Ah, it’s almost time to start pulling those weeds from the flower beds and hauling in the mulch. Chances are good that a shovel is not going to be your only resourceful tool. You are going to need something to increase your efficiency and reduce your actual physical labor. In rolls a wheelbarrow or a garden cart. Let us look at some helpful tips on selecting your next indispensable garden tool.
1) DECIDE ON YOUR TOOL
For most outdoor jobs, a wheelbarrow will suffice. Its sloping sides provide easy access for loose materials like mulch, dirt, gravel, or yard debris. For heavier loads, a garden cart with flat bottoms, straight sides, and four wheels provides more stability. These carts can be pulled by hand or attached to a tractor or ATV. Choose a garden cart when hauling heavy soil or rocks.
2) CHOOSE THE SIZE AND MATERIAL
Most wheelbarrows fall within the 6 cubic feet capacity; some wheelbarrows offer a 4 to 8 cubic feet capacity. The wheelbarrow trays may be made of steel (great for heavier loads but may create a top-heavy feel), made of plastic (allowing for a lighter weight but less durable under heavy items), or made of wood (extremely durable but may warp).
3) PICK A HANDLE
Wheelbarrow handles – whether wood, steel, straight or ergonomic – make a difference in how easy you can manage the wheelbarrow. Choose something that will be comfortable while allowing the easiest amount of strain possible.
4) SELECT THE NUMBER OF TIRES
Single wheel wheelbarrows are the most common but can be unstable and difficult to maneuver. Dual-wheel designs are harder to turn in tight spaces but can allow the operator a bit more control over heavier loads.
When selecting any new tool, be sure to hold it, check it out, and see if it performs as expected. Make your decision for what works best in your garden or yard.
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