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7 Tools that make yard work a breeze

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

These handy yard tools will make your life easier

Keeping your yard clean and pristine doesn't have to be a full-time affair. We've found a few yard tools that make yard work easier, breezier and more fun.

1. Lawnbott

Lawnbott

Do you dread Saturdays because you know you have to drag the lawnmower out of the garage and spend the morning cutting grass? Dread no more! Buy a Lawnbott instead. This innovative lawn-mowing machine is an ion battery-charged robot that does all the hard work while you sit back in your patio chair and relax. The Lawnbott is available in five different models, which cover 5,500 to 64,000 square feet of grass, run up to 10 hours and are programmable right from your smartphone (Lawnbott.com, $1,200-$5,200).

2. Lawn aerator sandals

Lawn Aerator Sandals

If you’re looking for an efficient way to get a little exercise, enjoy the fresh air and aerate your lawn, strap on these lawn aerator sandals and get to that grass. Featuring sturdy hook-and-loop straps that easily fit on adult-size shoes, each sandal has 13 metal spikes that make holes in the soil so air, fertilizer and moisture soak right in (Amazon.com, $34).

3. Four-wheel hose cart

4 Wheel Hose Cart

Expansive yards need clever solutions to keep them beautiful and green. This steel-framed four-wheel water hose reel keeps up to 250 feet of hose movable and kink-free so you can conveniently attach it to a spigot and hydrate your lawn and garden. The lightweight rack has an industrial finish that is weather- and rust-resistant, as well as an accessory basket that can hold your nozzle attachments and gardening tools (StacksandStacks.com, $128).

4. GutterBrush simple gutter guard

GutterBrush Simple Gutter Guard

Part of spring and summer yard maintenance includes cleaning out the rain gutters to avoid clogs and debris. Save yourself time and energy by installing the GutterBrush, which guards gutters from leaves or pine needles but allows rain water to flow right through. As a bonus, this gutter guard is a breeze to install; simply slide it right into your clean gutter and you’re done (Amazon.com, $92).

5. Troy-Bilt chipper shredder vac

Troy-Bilt Chipper Shredder Vac

When you have heavy-duty yard cleaning needs but don't want to clutter up your garage with a multitude of yard tools, bring home the Troy-Bilt chipper shredder vac. This powerful three-in-one machine can turn eight bags of debris into one. It also features a vacuum hose that you can quickly maneuver into tight corners and under shrubs (TroyBilt.com, $530).

6. Toro collapsible garden bucket

Toro Collapsible Garden Bucket

The Toro collapsible garden bucket is a lightweight yet durable bucket that you can easily tote around the yard as you pick up leaves, weeds, clippings and more. Made of mildew-resistant mesh-supported plastic canvas, it has a strong sleeve spring to keep it upright and four cushioned handles to make lifting and emptying an easy endeavor. Best yet, this 43-gallon bucket collapses flat when empty, helping to keep your garage clutter free (Amazon.com, $20).

7. Earthmaker aerobic composter

Earthmaker Aerobic Composter

Want an eco-friendly way to deal with yard waste and put it to good use? Compost it! The Earthmaker composter is an especially good choice because it has a three-stage system that keeps fresh garden and food waste separate from the already maturing compost. Twice as fast as regular compost bins, this composter produces 10 or more gallons of compost each month (PeoplePoweredMachines.com, $249).

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