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Seven must-have gardening products for fall yard maintenance

Fall is a crowd-favourite season, mostly because of the incredible colours that come along with it. However, this time of year also requires a lot of upkeep when it comes to yard work. From raking leaves to pruning, Gardening Expert Owen Reeves shared seven of the latest innovations in tools that will make fall gardening a breeze!

RAKES THAT WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER

If gathering the leaves in your yard seems like a daunting task, it could be time to pick up a better rake! With leaves changing colours and falling, having an effective rake is crucial. You can’t go wrong with the Multipurpose Rake by Garant as its capable of raking pine cones, grass, leaves and rocks. The shape of the tines makes it seamless to rake everything in 1 pass rather than having to go back and forth to pick up the excess. 

Another great option is the Dual Tine Rake by Garant. The lightweight head and flexible tines allow you to pick up leaves without them accumulating between the tines. With an anti-slip handle and a 15-year warranty, this quality tool is perfect for residential use. 

Multipurpose Rake, $25.99 at Garant.com

Dual Tine Rake, $36.99 at Garant.com 

GARDENING GLOVES YOU NEVER KNEW YOU NEEDED

While gardening gloves might not seem like a necessity, we can confirm that they definitely are important as they protect your hands from soils with bacteria and fungi. Watson Gloves recently released Green Monkey Gloves that are powder-free and biodegradable! While regular disposable gloves typically take about 200 years to fully degrade, the Green Monkey Gloves take 10 years in moderate landfill conditions. 

Green Monkey Biodegradable Disposable Gloves, $21.95 at Amazon.ca 

THE USER-FRIENDLY HAND PRUNER AND HOLDER YOU’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR

Over-pruning during the fall months is a common mistake that many people make. A simple solution is to cut back your perennials and cut off spring blooms. The Adjustable Hand Pruner from Lee Valley is as user-friendly as they come! It’s adjustable based on the size of your hand so that repetitive cuts won’t cause any strain or discomfort. 

While there are many holsters on the market, the Lee Valley Holster for Pruners has a clip that can easily be attached to a belt, waistband or pocket. It stays securely fastened wherever you choose to clip it while also being simple to remove when needed! 

Adjustable Hand Pruner, $49.50 at Lee Valley

Holster for Pruners, $12 at Lee Valley

THE LAWN AERATOR THAT YOUR TURF DESERVES

If you’re looking for a handy tool that will loosen compacted turf for water, nutrients and oxygen, we recommend the Lawn Aerator from Lee Valley. It reaches the roots with ease to a depth of 4”! While the U-shaped frame may look heavy, it only weighs 3 lb and has comfortable rubber handles. 

Lawn Aerator, $31.50 at Lee Valley

A LEAF PACKER TO SAVE YOU FROM FRUSTRATION

After spending a big chunk of time raking up your leaves, attempting to pack as much as possible into a yard bag can become a challenge. The Leaf Packer by Lee Valley is the solution to this problem! It helps compress a large area of leaves so that you can pack your bags tighter without frustration. 

Leaf Packer, $19.95 at Lee Valley