You can cope with landings with a minimum set of tools, which includes a shovel, rake, watering can and a few more items. However, any hobby, including gardening, should not be hard work, but pleasure. Over the decades of innovations in gardening technology, many devices have been invented to make the work of hobbyists easier. School of Renovation Experts "Leroy Merlin" talk about 6 available tools that allow you to take care of spring seedlings faster and more efficiently.
1. Garden thermometer
This instrument makes it possible to take accurate readings of the temperature of the surface layer of the soil. A garden thermometer differs from a conventional thermometer in shape: its lower part is made in the form of a pin that allows you to bury the sensitive part of the device into the ground.
Even if experience suggests that the time is right for planting, the soil is too cold. Planting plants in insufficiently heated soil can lead to the fact that tubers, cuttings or other planting material become sick or rotted.
It is especially important to measure the temperature of the soil if you decide this season to try to plant something new and not very common in our climate, such as grapes. Opening the guide, you will make sure that the recommendations for the care of this plant indicate a specific soil temperature. Experienced gardeners recommend measuring soil temperature for three consecutive days.
2. Soil moisture meter
The device evaluates the saturation of the soil with moisture - this parameter is no less important for plant health than the soil temperature. There are several types of moisture meters, from complex and requiring calibration for different types of soil to universal. As a rule, a simple moisture meter is sufficient for caring for all types of garden and horticultural plants that tolerate the northern climate well.
The device is a pin that is buried about 15 centimeters into the soil. A measuring unit with a scale is attached to the upper part of the pin, allowing you to determine the moisture level.
A sprayer is a device with a reservoir in which you can create overpressure using a hand pump. The liquid from the reservoir enters a hose equipped with a nozzle. Passing through the nozzle, the liquid is divided into many streams, consisting of very small droplets. Thanks to this principle, it is possible to apply various substances to plants that protect them during the period of intensive foliage growth and flowering.
Usually sprayers are used to apply fungicides, insecticides, herbicides to shoots and leaves. Sprayers come in a variety of sizes, from small (500 ml) to large (up to 16 liters). The choice of volume allows you to choose the right model depending on the size of the garden.
A pololnik is a special garden tool that will be needed to protect the seedlings of garden plants from weeds. The working part of the tool resembles a loop made from a strip of steel. The bottom of the loop is a sharpened blade. The working part is attached to the handle.
Thanks to the special shape of the tool, the hinge can slide underground without going too deep into the ground. The tool is designed to cut the roots of weeds below ground level. After treatment with a weeder, weeds dry out. At the same time, it is much more convenient to work as a weeder than as a garden hoe.
5. Programmer for the irrigation system
The programmer is an electronic device for controlling the water supply in the irrigation system at the personal plot. The programmer makes it possible to organize irrigation in automatic mode, at specified intervals, or to turn on irrigation manually. On it, you can set the duration and frequency of watering - for example, with an interval of several hours or several days.
In some models, for example, Geolia Premium, connection of two water supply channels is available. There are two options for timer settings available for them, each of which can be programmed independently. The current settings are shown on the display. The device uses the energy of the battery for operation, in the event of a complete discharge or failure of the battery, the water supply is blocked. The kit includes a filter that protects the device valve from clogging.
The robust ABS plastic casing is designed for operation in different weather and temperature conditions, successfully withstands ultraviolet radiation and is protected from water ingress.
Planting is a fairly broad concept, and your lawn also needs treatment after winter. To simplify the task of caring for lawn grass, it is worth purchasing a scarifier aerator. It is a garden lawn care tool that looks like an electric mower. However, unlike a mower, the aerator is equipped not with a knife, but with a mechanism that removes from the surface of the ground everything that interferes with the development of lawn grass: remnants of cut grass, weeds, moss, foliage. At the same time, the aerator creates many holes in the soil.
Grass roots require air, water and dissolved nutrients. The aerator loosens and cleans the soil and creates conditions for the penetration of air, water and fertilizer to the grass roots.
Depending on the model, the aerators operate on a 220 V household network or on rechargeable batteries. The second option is preferable today, since manufacturers of cordless tools offer a wide range of equipment powered by batteries of the same model. By purchasing a cordless aerator and battery, you will not only get the advantage of mobility, but also the ability to use the battery with other tools of the same brand.