1. A gardener’s clean haulMost folks find that they have to retire their old plastic shower curtains and hang new, clean ones every once in a while. Rather than throwing them away, try recycling them in the garden.
2. One-person leaf baggingEver wish you had an extra set of hands? It sure would be helpful when you’re raking leaves on a windy day. It’s not easy to hold a bag open and try to rake the leaves into it at the same time.
If you’re raking by yourself, put your wheelbarrow to work for you. Loop the ties of a drawstring plastic bag over the handles to hold the bag open then you can use both hands to rake and scoop. Position the handles toward the wind so the bag stays open and propped against the wheelbarrow side.
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4. NetworkingRaking leaves out of low-growing evergreens like ‘Blue Rug’ juniper has never been a favorite fall job. When the leaves begin to change color, spread black plastic netting, used to protect fruit trees from birds, over the juniper. The netting is nearly invisible. Use small, forked twigs to pin the netting in place.
After the trees are bare, remove the twig pins. If the leaves are thick and heavy, ask for help dragging the netting off the junipers.
5. A rake is a rake — or isn’t it?You’d think that buying a garden tool would be simple. But sometimes there are so many choices, it’s hard to tell which tool you really need.
Rakes are no exception. Plastic, metal or bamboo? Stiff or springy? Well, it depends on what you’re raking. Bow rakes are usually fairly small, 12 or 15 in. wide, and they’re rigid. They’re used for spreading mulch or raking soil smooth.