How does your garden grow? With ease if you use smart gardening gear for planting, watering, weeding and pruning. These helpful garden tools can help you turn on your green thumb.

Planting:

Reduce joint stress and increase leverage when gripping garden tools with the Fist Grip Long Reach Trowel, Cultivator, Fork, Hoe ($34 each) and Arm Support ($13, all at www.gardeningwithease.com). Each tool’s handle is more than 30 inches long to help prevent excessive bending and reaching.

Plant bulbs and small vegetation up to 6 inches deep without hand-digging or kneeling with Fiskars Extended Reach Bulb Planter ($37, www.fiskars.com). Step on the planter and let your weight push its serrated edge through the soil. Lift the planter out of the hole while holding the hand lever to retain the dirt, position your plant, then release the hand lever to refill the hole.

Give plants hands-on attention in comfort with the Garden Kneeler/Sitter ($35, www.gardeners.com). The foam platform cushions knees and a sturdy metal frame with handles helps stabilize your movements while kneeling. When tending to raised beds, flip it over for a bench.

Watering:

Forget lugging heavy watering cans and traditional garden hoses. Use a lightweight coiled hose ($40, www.gardeners.com), which won’t get tangled and stretches to 50 feet and automatically rebounds to 3 feet.

Try putting water on wheels with the Water Caddy ($100, www.gardeners.com). Fill the 4-gallon tank and use the 6-foot hose and spray wand with adjustable nozzle to water what you want wherever. The sprayer does not require hand pumping. 

Turn disposable 1- and 2-liter soda bottles into an irrigation system by attaching Aqua Cones ($10 for set of six, www.gardeners.com) to the threaded ends of the bottles. When inserted into the soil of a plant, an Aqua Cone’s long stake delivers water directly from the old soda bottle to the plants roots as needed, helping to cut back on your watering duties.

Weeding:

Remove weeds from a standing position with Hound Dog’s Weed Hound ($24, www.hound-dog.com). Place the plunger on the weed and activate the steel tines by placing one foot on the foot step. Then lift on the handle to pull out the weed without leaving divots in your lawn or garden.

To prevent weeds from popping up in gardens use a liner, like the Pro Weed Mat ($25, www.gardeners.com). Cut the 3-by-50-foot mat in any configuration you need: in between rows of veggies, around trees and along the edges of beds.

Pruning:

Rose gardeners rejoice. Prune showy roses without cutting your hands on thorns with the Rose Stem Cleaner ($12, www.nybgshop.com), and safely remove thorns and leaves that lead to cloudy water in vases with the Thorn Stripper ($9.50, www.therosegardener.com).

The extra-long gauntlets on the Bionic Rose Gloves ($45, www.bionicgloves.com) help protect arms against thorns, but are also flexible enough to meet the needs of rose gardeners. Padding on the palm, thumb and fingers helps reduce blisters – all these features helped earn the gloves a Arthritis Foundation’s Ease of Use Commendation in the past.

Fiskars pruners and loppers (starting at $12, www.fiskars.com) provide two-to-three times the cutting power of traditional pruning tools thanks to their unique designs that have earned 12 of Fiskars’ tools the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease of Use Commendation.

All-purpose:

Tote soil, small plants and tools, and more with the nylon collapsible Presto Bucket ($12, www.createagarden.com). It weighs only a few ounces but holds almost 3 gallons.

 

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