The Gardening Gear You Need Now

HGTV and DIY Network pros suggest gardening gizmos that will make your yard the envy of the block. Their picks made it into HGTV Magazine .
By: Rebecca Bull Reed

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

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Photo By: Courtesy of the manufacturer

Photo By: Courtesy of the manufacturer

Photo By: Courtesy of the manufacturer

Photo By: Courtesy of the manufacturer

Photo By: Courtesy of the manufacturer

Soil Scoop

“Take the strain out of digging small holes or filling pots with this ultralight scoop. It holds more soil than a trowel and is easier to manage than a shovel.” — Jason Cameron, DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes. Radius ergonomic soil scoop, $15, radius.gostorego.com

Extendable Chain Saw

“Trim tall shrubs or hard-to-reach branches with minimal effort using this mini chain saw. The pole lets you extend your reach to 10 feet, so you can stand safely away when what you cut falls to the ground.” —Sara Bendrick, DIY Network’s I Hate My Yard. Electric pole saw, $100, worx.com

Long Garden Gloves

“Everyone has short gloves, but long ones are really handy when you’re dealing with poison ivy, roses, or English ivy. They’ll keep brambles and dirt off your skin—and it doesn’t hurt that they’re pretty, too.” —Felicia Feaster, hgtvgardens.com. Paisley garden gloves with arm savers, $26, womanswork.com

Auto-Retracting Hose

“Make watering easy with this battery-operated automatic reel. Instead of winding up your hose when you’re done with it—a total pain!—push the button on the box and it’ll retract on its own.” —Chris Lambton, Going Yard. Gardena 25-meter roll-up swivel wall-mounted hose box with 1/2"-diameter hose, $230, amazon.com

Cable Ties

“These fasteners are as essential as a good pair of pruners. Use them to secure climbing roses to a trellis, keep lanky perennials standing tall against a stake, and tidy up power cords.” —Matt Blashaw, DIY Network’s Yard Crashers. Gardner Bender 8" double-lock cable ties, $4.50 for a set of 100, homedepot.com

Flexible Tub

“This superstrong plastic carryall—which comes in seven sizes and 14 colors—hauls everything from compost to water.” —Peyton Lambton, Going Yard. 10-gallon Tubtrug in pink, $16, us.tubtrugs.com

Hori Hori Knife

“This tool has a pointed tip that lets you weed like a warrior, a serrated edge that works wonders sawing through roots to divide a plant, and a slightly cupped blade that digs like a trowel.” —Ahmed Hassan, hgtv.com. Hori Hori multiuse knife, $25, gardeners.com