Garden gadgets: Five products for your lawn and garden needs

Karen Caffarini

These creative inventions can make it easier and more fun to cultivate a lush lawn and bountiful gardens.

Here are five gadgets you can find in stores and online:

1. Lawn Aerator Shoes

You can rent a lawn aeration system, or you can let your own feet do the work with a pair of $16.99 lawn aeration shoes.

“They’re a lot of fun. They have spikes on the bottom and you can wear them while you mow the lawn, doing double duty,” says Lars Handley, president of Clean Air Gardening of Dallas, which stocks the shoes at

2. Mosser Lee Soil Master Soil Testing Kit

Taking a test is easy with a Mosser Lee soil testing kit -- available at Lowe’s home improvement stores. Use the separate color-coded vials and reactive tablets in the kit to discover your soil’s overall pH as well as its levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium levels. Cost is $11.97 at Lowe’s and online at

3. High Tech Plant Examining Glasses

These shades are cool enough to wear to the beach and high-tech enough to detect whether your grass or greenery is struggling long before it can be seen with the naked eye. Hundley says plants look different under water stress, and these glasses will help you spot trouble. Often used by turf maintenance companies, they also work well for your own lawn. Cost is $69.99 at Clean Air Gardening.

4. Wearable Gardening Stool

Originally used by farmers to milk cows, this seat makes a handy garden stool. It is light, can be moved from spot to spot and allows for hands-free gardening and vegetable picking. Its pedestal leg can be adjusted, and it supports up to 250 pounds. It costs $58.99 at Clean Air Gardening.

5. Fiskars Momentum Reel Lawnmower

There’s no need for a flammable gas can or long extension cords when you use Fiskars’ new push lawnmower. It throws grass forward instead of backward and has a much higher cutting deck than most mowers, at 4 inches, Handley says. It’s a great choice for smaller lawns. Cost at Clean Air Gardening is $249.99.