9 truly positive reasons to use our bronze garden tools (or copper garden tools as people often call them: Good for your plants Enriches your soil with trace elements Prevents infection of plants Deters slugs and snails Helps alkalise the substrate Long lasting and beautiful No rust A pleasure to use Helps ionise surface water. And, of course there are many more reasons. Let's let Charles Dowding have the last word: “My favourite tools are made of copper, or to be precise they are 95 per cent copper and 5 per cent tin … the metal is strong, not magnetic and does not rust. This is a keen advantage for trowels, hoes and spades where smooth, sharp blades make for...
There's a 25 year warranty on the metal parts and a 2 year warranty on the wooden parts. The tools are well made and will give you years of service. However, they are bronze and, as you'd expect, aren't suited to hacking at hard ground or breaking up concrete. And our warranty won't cover "tool abuse". Use the tools as intended and, of course, the warranty holds good.
We're asked about this a lot as the tools are often called copper garden tools in articles. The answer is simple. Almost all bronze/copper gardening tools are made of bronze (an alloy of copper with a little bit of tin). Pure copper would just be too soft.
The answer seems to be a resounding YES! Whatever the explanation may be, there's pretty convincing anecdotal evidence that the copper within the tools is a significant deterrent for these slimy pests. Watering in our poly tunnel the other morning, it dawned on me that the salad crops were all growing well with no slug or snail damage. The only control measure being weeding with the bronze Slava Sickle or Ljubica Weeder - no pellets, no nematodes, no night time slug hunting.