If you've been working in the garden for any amount of time, you have more than probably worked with a shovel or you've needed the services of a shovel at one time or another. There is nothing more frustrating about working with a shovel than to not know exactly which kind to use for any particular job. In this article you will learn information that pertains to all the different types of shovels available, and how to choose the right one for any specific job you may have. Depending on the specific job you're working on, this will determine the type of tool you'll need for the job and how effective it will be at solving your problem.
* What is a shovel?
A shovel is used for lifting, digging, and moving different types of material that can be scooped or shoveled from one location to the next. These tools can be used for dirt, gravel, sand, snow, and garden soil. These types of tools are common to every household and are used on a frequent basis. You will find that many of these tools are made with steel blades and wooden handles; however, they can be found with hardened plastic blades and fiber glass handles.
* What is the difference between a shovel and a spade?
Many people call a spade a shovel and vice-verse, but the truth of the matter is a spade is pointed or sharp edged, and is used for breaking up hard ground so it can be shoveled out in a proper manner. The square head with a flat front is the design for a basic shovel. They are meant for shoveling all types of materials that simply need to be moved from one location to the next.
* How many different shovels are available?
There are many different styles and types available for about every kind of job you can think of. There are long handles, short handles, fiberglass, steel, hardened wood, and aluminum. Some are made for snow, coal, dirt and gravel, and others are made for gardening, sand, and horse barns. If you need a specific type, there is a shovel for every type of job imaginable.
* Why choose a short handle over a long handle?
When using the right tool for the right job this will help you get the work done a lot quicker and without hurting yourself. So choosing a long handle over a short handle really amounts to leverage, or the area in which you have to work in. The long handle will give you all the leverage you need, but you have to be careful not to put too much pressure on the handle for fear it might break. The short handle will allow you to get in to tight spots and get the work done much quicker, and without too much difficulty.
Choosing the right tool for any job is important, but knowing the type of shovel you'll need will help to save your back and prevent an unforeseen injury. Working in the garden will require having both a spade and a flat head which will help you with any job you may have in the garden.