Choosing the Right Wheelbarrow

Like many garden accessories, a wheelbarrow is only handy to have in and around the garden area. No gardeners supply shed is complete without a sturdy wheelbarrow. To make the most of it, get one that is easy to handle when full. When looking for a wheelbarrow to add to your accessories list, look for one with good maneuverability.

The wheelbarrow has come a long way over the years. Tim Carter of AsktheBuilder.com shows you the latest advancements in wheelbarrows. There are several types to choose from depending on your needs. There is a wheelbarrow with steel handles and a steel body featuring a hand brake on the handle. This can be important when you are going down a hill so it doesn’t get out of control. Another type has a very large plastic tub. This model also has two tires in front which makes it more stable. Another model that is different from the rest has the location of the wheel further back. This puts the cargo weight on the wheels instead of in your hands. Research wheelbarrows to get the model which meets your project’s needs.

Another important aspect of this garden accessory to look for is durable construction. Although well-built wheelbarrows may cost a little more, it’s worth it to ensure a long, useful life. Remember that no gardeners supply shed is the same, that’s because each chooses gardening tools appropriate to their needs. Look for a wheelbarrow that you are able to lift easily and control. If you don’t have the strength for this, consider getting a garden cart. The only downside to carts is that they are usually made of relatively flimsy metal and are not long lasting or suitable for moving heavy items, such as rocks. As such, the cart doesn’t make the cut for many people’s list of must have gardening accessories.

When you’re looking at adding a wheelbarrow or gardening cart to your list of garden accessories, be sure to take your needs into account and purchase the option that offers you the widest range of options, in addition to maneuverability when full. If you are only going to haul light materials, such as straw, leaves and sawdust, then a gardening cart might be what you need. Just remember that wheelbarrows are essential for heavier jobs. Most gardens supply sheds don’t have room for both a cart and a wheelbarrow and usually opt for the one item that can be used in all circumstances – the wheelbarrow.

Choosing the Perfect Rake

The ideal rake is light weight, and should be almost like the extension of your arm and is one of many valuable garden accessories. If you’ve spent any time raking leaves, you know how much easier the job can be done when you have the perfect garden tool for the task. Since there are so many to choose from, make sure you select the right one for you from the gardeners supply store. Select a rake with a pole handle in scale with your height, and should always avoid bending you back when raking. Own several plastic and metal rakes to suit the task. There are many types of rakes that can be found in your garden accessories department of your local garden supplies, or garden tools supply center one that will suit your purpose.

Large Plastic

These garden accessories have a wide sweep, and of course it is plastic so it doesn’t rust and is lightweight. It’s easy to use and quite effective for clearing small to medium sized dry leaves. On wet leaves it is reluctant to grab its slippery quarry and carried at gardeners supply.

Flathead

Good garden accessories for any gardener, has a good sturdy design making breaking up soil clods a breeze and when used in “tines- up position”, smoothes surfaces very well. If you treat this 14 tines long handled rake with care you should not have to purchase another at the gardeners supply again.

Welded Bowheads

Are other good garden accessories, fairly similar in design, the main difference being the bowhead rakes are often lighter and easier to manipulate than the more heavy duty flathead types and can be found at most gardeners supply.

Bamboo

In addition to being highly renewable resource garden accessories, it is also lightweight and durable. Bamboo tines are less likely to spear leaves, so having to stop and remove littler is rarely an issue. A well constructed bamboo rake such as this will last for years and will never rust. When it’s time to remove it from active duty, simply chop it up and put it in the compost or use it in the garden for garden art. Check out Yard works Bamboo gardeners’ supply.

Adjustable Metal Rakes

Are garden accessories that range in width from 12 to 18 inches. Well made and sturdy, their tough metal tines are effective leaf grabbers, and they are also useful for de-thatching turf and aerating surface soil. In its closed position, it proves to be an excellent choice for hard-to-reach spots, especially under and around mature shrubs. Most gardeners supply shops should carry these rakes.

Build a Trellis for Your Home

Many people love the look of ivy or climbing roses on the side of their house. Unfortunately, these plants can also do damage to the house by infiltrating the gaps and seams of the side of the house. There is a solution. Suspend a hanging trellis from the side of the house. This allows the trellis to cover the house without structurally damaging it. The trellis should be attached at the top and the bottom to keep it from swinging too much and damaging the plantings and/or house.

A garden trellis is simple to build. AsktheBuilder.com host Tim Carter shares one simple method to build a trellis for your garden. In just a few minutes you’ll have a hand-made trellis to use as you please.

The trellis can be built of many different types of designs. The best wood would be cedar and/or redwood. The trellis frame can be held in place by securing it to the eves of the house with eyebolts that have been attached to some treated wood. Note in the picture that the eyebolts are attached to the upright part of the trellis frame as this part of the frame will be the main support of the frame. The lathe can be any number of patterns including a treated wood lathe. For the runners a 1″ x 2″ can be ripped in half and either doweled, screwed or mortised into the main frame. Be sure to use either brass or galvanized screws. Several patterns are shown in the illustration. A shows the runners going up and down. “B” shows the runners running parallel with the ground. In each of the situations, it is suggested that crossmembers be placed approximately 2′ apart to help support the runners and give the frame stability. “C” shows a somewhat Victorian pattern. This pattern can be done by doing vertical runners and then cutting some extra long runners that will be long enough to be bent and reach the top. It is critical that the bent pieces are of the same length so that their curves will approximate each other.

The main advantage to this trellis design is that even after it needs to be replaced or removed it can be done with a minimal amount of damage and disruption to the structure of the house.