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Your mid-summer guide to lawn maintenance products

Friday, August 5th 2022, 11:30 am - Rain or no rain, don't neglect your lawn.

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Many Canadians are grappling with a summer drought that, among other things, hasn’t made mowing the lawn as much of a priority as it was earlier in the season. Still, your lawn still needs maintenance, and now is a good time to take a look at what you’ve got in your shed – whether to broaden your maintenance toolbox or replace something you already have. Here’s what we suggest.

Greenworks 12-Inch 24V Cordless String Trimmer

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No matter how good your mower, there will always be places it can’t reach. For that, we have grass trimmers, and if you’re in the market for a new one, this cordless, electric option from Greenworks is worth a look. Featuring a 90-degree rotating head and a 12-inch cutting path, it’ll meet your needs nicely unless you have an exceptionally large property.

What else we liked:

  • Up to 40 minutes of runtime according to the manufacturer
  • 2Ah battery included
  • Rated 4 out of 5 on, based on more than 300 reviews

‘Grub Grenade’ grub killer

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Parasites can be a real pain when you’re perfecting your lawn, and rather than chemical solutions, many opt for more biological solutions, like this made-in-Canada ‘grub grenade’. Containing thousands of predatory soil mites that are natural predators of many common lawn pests, we especially liked how the manufacturer will deliver it to a local Canada Post location if the forecast shows your porch temperature is too cold or too hot, so as to avoid the living mites dying before they can be sprinkled over your lawn.

What else we liked:

  • More than 5,000 mites will cover up to 500 square feet, but sizes up to 25,000 mites can be purchased
  • Effective against fungus gnats, pupating thrips, root weevils, root aphids, pathogenic nematodes, and others
  • Rated 4 out of 5 on, based on reviews from around 500 buyers

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Scotts Turf Builder Deluxe Edgeguard Spreader

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The best time for fertilizer is in the spring, but reapplying every few weeks can really bring out the best in your lawn. A bit of mechanical assistance can help, and for that, we recommend this spreader from Scotts. It’s manually operated, and this deluxe version has slightly more features to control the spread.

What else we liked:

  • Simple controls include a precision dial to determine your fertilizer spread
  • Cushioned handle for comfortable grip
  • Rated 4.5 out of 5 on, based on more than 4,300 reviews

Snow Joe Handheld All-Season Multi-Purpose Spreader

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That wheeled spreader up above is good for larger lawns, but if you’ve got a smaller one, or would like something handy to help touch up a few spots with some grass seed, try this spreader from Snow Joe. We liked it enough to recommend it for spreading salt ahead of icy weather, and it can do the job just as well when spreading fertilizer or seed.

What else we liked:

  • Adjustable dial for finer or more coarse materials
  • 2.5-litre capacity
  • Rated 4.4 out of 5 on, based on 700 reviews

Signature Garden Heavy-Duty Spray Nozzle

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Your lawn needs regular doses of moisture each week to grow properly, something that’s especially true in parts of Canada suffering through drought. When you have to take matters into your own hands, we have the Signature Garden Heavy-Duty Spray Nozzle, with its comfortable design and multiple spray settings, depending on how much of a soaking the grass will need.

What else we liked:

  • Metal construction with a baked enamel finish, more durable than plastic
  • Eight spray settings, depending on the task
  • Rated 4.3 out of 5 on, based on more than 5,000 reviews

Flexzilla Garden Hose

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While we’re on the subject of watering, maybe take a second look at your hose. If it looks like it’s seen better days, we’d recommend the Flexzilla Garden Hose as a replacement. It’s pricier than others of its kind, but its flexible design makes it far easier to use.

What else we liked:

  • Hybrid polymer construction makes it resistant to kinks, and it lies flat and coils more easily than rubber
  • Available in 50-foot and 100-foot lengths
  • Rated 4.5 out of 5 on, based on more than 21,000 reviews

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Our trusted Product Specialists recommend high-quality items that we think will enhance your experience with Canadian weather conditions. Prices and availability of items are accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change.

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