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Spectracide weed stop for lawns 32 oz concentrate

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This is what I use for weed control in my gardens and lawns. Active ingredient is 24-D and contains more  then the ortho weed-b-gone.
I prefer it over round-up because I can treat the grass at the bed edges for creeping charlie. Also works great on bindweed, thistle, poison ivy. With the best price spectracide weeds out their competitionn

Nelson 8 Spray Sprinkler

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At less than $4 this Nelson sprinkler sure does the job!  I usually only use the half circle setting, but it does a great job of watering my gardens.  Other than the turning the top to set the pattern there are no movable parts to break.  This has been stepped on, left outdoors over winter, and still does a great job.  In fact I bought another today only because it was easier than finding the ones I already own.

The King Of Spades

king of spadesA good shovel is a must when you garden.  I have had so many shovels break on me.  I have since found the King of Spades.  This shovel is made right here in the U.S.A. and is made from steel- Every part except the foot pad.

These spades work well for every garden task,  planting, weeding, trench edging and beyond. The blades are self sharpening and can cut through larger tree roots with ease.  The all steel construction allows easy removing of large shrubs.  You can literally stand on it to gain the force and leverage needed.

Such a great shovel, but It would be nice to have a version that is a bit longer for a taller person myself.  They do make a longer spade, but it has a straight handle instead of the D handle, and doesn’t have a metal handle either.  Also all of their spades come with only 1 foot pad. Which is kinda a pain if you like to dig with both feet.

The King of Spade is a bit pricey at about $90-$100 but will pay itself in no time. Extra $10 for another foot pad… BUY 1! Thank me later!  You buy this shovel and you are set for life… Unless you happen to loose it!  And with all the effort and stress it will save, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t make the purchase sooner.

1975 International Cub Cadet 1450

This is MY pick of a garden tractor.  Sure I use it to mow my grass in the summer, but I also use it to move compost, till my garden, drag trees down.  In the winter I put a snowplow on it and plow my entire road.  Sure its only 14HP but weighing almost 600lbs (A complete Guess) this thing is a tank.  Not like them “box store” tractors… Built to last- right here in Chicago ILL.