The summer heat and dryness impacts even our gardens and plants, which is why they need a unique type of care when the seasons change. Here’s a great tip from Better Homes & Gardens: pull out weeds when they are young and small. A lot of weeds actually thrive during summertime, when the weather is hotter. So when you see them, pull them out as early as you can, especially if the soil is still moist. Another tip would be to water the garden and ensure that it has about one inch of water every week. To help with this, we’ve curated a special smart sprinkler controller. Check out the list below for the rest of our top picks for lawn care and gardening so you can keep your garden, lawn, and backyard lush throughout the summer season.
1. Miracle-Gro Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food
Cultivate lush, healthy gardens with this All Purpose Plant Food from Miracle-Gro, which is packed with essential nutrients to instantly feed plants to grow bigger and more beautiful than ever before. This plant food is great for all flowers, vegetables, trees, shrubs and houseplants and must be given every one to two weeks. It’s safe to use on all plants and guaranteed not to burn when used correctly. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
2. NISAKU The Original Hori Hori Namibagata Japanese Stainless Steel Weeding Knife
Crafted in Japan from the finest stainless steel, the Nisaku Stainless Steel Weeding Knife is equipped with both a serrated and straight edge blade that is perfect for gardening, landscaping, and camping. It has a 7.25 inch knife and a 5.25 inch handle for easy and safe use. It also comes with inch markers engraved on the blade so you can plant seeds and other plants at precise depths for their optimal growth. This knife is rust proof and scratch resistant. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
3. Gorilla Carts 800 Pound Capacity Heavy Duty Poly Yard Garden Steel Dump Utility Wheelbarrow Wagon Cart
Never have to lug around your garden supplies when you have the Gorilla Carts wheelbarrow wagon. This useful garden essential is a heavy-duty poly yard utility cart wagon that can carry up to 800 lbs so you can easily maneuver heavy objects around yards, gardens, or even farms. It is equipped with a tough and durable steel frame and 10-inch pneumatic tires for extra durability and usability on different terrains. It is also designed with a patented quick-release dumping system that makes for easy unloading and a 2-in-1 towing handle that can be pulled by hand or nook to attach to an ATV or land tractor for larger, heavier loads. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
4. Ortho Nutsedge Killer for Lawns Ready-To-Spray, 32 fl. oz.
Perfect for eliminating yellow and purple Nutsedge, Kyllinga and over 50 other tough weeds, the Ortho Nutsedge Killer is great to use for Northern and Southern turf grasses and is rainproof in two hours. This ready to spray garden essential controls tough weeds while keeping your lawn looking great. The best part is that you don’t have to mix it, just connect the sprayer to your hose and you’re ready to go. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
5. Greenworks 13 Amp 14-Inch Corded Dethatcher/Scarifier, DT13B00
This dethatcher/scarifier features a two in one design that is lightweight but provides enough power and versatility to keep your lawn healthy. It features a quick release switch between the dethatcher and scarifier attachments and a tine depth adjustment for removing matted layers for healthy lawn growth. It’s an essential must-have for every garden and lawn owner. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
More Lawn Care and Gardening Must-haves
1. Rachio 3 8-Zone Smart Sprinkler Controller
Tailor your watering schedule to the needs of your plants in the yard with the Rachio 3, a useful tool that provides the right amount of water no matter what kind of landscape you have. Rachio is a device that comes complete and ready to use and does not require any paid apps. It features a Patented Weather Intelligence technology that automatically prevents unnecessary watering using features such as rain skip, wind skip, freeze skip, and more. Easily control this device from your phone and easily install it with no special tools needed. Manage your lawn watering no matter where you are with this smart device that will help your lawn or garden stay healthy and watered properly. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
2. Osmocote Smart-Release Plant Food Flower & Vegetable, 8 lb.
Perfect for seasonal vegetables and perennials, this plant food from Osmocote promotes strong roots and vigorous and bountiful above-ground growth. This original slow-release plant food is dependent on soil temperature to release its nutrients and does not burn the plants. One pound of this plant food can cover up to 40 square feet. It’s perfect for vegetable gardens and mulched areas around ornamental trees and shrubs, and raised beds. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
3. Greenworks 40V Cordless String Trimmer and Leaf Blower Combo Kit
Keep your lawn looking spic and span with this string trimmer and blower combo kit from Greenworks. Ensure that your walkways and driveway are clear of overgrown grass and weeds with this useful kit that features a 12-inch string trimmer that powers through even the toughest grass and weeds. The leaf blower offers powerful clearing performance featuring 390 CFM air flow and 110 MPH air speed, as well as cruise control for optimal airflow. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
4. Fiskars 32-Inch PowerGear Bypass Lopper
Effectively cut and trim branches up to two inches thick with this Fiskars garden must-have, which features patented PowerGear technology to multiply leverage so you get up to three times more power on every cut. It is made from fully hardened bypass-style steel blade that includes a low-friction coating for smooth cutting, less gumming and rust resistance. It is also equipped with rounded ergonomic handles with SoftGrip touchpoints that enhance comfort and control. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
5. Miracle-Gro Performance Organics All Purpose Plant Nutrition Granules
Ensure your garden plants’ health with this product from Miracle-Gro, which is made from organic and natural ingredients. Create better bounty, whether it’s vegetables, flowers, or herbs in as fast as seven days. It also comes in a convenient, built-in shaker applicator in the cap that makes feeding plants easy. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
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