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How to make a moss pole with stuff other than moss?

I have bamboo sticks which I want to use for my climbing aroids. The moss - absorbs more water than peat and is a good medium for aerial roots. It is, however, hard to find in my area, so I must find ...
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Can I use antique kitchen shears for gardening?

I recently purchased a pair of antique shears intending to use them for pruning bushes and stems. When searching for information on the shears I found out they are antique poultry shears. Is there any ...
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What are the longest pole hedge trimmers available?

I have several tall hedges... Some over 20 feet. I'd like to keep them pruned but it's expensive to keep hiring a landscaper. What products are out there for really long reach hedge trimming, and ...
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Measuring leaf blower force

It seems that many manufacturers are moving from CFM/MPH claims to using newtons of force for comparisons. Does anyone know how they're measuring it - what tool/meter, from the motor or tube, etc.?...
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Spool flies off

Hi I have a Bosch art 26 combitrim. Every time I use it the spool and line shoot off is there supposed to be a spring inside the centre spindle. If so can I get a replacement ?
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When moving large quantities of mulch, are more tines worth it on a pitchfork?

I'm going to be moving large quantities of arborist wood chips this summer, and am wondering if it would be worth the investment to get a 10 tine pitchfork as the 4 tine is too wide to hold wood chips,...
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Co2 enrichment with exhale bags

I’m intending to try co2 enrichment with Exhale bags. And from reading on the co2 enrichment I understood that photosynthesis does not play a role during night time and the plant actually emits co2. ...
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How to avoid asymmetry in back muscles splitting logs? [closed]

I'm generally in great health but have a persistent niggle in my lateral muscle on one side. Nothing serious it's just easy to pull it. I've started doing a lot of log splitting with an axe but this ...
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Identifying/operating an automatic watering system

I recently bought a house built circa 1970 in France, and it came with an automatic watering system (date of setup unknown, so any time between then and now), controlled by this: I've been unable to ...
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Digging a hole in ground for fitting stakes for fencing and play structure

I need to dig around 20 holes in my garden. Each hole needs to be 2.5 inch wide and 3-5 feet deep. Ground I am going to work on it not very soft and have some stones. I dont mind renting or buying ...
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What’s the best way to remove 2-4 inches of large gravel from backyard?

New home owner. After moving in I noticed the previous owner had laid down some gravel in a portion of my backyard so he could store a boat. Approx 15ft x 30ft. It’s been completely taken over by ...
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An idea for a sowing tool

I've got an idea for a tool for placing seeds directly in the soil. Imagine that square ABCD is a sturdy sheet of wooden or other material of size 600mm x 600mm x 5 mml, and all other points are ...
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What are the right tools and techniques to dig a hole in stony or heavily rooted ground?

I have great soil which is very easy to dig, sadly many trees have taken advantage of this - in some places I want to plant bushes or trees in gaps but everywhere It ry to dig appears to be solid root/...
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Pruning clippers covered in copper - curse, blessing, or neglibable for plant propagation?

How I got clippers covered in copper "Dusting off" some pruning clippers I noticed much more rust than I expected. I usually maintain tools well but lost track of this pair for a bit, and I guess ...
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Is there a type of garden shredder that can handle leaves, branches and wet materials?

Is there any type of all-purpose and durable shredder that can shred leaves and a few small branches, and some wetter materials like vegetable waste? I'm not looking for a brand name, just to find out ...
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Can I fix my metabo hedge trimmer myself?

I use an electric metabo hedge trimmer. Both hands need to be on separate switches for it to run. When I let go of both switches simultaneously, the blades stop immediately. However, when I only let ...
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What is the garden wire used for?

I noticed that the wire named Twist tie is also named Garden wire. But I can't find such wires used in gardening when searching "Garden wire" on Google images. What is the typical use for this kind ...
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Can I put a one minute delay on my hose so I don't get wet when the sprinkler turns on?

All I want is a water timer with about a 1-minute delay for those times that I have to run away after starting it and still get wet. Like when I'm ready to go to work and don't want those clothes to ...
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Bulldog Edging Knife Useless

I was all excited yesterday when I got home from work. I had received an email from Amazon saying my new Bulldog Edging Knife had been delivered. I opened up the box, unwrapped the tool, and was so ...
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At what size garden does a backpack leaf blower make sense?

Our new house has about half an acre of land, including a large lawn surrounded by many mature trees. We're clearly going to need a leaf blower... Even in spring everything is covered in leaves, bud ...
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What's the thickest stuff a garden line strimmer can cut?

I'm looking at getting a decent petrol-powered strimmer for my large garden. I saw one that comes with interchangeable heads: line, rough-cut, and one more like a saw blade. The idea being they can ...
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What tool(s) for cutting ivy stems on trees and walls?

I have some trees and walls which have decades' worth of ivy growth. Some trees in particular have ivy stems as thick as my forearm, and the tree is almost invisible. I plan to start by chopping the ...
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Optimizing use of aerator sandals

I lust over one of these: This is the kind of aerator that is towed behind a lawn tractor, with some cinder blocks or other weights on the ledge to help the tines dig in. So far, I have not been ...
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ID this plant training strap?

Can anyone identify this item, tell me where I could find more. I don't even know what to call it if I were to call around to local garden shops. I got some from a friend, and he doesn't know where it ...
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What tools will I need for cultivating an acre of lawn?

I recently bought a place with an acre of lawn in front of my home. It has a natural gravity flow watering system. I want to cultivate nearly all of this for a lawn. Currently growing is what looks to ...
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Uses of the scythe in a modern garden

Recently on a Basque TV channel from Northern Spain I saw a competition between two women scything a meadow against the clock. They were going almost as fast as a modern ride on mower, but were ...
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Garden tool handle shapes: the DTs

In this image (source: Spade (Wikipedia), creative commons), the spades have a T handle. On most modern spades there is a D handle. There is of course a third alternative of no cross piece at all, ...
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What are these garden tools used for?

I received a set of garden tools, and I'm not sure what a couple of them are used for. Could you help me identify these tools?
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How to sharpen garden scissors without dedicated tool?

Is there a simple way to sharpen garden scissors without using a dedicated tool for that?
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How do I replace string or open string head in RYOBI 40V-X Expand-it String Trimmer?

I bought this cordless trimmer about a month ago and was happy with it. However, I didn't realize the string head dispense the internal string from tapping down when operating. I tried to dispense the ...
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Why do landscapers constantly play with the throttle on a leaf blower?

I live in a condo complex which employs a professional landscaping service to take care of garden area around the house. They all use equipment that is powered by two-stroke engines: leaf blowers, ...
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Can my weed wacker designed for .065“ (1.651 mm) trimmer line handle .08” (2 mm) one?

I have a Ryobi P2200 hybrid weed whacker. It takes .065" (1.651 mm) trimmer line. I have found better deals and much better shaped line. I have found a piece of (plastic) wire that was exactly .08" (2 ...
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What is the best way to channel an electricity cable under the lawn?

I need to channel an electricity (and network) cable under the lawn to an outbuilding. I understand it would be best to shield the cable to stop anyone from danger when digging in the future, but ...
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Why are hoes manufactured with both inside and outside edge bevels?

Hoes are manufactured with both inside and outside edge bevels. The most authoritative guide I see on sharpening is from the US Forest Service and describes an inside bevel in all except one case. ...
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What's the difference between drop spreaders and rotary spreaders?

Why are there two kinds of spreaders and which one should I get? This is not a question of product recommendation, but rather, which kind of spreader is more popular and why? Or should I have one of ...
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What type of clippers is suggested for berry picking?

I was watching a youtube video on picking sea buckthorn, and was wondering what type of shears they were using. Video about the tools I was wondering about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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How do I free a stuck ball bearing on a garden hose quick connecter?

I never had this happen but one of the 3 ball bearings on the female end of a Nelson quick connect is stuck. I have tried soaking it in vinegar, and lubricating it with oil. Any tricks or tips to ...
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Best tool for underground lawn sprinkler system head removal?

My lawn has an underground sprinkler system. Many of the heads are old, leaking, and hard to adjust. So I've been swapping them with Rainbird 5000 series heads. They look like this: Here's the thing. ...
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How often should I loosen soil?

I was about this ask this question in a comment from a different question of mine, but I thought it deserved its own question since it may help a fellow novice gardener. How often should I loosen the ...
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What is the name for a weed-eater head with metal or plastic blades?

I am looking for a weed-eater head that does not have any plastic thread spool or ongoing feeder. It should have metal or sturdy plastic blades that don't wear away quickly? I am (a) sick of having ...
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Direct sunlight measuring device?

Is there a device on the market (preferably battery or solar operated) which can be left in a garden from dawn to dusk, and afterwards, report on how many hours of direct sunlight it received? I ...
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How can I reduce the pressure and flow to only part of an irrigation system?

I'm designing a more permanent tree irrigation system for my property to replace the makeshift only I currently have that uses garden hoses. To water the trees, I've settled on non-pressurized lines ...
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No spark on a Craftsman line trimmer

I have a Craftsman Trimmer and I'm was not getting a spark when starting it. I tested it with a spark tester and had no spark. I next removed the ground wire from the magneto to isolate it from the ...
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What is this tool found in a once used garden for?

We recently took over a garden together with some equipment. As it was clearly not used in the last couple of years there was nobody around to ask. There is this one object we don't know what to use ...
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How can I move large amounts of soil without a wheelbarrow?

We source compost/soil/mulch etc. in two forms: bulk and bagged. We typically use bagged when there is limited access to the areas to which we need to apply materials. I would love an efficient ...
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What's the best tool to remove weeds?

I have different types of weeds in my garden, some 50cm (~1½ ft) tall or more. What's the best (and cheapest) tool to remove those?
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What's a better solution than manual/gasoline corn and bean seeder?

I already asked on Electrical Engineering how to adapt an electric motor to a manual seeder. I followed the advice of a commenter to ask on this site, so that people here may have a better solution ...
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What is the best method/saw to cut through tough palm tree fronds with? (30-foot Queen Palms)

I have a pole saw with a typical pruning saw blade and it works great on fresh green palm fronds (which I really shouldn't be cutting, but I don't want them touching my roof line) but the ones that I ...
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How can I stop a walk-behind kubota lawn mower?

I "inherited" a lawn mower when I moved to a new house. It's a kubota walk-behind one. Unfortunately I have no idea how to stop the engine. There's no usual lever for stopping the fuel on the handle. ...
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Is this compost bin rodent-proof?

Is this compost bin rodent-proof? If not, how to find a similar but rodent-proof or at least relatively safe one in that regard? I want put put a compost bin in my backyard and put my food waste (...