How to Buy a Garden Cart

The garden cart is one of the most popular gardening tools that could help you a lot in your work. There are different models of carts that have different parameters and features to be used for different tasks. That’s why it’s necessary to follow some criteria that could help you to estimate which one of the available offers is the most suitable one for your specific gardening or lawn work.

Here are 9 tips that you can use to estimate the most suitable type and model of a garden cart for your work:

  1. Capacity – you should be able to move all of the items you need through your garden using your cart. So, you can estimate the maximum weight of items that you plan to move and then to choose a model that has such capacity or higher.
  2. Dimensions – the capacity is not always enough, you should also estimate the most suitable dimensions of the cart’s bed to make sure that you will be able to place different loads in it. Sometimes we need carts with larger dimensions to move lighter items, so you will have to calculate the necessary dimensions as well.
  3. Materials – you will be able to use your new cart for many years in your work, only if it’s made up of quality materials. The different options have different advantages and disadvantages. For example, if you plan to buy a model that is made up of steel, you can be sure that it’s strong, but the weight of the whole cart will be much heavier than ones that are made up of aluminum or strengthened plastic.
  4. Design – if you check out some offers, you probably will notice that most of the models have different designs. The reason for that is that they are suitable for different tasks. For example, the carts with two wheels are designed for work that requires much unload and load activities, but the moving of such cart will be harder than moving of a cart with four wheels.
  5. Wheels – they are one of the most important parts. You will have to estimate which of the available models are most suitable for you according to the number of wheels – one, two, or four wheels option is the most suitable one for you. The diameter of the wheel is related to how you will be able to move the cart. For example, the bigger wheels will make moving of the cart to be easier on rough terrain.
  6. Handles – if you want to move your garden cart using of a tractor or ATV, you should choose a model that is specially designed to be connected to such machines. Usually, these models have ‘D’ types of handles.
  7. Storing – all of the carts should be stored in dry places. So, before buying one, make sure that there’s enough free space in your garage or home where you will be able to store it while you don’t use it in your gardening or lawn work.
  8. Assembling – most of the garden carts should be assembled after purchasing. So, you can check out the assembling instructions before buying one to make sure that you will be able to assemble it without any problems.
  9. Warranty – it’s always a good idea to choose a model that comes with some warranty. Most of the quality carts come with a warranty that is between 6 months and 1 year.

 

Furnishing Your Summer Garden

Once you’ve made all the really tough decisions about which plants, flowers, and vegetables to include in your summer garden you now have the pleasant task of making yet another decision: what type of furniture should go in your summer garden. This is no small decision and should not be taken lightly as it will ultimately affect your enjoyment of the garden you worked so hard to create.

While there are many people who are content to rush to the local home and garden store and pick out whatever is on sale at the moment, this seems hardly worth of someone who would go to all the time, effort, and careful planning to create a beautiful summer garden in which they wish to sit and enjoy the effects of his or her hard effort. In fact, the furniture that is ultimately selected for the summer garden should be furniture that is meant to last several years. For this reason you need to invest a little more time and effort into selecting the best possible furniture for your summer garden.

The furniture you choose for your summer garden is going to be a personal choice. If possible try to choose enough furniture to accommodate those guests that you feel will frequently enjoy dining in your garden. If you plan to host a wide range of barbecues and garden parties you will want plenty of garden furniture to accommodate those needs. If you are only going to have immediate family then the typical arrangements for a family should suffice. Be sure that there are seating options available for occasional guests even if there aren’t dining options readily available.

Once you’ve decided how many will be enjoying your garden area and in need of seating arrangements you may want to discuss and decide what type of seating arrangements are needed most. The man of the house might expect a hammock and while teenaged girls and the lady of the house may expect lounge chairs in which they can enjoy the full warmth of the sun’s rays on lazy summer days within your summer garden. Another common expectation for appropriate furnishing in a summer garden is a swing or a glider of some sort in which couples may sit and inspect the splendor of their creations.

You should also include your normal flare for design when selecting your summer garden furniture. You want the furniture you select for your garden to be furniture that you find enjoyable and beautiful as well as comfortable. No one wants to sit in uncomfortable furniture for any length of time and most people do not feel comfortable in furniture that they find ugly.

One other thing you will want to consider when selecting furniture for your summer garden area is how well it is made to withstand the abuse that Mother Nature often provides. You will want to select furniture that can withstand the summer time heat naturally but also that can handle the cold of winter and the ravages of water and bugs that often love to make a feast of outdoor furniture. Buy with all these things in mind and you should have furniture for your summer garden that is sure to delight and please all that enter your garden area. More importantly, you should have furniture that you enjoy.

Building a Summer Garden with Kids

We love our children and we want to teach them to value the things that are important to us. These things include morals, integrity, ingenuity, and an appreciation for the things in life that we consider beautiful and worth expending our energy, time, and effort in order to create. One of those things that many of us love sharing with our children is our love of gardening. Whether you are creating a spectacular garden worthy of acclaim, fame, and blue ribbons everywhere or a simple garden that will hold pretty flowers and a few favorite vegetables there are many lessons that your children can learn from working the earth by your side.

The first, and perhaps best, lesson that most children learn when working in the garden is that life works in cycles. This is an important lesson for children, as it is a lesson that will be repeated often throughout the course of their lives. Of course this is only one of the many lessons that gardening will teach but gardening is one of the kindest ways I’ve ever seen this particular lesson learned and it helps ease children into those times when lessons about the cycle of life are not so kindly or gently presented.

The next lesson that gardening teaches children is that persistent effort often pays out with delightful results. Whether their gardening efforts yielded sweet peppers or pretty flowers, there is often a desired result that is achieved through gardening. If you really want to capture your children’s attention when it comes to gardening choose a fast growing plant for their first gardening experience. The ability to see the fruits of their labor quickly appear is often one of the greatest gifts we can give our children.

If you want to guide your children towards the path of creating a summer garden without quite the fanfare or responsibility you may want to begin simply-perhaps with a potted plant or a hanging tomato plant or something similar that will yield visible and tasty results with much less effort, time, or attention being required in order to achieve quick and enthusiastic results.

Be sure to point out interesting facts about the different plants in your garden that may be exciting to children to learn. Remember your first gardening experiences and share them with your children. You may be surprised to find how much you have in common with your children when it comes to ideas and enthusiasm concerning summer gardens.

When planning a summer garden with kids you need to consider all of the things you would consider when planning other summer gardens but relate those things to pint sized hands and sponge-like minds. Kids soak up every ounce of information we provide them at an alarming rate. Be careful that you aren’t teaching them incorrect logic when it comes to gardening and growing beautiful summer plants.

More importantly, you should make a concerted effort to insure that you are teaching your children the positive aspects of gardening so that this becomes an activity they look to for enjoyment and pleasure rather than approaching with dread. You should also take great pains to insure that you allow your children to grow the things they will like in your summer garden too. Strawberries and watermelon are popular favorites for younger hands to grow because little mouths enjoy eating these delicious fruits that can be grown in most gardens. They also like to grow flowers that they can tend and watch throughout the summer if flowers are your summer garden calling rather than food.
When gardening with children there are many lessons that you can teach your children along the way. Science, math, and meteorology all have roles in gardening but you should also be on the lookout for the valuable lessons that your children can teach you about gardening and life in general when you take them out to work with you in your summer garden.

Summer Gardens for Small Spaces

There are many people who relish the idea of having a summer garden but feel that the reality is well outside the realm of the possible. The good news is that in the modern world in which we live nothing could be further from the truth. The only thing is you may have to rearrange your idea of what a summer garden is and is not. You can still manage to have the beauty of flowers or fresh picked vegetables in almost any situation if you are willing to take the necessary extra steps required to do so.
First of all, those who live in high rise buildings often feel as though they have no options larger than a window sill for their gardening needs. This is often not the case. Discuss with the landlord the option of establishing raised gardens on the roof top of the building in which you live. These are becoming more and more popular and some buildings also offer greenhouse possibilities, usage, or space to tenants to satisfy the urge many of us get to give our green (or not so green as the case may be) thumbs an adequate workout. Raised gardens are a great choice for many landlords and building owners as long as they are created and maintained at the expense of the tenant who proposed the garden. Some buildings even offer gardening coops as perks to those who live within the building and a system of contributing and sharing the fruits of the labor of those who have contributed to these gardens by planting and maintaining flowers, plants, fruits, and/or vegetables. This is also a great way to meet neighbors that may share your passion.

If you live in a smaller apartment type of setting that has little or no lawn space you still have a few options available to you. First of all, many of these types of apartments come with balcony space or a small patio area. This means that you can use ferns or flowering plants to add a little bit of green and other colors and have the plants hanging along the patio or balcony. Another thing that is growing in popularity for small spaces is hanging vegetables such as tomatoes. This is a little outside the area of traditional but provides the opportunity for fresh tomatoes to even those who have very limited gardening space. Small peppers also do well growing upside down though this isn’t recommended for the larger sweet peppers as they are too heavy for the vines to support. Going up with your garden frees up that valuable ground space for must have plants to be planted in raised gardens that can be made quite small to accommodate your specific needs.

A vertical garden is yet another option. This requires some degree of handyman skills or knowing someone that has these skills for designing and building a platform for your gardening needs that allows you to grow the flowers or vegetables you crave without taking up nearly as much ground space. This is also a convenient way of gardening for those who are in wheelchairs and cannot get up and down for regular gardening tasks as easily. A vertical garden can be planted with very little ground space, such as what would be available on a patio or a balcony and allows for many more plants that one might expect with such a small growing space. Combine this method with hanging plants and you may find that you have quite an impressive little summer garden growing.
Do not allow limited real estate to be an obstacle for your summer garden needs. One way to overcome this is to begin thinking vertically when it comes to real estate rather than horizontally. You may discover that you have a lot more room with which to work than you realized. The important thing to remember is that your summer garden does not have to conform to anyone’s idea of what a summer garden should be. Make it your own and have fun.

Garden Carts: Make Chores Easy!

 

 

Gardeners have struggled for years managing heavy loads in the garden. A garden cart is a pain free and efficient way to relieve the strain of moving, soil, plants, rocks and mulch on your property. A garden cart will prove its worth time and time again by accomplishing more work with less effort. Garden carts come in many different sizes and can be made of plastic, wood, or metal, depending on the style, can carry 200 to 600 lbs.

Garden carts can roll easily upstairs and through doors. Take wood right to your fireplace.

Loads ride low between the wheels, balanced over a full length axle to prevent shifting or tipping while you’re working. The steel axle and large wheels – not your arms and back – carry the load. The heavy-duty spoke wheels have wide hubs with pre-lubricated double ball bearings for smooth rolling stability. Custom wheels let you tilt your firewood hauler forward for easy dumping and loading.

More than just wheelbarrows.

Ranchers take our garden carts to stock shows and fairs. Contractors use them on work sites. Retailers move inventory. Hunters haul camping supplies and game. Fishermen use garden carts to haul light boats over rough trails. Boaters move supplies over docks. Woodcutters use as a firewood hauler and carrier. Balance and big wheels let these garden carts roll over sticks and rocks with ease. Each cart has its own custom load capacity which means you can move your load in a minimum number of trips.

Garden carts are ideal for general cleaning and maintenance Stable cleaning Parks and Recreation maintenance Zoo maintenance Golf course maintenance Landscaping Gardening Livestock Feeding Hauling bulk materials.