Japanese Garden Tools
When the Black Mountain Beautification Committee requested specific Japanese garden tools, we- here at Town Hardware & General Store, were quick to order them. After all, these wonderful volunteers have done incredible landscaping work around all around Black Mountain to make our town even more beautiful!
They requested two Japanese garden tools: the Hori-Hori and the Ika Hoe. These two multi-functional tools might retire at least 4 or 5 of the garden tools you use everyday.
The Hori-Hori garden knife will replace your humble trowel. Sometimes referred to as a soil knife, the Hori Hori does so many things well. With one tool you can cultivate, dig, weed, cut, and saw. The sturdy blade easily breaks apart compacted soil, the serrated edge saws through roots, and the smooth blade makes cutting plants and opening soil bags a breeze.
The Hori-Hori is twelve inches long, with a seven inch blade.
“If you only buy one tool this year, buy this. It has replaced my weeder. You can cut with it, you can weed. It is very sharp.” — Susan Amato
“It is an all-in-one tool. You can do almost all of your gardening with this tool. I like that it is marked 6 inches so you know how deep the hole is.” — Lyndall Noyes-Brownell
The Ika Hoe is a one-handed tool that has a dual blade with a fork on one end and a flat hoe on the other. Its squid-like shape inspired the name Ika, the Japanese word for squid.
The Ika Hoe is incredibly useful for turning soil. The three tines are great for uprooting entire plants, and the flat blade quickly removes top growth.
“I like the Ika Hoe because when you weed with it, and use the pronged edge, you can pull the whole weed out.” — Joyce Ackerman
“Instead of carrying around a shovel, a rake and a trowel, I use these two tools almost exclusively.” — Libba Fairleigh
With all their different uses, you can see why these tools would come in handy for the Black Mountain Beautification Committee and anyone who is trying to nurture their green thumb. If you are interested in adding to your gardening arsenal, stop by Town Mountain Hardware & General Story and check out these latest additions: the Ika Hoe and the Hori-Hori.
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