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May 28, 2018

Work Glove Reviews

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Work Glove Reviews

Cotton canvas gloves are the most common and some of the most affordable gardening glove solutions for all levels of activity. Versatile, lightweight and easy to wash, canvas gloves can be used for most everyday yard activity. It provides a basic protection level. Canvas gloves offer protection from sun, some insects, and dirt, but will not provide sufficient protection from chemicals, biting or stinging insects or cuts and abrasions from sharp items.


When handling fertilizer or pesticides you should always wear chemical resistant gloves. Chemical resistant gloves are recommended to be worn when mixing and applying fertilizer or pesticides. The degree of chemical resistance required depends primarily on the formulation of the product as well as the method of application. For maximum protection, invest in liquid-proof neoprene, butyl, or nitrile gloves. These materials provide good protection under most conditions, are durable, and are reasonably priced.

Leather gloves are like the Swiss Army knife of gardening gloves – they are handy in many lawncare situations. Leather gloves are versatile, available in a wide range of sizes, styles and prices, provide protection from many garden hazards and, when properly cared for, last a long time. Protection level: Leather provides excellent protection when working with tools, such as shovels and shears, as well as protection from basic cuts and scratches, insect bites, and encounters with thorny roses or prickly vines.

Gloves

Many homeowners overlook basic protection when working in the yard. A good pair of gloves provides many healthful benefits, there are many hazards in the yard that may seem minor but, can cause minor irritation all the way to serious health concerns. It is important to select the proper glove for your intended use; it could even save your life. There are hazards working in the yard. Natural hazards include: Viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasitic worms can all potentially live in the soil and be transmitted to humans. Cuts, scrapes, and punctures can be painful enough on their own, bacteria and other foreign material can be introduced into the wound leading to infections and other complications. Biting and stinging bugs. There are numerous chemical products used including insecticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. Many plants in our yards contain compounds that can cause rashes, hives, swelling and itching of the skin such as poison ivy and poison sumac. As well as thorny plants. Gloves are also the best way to prevent blisters, shield hands from nicks and cuts and eliminate the need to scrub hands at the end of the day. Your glove needs will vary and there’s a bewildering number of choices. Here are our picks for three common backyard uses.

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May 11, 2018

String Trimmer Reviews

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Many gas and even several corded electric trimmers are competent at trimming, edging, and cutting tall grass. The best trimmers are better at all three tasks and are easy to manage as well.

If your property is large or has tall grass and weeds, choose a gas model. They’re also appropriate far from an electrical outlet. Electrics are best for smaller yards and more modest needs. Of these, cordless models serve minimal needs due to their lesser power and short trimming time between battery charges.

Gas or corded electric models can have either a straight or curved shaft. (Cordless models we tested all have curved shafts.) Curved shaft models are lighter and tend to be easier to handle than straight-shaft models, which have a longer reach for getting under bushes and other tight spots and keep the operator farther away from flying debris.

For any models, gas and electric, use safety goggles, long pants, and sturdy work shoes. We also recommend hearing protection for any models that scored fair or poor for noise.

Recommended Curved Gas Trimmers:

Recommended Straight Gas Trimmers:

 

Recommended Battery String Trimmers:

Recommended Electric Corded String Trimmers:

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April 21, 2018

Spreaders Review

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A fertilizer spreader is used to apply fertilizer and other granular products to the lawn. When properly maintained, the machine will spread products evenly and consistently over the surface of the ground.

There are two types of spreaders broadcast and drop spreader. A broadcast spreader is great for large areas, it broadcasts fertilizer or weed killer out to the front and sides of the spreader in an arc, covering a large area at once. Drop spreaders drop the lawn product between the wheels so that you have control over exactly where the product falls for a precise application. In other words, a broadcast spreader is faster, but a drop spreader is more targeted.
Broadcast spreaders are available in handheld, walk behind, or tow behind (use with lawn tractor). While drop spreaders are only available in walk behind, or tow behind.

Before fertilizing a lawn, fill the hopper and take the following precautions:

• Make sure the spreader is on level ground, with the shut-off lever in the closed position
• Fill on a hard surface, not the lawn, as a spill is always possible
• Double check the product label before filling
• Ever though many hoppers hold more, fill only one bag of fertilizer. A full hopper is heavy, prone to tipping and spilling, and harder to handle• Set the control rate lever at the setting designated by your supervisor and then tighten the knob firmly

Now, it’s time to fertilize the lawn. If you are using a broadcast spreader the pattern is about 6 feet on each side, start your first pass about 5 to 6 feet from the edge. You should be moving when you open the product flow. If you open the flow before you start walking, a large amount of product will spill, causing waste and over application of product concentrated in one area. This excessive amount is often too much for a lawn to handle and can result in burning or killing the lawn in that area. Walk at a steady pace with the spreader level with the ground for an even, consistent application. When you turn around, about 5 feet from the outside edge of your first pass, close the fertilizer flow and start walking on your next pass for a second or two before reopening the flow. Fertilizer application gets thin on the edges of the spreader pattern. Separate each pass by 5 feet— rather than 6 feet to match the spreader pattern—to create 1 foot of overlap.

Broadcast Spreader Recommendations:

Handheld

Walk behind

Tow behind

Drop Spreader Recommendations:

Walk behind

Tow behind

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April 8, 2018

Soil Test Kit Review

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Soil Test kits let you know what fertilizers or other chemicals such as lime to add to your lawn. A good kit costs about $15 to $20 and tests for pH as well as nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus. The accuracy of the results is difficult to predict, and the information may not tell you how much lime your lawn needs. Lawns usually need 5.5-6.5 pH level to thrive. pH levels less than 5.5 should be raised by adding lime to the soil. For the same amount of money (and a little more time, perhaps 2 to 3 weeks), you can have your soil tested at a local extension service. Most university extensions test soil for about $10 to $20 and usually offer a much more detailed analysis of your soil’s composition and pH level.

However, if you want instant feedback a at home test kit is perfect. Check out our recommended test kits. Remember follow the instructions for gathering the soil sample. It’s usually best to gather multiple samples from each large lawn area and mix the samples for each area together before bagging it for testing.

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March 14, 2018

Safety Glasses Review

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The use of safety glasses can prevent eye injuries in countless situations. Yet, all types of people—from skilled workers to do-it-yourselfers—continue to sustain eye injuries that could have been prevented with the use of appropriate protective eyewear. It is much better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your eyes. Here are our recommended safety glasses.


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