Landscaping for the Lazy
Maintaining your garden and property doesn’t have to be grueling work. If you have the right tools, it can be downright easy. Check our list of gardening gadgets and tools that will let you be a little bit lazy.
Smart Sprinkler Controller
With the Orbit 57950 B-hyve sprinkler controller you never have to worry about forgetting to water the lawn and garden. After easy installation, you can control your sprinklers via an app on your device. Program a timer, or let the weather-based software help you build a schedule. It's one less landscaping chore you have to do. Available on Amazon; $92.89.
This Japanese weeding and digging knife, a Hori Hori, has a durable stainless steel blade with a wooden handle. It’s multi-use, with a concave blade for digging, a beveled sharp edge for slicing, and a serrated opposite edge for cutting. Inch markings along the blade provide guidance for accurate depth for plants and bulbs. Rated #1 in many gardening publications, it's a favorite tool for its effectiveness and ease of use. Available on Amazon; $22.62.
Plant Auger Drill Attachment
Deluxe Tractor Scoot with Bucket Basket
The Deluxe Tractor Scoot with Bucket Basket will make gardening easier and more comfortable by allowing you to do work from a sitting position with your tools close at hand. It’s valuable for lots of other household chores as well, like washing the car, painting baseboards, and more. Available from Gardener’s Supply Company; $99.95.
Seed and Plant Spacing Ruler
Take the guesswork out of planting with the Intervale Seed Spacing Ruler. Add this tool to your gardening bag, and you can plant seeds at a precise depth, with precise spacing, with confidence. Already labeled for the most common vegetable varieties, it also includes a dibbler for accurate planting depth. Available from Gardener's Supply Company; $19.95.
VELCRO Plant Ties
These adjustable and reusable plant ties from VELCRO keep flowers and plants staked, supported, and securely bundled together, so flowers can flourish, and your garden can grow. The strong, yet gentle, material holds up the plants without damaging the stems, plus it’s easy for you to manipulate and tie. Available on Amazon; $5.70.
Jobe’s Organic All-Purpose Plant Food Fertilizer Spikes
Jobe’s Organic All-Purpose Plant Food Fertilizer Spikes are an environmentally friendly option for feeding your plants. Specially formulated as all-purpose, they help build a nourishing environment right at the roots. Easy to use, now you don’t have to remember to fertilize. Available at The Home Depot; $3.98.
5-in-1 Garden Multi-Tool
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