Truth be told, the most efficient and relaxing session in the garden is often the one where it’s purely and simply your hands and the earth. Avid gardeners will agree that it’s a great feeling to get that dirt under the nails. When it comes right down to it, no gimmick or gadget can do the job better than you can.
Having said that, there is an enormous range of tools and toys that you can use to compliment your gardening skills, make your favourite hobby a little more interesting, a little more comfortable, and possibly even a little more fun.
Gardening season means big business for retailers. In early spring you’ll start to see a million different products in the stores, catalogues, and likely even in your neighbours garden shed. Here are a few traditional and modern selections that might be worthwhile to pick up and try in your own back yard.
- It may just be the most coveted tool out there today. In my neighbourhood, small crowds gather to watch whenever someone pulls one out and starts to use it. It’s the pressure washer. These high-powered cleaning machines can remove years from your deck, patio stones, patio furniture, cars, boats… you name it! They’re not cheap, but when you see what they can do, you might agree with the folks in my ‘hood, that they’re worth every penny.
- Get the kids involved by picking them up a tiny tot garden set all their own. You can find these colourful, small, safe sets at just about any garden centre. What a engaging way to get children interested in something other than video games! Usually recommended for children over five.
- How about something for the birds? Always an adorable decorative touch and the best way to bring wildlife into your garden, birdfeeders are now available in just about any size, shape, and design you can imagine. You can buy one that matches your home and garden or you can even make one yourself.
- Got a pond in your yard? Water gardening is becoming increasing popular, particularly with the trend toward Feng Shui and Japanese gardening. A koi-pond is a stunning addition to any garden. Did you know that you can get underwater lighting to bring a lovely glow to your water focal point?
- A beautiful, well-grown garden is often only as organized as your garden shed. Eventually, regardless of how much space you’ve got to work with, you’ll need somewhere to store your dirty tools, topsoil, seeds, and fertilizer. If you don’t have a garage or much space, don’t worry! There are hundreds of styles and of portable garden sheds and potting benches available today. If you have children, keep them away from dangerous tools or chemicals by choosing a shed with a sturdy lock.
- Why not a wheelbarrow? Many people mistakenly feel that if they are a city dweller with a small property, there really is no use for a wheelbarrow. Not true! Just because you’re not hauling gravel back and forth over your 10 acre lot, doesn’t mean these three-wheel wonders won’t come in handy. Besides, there’s the obvious fact that they can save your spine… Wheelbarrows are now available in just about any colour imaginable.
- Have happier knees! Let’s face it, being out in the garden all season is tough work for those poor knees of yours. Why suffer, this hobby is meant to make you feel good, isn’t it? Pick up a gardening stool or a quality set of knee pads and your body will thank you for it the next day.
- It’s shady business, but for the vegetable gardener, it might make all the difference in your crop. A good quality shade cloth or tunnel or can protect your tender plants from the strong and steady summer sun.
- Spectacular sprinklers! You probably don’t need an underground, automatic time-controlled sprinkler system (but imagine how cool that would be?) but that doesn’t mean that your watering options are limited. These days you can choose from oscillating spikes to the traditional rotary and everything in between. Choose one that gets the job done for you and maybe one that the kids can enjoy on a sweltering summer afternoon.
- Low impact, earth-friendly mowers are making a comeback. Gardening really is about being kind to the earth, so sometimes a large, noisy gas powered mower is simply not a wise choice. Particularly for small city gardens. If you’re lawn is too large for a push-mower, think about trying a cordless battery-powered mower. They can be easily charged overnight and you’ll never worry about tripping over the cord again.