Our gardens, front porches, and backyards have become a huge extension of our homes this past year. “Social front yards,” where folks can host festive, but less formal gatherings, and “immunity gardens,” where food and herbs that boost immunity are the focus of harvest are huge trends that aren’t going anywhere this year. Don’t worry, though, we have you covered. Save money, your back, and your sanity with these techie, yet affordable landscaping picks starting at just $6.
ANNA DE SOUZA: Gardens, porches and backyards have become much needed extensions of our homes this past year. These landscaping picks will save you time and money so you can make the most out of your outdoor oasis.
ANNA DE SOUZA: When it comes to keeping mosquitoes at bay, I've done it all. The candles, the bracelets, the sprays, and none work better than this one. It's powered by a fuel cartridge and a heat activated repellent mat that changes color when it's time to refill. Not to mention that it's noiseless, odorless and approved by the EPA, which gives me peace of mind as a mom.
Best of all, it offers a 15 foot zone of protection against mosquitoes with no cords or batteries. So you can safely bring it anywhere with you in your yard. I've always loved the lux, European look of big, ceramic planters. But after seeing the magazine worthy look on a friend's porch, I was shocked to discover the secret.
These fiberglass planters. They have over 7,000 positive reviews and are super lightweight, making them the perfect wallet friendly too. I used to dread digging holes deep enough to hold my plans until I discovered this Auger attachment. Paired with my husband's electric drill, it digs holes quickly and easily, even on hard, rocky soils.
And I love that the extended link allows me to stand, preventing back strain. This garden kneeler is highly recommended by a landscape designer who raves about its convenient pockets for storing tools. It also has a foam padded cushion to keep pressure off knees and the bars help you ease back up to standing. Plus, it folds down to store. Genius.
This smart sprinkler connects directly to your smartphone and their exclusive weather intelligence automatically skips unnecessary watering and allows you to observe your water usage. And it's all based on the specific needs of your lawn, including plant types, soil type, sun exposure and more. It's like having a personal lawn care expert at home.
While these claw gloves might look like something out of a horror movie, they're actually a genius addition to your gardening tool box. The built in claws on each hand make it super easy to dig, plant and pull those pesky weeds, roots and all. The nylon knitting is waterproof and breathable to keep your hands cool and protected.
And with over 9,000 positive reviews, this pick is a no-brainer. Other expert approved tips include planting herbs, like garlic and coriander, to deter pests and cultivating flowers that support beneficial insects like honeybees and ladybugs. You can also consult a local arborist to find out what kind of soil you have, so you can adjust watering schedules and plant options from there.
Thanks for hanging out, guys. What are your landscaping must haves? Let us know in the comments below.