Make Raking Leaves a Breeze: 7 of the Best Leaf Rakes Reviewed

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Fall is here and the garden is festooned with leaves, covering your lawn and making their way into every crevice. But what should you look for when choosing a leaf rake to make short work of this less-than-glamorous garden chore? Check out this guide for reviews and recommendations on how to choose the best leaf rake.

How to Pick the Best Splitting Maul for the Job

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If you enjoy splitting your own wood for the fireplace or backyard fire pit, join us in an exploration of the best tool for the job: the splitting maul. Different in design and function from an axe, this is a tool meant to divide wood along the grain with the least amount of effort. Read along as we take a closer look at the features that make this tool so effective, and discover our favorites for the task.

11 of the Best Gardening-Themed Books for Children

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Discover the wonders of the natural world in your own backyard or neighborhood with ideas from 11 of the best books for children. From germinating seeds to watching birds in flight, you’ll be inspired to enrich your family with the themes and activities presented in each. Read our roundup now and choose your favorites.

A Review of Stephanie Rose’s Garden Alchemy

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Wellness-through-gardening instructor and writer Stephanie Rose’s new book, Garden Alchemy, is a handy DIY manual of organic gardening solutions. Eighty step-by-step recipes provide natural alternatives to chemicals, and a sustainable approach to having a healthy garden. Read on for our in-depth review of this book.

11 of the Best Porch Swings for Your Outdoor Space

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Comfortable and relaxing, porch swings are the perfect option to spend a little down time lounging outdoors. Styles and sizes vary from single-seaters to sumptuous daybeds – and some come with their own stands, so technically, you don’t even need a porch! Check out our review of 11 of the best porch swings now.

Gardening at Home: The Best 31 Kits to Get Started

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It’s the perfect time to start growing your own herbs, fruits, veggies, and mushrooms at home, or to take up a new hobby like terrarium-making or succulent propagation. We’ve found the best kits to help you get started. Most include everything you need, with helpful instructions. Pick your favorite, and get growing!

The Best Sun-Protective Gear for Gardeners

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Finding the right heat and sun protective gear is a matter of trial and error that can quickly become expensive. Luckily, we’ve done the research for you, and have put together a collection of the best protective gear to keep gardeners comfortable in the heat and safe in the sun. Read more now to see our picks!

Muckster II Ankle Muck Boots: A Versatile, Waterproof Gardening Shoe

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If you’re looking for a tough, reliable, waterproof gardening shoe, look no further than the Muckster II Ankle boot from The Original Muck Boot Company. Lightweight, breathable, and specifically designed with outdoor work in mind, these will keep your feet warm and dry while you deadhead the roses or dig up the garden.

13 of the Best Grow Lights for Indoor Plants and Seedlings

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For vigorous indoor gardens, grow lights can provide what plants need – a reliable energy source to mimic the spectrum of colors found in natural sunshine. An economical solution to cultivate greens, herbs, houseplants, and seedlings, here’s our list of 13 of the best grow lights for strong and healthy indoor plants.

5 of the Best Hori Hori Knives for Gardeners

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If you’re looking for a versatile, multipurpose gardening knife, look no further than the Japanese hori hori knife. With its unique concave blade featuring both a serrated edge and a sharp, straight edge this knife makes short work of digging, edging, pruning, harvesting, and sawing. Learn about 5 of our favorites now.

Add a Water Feature to Your Garden: 23 of Our Favorite Outdoor Fountains

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In the wide world of water features, nothing complements a landscaped outdoor space like a good fountain. We’ve put together an overview of the best models sold by excellent craftsmen for you to consider. Prepare to immerse yourself in fine design, because it’s fountain time at Gardener’s Path. Read more now.

The 9 Best Footwear Choices for the Garden

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How many pairs of shoes have you ruined when a quick trip to check on plants turned into an all-out watering mud fest? It’s time to get footwear made specifically for garden use that cleans with a rinse of the hose, and is comfortable enough to wear all day. Check out 9 of our favorites, right here on Gardener’s Path.

Made in the Shade: The 7 Best Patio Umbrellas You Can Buy

Everyone needs a patio umbrella to shade their outdoor space. We found 7 cool canopies to shield any type of open air grouping, from small conversation spots to alfresco dining areas. We even recommend a unique half-canopy for decks, and a portable choice for shade-on-the-go. Read our full buying guide now.

11 Best Benches for Enjoying a Fresh Garden View

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Do you plan to add a garden bench or two to your landscape design? We’ve reviewed what’s on the market, and there’s a style for everyone, in materials ranging from composite and concrete, to wood and wrought iron. Read on to learn our top picks and where to buy them, right here on Gardener’s Path.