Japanese Gardening Tools

Basic tools and how to care for them
Building Your Toolbox

Building Your Toolbox

If you are looking to add a few special Japanese gardening tools to your toolbox, here are a few suggestions to get you started. For information on Japanese Tool Maintenance, see Care and Feeding of Japanese Tools. HAND PRUNERS would surely be the first thing you...

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Care & Feeding of Japanese Tools

Quality gardening tools are an investment and a treasure. Here are a few pointers on how to keep them in good shape. For information on tool selection, see Building your Toolbox. CLEANING Clean tools function better and last longer. Plant diseases may also be spread...

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Moving Mountains

Moving Mountains

This article describes the stone setting process demonstrated in an Atlanta workshop by Mike Yamakami in 2003. Due to the inherently dangerous nature of moving large boulders, I do not recommend using the following information as a practical guide for the ambitious...

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Japanese Gardening Glossary

Japanese Gardening Glossary

Sooner or later you will want to start gathering useful terms used in the Japanese gardening community and in publications. Every term you learn will be a tool in your learning.   Here is a dynamic list of more than 150 Japanese gardening terms as used in Japanese...

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Making a Tripod Ladder

Masanori Yamakami (AKA - Yama or Mike) shared his expertise in building tripod ladders on a cold day in February of 2008. Steve Burkhalter submits the results of his experience. Figure 1 - Red oak tripod ladder "Thanks to Masanori Yamakami for sharing his knowledge of...

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The Bamboo  Broom

The Bamboo Broom

Christian Martini shares the joy and beauty of Japanese bamboo brooms in this how-to article inspired by Masanori Yamakami's workshop. A BAMBOO BROOM is the perfect tool for gently sweeping away debris from your moss garden.  The Japanese have been using these simple...

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