A well maintained yard adds immense curb appeal, and you don’t have to go all out every day to achieve that. But beyond just mowing the lawn and pulling up weeds, there’s a few more gardening tasks you’ll have to tackle. Luckily, this list of handy gardening apps is a must-read for anyone looking to make those jobs easier, and the tools may be easier to find than you think.
You don’t have to go after any specific brand or design, but you should look for one with a rust-resistant blade, sturdy wooden handle, and a leather loop at the end so you can hang it up. When you’re in the store, check to see that the blade fits in securely into the handle, otherwise you’ll find yourself making another trip back after just a few days.
Garden Hose Reel
Watering your lawn and garden is a must, unless you live in a super wet climate. For the rest of us, though, a hose is a necessity. What isn’t isn’t a necessity is having to deal with a tangled up hose, and a portable reel lets you keep it neat — and take it around to both the front and back yards. To really make it go further, get one with a little wire basket so you can store other gardening supplies, like a hose extension for extra reach when watering.
Trees and rose bushes don’t maintain themselves, but it can be tricky to get to all spots, especially with thorns blocking your way. Put on a pair of thick gardening gloves and use a long-handled pruner to access the difficult spots. This tool is also handy for reaching in higher spots without having to grab a stepstool, as well as using it as a hand extension to knock down rogue objects.
Once you’ve filled your garden with plants that’ll bloom all season and arranged your garden furniture just so, it’s time to complete the look with solar lights. They’re portable, never need a battery or electrical outlet, and can be stuck in the ground anywhere. They also come in all different shapes and sizes, and there’s not many things nicer than coming home after a long day and relaxing in a beautifully, subtly-lit backyard.
These gadgets are measurement tools that tell you the levels of moisture, pH, sunlight and fertilizer in your yard, and help you identify what areas you specifically need to work on. Of course, you could do it by hand or buy separate gadgets for each problem area, but a do-it-all analyzer takes the hard work out of the equation.
Electronic Defense Owl
What do squirrels, cats and raccoons have in common? All three are animals that moonlight as garden pests. And though you can put in defenses to try and stop each one (e.g. tin foil for cats, hot sauce for raccoons, and, well, nothing can really keep squirrels away), an electronic owl can combine all three. An electronic defense owl works with motion sensors, and turns it head and hoots at unwelcome intruders. Be sure to constantly move the owl around and change the type of hoot it emits, otherwise garden pests can quickly become accustomed to it.