New gadgets give gar­den­ers that ex­tra edge

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

If you’ve al­ready got the tried and true sta­ples for your gar­den­ing sur­vival kit, you’re good to go.

But if you’re one of those early adopters, you may want to ex­per­i­ment with some bonus gadgets, too. Here are the lat­est gar­den tools, rec­om­mended by ex­perts, to hit the mar­ket (prices may vary):

— Postmedia News CORONA ROPE-FREE, EX­TEND­ABLE TREE PRUNER WITH POWER-GLIDE GRIP, $100

The new Corona is ex­tend­able and can prune branches that are up to an inch and a quar­ter (three cen­time­tres) in di­am­e­ter. The old ones have a rope on them to reach up and prune with. These ones are tele­scop­ing, slid­ing.

A te­le­scope means you can prune up high, so you don’t have to try to get on that lad­der and risk life and limb. SUN-MAR TUM­BLER COM­POSTER, $349

Made in Canada from re­cy­cled plas­tic, this tum­bler makes com­post­ing easy. The tum­bler acts like a big drum that aer­ates your mix. SUNSTICK, $11

So you have sun plants and shade plants. The only prob­lem is you don’t know if you have sun or shade.

Well, the SunStick will tell you. It’s a lit­tle tiny stick that you put out in the yard and it changes colour to tell you whether you’re full sun or shade or what­ever, You can have one for indoor and out­door; it takes the guess­work out of it. STONEWARE PLANT MARK­ERS, $19.95 (SET OF FOUR)

These pre-printed mark­ers are a step above tra­di­tional mark­ers in both form and func­tion. With the ce­ramic mark­ers, you don’t have to worry about names com­ing off.

LEATHER ROSE GLOVES ($32.50)

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