The Gardener's Hand: Here to There, A Look at Garden Conveyances
Luckily, Growise Centers feature plenty of handy helpers for moving gardeners; garden tool manufacturers have many clever inventions to lighten the load, and at reasonable costs.
Others may already be in your garage. Look for that tarp you used to paint the living room and put it under big shrubs that need moving. Dont lift them; drag them to their new home. Put a pair of 2' x 4s (5.08 cm x 10.16 cm) across a childs wagon to move a few flats of seedlings out to the garden. And use those lightweight plastic sleds to move heavy container plants out to their shady summer home under your trees.
Wheelbarrows come in two basic types: garden and contractors. Lightweight, usually with tubular metal arms and shallow troughs wider at the back than the front, gardeners barrows decrease the trips you make around the yard. Use them to move flats of plants, several gallon cans at once, hand tools, fertilizer bags, stakes, watering cans, and those garden essentials, a cool drink and a portable radio. They make perfect portable potting benches, too.
Bigger and heavier, contractors wheelbarrows have deep metal buckets, one big tire, and wooden handles. These move dirt, piles of leaves, stacks of brush, shovels, and trees too heavy to lift into place. If youre landscaping from scratch, youll use these a lot.
Garden carts have wide front bars to make the pulling easy and two wheels for greater stability and balance on heavy loads. With buckets made of fiberglass or wood, carts come in various widths, so be sure to measure your narrowest path before buying. Do-it-yourself cart kits provide all the hardware and you choose and cut a medium weight plywood. Paint or stain these for long life.
For most moving garden chores theres a handy way to go. Dont overlook the obvious, either: hire a neighborhood kid to help you, and always back in when using a truck tailgate to install big rocks.
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