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THE BEST OF THE MUST-HAVES FOR 2009
|Espoma All Natural Weed Preventer|
This eco-friendly corn gluten based weed blocker disperses easily in a drop or broadcast spreader and adds nitrogen to the soil, naturally greening your lawn and preventing weeds! Prices vary by region, around $40 at independent garden centers. Find a store at www.espoma.com
The CobraHead is the king of the hill as far as we’re concerned when it comes to the best tool for getting out those deep tap-rooted weeds. This tool feels great in your hand, is fun to use and is even designed for precision weeding around tender plants.
|Black & Decker 36V String Trimmer|
Finally, a rechargeable, battery operated string trimmer with the power of a professional gasoline-style model but without all the air and noise pollution that goes with it. No more excuses about waiting for power. It’s all here and more. Exclusively at Home Depot
This IS the shovel with “attitude” as the Kombi folks say and we must agree! Part shovel, cultivator, edger and weeder, this tool has a lot of uses. There are six styles, from the Kombi Pro down to the Kombi Trowel. To have this tool in your arsenal is to love it!
Protective chaps that are tough enough for even the most demanding gardeners and landscapers, water and wind resistant, easy on and off, non-binding straps, padding where you need it and wash ability keeps GreenJeans working well and looking great for season after season. www.muscleandarmfarm.com
|Scotts® Turf Builder® EdgeGuard® DLX Broadcast Spreader|
Keeping chemical products on target is important and made much easier with Scotts® Exclusive EdgeGuard® Technology. This patented feature blocks off the right side of the spreader pattern to prevent fertilizer or seed from spreading where it is not intended. At the same time, it adjusts flow rate to ensure even application while saving time and money. Available at home centers and lawn and garden retailers
The Dual-Flo is a sturdy hose end nozzle that can deliver a soft stream of water, suitable for gently filling containers or watering tender plants directly. But with one easy twist of a side-mounted knob, it instantly redirects the water into a high- pressure flow, strong enough to clean even the most stubborn mud off a driveway. www.choiceproductsinc.com
|The Landscape Glove by West County Gardener|
The snug yet comfortable fit, the stylish design and attractive colors really make wearing these tough duty garden gloves something to look forward to. And with the new eco-friendly design, each pair keeps one 8 oz. plastic bottle from the landfill. Find a store at www.westcountygardener.com
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