Landscaping Tools: A Checklist

Posted by VZWk94v8 on November 15, 2018

By Mr.Andrew Caxton

In gardening as in every other hobby, there are specific tools for specific purposes. Here we present a checklist of the tools you’ll need for your landscaping projects.

When winter slowly melts away and the first green buds of spring start to appear, everyone with a green thumb cheers. Time to break out the tools and head out into the yards for some good, hard work among the gardens. Perhaps a new design for a flower bed will be tried out, or perhaps the old designs will simply be lovingly gone over and prepared for summer. Either way, it’s time to take stock of your tools and make sure you’re ready for the season ahead.

If you’ve got enough room in your garage or potting shed to hang up all your small tools on peg-board, that is the ideal solution to both the storage and care problem. If metal tools are jumbled about on a cold concrete floor, they quite quickly develop rust, get mislaid, or might even get stepped on by a careless foot.

If you’re a long time gardener, you’ve probably got all the tools you need already, so it’s just a question of examining each one and ensuring that it is still in working order, to see if any blades need sharpening or handles need repairing. If you purchased high quality tools to begin with chances are the only thing that needs doing is sharpening blades. You can do this yourself with the proper tools, and as long as you exercise the proper care around sharp objects!

If you’re just starting your gardening career, then you need to stock up on the appropriate tools. You’ll have a choice between purchasing inexpensive tools – which are generally of low quality – or expensive tools – which are generally of high quality. Of course these days expense is relative, what with the improvements in manufacturing techniques, not to mention the place where the tools were manufactured, and you should be able to get good quality tools for not very much money.

It’s just a question of how many tools you want to buy. The best thing to do is start out with just the bare minimum, then, as you work in your garden and decide you love it, you can return to the store for more tools – for there is a specialty tool for every purpose – and buy more.

Depending on the size of your lawn, there’s no need to buy huge pieces of equipment such as garden rollers or roto-tillers. Those you can rent from your local garden or hardware store. A lawnmower is generally the only big piece of equipment you’ll need.

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Small tools


If you’ve got flower beds, you’ll need a hand fork, and perhaps even a cultivator. These are small hand tools with three prongs so that you can get in amongst the flowers and weed out the unwanted grasses. Indeed, you can purchase forks in a set: cultivator, hand fork, trowel, and weeding fork.

Garden hoses

How long of a hose do you need? Well, that depends on the size of your lawn. Do you have a water hookup in both front and back, or just on the side of the house?

Regardless of how long your hose is, storage always seems to be a problem because if you just curl the thing up and toss it into the corner of the garage, it has a habit of uncurling. If you leave it lying about any old way on your lawn, it kills the grass beneath. The solution is a rack or wheel onto which you can roll the hose, and then unroll it when needed. For such a tool – you should get the best possible, something that you can mount on the house. Wheels that sit on the floor have a habit of tilting on you when you’re trying to reel in the hose, and just get frustrating.


You perhaps don’t think of gloves as a ‘tool,’ but they are – designed to prevent blisters on your hands, or cuts from rose bushes, or the like. Many people like to stick their hands in the dirt – that’s the joy of gardening! – but such activities are very hard on your nails, and on your skin, and a good pair of gloves will save you from a lot of problems in future.

Hand shears/clippers

If you’ve got bushes or shrubs in your yard, a pair of hand shears or hedge clippers is a much. At the very least you’ll want to clip off any inconvenient twigs that reach out and snag your clothing as you walk past, but you can also use the shears to shape and beautify the greenery.

If you’ve got trees with overhanging branches, than lopping shears might become necessary. Because they’ve got very long handles they allow you to get a lot of leverage in cutting off branches, and any dead branches on your tree should be cut off.


Should you get a cheap rake with plastic teeth…or should you get a rake with metal teeth. Frankly, one metal rake will last as long as two or three plastic ones, so your much better just getting the metal rake to begin with. Even if you don’t have trees that drop their leaves in the fall, a rake is always handy to smooth dirt, or remove thatch from your lawn.


Shovels are used for shifting snow, spades are used for shifting dirt in a garden. There are a wide variety of spades on the market, each to be used for a different purpose. Spades with a pointed blade are used to dig up clumps of earth, while the spade with a square blade is used for removing that dirt. When purchasing spades, make sure you get ones with a handle suited to your height.


If you’ve got room to store a wheelbarrow, and if you’re going to be adding or moving dirt or plants or other material, then this tool will certainly come in handy. But if you simply need to maintain your lawns, you probably won’t need a wheelbarrow at all.

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Haitian earthquake: in pictures

Haitian earthquake: in pictures

Posted by VZWk94v8 on November 14, 2018

Friday, January 15, 2010

Haiti was hit by a heavy earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 on Tuesday, killing an unknown number of people, and destroying up to ten percent of buildings in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

No official death toll has been released as of yet, although the United Nations says that up to fifty thousand people may potentially have been killed. An estimated 300,000 more were left without homes.

In a special photo report, Wikinews looks at the extensive damage caused by the disaster.

To find more information about a certain image or to enlarge it, click it. For an in-depth textual report on the same subject, please see Haiti relief efforts: in depth.

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Twenty-five children injured in bus-truck collision in Florida

Twenty-five children injured in bus-truck collision in Florida

Posted by VZWk94v8 on November 14, 2018

Sunday, June 12, 2005

A truck collided with a bus on Friday, seriously injuring five children and one adult, authories have said. The bus was taking 25 children of immigrant workers to an amusement arcade.

“The more seriouslly hurt youngsters have suffered broken bones and head injuries”, said Fire-Rescue deputy Steve Delai. One young boy and a 30 year old were in intensive care at Delray Medical Center late Friday, officials have reported.

Two other children were in a stable condition, while conditions for the other two seriouslly injured children were not available.

“It appears that the bus was in the center lane and the tractor-trailer was in the right lane. For some reason the bus got into the path of the tractor-trailer,” A Florida Highway Patrol officer told a local television station.

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Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students/OH-WY

Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students/OH-WY

Posted by VZWk94v8 on November 14, 2018

See the discussion page for instructions on adding schools to this list and for an alphabetically arranged listing of schools.

Due to the damage by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding, a number of colleges and universities in the New Orleans metropolitan area will not be able to hold classes for the fall 2005 semester. It is estimated that 75,000 to 100,000 students have been displaced. [1]. In response, institutions across the United States and Canada are offering late registration for displaced students so that their academic progress is not unduly delayed. Some are offering free or reduced admission to displaced students. At some universities, especially state universities, this offer is limited to residents of the area.


  • 1 Overview
  • 2 Ohio
  • 3 Oklahoma
  • 4 Oregon
  • 5 Pennsylvania
  • 6 Rhode Island
  • 7 South Carolina
  • 8 South Dakota
  • 9 Tennessee
  • 10 Texas
  • 11 Utah
  • 12 Vermont
  • 13 Virginia
  • 14 Washington
  • 15 West Virginia
  • 16 Wisconsin
  • 17 Wyoming

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New South Wales, Australia government says entire state in winter 2018 drought

New South Wales, Australia government says entire state in winter 2018 drought

Posted by VZWk94v8 on November 14, 2018

Friday, August 10, 2018

On Wednesday, the New South Wales, Australia Department of Primary Industries (DPI) reported fifteen percent of New South Wales, Australia (NSW) was in “intense drought”, and the rest of the state “in drought” or “drought-affected”. Farmers were reportedly running out of food for cattle and had to make difficult decisions about the collection times for their crops; food for cattle became harder to get, and more expensive.

The report from DPI indicated “up to 48% of the state as Drought Affected, 37% in Drought and 15% in Intense Drought”. The areas of intense drought included “parts of Western, North West, Central West, Central Tablelands, South East, Hunter, Greater Sydney and Northern Tablelands LLS regions”, according to the report. The drought indicator was based on agronomic data, remote sensing, and field reports, including soil moisture and pasture conditions.

The report from DPI named “the southern alpine zone, the greater Hilltops (Young) region and parts of the south and north coast” as areas with better conditions.

Furthermore, according to ABC (the Australian Broadcasting Corporation), the chair of the Australian Fodder Industry Association, Frank McRae, said many farmers in NSW had barely any food for their cattle. He said, “There’s pretty much virtually nothing in NSW and supplies are rapidly drying up in southern Victoria [state bordering NSW on the south] […] You have to go back to 1981–1982 to see a drought this widespread and so severe.”

The BBC reported Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull saying some farmers bought hay for animal feed for as much as AUD 10,000 per truckload.

NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair remarked many people were hoping for rain to come and farmers were needed to make difficult decisions about the best viable time for crops collection. He said, “This is tough, there isn’t a person in the state that isn’t hoping to see some rain for our farmers and regional communities […] Producers are now faced with some very difficult decisions on whether to graze sown crops or rely on potential rainfall in the next two months in order to increase yield production.”

According to ABC’s reports, Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) meteorologist Jane Golding said these conditions were unlike previously observed climatic conditions in NSW with rain in June, July and August. He said, “This year we haven’t really seen either of those and last year as well we didn’t really see too much of the either of those rain-bearing systems making their way into NSW […] It is unusually dry and also unusually warm which exacerbates the problems, so the warm temperatures dry out the soils even more.”

According to BBC, Queensland, north of NSW, was also experiencing dry conditions, as well as parts of South Australia and Victoria. The report from DPI mentioned last autumn’s failed growing season.

About the forecast conditions and risks, the report from DPI said dry and warm conditions were “likely” to continue in the next three months, with an El Niño 50% likely in NSW in spring, which would mean depressed rainfall. The Australian forecasting services have an El Niño Watch on the region according to the report.

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4,400 kilograms of drugs seized in New Delhi

4,400 kilograms of drugs seized in New Delhi

Posted by VZWk94v8 on November 13, 2018

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

In the biggest ever narcotics haul in India’s capital, the New Delhi police have seized over 4,400 kg of Mandrax and Rs. 20 crore from a dealer in the city. The consignment, meant for a customer in the U.S, was seized from a godown in Badarpur, near the Delhi-Haryana border. The alleged trafficker, identified as Vinod Sharma, claimed that the contraband was not his and that he had nothing to do with the matter. Sharma started his career as a scrap-dealer in Delhi, and police suspect that with the help of some contacts he used container depots for drug-trafficking, whilst successfully dodging both the police and the Customs Department.

On Sunday the Delhi Police arrested him at his Kalkaji residence. The Deputy Commissioner of Police for South District, Delhi Police, Anil Shukla said, “Sharma befriended container drivers and once they had driven past customs, he and his men would meet them at a distance and pilfer the containers.”

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KKE: Interview with the Greek Communist Party

KKE: Interview with the Greek Communist Party

Posted by VZWk94v8 on November 12, 2018

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wikinews reporter Iain Macdonald has performed an interview with Dr Isabella Margara, a London-based member of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE). In the interview Margara sets out the communist response to current events in Greece as well as discussing the viability of a communist economy for the nation. She also hit back at Petros Tzomakas, a member of another Greek far-left party which criticised KKE in a previous interview.

The interview comes amid tensions in cash-strapped Greece, where the government is introducing controversial austerity measures to try to ease the nation’s debt-problem. An international rescue package has been prepared by European Union member states and the International Monetary Fund – should Greece require a bailout; protests have been held against government attempts to manage the economic situation.

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Mysore Cultural Capital Of Karnataka

Posted by VZWk94v8 on November 12, 2018

Mysore – Cultural Capital of Karnataka



Beautifully located between the rivers Kaveri and Kabini Mysore is the most well visited tourist destination of karnataka. It is the second largest city of Karnataka and located near to the river Cauvery and about 146kms south west of Bangalore, the capital city of this venerable state. This historical city is located at the base of Chamundi Hills along with some beautiful lakes like the Kukkarahalli, the Lingambudhi and the Karanji lakes. The place is mainly ruled by Wodeyar dynasty and had left a great impact on its art and culture of this place. According to legends, Mysore experienced the highest cultural growth during Wodeyar dynasty. The place is ornamented as Cultural capital of Karnataka. The name Mysore is taken from the word Mahishuru means the residence of Mahisha. According to mythology, this place was once ruled by demon Mahishasura who was killed by the Goddess Chamundeshwari. The temple of goddess Chamundeshwari is located on the top of Chamundi Hills and still this goddess is devotionally worshiped by inhabitants. Mysore is beautifully decorated with many beautiful palaces and ancient sculptures. Mysore offers an excellent time during its main festival Dussehra. This festival is grandly celebrated with pomp and grandeur and attracts a huge number of tourists from all over the world. The last day procession is well noticeable along with the decorated elephants and soldiers with their ceremonial attire along with torch lights parade and dance performances. This Dussera celebration was introduced by King Raja Wodeyar I in1610. The other festivals of this place are Pongal, Holi and Deepavali. This place is well known for Mysore style of painting, a unique antique form of painting with classical south Indian style. The uniqueness of this painting is the gold hydrofoils which are pasted in the plaster of Paris work. Apart from this Mysore Pak(a sweet dish) the Mysore Peta (a traditional silk turban) and the Mysore silk sarees are famous with its unique light weight texture. The place still carries its royal charm along with royal-styled houses and authentic cuisine. The cuisine is mainly based of rice and vegetables.\’Upitu\’ , \’Akki roti\’ and \’Bisibelabath\’ are some famous dishes which carries the original aroma of this quintessential cuisine. The place is also marked for Mysore handicrafts and Mysore sandalwood. The place holds a good collection of artefacts made of rose wood and teak wood. Tourists can collect sandalwood products such as, sandalwood perfume, incense sticks sandalwood oil, sandalwood powder and exquisite sandalwood artefacts. The place has a sobriquet-City of Palaces. The most visited attraction is Mysore palace. During the evening time this palace offers a mesmerizing view when the whole palace is lit up with lights. The famous Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion is another important place which became a museum and exhibits the folk culture. The other attractions are Mysore Palace, Brindavan Gardens, St Philomena\’s Church, Chamundeswari Temple Gumbaz, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Srirangapatnam Fort. The economy of this place mainly depends on the tourism industry but its is also marked as the second largest software exporter of Karnataka. It is well mentioned that Mysore was the first private radio broadcasting station in India.

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Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’ becomes their most downloaded song on iTunes

Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’ becomes their most downloaded song on iTunes

Posted by VZWk94v8 on November 12, 2018

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Beatles’ song Hey Jude became the best-selling song of the band on iTunes, since their songs became available there earlier this week.

Hey Jude was released as single by the band on August 26, 1968, and was composed and written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It reached number one in both the UK Singles Chart (September 11–18, 1968) and the US’ Billboard Hot 100 (September 28–November 23, 1968). Hey Jude was also the number-one single of the year in the United States.

According to The Daily Record, Hey Jude is followed by Twist and Shout, Let It Be and Strawberry Fields Forever in popularity, although none of the songs have reached the Top 40.

The Beatles’ songs had not been available previously on iTunes due to a copyright dispute with Apple Inc.

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State of emergency declared in New York over H1N1 swine flu virus

State of emergency declared in New York over H1N1 swine flu virus

Posted by VZWk94v8 on November 10, 2018

Thursday, October 29, 2009

According to US health officials, New York state governor David Paterson has declared a state of emergency in the state as a result of the H1N1 swine flu outbreak.

The Associated Press news agency reports that the six-page declaration was issued because at least 75 people have died of H1N1 related illnesses in New York since April. Three have died from H1N1 related illnesses just this past week. The declaration also says that human cases of the virus are on the rise.

Paterson says he issued the declaration because “a disaster has occurred throughout New York State, for which the affected local governments are unable to respond adequately.”

The declaration will allow health officials more access to the H1N1 vaccine and the seasonal flu shot. It will also allow for an increase in the number of vaccine doses available in the state and will allow more health care facilities to administer the vaccine, including dentists and pharmacists. Schools with health centers will also be allowed to administer both vaccines.

Despite the declaration, officials stressed that there is no reason to worry. A spokeswoman for the New York State Department of Health, Claire Pospisil, said that “it [the declaration] helps us to be more prepared.”

The order came shortly after US president Barack Obama declared a national emergency last Saturday, a response to the spreading of the virus, which has now been circulated in 46 states.

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