How to Sharpen a Chainsaw: Introduction

how to sharpen a chainsaw

This post is the first of a series of posts about chainsaw sharpening. We’ll start out in this post discussing the importance of keeping your chainsaw sharp. We’ll also discuss how to know when your chainsaw needs sharpening.

In subsequent posts, we’ll examine the different methods of sharpening a chainsaw (yep – there are lots of ways to do it!). And we’ll also look at some of the tools for the job. As with many things, you can spend a little or you can spend a lot for chainsaw sharpening tools.

How to Sharpen a Chainsaw

Everyone that owns a chainsaw, though, really should have the basic hand tools for sharpening a chain, along with the know-how to use them. The more expensive chainsaw sharpening tools – while great to have – aren’t something that you’ll have with you out in the field during a day of cutting wood.

But you can certainly take your simple hand tools with you so that you can touch up your chainsaw blade when it needs it. More on that later…

Nothing More Dangerous Than a Dull Blade.

You’ve heard that before, right?

Statements like ‘the most dangerous knife in the kitchen is the dullest. The safest knife is the sharpest.’

That’s a truism that applies to chainsaw blades, too. In fact, one of the most significant dangers of operating a chainsaw is kickback. And both the likelihood and violence of a kickback is increased significantly with a dull blade.

Using a chainsaw with a dull blade is also much more fatiguing than using a chainsaw with a sharp blade.

You reach a point where the dull blade is forcing you to wrestle your way through every cut. You’re fighting the saw, rather than letting it work for you.

Aside from being a very unpleasant way to work, the fatigue induced by using a dull chainsaw ups the odds of an accident. As muscles tire, you just don’t have the same reflexes and control. And that’s asking for an accident.

Of course, you can reach the same point of fatigue with a sharp chainsaw. But you’ll get there a lot quicker using a chainsaw with a dull blade.

How to Tell When it’s Time to Stop and Sharpen Your Chainsaw


As we’ve just discussed, if you have to wrestle your saw through every cut, you’re working with a dull blade.

But there’s no need to get to that point. Because there are a few things you can watch for to tip you off that the blade is starting to dull, before it gets really dull.

Watch for sawdust. Contrary to what many believe, you should not be making sawdust as you saw. A nice, sharp chain will produce wood chips, not dust. So keep an eye on the discharge from your saw. If it starts to become dusty, then your blade is dull.

Watch for smoke. Have you ever seen or smelled wood smoke as you’re making your way through a cut? That’s another warning sign that it’s time to stop and sharpen your blade. A sharp blade will chew through the wood without generating enough friction to scorch the wood and create smoke. (If you’re producing smoke, also check to see that your chain is properly oiled.)

Is your chainsaw doing the work? If your saw begins to feed itself into the wood less eagerly, it’s beginning to dull. Keep going, and you’ll notice that you’re starting to dig in with the bucking spikes more, and applying extra leverage to force the cut.

Let’s not be the Dull Blades in the Drawer! Let’s pick a chainsaw sharpener for this purpose.

You’ve heard the saying that ‘he or she isn’t the sharpest blade in the drawer’?

If you or I are using a dull chainsaw, then – at least temporarily – we’ve joined the chainsaw in being a dull blade.

And I know how easy it is: you’ve just got a little more cutting to do, you’re tired, you want to get the job done, you DON’T want to take the time to stop to sharpen the blade.

That’s D-U-M-B!

And I confess to having been DUMB that way on several occasions. Through DUMB luck, I didn’t have an accident.

But why tempt fate? Keep that blade sharp!

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Gardening Gift Ideas

More and more homeowners are taking on the task of gardening themselves. You might even know a few that take pride in their gardening experience. A gardening gift ideas can be an easy solution for friends of this stature when the occasion comes around. Purchasing a gardening gift can be as easy as a click of the search engine. The options are almost endless. Whether the gardener is a beginning, novice, or expert gardener, there is a gardening gift for everyone. You can find a gardening gift online or just take a trip to your local nursery, there are always plenty of options open for the shopper.

Gardening Gift Ideas

General plant gifts are always appreciated, while gifts of books can be an easy solution. A live plant as a gift can be an excellent idea. Seeds are another great solution for gardening gifts around the holidays. Giving a live plant during Christmas can give meaning and not take a huge dent out of your wallet. A poinsettia, or even a basic fern can bring you plenty of smiles. You can even go deeper with this idea and give live herb plants, which they can start their own herb garden with. If this is too much there is an endless variety of seedlings on the Internet to choose from. A good flower with plenty of aroma, or a combination of these can work great as a gardening gift on Christmas.

A book is always a great idea. When buying a gardening gift a garden book is a simple solution. For beginner gardeners a good idea is the step-by-step guides to gardening. The step-by-step gardening books give simple illustrated instructions to the basics of gardening. This can include the basics of plants that survive better in sun or shade, cold or hot, humid or dry and so on. They will usually include aspects of plant nutrients, the amount of commitment for a certain plant species and basic soil ingredients. There are expert books out there also but for the beginner, a good gardening book can be a fantastic gift for their new hobby.

If you are not sure if they would like a book, or are not sure which type of book they would like, a good gardening picture calendar is always a safe bet. There are plenty of garden picture calendar to choose from on the Internet. I have had plenty in my day and they make for an easy gardening gift on Christmas. Another possibility is the farmer’s almanac. Both the calendar and the farmer’s almanac can help them keep up with the changing seasons for their plants survival.

Another possibility is the gardening tool corral. Depending on the person there is usually always a tool a gardener needs to add to his collection. A good pair of gardening gloves can be an easy solution. Gardening gloves are usually a disposable item. A gardener that works in the garden often can go through a pair of gloves in a matter of weeks. Even if they are not gardening that often, there is nothing like the feel of a brand new pair of gardening gloves.


For any Christmas or gift-giving holiday, there are always gift certificates as a last resort. This way they can pick what they want where they want. If you know they garden, a gift certificate at their local nursery, home depot or Lowes, are easy solutions.

Read more: Herb Gardening At Home.

If you know somebody that is a gardener, gardening gifts are an easy solution to the Christmas gift problem. Gardening gifts can range from really cheap to excessively expensive, so it can fit anyone’s budget. As I stated earlier a good pair of gardening gloves will always be appreciated. A book can open a beginner gardeners eyes to a whole new array of options, while a live plant can be a heartwarming option on any occasion. Keep gardening gifts in mind the next time you are shopping for the holidays and run out of ideas.

Herb Gardening At Home

Herb gardening like vegetable gardening can be very useful and rewarding. Having an herb garden can produce Culinary Herbs as well as Aromatic Herbs, Ornamental Herbs, and Medicinal Herbs. The most commonly grown, and arguably the most useful herbs grown are the culinary herbs. Though aromatic herbs can make for a good perfume or incense and medicinal herbs are used for organically grow medicine. For a beginner to get an idea of which herbs to start in their first garden, it is always a good idea to take a trip to your supermarket and have a look at the herbs sold there. You can come up with your own mix of herbs that fit you best. Herbs will not only make your food taste fresh but also can keep your home smelling good all year long.

Herb Gardening

The first step when growing herbs, like growing a vegetable garden, is to plan out the size of garden you desire. For a regular home kitchen herb garden, the space needed should measure at least 18″ by 5″. You should separate the herbs by characteristic, placing the perennials with the perennials and the annuals with the annuals. Another helpful step is to label each type of plant you grow.

The next part is preparing your soil. Good drainage is by far the most important thing to remember when preparing the soil for your garden. A good idea is to place gravel about 18 inches under your soil bed so the water drains easily. You should also mix in good compost or mulch to help keep the soil from gathering and keeping to much water. Also as expected if you use fertilizer, use sparingly and only use organic. Using a garden tiller can help with mixing the soil properly. Water access is also something you should keep in mind, sprinklers or drip systems are best but if this is not possible a garden hose with a garden reel set up can do the trick.

Drying the herbs is the next step. There are various ways in which to dry herbs though I find an easy and useful way is to use a paper bag and your closet. You can just wash the leaves of your herbs and tie them together. Next you can place them in a paper bag and hang the bag in your closet. They should be kept in dark the whole time if possible, preferably in the range of 70 to 80 degrees. After a few weeks of this you can crush the leaves up and pace them in a gar. This is how I have dried the herbs in my garden and for me it has works well giving fresh herbs every time.

Some of the more often grown herbs include chives, dill, fennel, mint, various onions and basil. Basil is an excellent ingredient to add to any pasta or Italian dish. Fresh or dried chives can go great with baked potatoes, or a salad. Chives are very sturdy plants and will hold up to rougher conditions than the average herb. Mint can also be grown without allot of hassle and can go well with a jelly, or the now famous Mohito alcohol drink. The most commonly grown aromatic herb is lavender. Lavender smells great and can be used in numerous applications. You can use lavender in candles, incense and perfume.

An herb garden can be an exciting and rewarding hobby to pick up. Fresh homegrown herbs have a much brighter taste than store Bought. It can also be an excellent conversation peace when throwing a dinner party. With the proper preparation an herb garden can literally grow itself. There is not much to it after the soil and water preparation. Give it a try and taste your fresh homegrown results.

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Hydroponics Gardening Revealed

Hydroponics gardening has many benefits in comparison with an outdoor garden. There is little chance of an insect invasion, you can grow plants 24 hours a day, you can keep a desired temperature, the plants can receive extra CO2 if you desire, and they do not take a lot of space.

Hydroponics Gardening

Hydroponics gardening uses a dirt less method for growing plants. There are many different systems you can use. The most common indoor system of growing hydroponics is the ebb and flow system. The ebb and flow system essentially fills up and drains the tray that the plants are in every few hours in order to keep the roots wet. The water that goes into the tray is contained in a tub underneath the tray. The water is mixed to have the perfect amount of PH and nutrients so the plants get exactly what they need. The controlled nutrients combined with the strong lighting and perfect atmosphere makes for a perfect plant. You can grow amazing vegetables using the hydroponics such as the tomato.


Hydroponics growing does not necessarily have to be done inside. People have outdoor systems with various buckets often filled with lava rock, a tub with the perfect nutrients included in the water and a timer to make the water flow in and out every few hours. There are various options you can use for the growing medium in a hydroponics system. People use items like gravel, lava rock, perlite and sometimes just a rock wool cube

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The one touchy aspect of hydroponics gardening is keeping the correct PH balance in the water. Although, they try to make it easy by having 1 solution to increase the PH and 1 solution to decrease it, you still need to keep your eye on the PH and check the balance every other day or so. They have different tools to check the PH. There are tabs of paper you can stick in the water that turn color. You compare the color given after dipping the paper into the water, with a chart given with the item, you can then tell the correct PH from the chart. Another way is the digital meter. This is what I recommend because it is a lot less of a hassle to check and is more precise than the dipping stick.

There are many different hydroponics systems such as the ebb and flow, the drip system and the Aeroponic system. Most use the same concept and it really comes down to personal preference. The fertilizer you use is very important if you plan to grow any kind of edible product.

If you are planning on growing a vegetable garden using hydroponics, make sure to ask plenty of questions and make sure there are no harmful ingredients in the mix you are buying. This is the most important aspect of having a vegetable hydroponics garden because some solutions are harmful for your health if consumed. They do sell organic solutions which are best for a vegetable garden but the PH is much more volatile and take a little getting used to. So if you have been interested in the past or present give hydroponics gardening a try. Hydroponics gardening can produce some of the best vegetables you have ever laid your eyes on.

Even though there are hundreds of different variations, Wick, Water Culture, Ebb and Flow, Drip, N.F.T., and Aeroponic are the six most basic types of Hydroponics gardening systems. Hydroponics gardening is easy, affordable, and you can have fresh produce, flowers, herbs & spices all year long!

Insight into Container Gardening

Container gardening can be the answer for any gardener who does not have a yard to access. If you do not have a section of land to turn into a garden, by using containers for gardening you can turn your deck into your own plot of land. You can even grow your own vegetables without the need of a dirt lot of land. So if you have felt in the past that having your own garden is out of the question, container gardening can be your answer. Your dream can be a reality with container gardening.

Container Gardening

Containers can be used for any type of plant. Whether you’re into flowers, greens, or vegetables, containers can be the answer to your prayers. Container’s can be even easier to maintain than regular land garden. The one thing that is very important in the positioning of container gardening plants is the spectrum of the sun. If you’re going to grow a vegetable garden full sun is a necessity. If you do not have full sun than there are varieties of flowers and plants that can meet your needs. Your local nursery is a great source for answers to your questions.

Container gardening plants need the same things that the outdoor plants do. The containers need to have proper draining, soil, and nutrients. There are particular fertilizers for specific varieties of plants. Green leafy vegetables take more nitrogen in there mixture than root vegetables. Although there are general nutrients you can purchase for the general houseplant, fertilizers that are more specific for a certain plant variety will provide a better direct effect on the plants growth. Although it should be duly noted that container plants take slightly less fertilizer than garden plants. You should keep this in mind when preparing the soil.

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Another aspect to consider is temperature. Potted plants need to be at least 46 degrees Fahrenheit. Any lower than this and you need to take precautions such as a greenhouse or warming blankets. If the containers are in the outside on your deck wind is another thing to keep in mind. If possible it is best to bring the plants inside during the night for the colder months out of the year.

Container gardening can take very little money at first but as the plant matures and gets larger the pots will cost a little more. Although when using containers for gardening, it is possible to re-use the pots, therefore the containers are only an initial cost and do not have to be purchased again. When re-using the containers it is wise to thoroughly rinse the pots before using them for another plant.

Watering can vary from plant to plant. If you are growing vegetables tomatoes need to be watered much more often than potatoes. Different varieties of houseplants can also take varying amounts of water. It is best to do a little research or ask your local nursery for the typical amount the particular plants need.

If you do not have a deck to work with do not give up. There are windowsills that are made particularly larger in size. If you change your windows to this particular style you can achieve similar results. Depending on the amount of sun that shines in the windows of your home, vegetables can be grown indoors also. If flowers are what you’re looking for, there are many varieties that grow with even less room than the general house plant can. Perennials and annuals of many types can make for magnificent houseplants. You can replace your glade plug ins with beautiful live flowers in your home. You can turn your apartment, flat, or studio into a beautiful flowering oasis with little effort.

When growing in the fall it is best to bring your plants in at night. Though if this is not plausible there are plant verities than can withstand the frost of the colder nights. My favorite is jasmine. There are many more plants that can work in the cold. If you just do a little research you would be surprised.

If container gardening is something you want to try there are many free resources on the Internet to get all the information you need. Their container plants that you can grow at any time of the year. If you live in an apartment and thought a garden was not available to you, container gardening is the way to go. Give container gardening a try and you will be surprised with the options available to you.

Gardening gloves Today

In my opinion every gardeners tool shed should poses a pair of good gardening gloves. The garden glove has been around a long time, and for good reason. Gardening gloves do not just stop your hands from getting dirty, they actually reduce the risk of getting cuts, infections, scratches, blisters, and even nerve damage. Garden gloves are essential for any gardening enthusiast. Gardening are a pain saver and will pay tenfold for their initial purchase cost.

Gardening gloves

A good garden glove should fit comfortably. They should not be large, heavy or bulky. A good gardening glove should be lightweight, fit snug and be easy to use. The new Garden gloves that are coming out daily have the essential grip, added ventilation, and sometimes even pockets for smaller things you do not want falling out of your pockets. The most important factor is always function. So when you try a pair of gardening gloves on make sure above all that they are not too bulky and you can handle items easily. For a tougher type of job I would suggest a good Cowhide. Cowhide is usually not very expensive and can tackle the tougher jobs If the job does not entail tough thorns than I would suggest cotton back gloves which are not as hot. Though, for the colder days an insulated warm glove can be nice it is a bit bulkier so it does not do so well for the summer heat and smaller jobs.

If you are a rose gardener, a pair of tough garden gloves are essential. Rose gloves have actually come a long way. Rose garden gloves used to be heavy bulky and hot. They have now figured out how to make a material less bulky but still have enough strength to keep thorns out. They are usually 100% tough lightweight suede cloth. Sturdy but breathable to the touch. This helps on the hot summer days. The rose garden gloves also usually have a padded palm for extra protection. Specific gloves for a specific job are nice but not always essential. So if you are going to buy 1 pair of gloves and that’s it, I suggest one that fits snug, not too bulky, but sturdy enough for a heavy job here and there.

One brand names I can think of that I have used are below if you want a reference. I do suggest though you pick the gloves that feel the best for yourself: Garden Works- These are easy to work in and breath nicely. You can look them up.

There are many to choose from so have a look and feel to check for options that fit your budget and your need. I have personally gone through so many I cannot really give a favorite brand. Gardening gloves in my opinion are just an essential part of gardening. Garden gloves save your hands from avoidable pain. Take the next step in your gardening hobby and buy a good pair of garden gloves. As always a good source for questions on gardening gloves is your local garden store.

Finding the Correct Gardening Tools

If want to take the next step in your Gardening experience, then the next step is to acquire the right gardening tools. Gardening tools will pay themselves back tenfold. You might have a temptation to go out to the garden tool store and just buy the nearest tool that comes in sight, but you will be much farther off putting thought into the particular style and type of gardening tools you want to purchase before going ahead with the transaction. Particular types of garden tools are fitted for different types of gardening. You should sit down and think of the types of gardening would be compatible with the projects you will be performing in your reconstruction and maintenance.

Gardening Tools

Most gardening tools you can find at a close by gardening store or Home Depot etc. Employees are more often than not happy to assist you in acquiring the specific gardening tools that you need. Stores that are particular to gardening will have free advice at your disposal. I can say that a lot of the green thumb ability I have today is from talking to Garden store employees.

When your search for the correct gardening tool has run dry you can usually find the gardening tool you need online. There is the underlying shipping cost but when you put all your tool orders into one the gardening tool savings pays for itself. When buying gardening tools online you should always do a little research and make sure the dealer is reliable.

You might think you own all you will ever need for a garden tool for digging, but having the right garden tool will save much wasted time. A round point shovel is always necessary for most jobs, but if your want to be more precise you will need a spade. These gardening tools perform a much different purpose. Where a round point shovel is needed for digging a hole for a larger plant, a spade will be used for the smaller more precise gardening. I pitchfork is also nice to have in your collection, though it will not be used nearly as often, it does come in handy once in a while. A good gardening rake is a must. You will most likely already have a lawn rake but a garden rake is quite different and will prove to have quite a purpose in the garden. The bow head rake is my personal favorite, and I suggest when buying a garden rake you look for this model. It’s gives much more accuracy in the garden than a lawn rake. For the garden hoe I believe you should have at least 2 of these in every gardening tool collection. The models I use myself are the onion hoe and the warren hoe. The first is lighter and more precise and the second is for larger jobs. Owning a variety of Gardening tools will make your work more productive and save you time for other tasks.

Read more: Maintaining a Compost Heap.

There is a notion out there that a variety of gardening tools are not especially important to have in your tool collection. I beg to differ. You will notice after you start your gardening tool collection that the right tool for the right job is extremely valuable. Just trust me on this, go out and get your few garden tools and your next garden session will speak for itself.

Maintaining a Compost Heap

When you incorporate landscaping on your property, you will more than likely have a large amount of organic waste. Organic waste can include everything from grass clippings and dead plants to the fall leaves which fall onto your lawn. Most property owners go through a great deal of trouble and expense to bag and dispose of the organic waste. A savvy landscaper will see that this organic waste is actually a true treasure. Don’t throw your organic waste away, use it as compost.

Maintaining a Compost

Your organic waste can actually be more valuable to you than any fertilizers or chemicals that you can buy. All you have to do is process this organic waste by using decomposition. Even uneaten food can be put into your compost heap. Once decomposed, all this organic matter becomes top grade nutrition for your garden, lawn, or trees to use.

The best place to maintain a compost pile is in your backyard. Most people believe compost heaps are equal to rotting garbage and think compost heaps emit foul odors. However, so long as a compost heap is maintained properly, there will be no offensive odor. It is important for a compost heap to get plenty of oxygen. It is also important for the compost heap to have water applied to it.

It is best if you have an area with a large square footage to devote to a compost pile. The more you can spread out the organic waste, the better. If the organic waste is piled too high, it will not properly decompose. You could actually convert the roof of your shed or tool shack into a compost pile. Obviously, you would have to put some boards around the edges so the compost does not fall off. By doing this, you are keeping your compost pile out of the way, and you are utilizing space that otherwise would go to waste.

After you have collected all your organic waste for your compost pile, it is time to start decomposing it. You should moisten the entire pile. This helps the decomposition process. You should also try and cut the organic material into smaller pieces, if at all possible. As the organic material combines and compresses it will begin to decompose. You should frequently aerate the decomposing material. You can use a shovel or an aeration tool to puncture many holes into the organic material. This will allow the oxygen to flow through the pile and further allow the decomposition process to happen.

As you can see, maintaining a compost pile has many benefits. It allows you to re-use organic waste you would normally throw away. It can save you a lot of money in both disposal and fertilizer costs. The hardest part about having a compost pile is deciding where to put it. As long as you properly take care of the compost pile, you won’t have any odor problems. A compost pile isn’t something pretty to look at, so be sure to keep it out of view of your lawn and or garden.

Know more about: Gardening Tips for A beautiful Garden.

Gardening Tips for A beautiful Garden

I will mention a few gardening tips that have worked for me. When starting your own garden there is no need to go in blind. You have plenty of available information at your disposal. The Internet, gardening magazines, gardening books and clubs are all great sources for gardening tips. In my experience you need to plan out your garden on paper. You will need to decide the size you are aiming for, and the amount of square feet available. You will also need to factor in the suns direction and how many hours of sun the plot will have available during the day. The gardening tips will then include mulching, fertilizer, and soil preparation. You will need to factor in garden hose length preferably kept with a garden hose reel, and a garden sprinkler if possible. You should also consider the strength of the dirt pack that the tiller will be used to break up.

Gardening Tips


Gardening Tip 1

Plan out your garden on paper before attempting to lie out your garden. This can save you a lot of wasted time and energy in the end. Having a plan ahead of time is always the best route to go for any task. My favorite way to plan out my garden is to grab a chair, a clipboard, some paper and a pen and have a good look at the section of the yard that I plan on using. Having the space visible will make it easier for ideas to flow. Locate your garden hose and garden reel and take into account the distance between the garden and the hose.

Reed more: Making a Garden Part.

Gardening Tip 2

Soil preparation is a major factor in the future results of your garden. If you are growing vegetables it is extremely necessary to consider what ingredients are going into your soil. Good soil preparation is much easier to break up with a good tiller in your arsenal. A garden tiller will turn your mixture of soil for you and completely mix in all the ingredients. Though fertilizers do give the plants needed nutrients, I recommend good compost for vegetable gardens. You might think of compost as being a daunting task, but it will more than pay for itself in the end. Homemade compost can be an excellent source of nutrients for your vegetables but sometimes is out of the question. Mulch is an excellent substitute for the home compost mixture. When choosing mulch make sure you pick soft woods such as redwood, hemlock, pine or spruce. The softer woods break down much easier producing a wonderful organic nutrient. If you are able to make your own compost you should use it on your favorite plants as it takes time to produce. When the soil mix is done make sure to mix the soil well using a garden tiller.

Gardening Tip 3

When you are done with the soil preparation it is always wise to lay your plants out on top of your garden before planting them. This way you can take a step back and imagine the future results. In my experience it is best to group plants together by similar characteristics. The plant varieties that grow bushy and have a large radius should be grouped together, with the smaller root plants grouped in the same manor. Having the taller plants in the back and ascending in height toward the front of you garden is also advisable. This way the plants get the most out of their space.

Gardening Tip 4

Keeping up with the watering can be a hassle so it is advisable to use garden sprinklers if at all possible. If putting garden sprinklers in the ground is not an option there are sprinklers that screw onto the garden hose end that work quite well. There are timers available that will make the garden sprinkler a self-sustained watering system.

Gardening can be a wonderful hobby. It can be very self-fulfilling to notice your gardening skills increase, to be able to eat your own produce, and to beatify your yard. Using the gardening tips above will help you be on your way and on the right track to a luscious beautiful garden of your own.

Making a Garden Part II

Part one of this two part series covered how to plan your garden to ensure it would receive maximum sunlight. This article will cover how to prepare the soil for the garden.

Making Garden

Depending on what size garden your landscaping plans call for will depend on how you plant the garden. If you want a large area devoted to a garden the ground should be ploughed and the sod turned under. However, if you want a small garden to add to your landscaping, you would want to plough and remove the sod. The best way to remove the sod is to stake off the garden spot and tie rope to the stakes. By doing this, you will have an accurate and straight line to follow. Use a spade to dig into the edges along the line. The smaller the area, the easier this task will be. Once you edge your stake line with the spade, the sod will be easy to remove. Once you have the edging done, you can roll it up just as you would a carpet and remove it.

If you have a larger garden, then you will have to remove the sod in sections, you can use sections a foot wide. Then you can roll these sections up like a rug. The mistake most people make when dealing with the sod from their garden is they get rid of it. The sod has a lot of rich nutrients your future garden could use. What you want to do is pack the sod, grass side down. Then let nature take its course, and let it decompose. Once it is decomposed, it makes an excellent fertilizer. This is the easiest way to make a compost pile. When tending to your landscaping, you should do this with any organic matter. For example, instead of bagging your grass clippings and getting rid of them, use them to make a compost pile. In the fall, do the same with your leaves. This will help you save some money on fertilizer.

If you do plan on having a large garden added to your landscaping, when you plough, you should pick up the larger pieces of sod. Instead of turning them under, shake them off, and use them for a compost pile.

It’s going to take more than spading to prepare your land for a garden. Spading usually will leave large lumps of soil. As you are spading the ground, try to break up these large lumps of soil as best as you can. The soil has to be nice and smooth in order for the seeds to take root. If your soil isn’t properly broken up, the seed cannot penetrate the soil. It will just get stuck in the lump of soil and not go into the earth. The spade is not the best tool for breaking up the soil sufficiently. A rake is a great tool for breaking up medium to medium large chunks of soil. If you have large chunks of soil, the best garden tool is the hoe.

Most novice gardeners do not know how to properly use a hoe. The hoes main task is to get rid of weeds and mix up the surface soil. In the summer it is used to help the soil retain moisture. Many people hoe the soil too aggressively. They hack and whack at the soil too hard. Hoeing should not be extremely vigorous. Spading should be vigorous, but not raking and hoeing.

Once all the lumps of soil are broken up, use the rake to smooth it out. Now the majority of work for your beautiful new landscaping garden is done. It will be hard work up until this point, but once your garden is planted and your flowers or vegetables begin to grow, all this hard work will be well worth the effort.