From Anna on April 23rd, 2008 in Landscaping
Since the invention of the wheel, we have been inventing products to make our lives a little easier. Eliminate your sore back this season by investing in some must-have yard and garden care products.
The lawn mower is one of the most commonly used pieces of equipment; and it really pays to make the right investment when purchasing a quality mower. How many of us spend half of our time each summer trying to get our mower to work correctly? Push mowers work well for smaller yards, while riding mowers are better for large spaces. With the high price of fuel, electric mowers or manual mowers are also good alternatives.
Give your back and legs a break with the Garden Scoot, a stool that lets you roll from plant to plant. Adorned with a comfortable seat, it also includes an accessory tray mounted beneath the seat for your tools and plants. This reduces time squatting on your knees, and works great for raised beds.
Weeding is one of those necessary chores that few actually enjoy, but there are gadgets to make the job a little easier. My personal favorite is the Hula-Hoe, a sharp bladed gardening hoe that works quickly and efficiently, digging the roots out as you go. Grandpa’s Weeder is another option. An antique classic that originated in 1913, it has made a comeback in recent years because of its practical design. Weed control sprays such as Round-up are a popular solution to weeds. One product called Burnout is natural and biodegradable. Don’t forget a good pair of gloves while you’re shopping. Nitrile Gloves are one product that fit tightly and supposedly cannot be punctured by sharp nettles.
Every gardener needs a good set of pruners and trimmers. There are plenty of the traditional models available, and much has been done to improve their handles and ease of use. A unique new product you might want to check out is the Garden Groom. This hedge trimmer both trims bushes and shreds the trimmings into mulch.
Perhaps the best invention of all is the landscape contractor. Save your back, hands and time by hiring someone to do your routine maintenance. That way when you venture out into the warm sunshine, you can spend your time doing what you love, not bent over in a weed patch. Just this past weekend, I was surprised to realize how inexpensive it actually was to have my lawn mowed, trimmed, and the driveway blown clean. Request free-estimates from pre-screened contractors in your area, and start enjoying your free time elsewhere.