Gardening Tools & Materials

Discover a guide to the tools & materials involved with your gardening.

S22 E14: Lee Gilliam shows Kevin O'Connor the best tools for pruning shrubs
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Best Tools for Shrub Pruning

Landscape contractor Lee Gilliam shows host Kevin O’Connor everything he needs to know about choosing shears for cleaning up shrubs.
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The 5 Best Indoor Plants (2023 Review)

Indoor plants provide a splash of color and life to any space. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best indoor plants on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various retail stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.
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Fall Fertilizing: Essential Tips to Make Your Yard Grow

Read this guide to learn why autumn is the best time of year to fertilize your yard.
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5 Best Insecticidal Soaps (2024 Guide)

Searching for the best insecticidal soap to safeguard your plants from invasive pests naturally? Our guide offers recommendations and tips.
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Best Automatic Plant Waterers (2024 Guide)

Leaving your home doesn’t mean that you need a friend or family member to come over and care for your plants. Learn more in this article about the best automatic plant waterers.
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6 Best LED Grow Lights (2024 Guide)

Having the right equipment to grow indoor plants is a big investment. In this review, we explore the best LED grow lights on the market.
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Simple Guide to Outdoor Tool Maintenance

Kevin O’Connor and landscape contractor Jenn Nawada discuss outdoor tool maintenance with a landscaping pro.
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5 Best Soaker Hoses (2024 Guide)

Using a soaker hose is a low-effort, low-impact way to keep your plants watered. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best soaker hoses on Amazon.
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The 5 Best Raised Garden Beds (2024 Review)

If you love gardening but hate spending time on your knees, a raised garden bed might be the solution. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best raised garden beds on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home.
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The 5 Best Grow Lights (2024 Review)

Grow lights are a useful option for gardeners who don’t have the space or climate to grow plants in natural sunlight. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best grow lights on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various retail stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.
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6 Best Potting Soils (2024 Guide)

Finding the right potting soil is essential to ensuring your plants get the nutrients they need to survive and thrive. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the best potting soils out there to help you find the ideal option for your plants.
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6 Best Garden Hoses (2024 Guide)

A garden hose makes it easy to water your lawn and plants and maintain your landscaping. In this guide, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the six best garden hoses on Amazon.
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Best Wheelbarrows (2024 Guide)

A quality wheelbarrow turns tedious gardening chores into easy projects. Explore five of the best wheelbarrows with our buying guide.
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Best Expandable Garden Hoses (2024 Guide)

Need a hose that can go everywhere without weighing you down or catching on corners? Read our review of the best expandable garden hoses.

10 Smart Tools for Your Next DIY Project

A new crop of warm-weather problem-solvers for your home.
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How to Maintain Bypass Pruners

Ask This Old House Landscape Contractor Jenn Nawada explains what should be done to maintain a set of bypass pruners and why it matters.
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Best Garden Rakes of 2024 (Tested and Ranked)

In this comprehensive review and buying guide, our team tests and ranks today's best garden rakes to help you find the perfect fit.
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9 Must-Haves to Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

Take advantage of the longer, warmer days to spruce up, indoors and out.
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The 5 Best Pickaxes (2024 Review)

Loosen compact soil, dig holes for plants, cut through roots, and perform other gardening tasks with help from one of the best pickaxes available on Amazon.
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5 Best Electric Tillers (2024 Guide)

Tillers have different functions, with some preparing softer soil and others breaking up hard or rocky soil. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best electric tillers on Amazon to help you find the one that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various retail stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.
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Add Curb Appeal With a Hellstrip Garden

Turn the struggling ribbon of lawn between the sidewalk and the street into a glorious garden with tough, easy-care plants
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How to Choose and Use Shovels and Other Digging Tools

Hole-digging advice with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook
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Everything You Need to Know About Pruning and Dividing Plants

Here's our best pro advice to help you snip back and multiply your garden staples with confidence.
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Victorian Garden Urns

Fill an old cast-iron container with flowers to brighten a front entry, top it with glass for a patio table, or fit it with a bubbler for a water feature