Author Scott Carbonara

Scott is a leadership author, coach, and speaker specializing in building engagement. He comes from a long line of farmers and avid gardeners but claims he can’t tell wisteria from poison ivy. However, he happily serves as his wife’s muscle in the yard. Learn more about Scott here >>


Redback 120V Lithium-Ion 21” Cordless Push Lawn Mower: Review


This is a high quality, powerful, full-size, push mower (it’s not self-propelled) that’s a good replacement for a gas mower for lawns up to ¼ acre (you’ll get about one hour of mowing with one battery charge). With multiple batteries, you can cut as big a lawn as you’re willing to mow. It offers mulching, side discharge and bagging options, 7 height adjustments, and easy maneuverability. Redback offers a full range of 120V tools so Continue Reading


Fiskars StaySharp™ 18” Max Reel Mower: Product Review


If you have the strength to use a standard push mower (non self-propelled), you’ll have no problem using this reel mower. This is a high-quality mower that’s simple to assemble, easily adjustable, and folds for storage. It does a very good job of cutting most grass (it struggles a bit with overly tall or thick grass), although it doesn’t mulch the clippings and there’s no bag attachment. The added bonus is that you aren’t burning Continue Reading


Sun Joe Lithium-Ion 40-volt 12-inch Cordless Tiller + Cultivator: Product Review


Don't be fooled by its toy-like looks - the Sun Joe tiller + cultivator is a real workhorse! Lightweight, maneuverable, and compact, it's ideal for anyone with a smaller garden or limited storage space (the fold-down handles are a plus!). It's extremely quiet (making it great for those living with neighbors nearby or with strict noise pollution standards), incredibly easy to use, and the sharp blades and power easily turn hard soil into something your Continue Reading


Black & Decker Cordless Pruner (#BD1168): Product Review


This cordless, rechargeable pruner promises to make pruning easier for those with limited grip strength or arthritis, and those who do a lot of pruning. However, we found that those with larger hands thought it was comfortable to use, but gardeners with smaller hands and those with arthritis or little grip strength had trouble with it. It has limited utility as it won’t cut through anything thicker than ½ inch (and that’s only in softer Continue Reading


Redback (E522D) 40V Cordless Lithium-Ion Hedge Trimmer: Product Review


If you’re ready to cut the cord on your electric trimmer or want to upgrade your underpowered 20V rechargeable hedge trimmer, get the Redback E522D. It’s priced right between the least and most expensive trimmers in its category, and this sturdy tool feels built to last for many seasons. It easily cut through everything I threw at it, is easy to maneuver, has good battery life and doesn’t feel any heavier than a corded model. Continue Reading