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Putting a garden to bed for the winter requires special tools

September 22, 2014

Even if youíre tending to the same garden, youíll need different tools in the fall. "In the fall, youíre putting the garden to bed, so itís important to have large multipurpose tools to work the soil," said Maree Gaetani, director of gardening relations at Vermont-based Gardenerís Suppply Co. "In the growing season, youíre using smaller hand tools around the growing plants."

Gardex Leaf Scoops

When you have leaves piling up in the yard, this is the tool youíll want to grab. It was designed to fit inside yard bags or receptacles, and each scoop fits into your right or left hand. You can also use it to spread mulch and peat moss in your garden, so itís a good all-around fall tool. The rake teeth will also help with total yard cleanup of residue. $7.99 at amazon.com

Scotts Snap Spreader

Fall is the best time to fertilize your plants and roots so theyíll have a base on which to thrive in the spring, and this is an easy way to do it. You simply push this through your lawn, and it evenly and directly spreads the bag of Snap Pac Fertilizer (fertilizer bags are sold separately and snap into the spreader). When youíre done, it folds for easy storage. $49.98 at homedepot.com

Leonard All Poly Scoop Fork

This fork is 40 percent lighter than traditional steel forks ó your back will feel the difference. Its deep scoop shape handles large loads, and the all-poly construction wonít bend under pressure when mulching, collecting leaves and doing other fall cleanup activities. The American-made product has a lifetime warranty. $69.99 at gardenersedge.com

Gardenerís Supply Lifetime Half-Moon Hoe

Handmade in Holland from sustainably grown European ash hardwood, this lets you stand up straight while you work so you minimize back strain as you cut the weeds just below the soil surface. The blade is curved so you can work in the tight spaces between plants. $79.95 at gardeners.com

Fiberglass D-Handle Garden Spade

It has a steel-reinforced fiberglass handle and a heavy-duty steel blade, so this is not going to bend easily when piercing the dirt, though itís lightweight. Itís good for working around tree roots, digging holes and doing general landscaping. $29.99 at sears.com

Fiskars Shear Ease Grass Shears

These have a patented mechanism that prevents the blades from jamming or sticking, so it saves time when youíre gardening. They rotate 360 degrees so you can cut anything, even at strange angles. $17.99 at target.com

 

 


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