Worm farms, weeders, push mowers... The whole nine yards to control fine yards.
Maintaining your yard takes time, precision, and tools. Don't mess around with unhelpful gear that'll just take up space. Here's our list of useful, non-wasteful tools to keep you your garden fresh, tidy, and eco-friendly.
The Worm Factory 360 is a shallow redworm composter that uses four stacked trays to turn your food scraps into microbe and nutrient-rich compost for your garden. This product can be used indoors, so there's no excuse for sending your scraps to the landfill.
How it works: The trays hold thousands of worms that burrow through the compost, creating tunnels that help bring oxygen to the pile, creating what the product babble calls a "thermo siphon air flow." This speeds up the composting process and seriously reduces odor. The trays have gridded bottoms that let the worms move upward once new food scraps are added to bins on top. This condensed footprint means you can even use the composter indoors.
Toss in items like fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, and dry leaves, letting the worms wriggle through recycling waste and leaving nutrient-heavy compost. Once the bottom tray is done being composted, remove it, and place it back on top with new scraps. The Worm Factory 360 also has a spigot on the bottom that helps drain any moisture or liquid.
This kit comes with basic accessories and instructions, but worms are sold separately. Make sure to keep the tray out of direct sunlight and safe from extreme heat or cold. $110.
These lightweight, nylon gloves have a water-based rubber grip that helps prevent tools from slipping. They are breathable, machine-washable, and let you use your smart phone. This pack comes with 12 pairs. $40.
This is not your garden-variety garden hose. It's got a durable latex core and flexible polyester encasing that can expand from 17 feet to 50 feet. The nozzle has a non-slip handle and features eight spray varietals like shower, mist, cone, and flat. The hose also comes with a carrying case for easy storage and to keep your backyard looking tidy. $33.
A reel mower like this requires no power but that in your arms and legs. This one in particular has got 10-inch wheels to make it easy to maneuver, plus a 16-inch wide cutting expanse and a mechanism that lets you adjust the trimming height between .5 and 2.5 inches. Plus it's powder coasted to prevent rust. The blades are also heat-treated, which helps increase in toughness and wear-resistance. $90.
These 8-foot-by-24-foot plant covers are designed to protect plants from harsh weather conditions like extreme heat or cold, but can also be used to keep animals away. The year-round cover is made of an anti-UV, breathable, weather-resistant fabric that can easily be cut into smaller pieces for smaller patches of plants. You'll be able to protect plants from harsh weather while still allowing both air and moisture to get through. $16.
If you're a gardening beginner, or if you've misplaced or mishandled a few tools, grab a new gardening toolset. This stainless-steel, rust-proof set comes in a cotton and polyester carrying tote and features seven rubber-handled tools like a pruner, a trowel, and a weeder. This set isn't for the large-scale gardener, but if you're weeding smaller swaths of soil, or need to move plants around, these tools will have you covered. Plus, the whole set's only $30.
The Worx Aerocart is a two-in-one wheelbarrow and dolly that can hold up to 300 pounds on its steel frame. It has "flat-free" oversized tires that never need to be inflated, plus fold-out arms for transporting lighter items. It's also designed to prevent back strain and make a heavier load feel much lighter. The cart includes accessories like a flower pot strap and a mesh rock mover. You can also snag this heavy-duty nylon organizer that fits on the wheelbarrow. $139.
If your hose doesn't reach a dry patch, grab a wheelbarrow water bag to help transport the H2O. This tear-resistant plastic bag holds 21 gallons. $16.
Weeds are the worst. They invade plants' personal space and can affect how your garden grows. This stainless-steel weed remover is 42.5-inches high and has an ergonomic gripping area larger than that of most weed pullers on the market. $60.
This 18-inch Fiskars hardened-steel machete comes with a lifetime warranty and will help clear unwanted, tough plant life from the yard. The curved and rust-resistant blade—with an axe tip—slices through overgrown roots, low-hanging branches, and unruly vines. The machete comes with a nylon carrying case. $38.