Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

December 11, 2017
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Transplant surgery

“Gardening starts with a spade,” goes the old adage. Best to shop around for this tool: size, feel and fit are key. Consider a transplanting spade. The narrow blade makes digging easier. Fiskars makes a prized model. $29.97. homedepot.ca.

Pitch in

Break up clumps and remove rocks with a spading fork by power-tool leader Ridgid, which has extra thick steel heads. $35.99. Or opt for the thin, closely-spaced tines of a Lee Valley Mulch and Compost Fork, $66.50. homedepot.ca; leevalley.ca.

Muck around

Your best choice for a trowel? A one-piece cast-aluminum model, durable and lightweight. Again Fiskars** delivers great value. $6.99. homedepot.ca.

Turning over a new leaf

Turn the soil between plants and dig roots in narrow places with this sturdy well-built trake (a hand trowel-and-rake combo). It’s 16 inches (40 cm) long and made of cast aluminum. $22.65. rittenhouse.ca.

A snip here

You won’t find a better pair of secateurs/pruners than these Swiss-made Felcos. Pricey, yes — but made to last. Come with leather holsters. Choose the 6-inch (15-cm) or 8-inch (20-cm) model. $49.50 or $52.50. rittenhouse.ca.

Get soaked

You spray grass but soak gardens. This 50-foot (15-m) Rittenhouse soaker hose does the trick by “sweating” rather than spraying, delivering a gallon per foot per hour at 30 psi (4L per 30 cm per hour at 206 kPa). $39. sears.ca.

Flat-out better

A wheelbarrow for all seasons, this folding utility cart makes storage easy. It has a sturdy 330-pound (149-kg) load capacity yet weighs only 33 pounds (15 kg), and comes with two big 20-inch (50-cm) pneumatic tires. $329. rittenhouse.ca.

On the edge

Separate your garden from the amateurs with clean, sharp edges. This Vigoro turf edger is the classic moon-shape with a wooden handle. $21.99. Or go modern with a Fiskars extended reach edger. $29.97. homedepot.ca.

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.

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