Lawn & Yard Care


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


Amazing Rake: Product Review


The Amazing Rake is an excellent tool for far more than just fall yard clean-up - it’s no wonder that it won a 2016 National Hardware Show Award. Lightweight but solid, it allows you to easily rake, scoop and pick up just about any kind of garden debris. Available in three bright colors, it’s made in America and has a full, one-year warranty. Continue Reading


Greenworks 40V Lithium-Ion Axial Blower (2400802): Product Review


This is one of the best blowers we’ve tested to date. It has power, versatility, and quality. Be aware that if the cruise control lever is in the “on” position, the blower will automatically start when the battery is installed (that’s a potential safety issue). That aside, the Greenworks 40V Lithium-Ion Axial Blower (model 2400802) is definitely a recommended buy. Continue Reading


Redback 40V Cordless Blower (106062): Product Review


Redback has produced a very good blower, with excellent quality and safety features, a helpful shoulder belt, 60+ minutes run time, and four blower speeds. It has an electronic control panel instead of a variable-speed trigger-style throttle, and will only run in turbo-speed mode for 30 seconds before dropping down to high speed – two features that some users may not like. Overall though, it’s a good choice for use in the typical suburban property. Continue Reading


Greenworks 12” 24V Cordless String Trimmer (21342): Product Review


This lightweight combo string trimmer / edger has good balance, handling and maneuverability, and it’s an excellent edger. But there is a major problem with the line and spool assembly that makes it practically unusable as a string trimmer. If Greenworks can fix the problem, this would be an excellent all-round trimmer/edger but, as it is, we cannot recommend it. Continue Reading