Clever Garden Gear
There's no shortage of well-made tools and gadgets, but every now and then an inventor steps up with an ingenious idea. Witness these four creative problem-solving devices
Complete with polyurethane tires that won't go flat, this convertible cart makes light work of hauling bricks and flowerpots, but it can also convert to a dolly that can move appliances weighing up to 300 pounds. Bonus: The cart tips up to store vertically, so it won't take up much shed space.
Worx AeroCart, about $200; worx.com
With a watertight compartment to store granular fertilizer, ergonomic handles, a built-in measuring cup and tablespoon, and marks that indicate the fill level for 1 and 2 gallons, this watering can consolidates your load and reduces your trips to the shed. And it's got a spot to stash your gloves, too.
The U CAN watering can, about $30; theucanbrand.com
Dark corners of potting sheds and garages are prime places for spiders to lurk, and some species can cause painful—and downright dangerous—bites. The cuffs on these smart gloves seal shut with Velcro strips so that when the gloves are stored, creepy-crawlies can't hide in the recesses.
Spidex Gloves, about $20; spidexgloves.com
Designed to carry up to 40 pounds, this practical clip is perfect for sealing and lifting hefty bags of mulch or charcoal. For a controlled, spill-free pour, simply slide the clip to one side, lift the bag by the handle, and tilt the bottom up.
Handy Camel Bag Clip, about $15; thehandycamel.com for stores