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by on August 27, 2010

A Cool New Tool That Eases Garden Aches and Pains

The Gator Grabber
Bending, kneeling, and squatting in the garden can take their toll on your body — especially if you suffer from joint pain or have recently had surgery.

Luckily, there are some cool new tools out there that minimize bending and stretching. For starters, check out the Gator Grabber from Radius, a company that makes ergonomic tools that ease pain and strain in the garden.

The Gator Grabber is exactly what it sounds like: a long-handled tool that allows you to grab leaves, logs, and stray sticks and move them from one location to another. Instead of bending down or squatting to collect garden debris, you remain comfortably standing and let the tool do the work.

Tips for Helping Trees Beat the Heat

Help Trees
During the summer, your garden gives you lots of signs that it needs water. But did you know that your trees need plenty of water, too?

The folks at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society have put together a few handy tips for keeping your trees healthy and happy during the scorching heat of summer:

  • Water when soil is dry beneath the mulch.
  • Give trees (especially newly planted ones) about 15 to 20 gallons once a week from March through October, and twice a week during periods of no or little rain.
  • Trickle water onto the soil surface using a hose, a bucket with small holes in the bottom, or a water bag.
  • The best time to water is before 9 a.m. — during a drought, this may be the law in some communities. Check with your local municipality for watering restrictions.

Soil on a Stick

soil moistureNo matter how much you love to garden, dealing with dirt under your nails and cuticles is not fun (especially after you indulged in that manicure last week). Well, we’ve discovered that at least one aspect of gardening can get a whole lot less down and dirty—testing soil moisture!

The InGauge Soil Moisture-Tester helps you know when and how much to water your plants, lawn, and small trees.

It’s super easy. Just insert the InGauge blade into the soil and pull it out. Soil will cling to its notches, helping you determine soil color and dampness. It tests for moisture at five different levels while also aerating the soil for better water absorption.

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