What's the Difference?
Dibbler or dibber vs bulbs planterEver wondered if there’s a difference between two garden products, tools or ways of doing something? Tool time will look at some of these differences over the next few months.
- Today, it’s about the difference between a tool that’s used to mainly plant bulbs.
- Planting bulbs is a lot of fun, but can quickly turn into a chore if you have quite a few different bulbs that need to go into the garden.
- Just imagine planting out the scene pictured, at Keukenhoff in the Netherlands.
- Every type of bulb will have a preferred depth and spacing so to get it right you will need a special tool.
- This is where those bulb planters of plant dibbers come in handy.
Some come with a T-shaped handle, others just a rounded knob at the top.
Dibbers are great for quickly planting up lots of small bulbs, seeds and transplanting seedlings.
Bulb planters are mainly for bulbs, big ones and little ones, but especially big ones.
- This is a heavy duty implement that acts much like an apple corer with either a short or long handle. Bulb planters have the ability to push through hard soil because of their serrated edge and also have a spring-loaded handle that dumps the ‘core’ of soil you pushed through.
- This also makes it a handy tool for digging out bulbous weeds such as oxalis and onion weed, and it can be used to planting small seedlings and tubestock, too.
- Depth markings are along the side taking the guesswork out of planting.
High quality carbon steel ones will keep their edges sharp and not get coated with rust if you are forgetful about cleaning your garden tools.
Let’s find out more: I'm talking with Tony Mattson, General Manager from www.cutabovetools.com.au
Garden Snips vs SecateursYou would think that gardening tools would have all the same name pretty much all around the world.
What else would you call a spade ?
Perhaps a trowel may have a few different names, but what about secateurs and garden snips?
Are they the same thing?
- Secateurs are sometimes called pruning shears or hand pruners .
My Toolkit: Felco No8 secateurs
- Secateurs can be bypass style, where the cutting blade passes a curved non-cutting 'anvil.'
- Secateurs can also be anvil style where the cutting blade cuts into a 'anvil.'
- Good quality secateurs will cut easily, feel comfortable to hold and spare parts are able to be purchased.
- Secateurs are used for the 'green' wood on plants cutting easily up to the diameter of a person's fingers.
- Garden snips are best used for trimming off spent flowers on plants such as calibroachoa, petunias, and other annuals and perennials. Light trimming of soft 'green' plant material is OK as long as the stems or branches are not too thick. Garden snips don't have the cutting power of secateurs.
Like me, a lot of gardeners would have both types of secateurs-anvil and bypass as well as a pair of snips.
After all, not everything can be pruned with the one tool.
go for cheap and the bulb planter rusts, there’s no amount of elbow grease that will get it off. So give it a good clean and dry thoroughly after each time you use it.
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