THE MODERN MINT BLOG
Copper trowels. There are three of them. Too much choice? Can’t decide which
Which Copper Trowel is Best for Me?
At Modern Mint we offer three copper trowels. They are…
Each trowel has a uniqueness in both shape and feel when you use it. How you are as a gardener and the style with which you garden will also affect which one is best for you.
As we get asked so often what is the difference between each copper trowel, we have written a short, handy guide on the different places in the garden we use them.
Hope this helps you decide which copper trowel is best for you and the gardening you love to do!
The Musca Trowel
1) Musca –
our favourite trowel at the moment. No scratch that! Our favourite copper trowel of all time! I have been using this non-stop in the garden since forever…!
Because it is a great all-rounder. Because the blade is deeper you can use it for potting up and moving compost from the bag (or barrow) into seed trays. But it is also sharp enough and has a long enough blade to use in the garden whichever job you happen to be doing too.
One moment this summer I used it for putting out cosmos into the borders, clearing goose grass from the vegetable patch and scratching as much root of the dandelions as I could get from between the paving.
My ‘Musca’ gets well used…!
The Mira Trowel
The Castor Trowel
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