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22 Yard Tools You Should Get Your Hands On This Fall
Fall yard work can be a pain in the…everything! Make your outdoor chores much easier with these incredibly handy tools.
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The Most Back-Friendly Wheelbarrow Around
The first time I used a gas-powered wheelbarrow, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I was in heaven vibrating like mad with ringing ears, but at least my back wasn’t killing me. However, the Greenworks G-MAX 40V self-propelled wheelbarrow provides the best of both worlds—it gets your stuff where it needs to go, and does it quietly and painlessly. The dual 10-in. pneumatic front wheels supply the propulsion while the back wheel does the steering.
It’ll haul up to 220 lbs. while tackling inclines of up to 20 degrees. The nearly 4-cu.-ft. tray is spacious enough to haul dozens of tools, many bags of mulch, or armfuls of twigs and weeds. It dumps with the squeeze of a lever and the lift of a handle. It has “tortoise” and “rabbit” speeds as well as forward and reverse. The throttle is a motorcycle–style twist grip. According to the manufacturer, the battery will last up to 45 minutes between charges.
Two dinky quirks: You can’t disengage the drive system and push it like a normal wheelbarrow, and you need to push the “safety switch” each time you put it in motion. Both are easily forgiven once you haul four bags of mulch uphill without breaking a sweat. The G-MAX 40V wheelbarrow is available online and at some home centers. Buy this motorized wheelbarrow on Amazon today.
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Quick and Easy Watering
Watering my yard reminds me of the Beatles tune “Twist and Shout.” Connecting hoses, nozzles and sprinklers involves a lot of twisting—and watching them leak involves a lot of shouting. The Aquor system aims to eliminate that song and dance. The first step is to replace your standard outdoor spigot with an Aquor house hydrant (a simple or difficult task depending on your situation). Next you secure a twist-lock connector to your garden hose. From then on, connecting your hose and turning on the water are as easy as inserting the connector into the hydrant and giving it a one-third twist. The house hydrant with backflow prevention (required in many areas) retails for $90; without (as shown) for about $75. Both are available with stem lengths up to 12 in. for varying levels of freeze protection. — Spike Carlsen. Buy it on Amazon.
Check out these Home Gardening Tips, They’ll Make for Easier Weeding and Watering. These great tips will help you create an ideal, low-maintenance and beautiful outdoor living space.
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WORX Aerocart Multifunction Wheelbarrow, Dolly and Cart
This multifunctional wheelbarrow and moving cart is your answer to all that heavy lifting that comes with fall yard work. The cart even converts from a wheelbarrow into a dolly and more! The design adjusts the carts center of gravity for a balanced and easy-to-manage load. Furthermore, the included seat increases comfort during seated work, while also doubling as a convenient resting spot. Check out these 11 exceptional wheelbarrows that do everything.
This multi-purpose project sprayer is great for spreading fertilizer, weed killer and even common household cleaners. The two-gallon tank from Chapin International comes with an ergonomic handle which makes pumping easy. These are the 10 lawn care myths you need to stop believing.
Wheeled Plant Dolly
There’s no need to lift heavy potted plants from place to place when you can use a plant dolly instead. They come in a number of sizes and colors, and in a pinch, they can make moving a heavy bag of soil or mulch too. Here’s a collection of tips for moving all sorts of heavy stuff.
A compost tumbler speeds up the composting process so you get ready-to-use compost in a couple months. The dual-bin system costs a little more than a single-bin unit, but it allows you to start a new batch of compost while you’re waiting for the old batch to finish up the composting process. Here’s how to make your own compost tumbler!
Powersmith 40V Max Battery-Powered Cordless Leaf Jet Blower
A cordless leaf blower is exactly what you need to get your fall chores done quickly. But this isn’t your average blower. The jet fan design delivers speeds up to 120 mph, the turbo button provides maximum power to remove wet leaves and debris and the variable speed trigger allows you to match the airflow to the task. To avoid fatigue, use the cruise control setting, which permits a constant air speed. Check out these 15 super-useful tools for dealing with leaves.
Gone are the days of bending over to pluck a pesky dandelion. With Fiskars Triple-Claw Weeder’s long handle and easy-eject mechanism you’ll never have to pluck a weed by hand again. Or, use these natural techniques to help prevent the spread of weeds—and learn what they can teach you about your soil.
Worx 13 Amp Electric Leaf Mulcher
After cleaning, weeding and fertilizing, you’re going to want to cover your hard work with a protective layer of fallen leaves or straw. This mulching machine is your all-in-one solution to dealing with those piles of leaves. It disposes of the leafy yard waste in just a few simple steps, turning hundreds of gallons of rotting leaves into vitamin-rich organic mulch you can use for your flowerbed or garden. Want to know more about mulching? Check out this mulch guide.
Pick Up Made Easy
A key ingredient in your compost pile will be yard debris and dead leaves. This Leaf Gulp makes it a snap to rake up and transport your materials to the compost pile. Plus, you can sweep leaves and other debris into the bag without bending. In case you’re wondering, here are 10 things you can do with a pile of leaves!
Edward Tools Bulb Planter
With winter fast approaching, now is time to spend a few hours planting bulbs in the ground, so you can enjoy their bounty of colors come early spring. To make yard work easier for this task, check out this bend-free bulb planter. It’s ideal for planting tulips, daffodils and other flower bulbs. It features reinforced steel, an adjustable handle hinge, soil release and depth marker. And for hard to penetrate soils, the planter has reinforced chrome-plated steel that keeps the tool from bending and allows for quick planting. Plant these spring-blooming bulbs this fall.
These oversize leaf claws from Relief Leaf Scoops will come in handy when it’s time to scoop up leaves and grass clippings. The ergonomic design also makes easier work of spreading mulch and picking fruit. These 14 pro tips will make fall leaf raking easy.
A Pair Of Killer Digging Tools
When you see the word “assassin” in a company’s name, you figure it must have some killer products. Well, the two “Root Assassin” shovels we tried sure lived up to their name.
The Root Assassin Shovel has an alligator snout-shaped blade with aggressive teeth to match. It will easily sever small roots with a single plunge and can be used as a foot-powered saw for cutting through larger roots. The teeth are so sharp that you can use the tool for pruning above-ground branches. the blade and handle are unibody constructed of industrial-grade steel and guaranteed for life. It’s a heavy-duty tool, yet at 4 lbs., it’s light enough to carry around all day. If you ever need to dig a posthole or remove or transplant a root-bound bush or tree, this is the shovel to grab. The company also offers a small version of the tool.
The One Shot Shovel, also made by Root Assassin, has two features we love. The top of the blade has a wide flange that gives your foot more area to push and distributes the pressure over a wider area. The flange continues around the side of the shovel, allowing you to carry larger loads without spilling. The top and side flanges combine to increase the overall strength of the blade, making this a true workhorse.
The Root Assassin shovel retails for $50, the One Shot shovel for $40. You can buy them at other online retailers.
Garden Cart Work Seat
The constant up and down of gardening can be straining. With the Goplus Garden Cart Rolling Work Seat, large rubber wheels make it easy to transition over sidewalk, lawn and soil, while the attached tray and basket make sure everything you need is right at hand. The ergonomic tractor style seat swivels and is large enough to accommodate most sizes. There is also a rolling work seat in this collection of the 15 best garden tools you can buy from Harbor Freight.
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