Reviews

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


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


Mini Meadows: Grow a Little Patch of Colorful Flowers Anywhere in Your Yard, by Mike Lizotte – Book Review


Mini Meadows is a short but fun read, with beautiful photos to complement the text. It’s well organized and written in a conversational style that makes it very accessible. It is a basic book, but inspiring, especially for those to whom gardening is new. And although there’s a lot of information presented, it’s not overwhelming. Continue Reading


DuPont Kevlar Heavy Duty Garden Hose: Product Review


I highly recommend this hose to anyone who dislikes carrying heavy rubber hoses or hates kinking. At 50 feet, it’s a good length for most yards and, at under 5 lbs, it’s lightweight enough to easily drag or carry wherever it’s needed. The easy-to-grasp collar eliminates hose twisting when connecting it to a spigot, sprinkler, or another hose, and the aluminum couplings attach firmly. While you’ll pay more for this hose than a standard garden Continue Reading


Corona QuickSaw – 7-inch Folding Hand Saw (QS 7800): Product Review


If you’re looking for a long-lasting, high-quality pruning saw, you’ve found it with the Corona QuickSaw®. The 7-inch, impulse-hardened high-carbon steel blade makes pruning large branches easy. The saw folds conveniently for portability, and it offers a rubberized handle that makes using it comfortable and slip-free. Tight tolerances and a metal thumb lever add to the overall quality of the product. The blade makes clean, fast cuts to shorten your pruning time. For a Continue Reading


Garden in Minutes Raised Bed Kit & Watering Grid: Product Review


This raised bed and the integrated watering system are so simple. You can quite literally set everything up in minutes without any tools and then enjoy the rest of your evening or weekend. It's compact enough to place in a small yard (but also available in larger sizes), comes with free seeds (always a plus in my book!) and stands up well to weather and aging (mine still looks great after a full year of Continue Reading


Corona DiscCULTIVATOR (LG 3634): Product Review


The DiscCULTIVATOR from Corona is a long-handled, multi-tined rotary cultivator that does a good job loosening the top layer of soil, breaking up clumps, spreading amendments and weeding around plants. For regular bed preparation and weed control, this is a terrific, flexible and ergonomic tool. It’s sturdy but lightweight, has a comfortable handle that absorbs vibration, and the tines come off and on fairly easily to give you multiple widths and tine configurations. Continue Reading


Corona EdgeMASTER Lawn & Garden Edger (LG 3684): Product Review


The Corona EdgeMASTER is lightweight yet strong enough to take a lot of abuse, making it a good choice for edging in tough conditions, such as in compacted soil, heavily matted turf and through thick roots. The ComfortGEL handle makes it easier on your hands than models without the extra cushioning, and the highly ridged footrest gives you a secure footing when putting your weight on it. The tool can be rocked back and forth Continue Reading


Earthquake Victory Rear Tine Rototiller (29702): Product Review


If you’re looking to create well-aerated soil that’s free from large clumps, roots, or debris, you’ll love the addition of the Earthquake Victory rototiller. The easy assembly and straight-forward instructions will have you quickly ready to work in your garden. The comfortable handles and CRT technology makes tilling a breeze. You’ll feel like you’re walking your dog, instead of walking behind a 150-lb. tiller. Loosen soil up to 10-inches deep or adjust the tiller for Continue Reading


Centurion Folding Pruning Saw: Product Review


If you’re looking for a folding pruning saw to tackle tough jobs, the Centurion® Folding Pruning Saw provided adequate cutting performance, but the blade is not as efficient/effective in cutting performance compared to other straight bladed folding saws. It is a more middle of the road saw. After a third saw was tested, the saw locked in all positions. The company provides good pruning information on the packaging, and the saw’s handle offers a comfortable Continue Reading