Reviews

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


Vegetables Love Flowers: Companion Planting For Beauty and Bounty by Lisa Mason Ziegler: Book Review


This book is a combination love story, horticultural adventure, homestead preservation, and how-to about the triumphs and challenges of gardening from a veteran cut flower grower. It’s filled with colorful, high-resolution photography, appendices of garden plans, and a layman’s explanation of how and why nature works in sync with flowers and vegetables to reduce and eliminate the need for chemical intervention in the garden. I’ve put many of the recommendations to work in my own Continue Reading


Centurion PRO S1-665 Twin Gear Lopper: Product Review


I’m a big fan of this lopper and highly recommend it, although it’s probably not the best choice for those who are petite or have limited upper body strength. The guillotine-style, geared cutting head is by far the most interesting design I’ve seen in quite some time. It works exceptionally well on deadwood, blasting through 2-inch deadwood like a hot knife through butter. If you have a lot of deadwood pruning to do, this is Continue Reading


Redback 120vRX Lithium-Ion Cordless String Trimmer: Product Review


Redback does it again with a lightweight yet powerful offering with its new120vRX Lithium-Ion Cordless String Trimmer. It’s simple to use, runs non-stop for about 70 minutes (the weeds will run out before it does!), operates at 6,000 RPM to easily tackle even tall, shrubby weeds, and is highly maneuverable. Plus, it’s very competitively priced. Of all the string trimmers I’ve reviewed, this is the one I most recommend. Continue Reading


A.M. Leonard Four Wheel Hose Cart with Flat Free Tires (Model # FHW300): Product Review


I would recommend this hose cart for anyone who needs to move garden hoses around a larger yard. It truly is a fantastic piece of gear. It’s sturdy, stable, highly maneuverable and simple to use. And, even when fully loaded with a long, premium garden hose (it’ll hold 300 feet!), it’s still easy to push around on the flat free tires. Plus, there’s a handy basket to carry hose nozzles and small gardening tools. Continue Reading


Greenworks 24 Volt, 2-speed Cordless Sweeper: Product Review


I would unequivocally recommend this sweeper. It has a lot of nice features, including dual speeds, light weight, excellent balance and charge indicator lights on the battery. I like the extra power when it's needed and the lower MPH for normal applications (and conserving battery life). It removes the debris that a broom can’t touch, and does it with speed and precision. Note that this is not a blower and so wouldn't be useful for Continue Reading


Bernzomatic Lawn and Garden Torch (JT850): Product Review


The Bernzomatic Lawn and Garden Torch effectively kills stubborn weeds in sidewalk cracks and other hard-to-manage areas without bending, crouching or getting your hands dirty. Control is longer lasting than with weed whacking, far less effort than manual weed removal, and doesn’t use toxic chemical weedkillers. The torch is lightweight and easy to handle. The downside is that it relies on propane and flame, albeit in small amounts, which presents some risk. Continue Reading


Gilmour Hybrid Impact Sprinkler with Base: Product Review


We were hopeful that this sprinkler would work well, if for no other reason than the fact that it's the easiest impact sprinkler to adjust out of all the ones we've tested. Gilmour's done a nice job making something that's normally quite confusing into something a simple and intuitive to use. Unfortunately, it just doesn't work very well. It frequently gets stuck, floods the area around it with water, and occasionally blows its top (literally). Continue Reading


Dramm ColorStorm 4-Pattern Gear Drive Sprinkler: Product Review


The Dramm ColorStorm 4-Pattern Gear Drive Sprinkler not only comes in six different colors but has four different patterns that you can alternate between, ensuring that your lawn receives all the water it needs to stay green. You can also control how far the sprinkler rotates, from a narrow pie shape to a full 360. The sled-like base makes it easier to move across the lawn, and the sprinkler is easy and intuitive to use. Continue Reading