Gardening and landscaping with Japanese gardening tools is more of an art form than a practical functioning project as it is other places. Pruning, trimming and shaping is important more so to this type of gardening as well. Whereas people in industrialized non-Asian countries tend to be more aggressive in their approach to gardening, the Japanese lean toward a much gentler style.
For instance, a Japanese Tea Garden—known as roji—is as much about the hardscapes (rocks, water basins, gates, etc.) as the actual tea plants. Care is given to the placement of these elements as well as the location of the plants to a tea room or teahouse. The design of a garden is as important as what’s grown in the garden. The “look” of certain plants, according to Japanese custom, has an importance all its own.
Hand snips are a critical part of the overall gardening process, as are tripod ladders, used to safely get to the tops of tall plantings. And the very best quality is demanded by Japanese gardeners.
Actually, according to these gardeners, detailed pruning simply cannot be done using regular pruning shears, or even bonsai scissors. The highest quality hand snips, along with careful attention to form and detail is what separates Japanese gardening from other types.
We’ve all heard of turning swords into plowshares, but the Japanese have taken this to another level. The sword makers in Japan, before the peaceful Edo period began had developed a superior grade of steel used in their sword craft. No longer needed for war, this early technology became the basis for gardening tools, used even today.
Besides using the finest quality steel and other metals, the Japanese have developed many gardening tools out of bamboo, believe it or not. In fact, bamboo is stronger than mild steel, inch for inch. And its not even a wood, it’s a grass! Bamboo garden tools are recognized around the world for their strength and also their beauty.
If this appeals to you, here are some types of tools you’ll find interesting:
* BAMBOO TOOLS – Saws, Splitters, Hatchets and Knives.
* BONSAI TOOLS – Tweezers, Brooms, Bonsai Shears, Knives and Saws.
* GARDENING TOOLS – Pruners, Loppers, Trowels, Hoes, Hatchets, Hedge Shears, Saws, Sickles, Brooms, Knives, Carts, Ladders and all sorts of Hardscape Elements, Decor and Garden Accessories.
You can find Japanese gardening tools at many top end garden supply stores, specialty stores and nurseries that carry Bonsai and other Asian plants. Also, try Asian grocers, Williams-Sonoma and even Target stores.
But first, see what’s out there, what these tools look like and what they do by searching Japanese garden tools, bamboo tools or bonsai tools using the Custom Bing Search Box right ->
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