Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife

Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife

This year, Burgon & Ball have launched a new range of gardening tools, which have been especially designed to help gardeners tend to their container plants.  These Burgon & Ball, container gardening tools, are endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society.  All the tools in this range, come with a ten year guarantee.

The new Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife, is one from Burgon & Ball’s new range of tools, all especially designed for container gardeners.

Burgon & Ball kindly sent me one of their new, RHS endorsed, container gardening tools to try.  I had a mammoth task ahead of me earlier this spring, as I had so many containers that needed re-potting.  Over the past few months, my container plants have been re-potted, using this Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife; a handy tool, which is part knife and part trowel.  This new tool’s slim size, enables it to be more easily used in planted containers or raised beds, to plant bulbs, corms, or tubers.  It goes without saying that this tool is also effective when used in your garden’s beds and borders.

Double edged trowel

One side of the Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife has been filled to form a smooth edge.  This side isn’t sharp to the touch, like a kitchen knife – it’s tapered along the inside edge, which makes it easier to use, as you move the knife around the inside circumference of your plant pots, to help loosen your plant’s roots away from their planter.

The Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife has one smooth edge and one serrated edge, making it especially useful for loosening plants from their planters.

The opposite vertical edge of the Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife is jagged and serrated; making this side the ideal side to use, when you need to try a number of tactics, to separate your plant from its pot!

This serrated side is also useful, if you’re splitting and dividing a hardy Geranium, a clump of mint, a herbaceous perennial, or another plant, that you want to split into a number of different plants.  This serrated edge is not sharp as such – you can touch either the serrated or the smooth side of the Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife, without any fear or risk of cutting yourself.  However, the serrated edging and the strong, solid nature of this tool, combined with your own strength, force, or pressure, as you move the tool around the inside circumference of your container, using backwards and forwards motions, soon helps to free your plant from its pot.

The serrated side of the Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife is ideal to use, to divide your herbaceous plants up into multiple segments – if you’re propagating your plants, to create new ones for friends or family, or to sell at a local plant sale.

The Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife has a planting depth guide, to help you to gauge how deep you’re planting your bulbs.

Over time, the roots of container plants can become quite ingrained in their pot; the roots cling on determinedly, almost becoming as one, with their pot.  The Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife has been designed to help gardeners to re-pot their container plants.  Using this tool, will hopefully make re-potting your plants, an easier, less onerous task.  Being equipped with both the smooth edge and the serrated edge, gives you both options and ensures that the Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife will more easily cut through the roots of any plants that are clinging determinedly onto their container.

Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife uses

This tool has been specially designed to help you to more easily detach your plants from their pots, but the Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife has many other uses, too.

It’s a great choice of tool to use to plant bulbs in either new or established, planted containers.  You could even use this tool to plant bulbs, corms, or tubers, in and around your garden beds and borders.  There’s a handy measure down the length of the knife, so you can easily see how deeply you’re planting your bulbs.  These depth markers will help to give confidence to new gardeners, who are planting their first daffodil and tulip bulbs this autumn – how exciting!

The Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife is great for planting bulbs, herbs, or herbaceous plants.

The Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife can be used to take root cuttings or to propagate your plants.

You could use the Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife to mark out drills, to sow seeds in raised beds or containers.  This tool could also be useful for weeding, for checking the roots of your plants, checking the moisture levels of the composts or soils, deep within your container, as well as for planting bulbs, corms, tubers, and or course, plants.

FSC hard wood handle

The Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife features a FSC certified hardwood handle.  While, the tool head is comprised of high carbon steel, with a powder coating.

The Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife has a handle, which is made of 100% FSC certified hardwood.

A small hole through the wood handle, allows this tool to be hung up, using any hanging cord you’d like.  The hanging cord that comes with my Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife is made of leather, it’s threaded through a metal loop at the end of the handle.  The leather cord is attached via a knot (which is easily undoable – so removable – if you don’t like it).  This leather cord and the hole through the tool’s wooden handle, or the metal loop, at the end of the Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife handle, simply allow you to hang this tool up on a hook, or on a wall, or on the back of your shed door.

Powdered coated, high carbon steel

Made from high carbon steel, the Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife has been powder coated, to protect the core of the tool and guard against rust forming.  This tool feels smooth and solid, it’s easy to clean, after use.

Endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society

Like the other tools in this range, the Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife is endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society.

10 year guarantee

The new Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife comes with a ten year guarantee.

The Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife comes with a 10 year guarantee.

Left handed gardeners

When I am testing products, I always ask left handed gardeners to give them a try, so I can gain an accurate picture of how useful the product is likely to be for other gardeners.  The left handed gardener I asked, felt that this tool was just as good for left handed gardeners, as for right handed gardeners – as far as I could tell, there doesn’t seem to be any negative aspect that left handed gardeners should be aware of before making a purchase.

Gift Idea

The Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife would make a super gift for a new or experienced gardener.

I think the Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife would make a lovely gift for a new or an experienced gardener.

The new Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife, is part trowel, part knife. This tool is useful for a variety of different gardening tasks, including potting up, planting, dividing, and replanting bulbs and plants.

Compost

If you’ve growing plants in containers, don’t forget that a good quality compost, will make an amazing difference in the quality of the plants you can grow.  You’ll grow larger, better plants with more flowers, fruit, and vegetables, if you use a good quality compost.  I use Dalefoot Composts – these organic, peat free composts have won all of my Compost Trials to date.

More information about the Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife

To visit Burgon & Ball’s website and find out more about this tool, please click here.

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