- On May 15, 2017
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All the rain we’ve had plus the warmer weather brings with it many changes. New blooms, budding leaves, and a garden and yard that suddenly seem more alive than ever before. So around this time of year, you’re probably digging around in your garage for your shears, clippers, shovels, and more. While these well-worn tools can do the job, the reality is that over time, they might become inefficient. From rust and cracks to dull blades, there are lots of reasons why your current gardening favorites might not be cutting it.
Today, we’re taking a look at some of the best gardening tools for 2017, designed to make your gardening tasks quicker and easier — and to save you from unnecessary overwork.
Ready to transform your outdoor space? Read on!
1. Nitrile-Coated Gloves
Maybe you’ve got some drugstore gardening gloves that seemed OK at first, but over time were revealed to be too thin and flimsy. Or maybe you’re working with industrial leather gloves that make your hands sweat and make it difficult to grasp anything. One of the best gardening tools available today isn’t actually a tool at all — it’s a pair of gloves so flexible and lightweight you’ll wonder why you ever tried anything else. Nitrile rubber is a durable, breathable, water-repelling coating with a solid grip that, when applied to gloves, makes them the ultimate do-everything accessory. So ditch those old floral standbys and consider this a worthy investment.
2. Roomy Trug
If you’ve ever had to lug weeds around the house or carry flowers from the potting shed to the flowerbed, you know how cumbersome it can be to juggle the load, not to mention hard on your back. That’s where a trug comes in. Pro gardeners recommend one that’s roomy, flexible, and strong. While a basket could do the trick in a pinch, there are many plastic ones on the market today designed to withstand sun and frost, with durable handles and a lightweight feel perfect for any small load.
3. A Powerhouse Hose
Still working with that leaky hose that sprays water all over everything you need it to, and also on areas you don’t? If so, it’s time to upgrade. This year, consider purchasing a hose with an advanced design that can stand up to even your toughest conditions. Today’s top hoses are made of rubber that can withstand water temperatures up to 165 degrees Farenheight and are just as pliable and flexible when it’s freezing cold. These new commercial hoses are also up to 40% lighter than your standard hose, so lugging them around your yard just got a whole lot easier.
4. An Heirloom Hand Pruner
Unlike other hand pruners that you have to discard after just a few seasons, an heirloom pruner is designed to last a lifetime. Look for one that is comprised of parts that are replaceable, so if one gets a little rusty, you don’t have to discard the entire tool. Many on the market today offer sap grooves, cushioned handles, shock absorbers, lightweight handles, and incredibly strong steel blades. If you’re still working with outdated knock-offs, now’s the time to take the leap.
5. Tech-Savvy Wetting Agents
You know it takes water for a garden to grow. Yet, there are often conditions — such as drought, water restrictions, or extreme heat — that prevent your yard from getting adequate water. As such, it’s important to conserve as much of the water you do receive as possible. To that end, new wetting agents are available in granule form that, when sprinkled on your ground, help retain water by up to 25%. They can help to move water more effectively into even the hardest and driest soil, so you can rest assured you’re making the most of every drop.
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