Every enthusiastic gardener has his favorite garden tool. It could be something they did themselves to tackle a particular job, or that was passed on, or that is new and improved. Mine is the Hori Hori garden knife. Garden knives are used by many and countless. Read on to find out when and how to use a garden knife.
What is a garden knife?
A garden knife is simple in itself. It’s just a blade and a handle with no moving parts. Don’t let this simplicity fool you. I find it absolutely priceless and I use it every time I’m in the garden.
A Hori-Hori garden knife, which is the most popular, is a digging tool (and so much more!) That originated in Japan. The name comes from the Japanese word “hori” which means “dig”, and when “doubled”, “hori hori” refers to the sound of the dig in spoken Japanese. The blade is serrated, suitable for sawing roots, tubers, and dense soils, and is between 28 and 38 cm long.
The knife is light and ergonomic, important for the marathon garden days. There are different types of stainless steel or carbon steel. Although a bit more expensive, the lighter carbon steel knives with wooden handles are honestly worth a little more money. After all, the Japanese have centuries of sword forging experience, which is also reflected in this small tool.
However, there are also stainless steel brands with plastic handles. If you’re one of those people like me who is prone to losing garden tools in the garden litter bin, I would recommend buying the cheaper version that works just as well. In other words, just an average garden knife will do.
How and when to use a garden knife
As I said, I use my Hori Hori almost every day. It is an invaluable tool for weeding, transplanting, cutting grass, and dividing plants.
Some garden knives have a ruler etched into the steel that is useful for measuring the depth when planting bulbs or seeds. The tip of the blade is great for drawing lines in the ground for planting gauges. You can also use the knife to mark rows. Wrap a line around the knife, clamp it in the ground and pull the line where you want it.
It’s great for digging weeds out of tight spaces, e.g. B. between plasters. The serrated blade is indispensable for cutting through roots and especially helpful when loosening root-bound plants or dividing perennials.
There are so many garden knives out there that I need pages to name them all. Just go out and get one and I guarantee you’ll be wondering how on earth you went without it for so long.