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With spring just around the corner, now is the time to stock your shed with great tools while still remaining within your budget–necessary if you plan to get away from the mountains this summer and head west to the ocean. Spring time in Denver is beautiful and you will want your yard to look its best. Before you get started, pick up the top five essential tools for any do-it-yourself landscaper.
First and foremost, a garden hose is essential for any yard and garden work. It will allow you to wet the ground and soften up the soil, as well as clean the area and water your grass, plants and flowers. You will also want to get a garden reel to keep the kinks out of the hose and keep the yard looking clean and clutter-free. Garden hoses come in a variety of lengths and styles, depending on your personal needs.
Garden spades are an essential tool used to dig in the soil. They come in all shapes and sizes. They can have long or short handles, depending on your particular needs. Choose a smaller-handheld spades when working in the garden or flower bed. Longer handles can help when lifting soil and skimming weeds. You can also purchase a spade fork, which will help break up the ground more easily.
A pruner is also another mandatory yard and garden tool. Like spades, they come in many different shapes and sizes and are important to have for removing flowers and small branches. For larger jobs, purchase a long-handled pruner or lopper. These are basically longer versions of the hand pruners, and provide greater reach for higher branches and limbs–perfect for those who get shaky at the thought of standing on ladders.
4. Tub Trugs
Funny name, useful tool. Tub trugs are oversized bendable buckets that can be used to carry anything from dirt and potting soil to water and fertilizer. They can also be used to scoop dirt and rocks or mix soil and fertilizer. The best part about these versatile tubs is that they come in a variety of bright springtime colors, so when you’re done using them, instead of lugging them to the garage with the rest of the tools, stack them to the side for a fun pop of color. They are both UV and frost free, making it the perfect tool for Colorado’s unpredictable weather.
5. Leaf Blowers
Last but certainly not least, a leaf blower is helpful throughout the year and saves both time and back stress that accompanies raking. These handy tools are available in both gas powered and electrical powered versions. Of course, the gas powered leaf blowers are much easier to handle, since a cord isn’t attached. Leaf blowers can be used to clean up after mowing your yard, cleaning patios and driveways, and clearing out fall leaves.
Denver has several local garden stores that can help you stock the items needed to have a beautiful lawn this year, no matter how big or small. Take a look below at some of the most popular garden centers in the Denver metro area.
Echter’s Nursery & Garden Center
9170 W. 52nd Avenue
Arvada, CO 80002
Hours: Mon to Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Echter’s Nursery & Garden Center is one of the largest retail garden centers in Colorado. The business was founded in 1959 and is family owned and operated. It offers many different types of plants and flowers, as well as a wide variety of garden tools.
Birdsall & Co.
1540 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
Hours: Mon to Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Birdsall & Co. has been in business since 1988, and has become one of Denver’s favorite gardening spots. When the company first opened its doors, it focused primarily on garden tools. Now it also carries fountains, outdoor furniture and other accessories to help your lawn pop.
2525 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO 80302
Hours: Mon to Fri 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
McGuckin Hardware was founded in 1955 and quickly became a store with a reputation for excellent service and selection. McGuckin’s carries a wide selection of lawn and garden equipment for your every need.
6300 N. Broadway
Denver, CO 80216
Hours: Mon to Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Paulino Gardens is one of Colorado’s largest garden centers. It is family owned and operated, and has been in business since 1960.
7711 S. Parker Road
Centennial, CO 80016
Hours: Mon through Fri – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tagawa Gardens has long been a staple in the Denver metro area for more than 29 years.
Michelle Humphrey is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found here.