Ge­off Hodge tests trow­els for trans­plant­ing and plant­ing

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BEST TRANSPLANTER

Amtech Deluxe Pot­ting Trowel, £9.99. This trowel has a 14x5.5cm (5½x2¼in) pol­ished alu­minium blade with fine, ser­rated teeth on its edges, which cut through even quite com­pact, heavy soil with ease. The wrap-around, ‘knuckle duster’, plas­tic han­dle pro­tected my fin­gers from dam­age and graz­ing across the ground. It fea­tures a thumb point to con­cen­trate greater force into the blade. Well-de­fined plant­ing grad­u­a­tions on the blade. Sup­plier: Amtech, 01895 435556; www.amtechdiy. com.

BEST STAIN­LESS STEEL TROWEL

Bull­dog Tools Pedi­gree Trans­plant Trowel, £10.80 This has a large, 15x7cm (6x2¾in) curved, winged, stain­less steel blade with a sharp tip, which cut into the soil and scooped up good amounts for speedy dig­ging up and re­plant­ing. The large 9cm (3½in) tang (an­gle be­tween blade and han­dle) helped pro­vide a good an­gle of a ack and pro­tect my fin­gers from scrap­ing the ground. Com­fort­able, smooth, ash han­dle and plant­ing grad­u­a­tions on the blade. Sup­plier: Bull­dog Tools, 01279 401570; www. pedi­gree­gar­den. co.uk.

BEST CAR­BON STEEL TROW­ELS

Wilkin­son Sword Car­bon Steel & Spear & Jack­son El­e­ments Trans­plant­ing Trow­els, £4.99 Both fea­ture 15x6cm (6x2¼in) curved, winged, car­bon steel blades with a sharp tip, mak­ing them easy to push into the soil and move good amounts. They fea­ture hard-wear­ing, epoxy-coated blades – pro­vid­ing re­sis­tance to rust and scratches – and com­fort­able ash han­dles, that of the Wilkin­son Sword model be­ing thin­ner and more suited to those with small hands. Sup­pli­ers: Spear & Jack­son, 0114 281 4242; www.spear-and­jack­son.com. Wilkin­son Sword, 01869 363635; www. wilkin­sonsword-tools.co.uk.

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