Reviews

Reviews of gardening products of all kinds. If it’s used in the garden, we review it!


Heroclip® (a Combination Carabiner and Swivel Hook): Product Review


What can I say, I love the Heroclip® and I absolutely recommend it. The Heroclip® is a combination of a carabiner and a 3600 swivel hook, letting you use it as both a clip and a hook. It’s a rugged and rustproof tool made from high quality materials, with excellent fit and finish. Plus, it’s available in 3 sizes and a multitude of colors. Although it’s not something you’d normally think of as Continue Reading


Best Electric & Cordless Pressure Washers: Guide & Recommendations for 2019


There are so many different pressure washer models available, including electric, gas and even cordless, that it's difficult to know which will best meet your needs. Here's what you need to know about brands, nozzles, PSI, flow rate, styles, and the capabilities of different types of pressure washers. Plus, we share our recommendations for the best pressure washers in different categories. Continue Reading


WOLF-Garten® Interlocken DAS Crumbler and Soil Cultivator: Product Review


The WOLF-Garten® Crumbler and Soil Cultivator is a lightweight yet sturdy tool that does a good job of loosening topsoil and hoeing small weeds. It consists of a 4-tined rotary cultivator with a stirrup hoe attachment that makes it even more effective and is a welcome addition to what would’ve otherwise been “just another cultivator.” Note that the cultivator/hoe is sold separately from the handle (pole) as part of WOLF-Garten’s Interlocken® system of interchangeable tools Continue Reading


FreedomWeeder: Product Review


The FreedomWeeder is a 44-inch tube that you fill with liquid herbicide (of your choice). It has a spot applicator tip on the bottom to target individual weeds, an attached hand pump sprayer for broader application, and a “drizzle” cap to pour contents. The tube is long enough that you don’t have to bend over to apply the weed killer (your back will thank you!). And I love the option to use the sprayer when Continue Reading


Craftsman 60V Max Hedge Trimmer: Product Review


This cordless hedge trimmer is good for light- to middle-duty residential use due to its long battery life (60 to 80 minutes on a single charge), light weight (under 10 lbs.), good maneuverability, and reasonable price. It makes clean cuts on thinner stems, perfect for users with small gardens and hedges who need to keep a manicured look. But if you’re looking for a hedge trimmer that can muscle through thicker vegetation, you might want Continue Reading


Sun Joe® Cordless Go-Anywhere Portable Pressure Washer (SPX6001C): Product Review


What a great concept - a completely self-contained, cordless pressure washer that doesn’t need a nearby spigot, hose or electrical outlet (meaning there’s no hose or electrical cord to get tangled up in). Water is supplied from an attached 5.3-gallon bucket and power from a 40V li-ion battery. What’s not to like about that? For a 40V power washer, the run time is excellent, averaging over 21 minutes on high power. That gives you enough time Continue Reading


WORX 20V Cordless Chainsaw: Product Review


There are a lot of things to like about the WORX 20V cordless chainsaw. It has plenty of power, even with only a single 20 volt lithium-ion battery. It makes fast clean cuts, has a nice ergonomic design, is comfortable and easy to handle, and has excellent fit and finish. Given its light weight (roughly 6.8 lbs) and petite stature, virtually anyone would be able to use this chainsaw. Because it’s a small chainsaw, with only Continue Reading


Craftsman 60V Max Handheld Blower: Product Review


This is the lightest cordless blower I’ve tested to date, as well as one of the most powerful. At just over 5 lbs (10 lbs with the battery installed), a 90-minute run time (on the low setting), and 600 CFM blowing at 110 mph, this is one heck of a blower. It doesn’t have a shoulder strap but it simply doesn’t need one; it’s light-weight and well-balanced enough to be easily held with just one Continue Reading


Jade Cooling Towel: Product Review


If you want a scarf or towel to cool you down on hot and sunny days, the natural approach of the Jade Cooling Towel works quite well. Simply wet the towel, wring it out, and place it around your neck where it’ll keep you cool for about an hour. The jade-infused material is soft and comfortable, and there are no chemical smells, irritating seams, or bumps. However, I think it is better suited for people Continue Reading


Growing Perennial Foods: A Field Guide to Raising Resilient Herbs, Fruits & Vegetables, by Acadia Tucker – Book Review


You may think of perennials as ornamental, but this book guides you through the process of planting and harvesting perennial foods. Great for new and experienced gardeners alike, "Growing Perennial Foods" is worth the purchase for the recipes alone. The book starts with a short primer on general gardening topics, including composting, mulching, planting, pruning, and fertilizing, as well as watering, supporting plants, and pest management. That's followed by individual plant profiles for a wide Continue Reading


Sun Joe® SPX1501 Pressure Washer: Product Review


I like this little beast of a pressure washer. To me, it's like a wolf in sheep's clothing - despite its petite size and toy-like appearance, it's a powerful cleaner. I'd put it in the "beginner" pressure washer class because of its useful pressure rating of only 1400 PSI. But if you're looking for a basic unit without a lot of bells and whistles, a unique adjustable spray nozzle (no more losing individual nozzles!), easy-to-attach Continue Reading


Miracle-Gro Soaker System Kit: Product Review


This 3/8-inch soaker hose system is a simple, quick and inexpensive way to water garden beds efficiently. Available in three different lengths, the hose is easy to cut to whatever lengths you need to design a customized watering system. The connectors attach quickly without any tools and don’t leak (when properly attached). I recommend it for gardeners who need to water small edible gardens, drip water around trees, or who have more than one bed Continue Reading


Craftsman V60 Max 60-volt Cordless String Trimmer (CMCST960): Product Review


If you have weeds, tall grass where it doesn’t belong, or hard-to-clear areas around your yard, look no further. This cordless Craftsman trimmer is light-weight (10.2 lbs), simple to use, adjustable, highly maneuverable, and very reasonably priced. With 60V of power, it has the oomph needed to whack through thicker grass and weeds, and I was easily able to trim my 1-acre lot with only a single charge. The battery isn’t as heavy as 120V Continue Reading