Garden tools and new products that get the job done
Gardeners love the garden tools and accessories that make outdoor tasks easier. The right garden tools and accessories can make all the difference when it’s time to dig a hole or prune a neglected shrub. Of course, plant lovers are always ready to try new products that promise to make plants grow healthier.
No matter what the task, a well-designed tool can help get the job done faster and easier. What gardener worth his (or her) weight in top soil isn’t willing to try something new? Here are a few garden tools and accessories that can help with outdoor tasks.
Award-winning CobraHead tools are great for precision weeding
The best garden tools make gardening chores easier, faster and more enjoyable. The new CobraHead® “mini” Weeder and Cultivator is the perfect tool for precision weeding in flower beds, vegetable gardens and even in flower pots and containers. The forged CobraHead blade works like a “steel fingernail®” to weed, cultivate, dig, plant and transplant. The strong, sharp, tempered blade cuts through and breaks up all soils, even the toughest clay, and it makes short work of cleaning weed-choked gardens. The CobraHead “mini” Weeder was honored with a 2018 Green Thumb Award by the Direct Gardening Association as one of the best new garden tools on the market.
The CobraHead “mini” is smaller and lighter than the original CobraHead Weeder, so it’s easier to use in tight spaces. The original CobraHead Weeder and Cultivator is a bit larger and heftier, so it’s well-suited for weeding larger garden spaces. Both of the CobraHead hand tools have comfortable, ergonomically designed handles that are made from a mix of recycled plastic and wood fiber. The attractive blue handle is molded around the unique steel blade to ensure it can never work loose.
Also available is the CobraHead Long-Handle tool that’s perfect for cultivating and weeding while standing up. Older gardeners and those with limited kneeling and bending ability find this tool an especially enabling device.
The CobraHead “mini” Weeder hand tool sells for $21.95, the original CobraHead Weeder and Cultivator sells for $24.95, and the CobraHead Long Handle sells for $59.95. Or save money when you buy more than one tool with package deals on www.cobrahead.com. CobraHead LLC is a Wisconsin-based family business that makes all of its tools in the USA.
Digging holes has never been easier
There’s no reason to dig holes the old-fashioned way this spring, because planting augers from Power Planter make digging holes fast and easy. These sturdy metal planting augers are the perfect tools for planting all kinds of plant—and even for aerating soil in garden beds. The Homeowner Starter Pack from Power Planter contains two of the most popular digging augers. The Garden Planting Auger digs holes that are 2 inches wide and 7 inches deep—the ideal size for planting 4-pack and 6-pack annual bedding plants, grass plugs or even seeds in the garden. The larger Bulb Auger and Bedding Plant Tool digs 3-inch-wide holes up to 7 inches deep, so it’s perfect for digging holes for larger bedding plants in the spring and for flower bulbs in the fall.
Planting augers from Power Planter have a 3/8-inch, non-slip hex drill bit end that fits into any standard cordless or corded power drill. Simply put the planting auger into your drill, tighten it up, use your power drill to quickly drill to the maximum depth of the auger and lift the auger out of the hole. This leaves approximately one inch of loose dirt in the bottom of the hole, which is great for getting plants acclimated to the new soil. Drop the plant in and refill the hole with the loose soil the auger has removed. Repeat this process for every plant and you are done!
The Homeowner Starter Pack containing two planting augers sells for $37.79 from PowerPlanter.com. Power Planter is a small family-run business located on a farm in Central Illinois, and every Power Planter tool is backed by an unconditional guarantee on workmanship and quality.
Spear Head Spade® for 80% easier digging
When Daniel Mathieu was 85, his two replacement knees and two artificial hips made digging in the garden difficult and painful. Rather than giving up his passion for gardening, he invented a better shovel. The Spear Head Spade® garden shovel makes digging in the toughest soils (rocky, heavily rooted, clay) and separating perennials up to 80% easier than with regular shovels.
The double patented “spear head” shaped blade of the Spear Head Spade® garden shovel concentrates all your weight and force to a single point, effectively multiplying your digging power many times for easy penetration. Subsequent special beveled angles allow it to gradually wedge, burrow, and slice through the most challenging conditions. The tougher the conditions, the more it makes a difference.
The extra-long double riveted socket prevents handle breakage where stresses are highest and the fiberglass with steel tube reinforcement makes it one of the lightest and strongest shovels on the market. Extra-large foot rests and the soft cushioned D-grip handle make digging easier and more comfortable.
A unique epoxy powder coating on the blade minimizes friction and is designed to wear away on the blade’s leading edges, making the tool sharper the more it is used. The Spear Head Spade® garden shovel comes in four highly visible colors—yellow, lavender, lime green and pink. The Spear Head Spade sells for $52.00 (D-Grip) or $54.00 (Long Handle) at http://shop.spearheadspade.com.
Water garden plants in old-fashioned style
Forget cheap plastic watering cans that crack and leak when left outside after a year or two. A sturdy galvanized metal watering can will last much longer, and it looks better too.
Durable and practical, the Large Galvanized Watering Can from Lehman’s is a throwback to heirloom gardens and the classic tools used to tend them. It’s made of heavy-gauge steel, which is dipped in zinc to seal the seams, protect against rust and give it that nice galvanized finish. In addition, the spout and handle are securely welded and sealed. Leaks will not be a problem with this watering can, not even after a decade of use.
The Large Galvanized Watering Can really is large, able to hold up to 10 quarts of water. Practical and long-lasting, it’s a timeless piece in any garden. The Large Galvanized Watering Can sells for $39.95 from www.lehmans.com or (800) 438-5346. A smaller size (8 quart) watering can is also available for $34.95.