Japanese Gardening Tools
for the Perfect Japanese Garden

Japanese gardening tools are somewhat different from the normal garden equipment, they are more specialized and the materials used are also quite varied uniquely.

Japanese Garden is a picture of beauty and tranquility, incorporate many elements that require special tool, such as the trees, shrubs, flowers, plants, ponds and water - the tone in the beautiful Japanese garden is tranquility.

Japanese Bonsai Trees

Japanese gardening tools require special care and the right tools that are designed for a specific job, e.g. special Japanese gardens such as the bonsai (tray cultivation plant - the art of growing trees or woody plants shaped as trees in containers) and ikebana (Japanese art of flower arrangement, also known as kadô).

Especially for bonsai gardens, using the right equipment to train and care for Bonsai trees is very important. There are three tools have to be on your essential list to begin the process of shaping a tree for bonsai:

1) Hand pruners are surely be the first thing you will acquire for your Japanese gardening toolbox - Buy a good pair to start will get you off on the right foot making clean, sharp cuts when you prune. This will save time and trouble later, the best is to get a good pair of pruners with replaceable blades.


Japanese Tools - Hand Pruners

2) Hand saws which have the hollow-cut teeth with smooth parallel sides that allows you to cut through a branch quickly and smoothly. Note: the hand saw’s teeth need to be cleaned out and sharpen more often; best get a good one that the blade is replaceable type, usually around half the price of the saw.

Japanese Garden Tools - Japanese Hand Saws - Folding Saws and Pruning Saws

Japanese Garden Tools:
Japanese Hand Saws - Folding Saws and Pruning Saws

Japanese Gardening Tools - Wire Cutters 3) Wire cutters is another important tool for you to position and train branches.

Chopper wire which is very flexible to bend will be used to set and hold the branches position till the shape that you are satisfied; after completing this kind of work, you will need a wire cutter to take off the wire.

The wire cutter allows you to cut the wire, right up to the tree’s bark without harming the tree.

Whether for the use of Japanese hill garden (Tsukiyama) or flat garden (Hiraniwa) type, the Japanese gardening tools are designed and made versatile enough for all gardening enthusiast to enjoy.

Japanese Bonsai Tool Set - Carbon Steel 14 pieces

Japanese Gardening Tools -
Japanese Bonsai Tool Set - Carbon Steel 14 pieces

In Japan, the master sword makers in the past played an important role in they history of Japanese gardening tool; they turned their attention to develop gardening tools after the age of swords had passed.

Japanese master sword makers' expertise made it possible to create excellent Japanese gardening tools with fine design that are both strong and practically useful.

Bamboo is a good material for gardening tools as it is very strong and flexible. Some Japanese garden specialized tools are made from bamboo, such as the digging tools, craft tools, fences, screens and poles.


Japanese Gardening Tools -
Bamboo Fences in a Japanese garden design

Woodworking Japanese tools are very useful too in both the garden as well as workshop, these include the sharpening stones, Japanese chisels, wood planes, and hand saws.

Japanese Woodworking Tools - Selection Care and Use by Henry Lanz (Author)

Japanese Woodworking Tools
- Selection Care and Use by Henry Lanz (Author)

However, stainless steel is not the material for traditional Japanese gardening tools. The same thing is true today as in years gone by - the best tool blades are made of carbon steel, which simply is not stainless. However, it requires only a little care to keep them from getting rusty. Just dry them after use! From time to time they need to receive a smear of oil.

Japanese gardening tools are specially designed for the many tasks that are involved in creating your fine Japanese landscape garden successfully.

Quality Japanese gardening tools are an investment and a treasure, make sure you use the right one : )

Here are a few pointers on how to care & preserve your Japanese gardening tools, to keep them in good shape:

CLEANING Clean tools function better and last longer, and to avoid plant diseases that can be spread from using dirty and contaminated pruning tools.

Teflon scrub pads are great help in removing plant debris and sap from cutting surfaces; and for hard to remove sap like pine or juniper, you can use pumice based soaps or hand cleaners.

Note: You can also use a stiff brush to get between saw teeth and into the narrow angles of pruner pivots. Upon all plant debris and stains are removed, rinse the tools and dry them completely

HYGIENE Disinfecting pruning tools is especially important when pruning plants in more than one place.

You should always disinfect the tools after removing all debris and sap, especially in the case you are pruning sick or diseased plants; dip them in a 10% chlorine solution, or Tri-Sodium Phosphate cleaner.

Use alcohol dip when a virus is suspected.

LUBRICATE It is important for you to protect your tool from oxidation. Camellia oil is an excellent metal tool protectant, in applicator or spray bottles.

Coat all metal surfaces with the oil and let it soak in for several minutes, make sure it gets between moving parts and inside springs.

THE EDGE Although good quality garden tools can hold an edge for a long time, it is better to have your pruning sharpen all the time; so that the pruning can go faster, and cuts are less damaging to the plant tissue as well.

STONES It is good to have your gardening tools honed and sharpened by using natural water stone, a combination stone like 800/1200 grit is a good one.

Japanese water stones will put a great cutting edge on any knife or sword. These wet stones should be soaked in water for 30 minutes or at least 15 minutes before using - it can be stored in water.

Japanese Gardening Tools - Japanese Water Stones by Wikipedia

Japanese Gardening Tools - Japanese Water Stones by Wikipedia

When you are done, clean and dry your Japanese water stone properly. It is better to store the stone where it will get dry completely without freezing, and ready for the next use.

Japanese Gardening Tools – The Japanese Precision!

Japanese Garden Design:

The Art of Japanese Landscape Design reflects the real beauty of nature, many people loved this carefully planned Asian garden style. In actual, it is intended to give us a tranquil and reflective experience.

The Japanese Rock gardens were made from just two primary elements: rocks and a fine, light colored gravel. The idea is to find rocks that are interesting and in different shapes and sizes; rocks that you would not mind spend hours looking at.

Japanese Zen gardens with its simplicity and tranquility nature, are famous because of their effective use in meditation - help us to still our mind after a busy day. A Zen Garden can go on your desk too : )

Japanese Garden Design - Types of Japanese Garden Design by tradition they can be broadly categorized into three types, Tsukiyama Gardens (Hill Gardens), Karesansui Gardens (Dry Gardens) and Chaniwa Gardens (Tea Gardens). I love the tranquil and simplistic design of the Japanese gardens that offered me the calming effect.

Elements of a Japanese Garden You need to have at least some internal peace before you are able to start enjoying the beauty of Japanese garden design and see each little element at its own. Carefully planned design with the correct combination of these elements in which they are being used, is what brings a Japanese garden to life!

Japanese Granite Lantern - Yukimi Lantern
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Japanese Landscaping Plant Guide - Japanese Bonsai trees

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Japanese Tea Garden is a tranquil and yet practical place, the outer garden is entered first and is designed as waiting place to set the mood before enter the inner area for the tea ceremony.

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Japanese Bonsai Tool Set - Carbon Steel 14 pieces
Japanese gardening tools require special care. Whether for the use of Japanese hill garden (Tsukiyama) or flat garden (Hiraniwa) type, there are the right Japanese gardening tools designed for each specific job and made versatile enough for all gardening enthusiast to enjoy.