Yard and Garden Gear

Keep loved ones' gardens growing with this lawn gear.

action hoe

The action hoe is a great gift idea for gardeners.

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Just because it’s cold outside right now doesn’t mean that gardeners aren’t thinking about getting out in the yard and garden, and doing the things they love. So with that in mind, here are a few gift suggestions for the green-thumbs on your list.

Ames Action Hoe

Weeds have no place in the garden, and with the 54 Inch Wood Handle Ames Action Hoe, they are easily removed. Perfect for using around plants, the hoe works by using a back and forth push-pull motion to cut weed roots deep under the surface, and makes quick work of weeding. The triangular-shaped head makes it simple to get between plants and flowers.

Where to buy: Home Depot and other home improvement stores.

Comments from the Capper’s Farmer editors: Strong, sturdy handle. Simple to use. Does an amazing job in a lot less time. Fantastic product at a great price.

Ames Garden Cart

A great gift for the person who is always doing yard work, the Ames 5 cu. Ft. Total Control Garden Cart delivers big performance in a compact, well-designed package. It features a never-rust tray, a handle designed to provide superior control and maneuverability, 18-inch knobby pneumatic tires that roll easily over rough and uneven ground, and a 200-pound capacity.

Where to buy: Home Depot and other home improvement stores.

Comments from the Capper’s Farmer editors: Easy to assemble. Wheels roll easily over gravel and rough terrain. It doesn’t tilt and tip the way traditional wheelbarrows do, making it much simpler to push and maneuver, especially when loaded. Easy to dump. Great design. High-quality product at a fair price.

Black+Decker Pole Saw

For anyone who takes pride in keeping their yard nicely manicured, the Black+Decker LPP120 Pole Saw is a great gift choice. The pole saw is powered by a 20-volt MAX lithium-ion battery and has an 8-inch cutting bar that makes it possible to power through branches up to 6 inches in diameter. In addition, it has an extendable pole that allows the user to reach taller branches. When not in use, the pole saw disassembles to a compact size for easy storage.

Where to buy: Amazon

Comments from the Capper’s Farmer editors: Easy to put together. Lightweight and easy to use. Simple to control and maneuver. Battery holds a good charge. Easily cuts through pretty good size branches. Pole is sturdy and simple to extend for reaching higher limbs. Great tool at a nice price.

DEWALT Weed Eater

For the yard enthusiast who likes a nice and neat lawn, the DEWALT DCST990H1 String Trimmer will make a fantastic gift.

It delivers the performance of a gas trimmer with the convenience of cordless. The trimmer clears a 15-inch-wide swath of thick grass and weeds in one pass to get the job done fast. The patented gear drive design provides amplified torque and maintains cut speed under heavy load. A variable speed trigger gives the user precise power control, while the Hi/Lo speed control switch allows for performance and run time management. It has a dual 0.080" line with a bump feed head, which provides control over the feed rate. The shock-resistant, high-impact Xenoy housing protects the tool both in operation and transport, and the aluminum gear case ensures durability in everyday, heavy-duty usage.

Where to buy: Amazon

Comments from the Capper’s Farmer editors: Durable, well-built, powerful, and easy to use. Battery charges quickly and holds a long charge. It’s large (long), but it’s not too heavy, and it balances out, making it easy to control. Cuts through thick weeds flawlessly. Amazing product.

Gardener's Supply Planters

While it’s always nice to give loved ones gifts you know they need, it’s also sometimes fun to give them something you know they’ll love and enjoy, even if it’s not a necessity. Gardener’s Supply Company has products that fit both categories.

The Poppy Planter will add a beautiful splash of color to the deck, patio or porch, and can be planted with flowers, vegetables or herbs. It measures 25½ inches long by 15¾ inches wide by 31 inches high. The frame is powder-coated steel, and the liner is felt, so it breathes and allows excess water to drain. When not in use, it folds flat for easy storage.

For those who like illuminated planters, the Solar Illuminated Planter is a great option, and is available in both square and round. Powered by the sun, the planters arrive fully assembled and ready to use. They can be set to either a single color or the color-changing mode. By day, they are frosted white planters, and at dusk, the show begins, as the 18 LEDs glow from within.

Where to buy: Gardener’s Supply Company

Comments from the Capper’s Farmer editors: The Poppy Planter is easy to assemble and disassemble, and the felt liners are colorful. It works well for growing flowers. The Solar Illuminated Planters look elegant during the day, and magical at night. They glow for several hours, and are especially mesmerizing when multiple planters are displayed together.

Mantis Tiller

For anyone who likes to maintain a well-kept flower and vegetable garden, you can go wrong with the gift of a Mantis 2-Cycle Tiller/Cultivator. This lightweight tiller makes gardening easier than ever. Featuring Sure-Grip handles for maximum control and comfort, a flush-mounted throttle, palm-controlled safety switch and infinite speed control make for superior ease of operation. At only 20 pounds, this tiller is the ultimate solution for the back-breaking drudgery of digging by hand or using a large, hard-to-handle rototiller. From busting tough sod to weeding around plants to digging a planting hole, the Mantis Tiller does it all.

The tiller is powered by a commercial-grade engine atop a durable power train featuring a precision steel-cut gear system within a heavy-duty cast housing. This provides exceptional power to turn the specially designed spring-steel serpentine tines at up to 240 RPM for maximum sod-busting performance – and the tines are guaranteed forever against breakage.

When reversed, the tines are nimble enough for delicate weeding, making the tiller a premium cultivator, perfect for weeding around delicate plants.

Gardeners will love the versatility of the Mantis Tiller, as they use it to create new flower beds and vegetable gardens, maintain existing gardens, quickly dig planting holes for trees and shrubs, and more.

Where to buy: Mantis

Comments from the Capper’s Farmer editors: Lightweight, yet powerful, but also easy to control and maneuver. Easy to start and operate. Breaks through tough sod quickly and completely. Perfect for tilling between rows in the garden. This small tiller is a powerhouse and makes quick work of tilling.

Need more gift ideas? The 2015 Capper’s Farmer Holiday Gift Guide has lots of great gifts for everyone on your list.