Many a gardener started his or her first garden with generous donations of perennials that were divided from a more experienced gardening friend’s flower bed.  Dividing perennials is also an important part of managing any garden properly.  Plus, many small town libraries, schools, and gardening clubs sell these divided perennials to help fund all kinds of special community services and events.Gardening - How to use digging tools

Divide and flourish!

Unfortunately, perennials have to be divided with great care or you run the risk of killing both the main plant and the divided perennial.  Here to share why the same digging tools used in metal detecting can help make dividing perennials easier and more successful is Daniel Bernzweig from

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Given the items often unearthed while metal detecting, and the fact that we have no idea going in what it is that might be setting off the machine, metal detector digging tools are designed with precision in mind.  While it may be a trash target, you wouldn’t want to damage a precious relic you found by digging it up unsafely.

In addition, all those who go metal detecting work very hard to leave any area we search the way we found it.  This includes removing the sod off the soil before digging for our target whenever we’re in a grassy area.  And, just like when gardeners divide their beloved perennial plants, we must do this in a way that doesn’t kill the roots so the sod will continue growing once we replant it.

Go with quality digging tools

With all these factors in mind, metal detectorists use special digging tools to help safely unearth any item the detector locates.  The digging tools metal detectors use have also been employed by gardeners to divide perennials with great success.  The sharp, serrated blade like that on the Lesche digging tools and shovels for example is ideal for digging up the soil around the existing plant with care, and, without disturbing other plants in the garden bed.

Once the roots of the “mother plant” are exposed, these specialty digging tools can help make clean, precise cuts through the roots of the existing plant when gardening.  This will make the recovery time for both the perennial and the new division faster and easier, and will help increase the success rate of your divided perennials over all too.

Filling your holes

You’ll also find that these tools are useful for back filling the holes you’ve dug both around your existing plant and for the new perennials you’ve just made.  As we said, Metal detectorists pride themselves on leaving the area like they found it; and this means backfilling all the holes dug.  To aid in this effort, many metal detector digging tools offer a flat side in addition to their serrated edge to make backfilling a quicker part of the process.

Some final thoughts and resources

Made of high quality materials, you’ll also find that whenever you use metal detector digging tools for gardening projects that they last for a long time; much longer than most other gardening tools on the market today.  Do your research before buying equipment. A great source for details on the best tools for gardening is available in a recent article from entitled “best digging trowels and shovels.” So, while you won’t find them at your local greenhouse or hardware store, metal detector digging tools can be of great use in any garden and will make dividing perennials easier and more successful no matter why you’re dividing your plants!

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Biography: About the author: Michael Bernzweig manages in Southborough, MA. He has written extensively on the subject of metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He has traveled world-wide in his pursuit of educating, exploring and advising others in the proper use of metal detectors. Outside of the business he enjoys mentoring students, being involved in the community and spending time with his family.

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