Important: Try the gloves before you buy them. 

They need to fit like a ahem, glove. That means there is no space at the top of your fingers and no gap in between the fingers of the gloves. 

All gloves are made to a price point. You can buy them for as little as $5 or as much as $50 dollars.

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Real World Gardener Clean Gardening Practises on Soil Savvy

October 16th, 2015

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SOIL SAVVY

Wouldn't you like a garden this this one; thriving, lush and disease free?

So nice you could hold a tea party.

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Sometimes our garden plants go along for years then all of a sudden, they drop dead and we’re left wondering why?
The answer can lie in a number of different factors and a slip in hygiene practises in the garden sometimes has a role to play in the demise of your plant.
So what does that mean for us gardeners?
Let’s find out by listening to the podcast with Soil Scientist Penny Smith

You soil is a living eco-system so don't go pouring anti-fungal drenches on your soil or you will end up with no micro-organisms.

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Spray tools with methylated spirits and water solution

Hygiene practises in the garden is more than just keeping your garden tidy.
Pathogens can lie dormant for many years, just waiting for the right conditions.
Good garden hygiene, is sometimes referred to as “clean gardening practices”, will help to prevent the build up of pathogens and pests.
Make their life short in your garden by following best hygiene practises.

Secateurs can spread fungal problems, so clean tools between plants.

In fact after the jobs done, spray all the tools that you have used with a 70% methylated spirits and 30% water solution. Keep the solution in a labelled spray bottle where you keep your garden tools.

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Disease-spreading organisms can, and will, be carried from plant to plant by using contaminated pots, trays, soil, tools and even our hands if proper precautions are not taken. 
Pots, seed trays and propagating tools should be kept scrupulously clean on an ongoing basis. 
Growing containers should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before each replanting. They can be scrubbed and cleaned using water and a natural detergent and then disinfected by soaking in a 10% bleach solution before being rinsed with clear water and allowed to dry. 
Better yet, a quality garden disinfectant may be used for this purpose. Cutting and digging tools, including hands, should also be washed and disinfected after each use

If you have any questions about hygiene practises in the garden or have some information you’d like to share, why not email realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville

NSW 1675

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Real World Gardener Cleaning Your Tools in Tool Time

September 25th, 2015

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TOOL TIME

Talking with Tony Mattson, General Manager of www.cutabovetools.com.au

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What do you do at the end of a few hours’ worth or even a day’s worth of gardening?
Do you remember to put the tools away?
More importantly do you give your tools a wipe down to remove all the gum and gunk after pruning?
We gardeners sometimes overstretch ourselves when we’re out in the garden and some of those finishing tasks get neglected. Let’s see how we can fix all that on tool time.

Tool time covered sharpening secateurs in a previous segment and you can hear the podcast of that segment by putting in sharpening secateurs in the search bar on www.realworldgardener.com
Are you surprised about steel wool not being so good to use on the blades of your pruning tools?
Encouraging rust to grow is not what we want at all so those soft brass brushes are the ticket for giving your secateurs a good clean.
Now that they’re nice and sharp let’s resolve to keep them nice and clean each time we use those pruning tools.
Then we coat the blades with some sort of machine oil based, such as sewing machine oil or even some olive oil.
The silicone based oils dry without leaving a coating so are not that protective of your gardening tools.
Apologies to all those conscientious gardeners, who have the energy to religiously clean first and then put their pruning tools away at the end of the day. 

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