Magazine article Sunset

Tools for Those Tight Spaces

Magazine article Sunset

Tools for Those Tight Spaces

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AS GARDENS GROW UP, tool sizes tend to go down. When you find yourself working beneath, between, and around plants, you need tools that are smaller and more precise. Following are some of our favorite choices.

Cultivators and weeders. Single-tined cultivators are at their best slipping through the spaces in closely planted bulb and flower beds. Drag the tine through the soil to loosen it, then hand-pull weeds. They come out with little or no resistance. Use the dull-tipped kind (pictured at upper right) in soils that have weeds that send out runners; the blade will pull up the runners without severing them, so you can get the whole plant at once.

When your goal is to slice off weeds below ground level, use the kind with a single blade attached (often called Bar Harbor or New England weeders).

Crack weeders are perfect for removing grass that grows through cracks between bricks. …

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