Although every home doesn’t sport a huge backyard garden, it doesn’t mean you can’t keep an assortment of gardening tools on hand. Yes, a garden is nice, but you don’t need a garden to justify owning gardening tools. In fact, if you learn to multipurpose those tools, you’ll be saving time and tons of money each and every year. Here are just three of those tools every home must have.
1. Lawn and Garden Sprayers
This is perhaps one of the most versatile of gardening tools that you’ll ever encounter. If you have a backpack garden sprayer like those found on mygardeningnetwork.com, don’t put it away just yet because winter is just around the corner. You can use that very same sprayer to:
- De-ice windshields, walkways, and stairs.
- Apply insecticide inside as well as on outdoor vegetation.
- Water plants and shrubs which are out of reach of garden hoses.
- Spray cleaning solutions on cars or outdoor furniture.
And, those are just a few of the uses for a handy backpack sprayer you may not have considered.
2. Garden Hoses
Of course you know that a garden hose serves a variety of purposes besides watering lawns and gardens. On any given summer day you are likely to see people outdoors washing their cars with the garden hose while kids love to romp and play in the cool water of a Slip-n-Slide attached to the hose. However, you can also use those old hoses to:
- Level ground prior to building a patio or outbuilding.
- Clean gutters and eaves.
- House chains on swings so little ones don’t pinch their fingers.
- Relocate an outdoor water spigot by burying a length of hose attached to the new pipe and faucet.
Most homeowners do have at least one garden hose lying around, but don’t throw that old one out if it springs a leak. There are so many alternate uses that you just might want to hold onto them for the time being. You never know when they might come in handy for a use you had never envisioned.
3. Leaf Blowers
Even if you don’t have large trees on your property that drop tons of messy leaves every autumn, you really should keep a good quality leaf blower around at all times. This is especially useful in the winter. Did you ever stop to consider how quick and easy it would be to blow all that snow off your car as opposed to trying to brush and scrape it off after every significant snowfall? What about your sidewalks and walkways? A leaf blower offers a way to take most top layers of snow off without hours of back-breaking shoveling. You can also use a leaf blower to:
- Clean gutters.
- Blast lint out of dryer vents.
- Dry your vehicle after washing it.
By using your leaf blower in tandem with your garden sprayer, you can pretty much expect to keep your property free of debris, ice and snow.
Learn to multipurpose those gardening tools and you just might be able to add more to your collection next year. It pays to save whenever you can, and this is one of the most ingenious ways to do just that. There probably isn’t a gardening tool out there you can’t use in more than one way, and who knows, having a collection on hand just might inspire you to grow your own veggies. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Photo by Pepe Nero