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 >>


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


The Golden Gark Rake: Product Review


The Golden Gark (distributed by The Root Assassin—“Unique Garden Tools That Work”) is promoted as a 3-in-1 tool: rake, shovel, and sifter. It costs more than your ordinary plastic leaf rake, your garden variety—pun intended—metal garden rake, or your typical pond skimmer. But having tested it rigorously, my search for a leaf (and medium duty garden rake) and pond skimmer that will last longer than one season is over! Continue Reading