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Tools Used For Gardening

Tools used for gardening come in many varieties. Any homeowner knows that the key to successfully completing a project is having the correct tools to use. This is as important with gardening as it is when doing plumbing work, carpentry, painting, etc.

Tools Used For Gardening

Having some basic tools used for gardening will help make things easier and more productive in the long run.

With every project, there are tools that you absolutely need to have and then the list of tools that are nice to have since they make your job much easier.

This breakdown will help to give you a better understanding of what tools you need, what ones you might want to acquire as your budget allows, and what you should look for when buying them.

Don’t forget about power tools for jobs around the house such as weed eaters, pole saws and lawn mowers.

Tools Used For Gardening – Must Haves

Hand Trowel

A hand trowel such as the Fiskars Ergo Garden Tool Set is probably the single most important tool you need for gardening. They make quicker work of planting garden flowers and bulbs, as well as weeding and digging small holes.

A garden trowel has a pointed, scoop-shaped metal blade with a short wooden, plastic or metal handle. Look for brightly colored trowels that can be easily seen when laid down in the garden or paint wooden handles with bright paint to make them more visible.

Shovels

Shovels like the Spear Head Spade are important to have on hand when you need to dig big holes for transplanting shrubs/bushes/trees, turning over the soil, or moving bulk items like compost or rock.

Look for a shovel with a steel scoop as opposed to aluminum for durability. Scoops are slightly curved with upturned edges to hold materials; they come in either a pointed or flat tip.

Pointed tip shovels are typically used for digging and planting in softer ground that has been tilled. Flat tip shovels are more useful in hard packed ground that needs added force to penetrate the soil surface.

Garden Rakes

Garden rakes like the Bully Tools 12-Gauge 16-Inch Bow Rake are stronger than leaf rakes, and play an important role in gardening. They can be used for turning over soil, spreading ground cover, removing weeds, gathering garden debris and tamping soil.

Look for a rake that is appropriately sized for your height; ideally the handle rake should reach the bridge of your nose from the floor. Choose a soft grip handle if your hands tire easily or you are prone to blisters.

Pruners

Pruners such as Fiskars Steel Bypass Pruning Shears are an essential tool to have for the garden to handle a variety of cutting jobs. Look for a pair that has a safety catch to hold the blades closed together when not in use, and bypass or crossover blades.

Bypass blades cut with a motion similar to scissors where two sharpened blades slice together. Often times one of these blades is curved to allow you to get into tight spaces.

Tools Used For Gardening – Nice to Have Tools:

Loppers

Loppers like the Fiskars 28 Inch Bypass Lopper are larger than pruners and will help to prune branches and suckers that are too big for basic pruners. Long handled varieties will reach higher branches with ease.

Wheelbarrows

Wheelbarrows like the Gorilla Carts Poly Garden Dump Cart make moving heavy items in the garden much easier. They are a back saver when moving rock, mulch, or compost to the garden and hauling garden debris away.

When choosing a wheelbarrow first determine your needs; wheelbarrows come in capacities ranging from 2 square feet to 6 square feet. Steel wheelbarrows are heavier to move and can rust but they can carry more weight.

They are more suited for moving rocks, or large plants. Plastic wheelbarrows are lighter and typically less expensive to purchase. However they can crack from temperature fluctuations, improper handling, or being loaded with too much weight.

Tiller or Cultivator

A tiller or cultivator like the Earthwise 16-Inch 13.5 Amp Corded Electric Tiller/Cultivator will come in handy if you have a larger garden space, saving you time when you need to work the soil.

A cultivator is a smaller piece of equipment and works well for loosening the soil in an existing garden, weeding between rows, and mixing compost into the soil. The smaller stature makes them easier to maneuver and have a cheaper price tag.

Tillers are more powerful, and have heavy duty tines to work the soil. They will cost more but have a wider stance and can work ground more quickly.

Best Tools For Gardening

Gardening work will go much more smoothly when you equip yourself with the best tools used in gardening for the job. Having a good quality hand trowel, shovel, garden rake and set of pruners gives you a great basis to your tool collection.

Then if money allows, and you’d like to expand you can add items such as a wheelbarrow, a set of loppers and a good garden tiller based on your garden size.

Tools Used For Gardening2019-09-08T22:12:29-04:00

Air Fryer Oven Review

This Air Fryer Oven Review is all about the Breville Convection and Air Fry Smart Oven Air. I think this is hands down the best air fryer on the market. I have used this thing at least every other day since I got it. It does everything you could want a small oven to do.

Air Fryer Oven Review: Why Breville

Before using the Breville Smart Oven Air I had one of those egg shaped round air fryers. I used it for around a year and a half. Eventually the display screen began to flash some weird numbers and it would turn of and on while it was cooking something. I knew this meant it was on it’s way out. I kept using it despite these problems but sure enough eventually it simple died in the middle of cooking food, I had to quickly finish cooking it in a toaster oven.

While I really liked the round egg shaped air fryer, there were somethings I did not like. There is no window in order to watch the food. You have to remove the basket in order to see how the food is cooking. I also dreaded having to clean the air fryer what I was done with it. That was always a chore. I especially did not like that it only lasted a year and a half before it decided to quit on me. Other than these things I really liked it and used it very frequently.

The Breville Convection and Air Fry Smart Oven Air solves these problems. There is a large window so you can keep an eye on your food. There is even a very bright oven light that you can turn on and off using a button. I really like the oven light. Cleaning the Breville air fryer is a breeze. I line the pan with tin foil which means the only cleaning involved is removing the tin foil and putting it in the trash. Done all clean, it really couldn’t be easier to clean. It is also extremely well build and high quality so I fully expect it to last for years unlike the cheap round egg shaped air fryer.

No contest the Breville air fryer is superior in every way to the egg.

Air Fryer Healthy

Is using an air fryer healthy? Frying with Air is much healthier than deep frying in a vat of oil. The food is crispier isn’t soggy or greasy and it has less calories because you are ingesting all of the grease that a traditional deep fryer soaks food in.

Air Fryer Oven Review: What Else Does It Do

Not only does it do a magnificent job of air frying it does so much more.

The Breville Smart Oven Air Has 13 programmed settings:

  • Toast
  • Bagel
  • Broil
  • Bake
  • Roast
  • Warm
  • Pizza
  • Proof
  • Airfry
  • Reheat
  • Cookies
  • Slow Cook
  • Dehydrate

All of these settings can be adjusted any way you like. You can also adjust the settings while the oven is running. You can find many easy air fryer recipes online to make great use of all of these settings.

How Does An Air Fryer Work

In a traditional deep fryer there is a reservoir filled with oil. Food is placed into a basket and lowered into this pool of grease. After it is done cooking the food is lifted out of the nasty grease, drained and the food is dumped onto a plate.

Of course the food tastes good but it is extremely unhealthy and you have to drain the grease from the fryer, put it into a container if you plan on using it again or you have to get rid of it the grease. Oil can also be expensive, peanut oil is very expensive stuff. Not to mention grease stains on clothes and getting burned with hot oil.

An air fryer removes all of these problems. An air fryer works by using a large powerful fan in a small oven space. The oven heats up and the fan moves at a high rate of speed. This powerful fan causes the heated air to circulate rapidly around the food allowing it to cook perfectly and taste just like traditionally deep fried food.

Before using an air fryer I was skeptical that it would be as good as it claimed. I was pleasantly surprised because it really is as good as a deep fryer, but much easier to use and healthier for you.

Air Fryer Oven Review: Air Fryer Uses

Here are some great foods that I have air fried. Of course they don’t have to be air fried. They can be cooked many different ways using the abundant amount of settings on the smart oven.

  • Air fryer fried chicken
  • Wings
  • Chicken tenders
  • Chicken patties
  • Bacon
  • Steak
  • Salmon
  • Frozen french fries

How to Use An Air Fryer

Using the Breville air fryer is simple. In fact using any air fryer is simple. You simply place your food on the rack or in the basket, Air fryers use either no oil or very little oil it’s entirely up to you. Using a little oil helps the food cook better, I always spray some oil directly onto the food.

breville smart oven air plug

breville smart oven air plug

You spray the food with your favorite oil.

A great sprayer that I use is the Evo Oil Sprayer Bottle, Non-Aerosol for Olive Oil and Cooking Oils, 8-ounce Capacity, Set of 2 each squeeze of the trigger sprays one quarter of a teaspoon of oil so you always know exactly how much oil you are using.

That’s it turn the air fryer on and it starts cooking. If you are using the egg shaped air fryer it’s a good idea to shake the food halfway through cooking to ensure that it is cooking evenly.

When I am done using the air fryer I unplug it. The Breville has a great plug design as well, it has a ring you can stick your finger in making it super easy to unplug. A small but very nice touch.

How to Clean an Air Fryer

Cleaning the egg shaped air fryers can be annoying. I know I hate to clean them. Generally there are two baskets, one basket holds the food and the other basket catches the grease or crumbs or any other debris. Cleaning the the crumb basket is pretty straightforward. The food basket is the really pain.

To promote air flow these baskets have slots and holes in them, this makes it more difficult to clean because grease and food gets into these slots so you have to clean each slot individually, it is very tedious.

After a while cleaning failed to remove all of the grease stains and I could never get the fryer perfectly clean no matter how much I tried.

The Breville air fryer like any other toaster oven air fryer is much simpler to clean. I air fry using the included pan and I put tin foil on the pan so when it is done cooking I simply remove the tin foil and throw it away and that’s it.

Occasionally I will rinse off the pan but usually it never even needs to be cleaned. Cleaning is as simple as it can get.

The Breville Convection and Air Fry Smart Oven Air is a great choice if you want a great air fryer that can do so much more.

Also be sure to take a look at our Best Weed Eater and Best Pole Saw reviews as well.

Air Fryer Oven Review2019-09-08T21:41:59-04:00

Periwinkle Flower

Periwinkle (Vinca Minor)

The common periwinkle flower, also known as vinca or myrtle, is most often grown as a ground cover and works exceptionally well as an erosion control specimen.

It gets its name from the striking blueish-purple blooms that appear on the dark green foliage in mid spring.

Periwinkle Flower

Scientific Name:  Vinca minor

Life cycle:  Annual, Perennial in warm climates

Soil pH:  6.0 – 7.5

Plant hardiness:  USDA zones 4 – 9

Light requirements:  Full or partial shade

Water requirements:  Low

Fertilizer demand:  Low

Planting date:  After last spring frost

Flowering season: April – May

Height:   4″ – 6″

Colors:  Blue/purple, white

Pests:  Aphids

Propagation: Cuttings, seed

Periwinkle Flower Care

Vinca plants are low to the ground and compact with a tenacious root system, which is what makes them work so well for erosion control. They typically grow 4″ – 6” tall and a single plant can spread up to 8’ across.

The arching stems of the plant will root wherever they touch the ground. Periwinkle grows well in USDA zones 4-9 – which encompasses most of the continental United States – and prefers slightly acidic, well-drained soil.

In the Northern most zones where climates bring colder winter weather, it is grown solely as an annual plant and needs to be replanted every year. In warmer climates it grows exceptionally well as a perennial plant.

Will Periwinkles Grow in the Shade

Periwinkle plants prefer partially to fully shaded garden spots to keep their growth low and dense if they are to be used as a groundcover.

Periwinkle can be grown from seed, or propagated from stem cuttings. The fast growing plant generates new roots quickly when taken as a cutting.

periwinkle groundcover

Growing Periwinkle Flowers

To establish new plants especially in areas where periwinkle is grown as an annual – it may be easier to start them from seed than to overwinter plant cuttings for planting in the spring.

Sow seeds after the danger of the last frost has passed; this will vary depending on your hardiness zone and latitude. Periwinkle seed is extremely light so it’s best to mix seed with builder grade sand when sowing to improve the seed distribution.

Water newly planted seed well and keep the soil damp until seeds germinate in 2-3 weeks. Mature plants should be established 3-4 months after planting.

One of the benefits to growing periwinkle is that it requires very few inputs, thus making it incredibly easy and desirable to grow.

After seeds have germinated, the plants are considered drought tolerant and need very little water for growth. They will grow well if watered in a garden setting if the soil drains well.

Why Do Periwinkle Leaves Turn Yellow

Over watering periwinkles can lead to yellowing leaves and poor looking plants.

Periwinkle Plant Fertilizer

Fertilize plants with a complete, balanced fertilizer in the spring to encourage a jump start in growth and then every two months during the active growing season.

Occasionally shear plants off close to the ground to encourage new growth.

pink periwinkle flower

Periwinkle Flower Pests

There are few pests that affect periwinkle flowers, adding to how simple they are to grow in a garden or landscape. In the summer months aphids may become a concern.

Spray infected plants with a heavy spray of water to knock them off, or apply an insecticide such as neem oil if absolutely necessary.

With little care needed, periwinkle plants make a great groundcover option for most areas in the United States. The characteristic bluish-purple flowers add a pop of color to the landscape while the tenacious root system helps to prevent soil erosion.

Periwinkle Flower2019-08-02T21:06:22-04:00

Best Weed Eater

Best Weed Eater - Black and Decker Weed Eater

Black and Decker Weed Eater

What is the Best Weed Eater

When it comes to the Best Weed Eater also called a Weed Wacker or String Trimmer, they are a necessary and great tool for around the yard.

Weed Eaters come in three varieties, Gas Weed Eater, Electric Weed Eater (using a cord), and Cordless Weed Eater (using rechargeable batteries).

Best Weed Eater Battery Powered

This list consists of what I think are the best cordless weed eaters. If you are looking to do some trimming higher up make sure to check out the Best Pole Saw reviews!

The Benefits of a Cordless Weed Eater

A gas weed eater is messy, you have to deal with gas and oil. They are usually difficult to start and they are much heavier.

An Electric Weed Eater uses an extension cord that you have to haul around the yard, why would you want to do that?

A Cordless Weed Eater uses a rechargeable battery. Trying to start a gas powered weed eater can be a miserable experience. You will not have to worry about how to start a weed eater or why your weed eater won’t start. There is No gas, No oil, No Cords. They start with a push of a button and work great!

What is a Brushless Weed Eater

Electric tools use a motor that is either brushed or brushless. A brushless tool uses a motor that does not have brushes.

The benefits of a brushless tool are that the motor will last longer, run more efficiently, and the batteries will hold a charge longer.

You also never need to worry about replacing worn out brushes.

A brushless motor is always going to be better than the same tool with a motor that uses brushes. The trade off is brushless tools are more expensive than brushed tools.

Top 5 Best Weed Eater List

Keep reading to see why these are picked as some of the best weed eaters available.

The BLACK+DECKER LSTE523 20V Max Lithium POWERCOMMAND Easy Feed String Trimmer/Edger makes the best weed eater list because it has many great features.

Black and Decker Weed Eater Features

The Black and Decker weed eater features a PowerDrive Transmission, allowing the motor to transfer more power into the cutting string. This means that the trimmer will cut grass and weeds faster.

This is an especially handy feature if your yard is large and you don’t want to spend a whole day cutting grass. Thanks to its power, this model is ideal for light and medium jobs.

Light Weight and Easy to Use

Compared to other models on the market, the Black and Decker cordless trimmer is lightweight and easy to control.

This makes it an ideal choice for those of you who don’t want to feel like they had a workout after doing some yard work.

Comfortable Handle and Height Adjustment

Thanks to a Comfortable handle and height adjustment, you can easily adjust the string trimmer the way it best suits your needs.

Cordless Design

What also contributes to its ease of use is the cordless design. A corded string trimmer limits the size of the area you’re using the trimmer on, and is very hard to move if you have a lot of trees and obstacles in your yard or in front of your house.

And that’s where this cordless string trimmer comes in handy. The Black and Decker weed wacker gives you better flexibility and mobility, as you won’t have to worry about the length of the cord.

Also, you can easily reach places around trees, and other obstacles, leaving them neat and perfectly shaped.

Rotating Head

The head rotates enabling you to switch swiftly between hedging and cutting tasks.

However, when the head is rotated, it will be in an awkward position. You won’t have the best view in front of you, because of the shield.

No Bumping

Easy Feed Spool makes sure that there is no bumping, so that you can get the job done much faster.

Black and Decker Weed Eater Battery

This Black and Decker cordless weed eater comes with a 20-volt battery.

A useful feature is the PowerCommand dial, you can choose whether you want to maximize run time or want to maximize power for cutting through thick weeds.

Why it is on the Best Weed Eater List

The Black and Decker makes it on the best weed eater list because it is a well known brand with a lot of history and works great.

Another reason why it is on the best battery powered weed eater list is that the batteries are interchangeable with other Black and Decker rechargeable battery operated tools.

Many other brands offer this feature as well, but with the large range of tools Black and Decker has to offer it makes general around the house jobs much easier.

BLACK+DECKER LSTE523 20V Max Lithium POWERCOMMAND Easy Feed String Trimmer/Edger


The DEWALT DCST920P1 20V MAX 5.0 Ah Lithium Ion XR Brushless String Trimmer makes it onto the best weed eater list because we think it’s powerful, reliable, precise, and easy to use.

This string trimmer is an ideal choice for those who want only the best. Let’s see why this model is considered one of the best models on the market.

Dewalt Brushless String Trimmer Features

Brushless Motor

The DCST920P1 Dewalt Brushless String Trimmer excels in performance. Why? Well, because it features a brushless motor.

Brushed motors make too much noise, restrict maximum speed of the motor and at last, brushes will wear out. But, these motors are cheap and setup is simple.

On the other hand, brushless motors are pricey but are certainly worth the money. These motors are more efficient and more precise since the computer controls them instead of mechanical brushes.

Moreover, a brushless motor produces far less electrical noise than a brushed one. Also, it will cool down easily.

All this means that the motor will last much longer. So, thanks to a brushless motor, this trimmer is highly efficient and is also very durable.

Ideal For Trimming and Edging Tasks

Because of the powerful motor, you can use this trimmer for light or heavy-duty work. It is ideal for edging, trimming hard-to-reach areas in your yard, and for cutting through weeds and tall grass.

Obviously, the unit will take longer to cope with thicker weeds and long grass, but it will still get the job done and will do that properly.

What also contributes to great performance is the 13-inch cutting swath that makes fast work of cutting and edging.

Powerful

Just to point out, this is one powerful cordless string trimmer. This means, that you have to wear protective glasses, gloves, boots and long pants because the trimmer will kick up debris.

The last thing you need when trying to make your yard stunning are legs covered in scratches. So, your safety comes first.

Dual 0.080″ Line With Bump Feed

Since this Dewalt weed wacker comes with two lines, it will cut more grass (compared to single-line models) which means you will get the job done much faster.

Also, the Dewalt cordless weed eater comes with a bump feed. Meaning, a bump-feed will release the line from a spool only when you knock the head of the trimmer on the ground.

Models with an auto-feed perform better, so it’s no wonder that a bump feed on this trimmer doesn’t perform so great. Apparently, from time to time it tends to get stuck.

Quiet

As already mentioned, the Dewalt weed eater comes with a brushless motor, therefore it is very quiet.

Needless to say, this feature is just priceless especially when taken into account that most models are very noisy.

Outstanding Battery Life

Battery life is where cordless string trimmers usually fail. But, that’s not the case with the Dewalt string trimmer.

This model comes with a 20V MAX 5.0Ah Lithium Ion Battery (along with charger) allowing you to do cutting and edging tasks on a single charge or two charges (depending on work area).

Moreover, a Variable trigger with speed control allows you to choose ideal speed so that the battery won’t empty too quickly. When on the lower setting, the battery can last up to one hour, which is pretty impressive if you ask us.

Similar models can work for about 30-40 minutes per single charge. On the high power setting, the unit will perform for about 30 minutes, which, again, is quite notable.

However, a slight issue is that the battery tends to get hot, so you’ll have to wait for it to cool down in order to connect it to the charger. On the bright side, charging time is just amazing.

Easy to Use

Finally, you will love using this remarkable cordless string trimmer. It is super-light as it weighs only 8.5lbs.

Additionally, the unit is well-balanced, which means there won’t be too much pressure on your arms and your back.

Obviously, this results in easy maneuvering and enhanced control over the unit.

DEWALT DCST920P1 20V MAX 5.0 Ah Lithium Ion XR Brushless String Trimmer

Greenworks Trimmer Features

Straight Shaft

First, let’s talk about the design. There are trimmers with straight and curved shafts.

Shaft refers to the transmission of power from the motor to the lines (lines do the cutting job). Now, a trimmer with a curved shaft is lighter, therefore, it’s a whole lot easier to control it.

On the other hand, a trimmer with a straight shaft is a great choice for tall users and for those who don’t have any difficulty to control the unit, due to weak arms.

The Greenworks weed eater that we’re reviewing here has a straight shaft, thus you will easily reach beneath bushes, and around trees.

Well-Built

Another thing worth mentioning is that the Greenworks weed eater is extremely well-built.

It’s sturdy and reliable, therefore will keep your yard in perfect condition for years to come.

The price is reasonable, so this unit is a smart investment and will certainly pay off in the long run.

Sturdy Handle

Also, the Greenworks trimmer has a sturdy handle, so you shouldn’t have any trouble with maneuvering, whether it be trimming or edging.

Even though the Greenworks string trimmer is not as light as other models on the market, it’s a good choice for people who have strong arms.

Cordless Design

Lastly, this model is a cordless weed eater. Thanks to this, you won’t have to worry about how long the cord is, because there is none.

Moreover, the Greenworks trimmer is great for edging and trimming hard-to-reach areas, as there won’t be limitations and you will be able to move freely.

Performance

Now, let’s see how the Greenworks weed wacker performs. If you need a trustworthy cordless string trimmer to keep unwanted grass off your sidewalks, driveway and cut grass in your small yard, the Greenworks trimmer is one of the best trimmers on the market.

However, if you need a trimmer that can handle thick weed and tall grass, this model may not be a good choice, simply because the battery will empty too quickly, and you will have to charge it too many times, in order to get the job done. Needless to say, this won’t be efficient at all.

Pivoting Head

The Greenworks trimmer excels when it comes to edging and reaching beneath bushes.

Thanks to an amazing pivoting head that can be rotated in three positions, you’ll easily maneuver the trimmer when edging your lawn in points where it meets a sidewalk, or when trimming around the trees.

So, if you have to do a lot of edging, you’ll definitely appreciate the spinning head.

Single-Line Model

Since the Greenworks string trimmer is a single-line, it won’t cut as much grass as two-lines models.

However, it still performs great when it comes to cutting moderate-length grass.

Auto-Feed Head

Another handy feature that we love about this string trimmer is an Auto-feed head. While some models feature bump-feed that will release line only when you bump the head of the trimmer on the ground, some models come with a fixed-line head that uses short lengths of line in order to prevent line getting tangled.

Why waste precious time on releasing line, when you actually don’t have to? The G-MAX 40V comes with an auto-feed head.

This means that it will automatically release the line when needed, so you won’t have to worry about that.

Easy To Use

You shouldn’t have any trouble controlling and using the Greenworks trimmer since the unit is well balanced.

Plus, the model comes with an instant electric start, which makes using it a whole lot easier. Just press the button and the unit will turn on, without wearing your arms out.

Less vibration offers ease-of-use and better control over the weed eater.

Battery

When it comes to the battery life, the Greenworks trimmer comes with 40V 2Ah Battery, but you can also use 4AH battery.

The average run time is around 30 minutes per charge, which is pretty solid run time.

Charging time for a 2AH battery is 60 minutes, and for a 4AH battery, it is 2 hours.

Greenworks also makes it on the best corded electric lawn mower top 5 list as well.


Greenworks 13-Inch 40V Cordless String Trimmer/Edger, 2.0 AH Battery Included 21302

The Toro 51484 Cordless 12-Inch 20-Volt Lithium-Ion Electric Trimmer/Edger with Bare Tool has many great features that puts it on the top 5 best weed eater list.

Toro Weed Eater Features

Extended Shaft Length

The Toro weed eater comes with a straight shaft, which is ideal to enable you easy reach beneath small bushes and other hard-to-reach areas.

In addition, this shaft offers extended reach, to make this kind of trimming even easier and faster.

So, if you have many obstacles in your yard, you will easily trim around them and won’t even get tired.

Rotating Head

The Toro weed eater is not only capable of trimming, but it’s also great when it comes to edging tasks.

Thanks to 90 degrees rotating head, with the Toro weed wacker you will get rid of annoying grass around your sidewalks, along sides of your house, and anywhere else where you want to have a neat green area.

The trimmer is easily converted to an edger with the simple push of a button.

Cordless Design

The 20v Lithium Ion Battery (not included) is a great feature which makes it easy to get around your yard. Naturally, since there is no cord to get in the way of making your yard beautiful, you’ll move without limitations.

That’s why this Toro weed wacker is great for small yards with a lot of trees and obstacles.

Auto-Feed Trim Line

As you probably already know, many models come with bump-feed, which requires that you hit the trimmer’s head on the ground In order to release the line.

That can be time-consuming, making trimming a tad longer than expected. But, you won’t have to worry about that with this handy trimmer in your yard.

It features an auto-feed function, so the line is automatically released when needed.

Better yet, there is a trigger and when you pull it, the line will give you just the perfect cutting length.

Quiet

Since it is battery powered you (and your neighbors) will surely appreciate is that this model is quiet, allowing you to have more relaxing time while trimming your yard.

Easy to Maneuver

As far as ease of use is concerned, the Toro string trimmer is lightweight and well-balanced.

Additionally, the unit features a 14 inch adjustable handle.

You won’t have any difficulty with controlling it so you can fully concentrate on getting the job done quickly.

Toro 51484 Cordless 12-Inch 20-Volt Lithium-Ion Electric Trimmer/Edger with Bare Tool

The WORX 32-Volt GT2.0 String Trimmer/Edger/Mini-Mower with Tilting Head and Single Line Feed is well-built, and easy to use. It easily makes it on the best weed eater list.

Worx Trimmer Features

Well-Built and Reliable

Made of high-quality parts, the Worx weed eater is durable and won’t break. Moreover, a 3-year warranty only adds to the reliability of this model, making your purchase worry –free.

No doubt that buying this amazing string trimmer is a good and smart thing to do, especially if you want to have the most beautiful garden on the block.

Thanks to the adjustable spacer guard – you can use this machine to trim grass and weeds in your garden, without worrying whether you will accidentally cut your favorite flowers.

Also, this handy feature is ideal to protect decorative items in your garden and yard from getting damaged during the trimming.

Easily Reaches Hard-to-Reach Areas in Your Yard

Thanks to the straight shaft, the Worx weed wacker is a good choice for tall users, as you won’t have to bend over when edging or trimming.

The straight shaft is also great when it comes to reaching hard-to-reach areas, such as beneath bushes.

No Limitations in Movements

Additionally, the Worx weed eater is cordless. Compared to corded models, which heavier limit your work area (due to the cord obviously), with cordless models you will have much more freedom and flexibility.

This means, you can move however you like, and can easily reach any green area in your yard, whether it be around your house, garage, or simply around the trees.

Easy to Use

It seems like the Worx weed wacker is designed with convenience in mind. It is easy to use, allows for quick work of trimming, edging and mowing.

What about comfort? Let’s be honest here, a lot of trimmers are not very comfortable. But not this one. Luckily, Worx thought of the users’ experience and wanted to provide them with a good and comfortable grip.

And they definitely succeeded in that. Thanks to the front auxiliary handle that has seven locking adjustments, you can adjust the trimmer just the way you like it.

You can adjust the angle, rotation, and shaft length, to make the most out of your work. Whether you plan to do some trimming, edging or mowing, fatigue in your arms won’t stop you from getting the job done.

Furthermore, the Worx trimmer comes with a MAX lithium battery that weighs less than most batteries, making this unit easier to control and use.

3-in-1 Capability

What makes the Worx trimmer stand out from the crowd, is its 3-in-1 Capability. If you need to trim grass or cut weeds, you can do that without any problem.

If you need to edge sidewalks that will also be a breeze. You don’t need any tool to convert the trimmer to an edger.

What’s more, when you want to do some thorough trimming around hard-to-reach areas and landscape, this model won’t let you down.

Dual-positioned in-line wheels are not only designed to make edging easier but to also be used for a mowing-like function.

Auto Single Line Feed

What also makes the Worx trimmer so good is an auto feed.

Thanks to this useful feature, you won’t have to deal with releasing the line and untangling it.

The auto feed function makes sure that the right length and amount of line is released when needed.

Effective and Consistent Results

The 12-inch cutting diameter makes trimming much faster.

Plus, the trimmer head can be easily adjusted for edging.

Battery

The Worx weed eater features a MAX lithium battery, which provides up to 35 minutes of continuous work.

This means that the battery life is good, even better than some similar models. Of course, don’t expect to use the Worx trimmer for thick weed and tall grass for 35 minutes, because that won’t happen.

Obviously, in that case, the unit will draw more power from the motor in order to handle them, so the battery will empty much faster.

Charging the battery is where this model fails to impress. Charging time is about three hours, which is disappointing.

If you can trim your yard on a single charge, then you won’t have to worry about this.

WORX 32-Volt GT2.0 String Trimmer/Edger/Mini-Mower with Tilting Head and Single Line Feed

After reading this long article take a break. Maybe make a snack? Cooking with an air fryer is always a great choice.

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Hydrangea Plant

Hydrangea Plant (Hydrangea sp.)

The Hydrangea Plant is a shrub that is known for it’s affinity for acidic soils, and it’s stunningly large flowerheads, the hydrangea plant is a popular perennial ornamental flower in many gardens.

They are easy to cultivate and grow in a range of conditions making them a great choice for landscapes. With blooms lasting into the fall it also means they add color to a landscape when most other plants have finished blooming for the season.

Hydrangea Colors

The Hydrangea plant comes in a variety of colors. Hydrangea colors include:

  • Blue Hydrangea
  • Green Hydrangea
  • Purple Hydrangea
  • White Hydrangea
  • Pink Hydrangea
  • Red Hydrangea

Hydrangea Plant Info

Closeup of Blue Hydrangea Plant

Closeup of Blue Hydrangea Plant

  • Scientific Name:  Hydrangea sp.
  • Life cycle:  Perennial
  • Soil pH:  Acidic to neutral
  • Plant hardiness:  USDA zones 3-9
  • Light requirements:  Full sun/part sun
  • Water requirements:  Moderate
  • Fertilizer demand:  Low to moderate
  • Planting date:  Spring or fall
  • Flowering season:  Early summer to fall
  • Height:  3-6’
  • Colors:  blue, green, purple, white, pink, red
  • Pests:  Aphids, Slugs, powdery mildew, rust
  • Propagation:  Cuttings, ground layering

Hydrangea Plant Care

The adaptability of hydrangea plants suits them for many hardiness zones. Plants overwinter well even in the colder climates though they will benefit from an 18” covering of mulch or straw to help protect them through the cold.

The hydrangea flower prefer spots that receive full sun earlier in the day and some mottled shade during the heat of the afternoon.  This helps to prevent the large flowerheads from losing too much water to evaporation in the hottest part of the day.

Hydrangeas are typically sold to homeowners as premium container plants. Bare root options can be found at times, but keep in mind the planting window for bare root plants is much narrower and can be easily missed.

Plant new hydrangea plant specimens in spring after the danger of frost has passed or in fall, about a month before the first hard frost. When preparing the planting site dig a hole 2-3 times the size of the root ball to give the plant ample space for roots to grow.

Also keep in mind the importance of proper plant when planting; make sure that full grown plants will not touch neighboring plants to allow for good air movement.

Purple Hydrangea Flower

Purple Hydrangea Flower

Hydrangea Plants will do well when fertilized in the spring, just as new growth begins, with a fertilizer higher in phosphorus and then again every 8 weeks during their active growing season. Phosphorus will help encourage beautiful blooms; avoid fertilizers high in nitrogen as they promote vegetative growth over flowering.

Water plants frequently after planting to help encourage establishment in their new location. As the temperatures begin to climb, make sure soil surrounding hydrangea plants is kept moist but not overwatered as this will hinder blooms.

One of the most unique characteristics of the hydrangea plant is the ability to change the flower color on a plant by adjusting the soil pH. This isn’t something that happens instantaneously but is a gradual process that can take weeks or months. The change in flower color is related to the amount of aluminum available for plant uptake, which is directly related to soil pH.

The soil needs to be lowered to a more acidic level to get blue hydrangea flowers. Adding sulfur or peat moss to the soil can help accomplish this. To get red hydrangea or pink hydrangea flowers, apply ground limestone to the soil around the plant raising the soil pH. It is easier to change flower color from blue hydrangea to pink hydrangea (changing the soil from acidic to more neutral or slightly alkaline) than vice versa, and the soil pH should be monitored closely with a home testing kit to ensure the change isn’t too drastic, too quickly.

Pink Hydrangea Flower

Pink Hydrangea Flower

To avoid harming the plant, make sure it is at least two years old before trying to change the flower color. This gives it time to completely recover from the initial shock of planting.

Hydrangea Plant Pests

Hydrangeas are typically pest and disease free, but like so many other plants, they can be susceptible if the conditions are right. Some common garden pests to infest hydrangeas are:

  • Aphids
    • Water plants with a heavy spray of water to rinse insects from the infected plants. Apply neem oil or other insecticide if absolutely necessary.
  • Slugs/Snails
    • The most productive method of control is hand picking slugs from the soil and plants about two hours after sunset. If the infestation is severe, trapping may be a more convenient solution; an easy trapping method is sinking shallow pans of stale beer into the ground – the yeast acts as an attractant, and the slugs fall into the liquid and drown.
  • Hydrangea scale
    • If possible, remove as much of the scale insects and their egg masses as possible by scraping them into a container. Then spray infected plants with a systemic insecticide.

Rusts and mildew are common to many garden plants, with hydrangeas being no exception. Cultural methods are the most effective methods of control/prevention of rusts and mildew: keeping garden bed weed free, allowing good air circulation around the base of plants, watering early in the morning, removing infected leaves when the disease is spotted.

An application of neem oil can kill rust spores on the plant and works well if the disease is caught quickly. Plants infected with mildew should be removed from the garden and destroyed to prevent spread.

With stunningly beautiful, showy flowerheads in blues and pinks, the hydrangea plant makes a gorgeous addition to gardenscapes. Their easy to care for nature makes them well loved by many gardeners.

Hydrangea Plant2019-07-01T17:31:17-04:00